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More than $690 million injected into two innovation zones in Estrie

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Sherbrooke quantique, in Sherbrooke, and Technum Québec, located in Bromont, were chosen as the first innovation zones.

Quebec’s share will amount to $157 million, and $533 million will come from the private sector. The idea is to bring our researchers closer to businesses. To have common spaces, explained Prime Minister François Legault.

It will make it possible to restructure Sherbrooke’s economy towards higher wages and quality jobs, he added. We have a wealth gap with our neighbours. There are no reasons for this!

Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon also stressed that research is developing well in Quebec. But where we can do better is in the commercialization of research.

The Premier also mentioned that Quebec needed to stand out more in the country. We have fewer large Quebec companies. It takes us more big florets. And these areas, it’s an opportunity to develop them.

We don’t have many patent registrations […] The observation is to say, when we look at research in Quebec, as a percentage of the gross domestic product, we are among the best in the world […] When we look at the commercialization of research, we are among the last in the world. »

A quote from François Legault, Premier of Quebec

François Legault clarified that the loss of patents was worrying. When there is a success, the whole region benefits. There are certain guidelines to put in place, but we must encourage our entrepreneurs and they must be further supported by our researchers.

Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon also stressed that a structure has been put in place to ensure that the interests of all parties will be respected.will manage government and private money for a theme that will be homogeneous.”,”text”:”An NPO will manage government and private money for a theme that will be homogeneous.”}}”>One nonprofit organization will manage government and private money for a theme that will be homogeneous.

The Prime Minister is relying in particular on advantageous scholarships and a certain selection of immigration candidates to recruit a qualified labor force sufficient to meet the needs of the innovation zones.

François Legault also took the opportunity to highlight the beauty of the Estrie landscapes, implying that nature could have tipped the scales in favor of the region.

When we look at the great areas of innovation in the world, Boston, Barcelona, ​​California […] it’s nice. So don’t be surprised that these two areas are in Estrie!

A high-performance computer at the University of Sherbrooke

Sherbrooke quantique, which specializes in the field of quantum sciences and technological applications, should receive $435 million.

Among other things, one of the first projects will be the installation of an IBM commercial quantum computer.

It will allow us to welcome major players, because we will have the most powerful computer in Canada. »

A quote from François Legault, Premier of Quebec
Several rows of machines that make up the supercomputer.

IBM’s Summit supercomputer is the fastest in the world. The one that will be installed in Estrie will be the most efficient in Canada.

Photo: Oak Ridge National Laboratory/US Department of Energy

Research chairs and equipment will also be funded at the Université de Sherbrooke, as well as projects worth more than $200 million.

The rector of the Université de Sherbrooke Pierre Cossette was delighted with this investment in his establishment.

Will we have a Silicon Valley in Estrie? We’re going to start by doing what we know how to do, developing businesses and attracting people, but of course it’s the same dynamic. »

A quote from Pierre Cossette, rector of the University of Sherbrooke

We are going to put researchers, students, people who develop with companies and public authorities and cities, to develop more science, more applications, he exclaims.

Pierre Cossette stands proudly in front of the Université de Sherbrooke logo.

Rector Pierre Cossette was delighted with the announced investment in the Université de Sherbrooke.

Photo: /TurnedNews.com / Thomas Deshaies

Quantum is the most precise theory we have to understand the universe. We managed to predict the existence of particles and then to observe them. This understanding has led us, in recent years, to all kinds of technologies that have already changed society. GPS, medical imaging, our current computers, the laser, explains Alexandre Blais, the scientific director of the Quantum Institute of the University of Sherbrooke.

He recalls that the potential of quantum science is far from exhausted […] This represents a great showcase for improving recruitment, the best researchers and the best students. This will help keep these talents in the region, instead of seeing them exported around the world.

It is no coincidence that we are starting with the University of Sherbrooke, underlined the Premier. The Université de Sherbrooke has been known for several years for being very close to businesses […] There has always been this closeness.

Alexandre Blais is the Scientific Director of the Quantum Institute at the University of Sherbrooke.

Alexandre Blais is the Scientific Director of the Quantum Institute at the University of Sherbrooke.

Photo: /TurnedNews.com / Thomas Deshaies

Sherbrooke Mayor Évelyne Beaudin also applauded François Legault’s announcement.“,”text”:”There is an impetus that must be given by the various governments, the City, the government of Quebec, the government of Canada. Then, once the momentum is created, the train is on, the cars are hooking up, and it allows us to really flourish and grow. “}}”>There is an impetus that must be given by the various governments, the City, the government of Quebec, the government of Canada. Then, once the momentum is created, the train is on, the cars are hooking up, and it allows us to really grow and grow.

The project should also have spin-offs for several other businesses in the region, believes Sébastien Houle, the general manager of Productique Québec.

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More than 255 million in Bromont

As for Technum Québec, which specializes in digital and intelligent technologies, investments of $255 million should be injected into it. Quebec must in particular provide 24.7 million in 5 major projects which should be announced in the coming weeks.

We will invest in new equipment to develop new electromechanical manufacturing processes, underlines the Prime Minister François Legault.

You have to see Bromont as a transversality. What we are going to do here will serve several segments, such as aerospace and telecommunications. »

A quote from Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation

The two areas will also be associated because of their common scope, mentions Normand Bourbonnais, President and CEO of Technum Québec.

Pierre Fitzgibbon also pointed out that other innovation zones will be announced later in the province. Don’t be surprised that the Bromont innovation zone immediately joins forces with them. There is a risk of having a common field of application, because electronics is omnipresent in all elements of technology.

Normand Bourbonnais is of the same opinion. Satellites, telecommunications, motor vehicles, clean technologies… Think of all the times there is technology, there is electronics. Quantum is the same thing. To control a quantum computer, it will take a lot of electronics. We are going to work with Sherbrooke quantique, we are going to work with the four, five, six other areas that will soon be named by the government. We are complementary, because the technology we have is horizontal, he points out.

Bromont Mayor Louis Villeneuve also welcomes the news with enthusiasm.

We will attract new businesses to Bromont. Our park will grow. We will have quality jobs, well-paid jobs. »

A quote from Louis Villeneuve, Mayor of Bromont

“,”text”:”It’s also good for us, Bromont residents, to take pressure off residential development, because cities are dependent on taxes. Developing our science park, economically speaking, is a very good thing. It will make Bromont shine, but also the entire MRC, the entire greater region, and this, internationally. “}}”>It’s also good for us, Bromont residents, to take pressure off residential development, because cities are dependent on taxes. Developing our science park, economically speaking, is a very good thing. It will make Bromont shine, but also the whole MRC, the whole greater region, and this, internationally, he adds.

The City of Bromont has been working on this project for more than three years. More than 12 million square feet of land are ready to accommodate businesses near the Bromont airport.

With information from Thomas Deshaies and René-Charles Quirion

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