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Innovative Manufacturing: The Transition to the Digital Era

Innovation and productivity: Quebec's manufacturing businesses at the forefront of the digital transformation Events The speech will be presented mainly in French.

Registration deadline: May 09, 2019

Come and take stock of the major global challenges of digital transformation and the leadership role played by Quebec manufacturing businesses in the evolution of jobs and the improvement of productivity.

For the third edition of this event, you will benefit from the experience and strategic recommendations of many speakers and exhibitors from SMEs and large companies that have made the digital shift. Now it's your turn to take action!

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Do not miss this event which will take place in the presence of:

  • Pierre FitzgibbonMinister of Economy and Innovation
    Government of Quebec
  • Elmar MockCo-inventor of the Swatch watch
    Founder, Creaholic
    Professional inventor
    See biography
Your participation includes:
  • Breakfast
  • Access to all the presentations
  • Access to the exhibition hall
  • Networking buffet

Participate in the Strategic Forum and:

Registration, networking buffet and exhibition hall tour

  • Get inspired by businesses that made the change successfully
  • Get expert advice to improve the productivity of your business during its digital transformation
  • Explore innovations and best practices from around the world
  • Discover innovative companies and projects in the exhibition hall
  • Meet manufacturing companies active on the international market that have begun their transformation
  • Exchange with business partners and potential customers on site
  • Recruit from 40 qualified candidates in the manufacturing sector during a speed jobbing interview session

Buy your tickets

Become an exhibitor

The day's schedule:

7 a.m.: doors open, registration, breakfast and networking
7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.: exhibition hall
8 a.m. to noon: presentations
Noon to 1 p.m.: networking buffet
1 p.m. to 2 p.m.: keynote speaker


Registration, networking buffet and exhibition hall tour

Opening remarks and introduction

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Guy LeBlancPresident and CEO
    Investissement Québec
  • Pierre FitzgibbonMinister of Economy and Innovation
    Government of Quebec

Part I: A major shift in manufacturing

Review of the mission to Hannover Messe

  • Antoine ProteauData science Manager
  • Mathieu Samson Sales & Implementation Specialist

A mission and a movement

  • Pierre Gabriel Côté Outgoing President and CEO
    Investissement Québec

Implementing the 5G network: industry leaders join forces to help Quebec go digital

Part II: Training the workforce of the future

Workers’ key role in industry 4.0

  • France DufresneCanadian Region Leader, Talent Line of Business
    Willis Tower Watson

Employee involvement: the secret to an improved recruitment and loyalty strategy

  • Manon PoirierExecutive Director
    Ordre des CRHA
  • Michel Labrecque Vice President, Human Resources
    CMP Advanced Mechanical Solutions

Break and tour of the booths

Part III: Modern tech: a driving force for manufacturers

New and improved means of production with 3D printing

  • François GingrasDirector, Productivity and Industrial Systems
  • Alain DupontPresident and CEO

Implementing green tech to boost performance and stand out

  • David ArsenaultCEO
  • Philippe BeauchampPresident
  • Benoit Couture President
    Lithion Recycling Inc.

Leveraging AI as a central productivity engine

  • Marc-André BourquePresident
  • Frédéric Bastien CEO and co-founder
  • Marie-Josée LamothePresident
    Tandem International

Part IV: Collaborating to succeed

Fostering innovation through collaboration between SMEs and major clients

  • Éloïse HarveyPresident

The success stories of three SMEs through collaboration - Pecha Kucha

  • Bénédict L. DeschampsCo-owner
    Chevrons Rouyn-Noranda

Networking buffet and exhibition hall tour

Main speech – The innovation factory

  • Elmar MockCo-inventor of the Swatch watch
    Founder, Creaholic
    Professional inventor
    See biography

Buy your tickets

Become an exhibitor

Who should participate in the Strategic Forum on Innovative Manufacturing?

  • Leaders of SMEs and large manufacturing companies that:
    • Want to be equipped for their digital transformation
    • Are undergoing a digital transformation
    • Are specialized in the green economy
    • Are specialized in IT
  • Stakeholders in the manufacturing ecosystem:
    • Suppliers and developers of solutions for manufacturing businesses
    • Training centres and educational institutions supporting manufacturing workers

Quebec's manufacturing industry in numbers:[1]

  • All sectors combined, 1.3 million jobs to be filled within 10 years in Quebec
  • In 2018, $165.2 billion in sales in manufacturing industries
  • More than half (51.1%) of R&D expenditures are made in the manufacturing sector
  • The GDP of the manufacturing sector increased by 3% in 2017
  • In 2017, 13,150 establishments in the manufacturing sector
  • In 2017, 492,100 jobs in the manufacturing sector

[1]  Sources: Institut du Québec, Statistics Canada


Members Non members
TICKET(S) TICKET(S) $175 * $175 *
10 tickets 10 tickets $1575 * $1750 *
Exhibitor – Booth rental Exhibitor – Booth rental $1250 * $1750 *

Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more information: 

Matthieu Csernel
Special Projects Manager
514 871-4000, ext. 4032

For more information on booth rental 

Milen Minchev
Coordinator, Special Projects
514 871-4000, ext. 4056

Registration deadline: May 09, 2019
No reservations, cancellations or refunds after the registration deadline. Participant substitutions are accepted at no extra charge until the event is held. Please note that only cancellation notices sent by email at will be accepted.


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200 de la Commune Street West

Montréal, Quebec
H2Y 4B2


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