SHERBROOKE, QC, June 20, 2022 /CNW Telbec/ – The government of Quebec is providing $17 million in financial assistance to the Université de Sherbrooke to support the first phase of an expansion project for the MiQro Innovation Collaborative Center (C2MI), located in bromont. Estimated at nearly $18.9 million, this first phase is expected to begin in spring 2023.
The Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development, Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, made the announcement today.
The expansion project, with an area of more than 3,000 mtwo, will also include the acquisition of equipment and the assembly of specialized laboratory rooms. Ultimately, it will contribute in particular to increasing collaborative research capabilities and promoting the design of components necessary for the fabrication of quantum computers and power electronics. It will also allow reaching new markets in the microelectromechanical systems sector.
The government’s contribution comes from the Support Program for Research and Innovation Organizations, component 4 – Support for funding research and innovation infrastructure.
“A few months after the designation of the Technum Québec zone, we see that the community is mobilizing and proposing new promising projects. With this expansion and state-of-the-art equipment, C2MI will enable companies and researchers in the region to accelerate collaborative applied research and commercialize their innovations. »
Pierre Fitzgibbon, Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development
“C2MI is a pillar of the Technum Quebec innovation zone in bromont. It brings together many researchers and industrial partners around promising initiatives for Quebec’s economy. Our support will allow you to innovate even further in the cutting-edge microelectronics sectors. »
Donald MartelMNA for Nicolet-Bécancour and Parliamentary Assistant to the Prime Minister (Saint-Laurent project and innovation zones)
“C2MI’s infrastructure and equipment make it possible to carry out large-scale projects. These range from the development of original microfabrication processes, to device characterization and technology transfer to industry to bridge the gap between research activities and product commercialization. C2MI’s scientific expertise supports and accompanies entrepreneurs who create new technologies, thus carrying out research projects for the whole of society. With the investment made, we will be able to continue to be the thread of a multitude of promising innovations to strengthen the position of Quebec and the Canada as leaders in the development of digital technologies. »
Marie-Josée Turgeon, President and CEO of C2MI
“Technum Québec’s innovation zone is delighted with the expansion of C2MI. These new spaces will allow it to reaffirm its position and leadership in the heart of the digital technology zone. We all realize the pull that C2MI represents for our ecosystem. We will do everything to ensure that the players in this innovation zone continue to achieve brilliant success and to be a reference in Quebec and internationally! »
Norman BourbonnaisPresident and CEO Technum Quebec
“For the University of Sherbrooke, this funding directly supports the Integrated Innovation Chain, a vital force that promotes the transition from university research to industry, in direct connection with the mission of the innovation zones. This chain brings together the Quantum Institute (IQ), the Interdisciplinary Institute for Technological Innovation (3IT) and the C2MI. The expansion of C2MI will provide students with an experiential learning space in close collaboration with the private sector. In fact, each year more than 200 students work on industrial research projects, representing a highly skilled workforce to meet the talent recruitment needs of industries in this key sector. »
Professor Vincent Aimez, Vice-Dean for Promotion and Partnerships at the Université de Sherbrooke
- C2MI is the largest microelectronics research and innovation center in the Canada. Its mission is to accelerate the development and commercialization of essential components of digital technologies, promoting a collaborative ecosystem, a team of university and industrial experts, as well as a world-class infrastructure.
- The Program to Support Research and Innovation Organizations aims, among other things, to contribute to the modernization, development and clustering of public research infrastructures in Quebec to consolidate the Quebec innovation system and its components, increase the competitiveness of companies and society through innovation and to promote the optimal or concerted use of research results at the economic, social, environmental and cultural levels.
- The government of Quebec has planned investments of US$210 million through 2027 to support the establishment of innovation zones in Quebec.
- Sherbrooke quantique and Technum Québec are the first two innovation zones to be unveiled last February. More than US$690 million will be invested over the next five years in carrying out various projects at their center.
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SOURCE Office of the Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development
For more information: Sources: Mathieu St-Amand, Director of Communications, Office of the Minister of Economy and Innovation and Minister responsible for Regional Economic Development, Tel. : 418 691-5650; Germain Drouin, Political Attaché, Constituent Office of the MNA to Nicolet-Bécancour and Parliamentary Assistant to the Prime Minister (Saint-Laurent Project and Innovation Zones), Tel. : 819 384-9311; Information: Jean-Pierre D’Auteuil, Media Relations Manager, Department of Communication, Ministry of Economy and Innovation, Tel. : 418 691-5698, ext. 4868, Cell. : 418 559-0710