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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
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

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


Ask your questions to the speakers

7 a.m. - Registration, networking buffet and exhibition hall tour

8 a.m. - Opening remarks and introduction

  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal
  • Monique F. LerouxChair of the Board
    Investissement Québec
  • Guy LeBlancPresident and CEO
    Investissement Québec
  • Pierre FitzgibbonMinister of Economy and Innovation
    Government of Quebec

Part I: A major shift in manufacturing

8:30 a.m. - Review of the mission to Hannover Messe

  • Marc-André CyrDirector, programs
  • Antoine ProteauData science Manager
  • Mathieu Samson Sales & Implementation Specialist
Panel moderated by:
  • Johanne MalettoCEO
    Mouvement québécois de la qualité

8:45 a.m. - A mission and a movement

  • Pierre Gabriel Côté Special Advisor
    Investissement Québec

8:50 a.m. - Implementing the 5G network: industry leaders join forces to help Quebec go digital

  • Pierre BoucherGeneral Manager
    Innovation ENCQOR

  • Tony BuuDirector, Mobility Network & Technology Strategy

Panel moderated by:
  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Part II: Training the workforce of the future

9:05 a.m. - 2019 portrait of advanced automation companies in Quebec

  • Louis J. DuhamelStrategic Advisor
    Deloitte Sociétés Privés
  • Jean MatuszewskiSenior Economist and President
    E&B Data

9:20 a.m. - Employee involvement: the secret to an improved recruitment and loyalty strategy

  • Michel Labrecque Vice President, Human Resources
    CMP Advanced Mechanical Solutions
  • Bénédict L. DeschampsCo-owner
    Chevrons Rouyn-Noranda
Panel moderated by:
  • Manon PoirierExecutive Director
    Ordre des CRHA

9:35 a.m. - Workers’ key role in industry 4.0

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


9:55 a.m. - Break and tour of the booths

Part III: Modern tech: a driving force for manufacturers

10:25 a.m. - New and improved means of production with 3D printing

  • Alain DupontPresident and CEO
  • François GingrasDirector, Productivity and Industrial Systems
  • Denis Thériault, CDT, MBACEO
    3D RPD
  • Laurence Vigeant-Langlois Executive Director, Bombardier Programs
    GE Additive
Panel moderated by:
    Céline HuotVice-President, Strategy and Organizational Development
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

10:45 a.m.- Implementing green tech to boost performance and stand out

  • Philippe BeauchampPresident
  • Benoit Couture President
    Lithion Recycling Inc.

  • Benoit Lacroix, ing. Ph.D. Co-Founder, Vice President Sales & Marketing


11 a.m. - Leveraging AI as a central productivity engine

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

Part IV: Collaborating to succeed

11:20 a.m. - Going digital: the evolution of financing and support models

  • Jocelyn Beauchesne, MBARegional Vice-President
    Investissement Québec
  • Me Alain M LeclercPartner, Lawyer, Patent Agent and Trade-mark Agent
    Lavery Avocats
Panel moderated by:
  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

11:35 a.m. - Fostering innovation through collaboration between SMEs and major clients

  • Éloïse HarveyPresident
  • Joseph LanglaisProject Director, Regional Economic Development, Aluminium
    Rio Tinto
Panel moderated by:
  • Sylvie PinsonnaultVice-President, Strategic Initiatives and Advice to the Executive Committee
    Investissement Québec

11:45 a.m. - Unveiling of the WOMEN 4.0 action plan

  • Lyne DuboisVice-President, Business Development

  • Véronique Proulx Chief Executive Officer
    Manufacturiers et exportateurs du Québec (MEQ)

12 p.m Networking buffet and exhibition hall tour

Main speech – The innovation factory

13 p.m.

13 p.m. to 14 p.m. - End of the event and visit of the exhibition

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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


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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

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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Terminal 1
200 de la Commune Street West

Montréal, Quebec
H2Y 4B2


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Discover the exhibiting companies during the forum:


The Chamber’s Acclr brand brings together its business development, international trade, business intelligence, financing, workforce (Interconnection) and francization services.


ARCHE TI Our mission is to offer a global support to companies willing to integrate Odoo for their management. We do so by providing a wide range of services including analysis, coaching, customisation, change management, support and maintenance.

We exclusively work with Odoo because unlike the other ERP on the market that cost a fortune, Odoothis solution offers to companies all the functionalities needed for an integrated management. It is a modular system that grows with you.

Transforming the reality of our clients through major evolutions in the daily management and the operations of their company is what drives’s our thrill!

Andromedia Technologies

Do you dream of predicting equipment or process failure before it even occurs? Andromedia Technologies presents two projects from its customers, one in environmental management and the other in predictive maintenance. These projects combine the Industrial Internet of Things and artificial intelligence for a simple and efficient implementation of Industry 4.0 concepts.

BECKHOFF Automation Ltd.

Beckhoff Automation offers advanced automation products based on proven industrial technologies. Manufacturers can implement control systems more efficiently and at a lower overall cost than traditional PLC and motion control systems. Beckhoff is the solution for your factory of the future.

Centris Technologies

Centris Technologies offers specialized expertise for the development and integration of software solutions related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution (Industry 4.0). We develop systems to deliver the right information, at the right time, to the right people in order to increase productivity and guide investment decisions, supported by data.

Conception Interal Inc.

Interal is a CMMS specialist with 30 years’ experience providing companies from Quebec and elsewhere with perfectly suited maintenance software. With its Requests! and Kompanion! mobile tools, Interal gives companies a 360 degree view of their maintenance while keeping connected to every step of operations and projects, from request to completion.


A European leader in software solutions for digital continuity by means of cutting-edge technology including augmented reality, Diota offers new and comprehensive performance optimization (i.e. productivity, quality and traceability) of complex production, control, and maintenance procedures for the manufacturing industry.

GLM Conseil

GLM Conseil supports companies’ digital transformation by developing their operational and technological intelligence. A proper digital transformation is based above all on an adequate understanding of business processes. Our training includes:

  • Your organization’s digital and operational strategies
  • Business solution design
  • Digital plan
  • KPI dashboard
  • Gemba and mobile DMS
  • Connection for an OEE machine
  • Training for executives and supervision teams
  • Productivity, opportunity, and gap analysis
  • Digital continuity and governance
  • Connectivity of digital assets

Genius ERP

The Genius ERP system was created for personalized and standard manufacturing. Precise estimates, product design, inventory control, production planning, account management and complete supervision are elements of their unique solution for increased performance. It is backed by solid expertise of the industry in the field.

Gouvernement du Québec


GURUS Solutions is a five-star Oracle + NetSuite integrator that has been offering the best in cloud ERP software since 2005. Our specialized process helps companies optimize their daily operations at low risk with a unique, collaborative approach on all projects.

Intelligence Industrielle

Intelligence Industrielle offers a simple and universal solution for collecting, analyzing and evaluating production equipment data. By combining smart sensors and real-time dashboards, they give manufacturing companies the necessary visibility to optimize production.

Investissement Québec

Investissement Québec plays a driving role in the economy by supporting companies’ growth in all regions of Quebec. Want to innovate, increase your productivity, develop products and export them? Our financial experts are here to support entrepreneurs who have ideas and want to grow. Whether you’re looking for a loan, a loan guarantee or equity investment, our team can help you develop a financing package that is perfectly suited to your needs


The FEMMES 4.0 collective presents its action plan to encourage women to participate in the modernization of Quebec’s manufacturing sector. Come sign the declaration in favour or greater gender diversity and become an ambassador of FEMMES 4.0.

Interconnection Program

The Interconnection Program, created in partnership with the Government of Quebec, contributes to the professional integration of qualified immigrants by helping companies meet candidates with experience and skills in their industry.

Interconnection organizes various free pairing activities, such as speed-jobbing interviews and internships that can last up to four weeks.


Logient is the reference in custom software development. It is the only Montréal company that offers such a diversified range of services, an offer that adapts to the needs of every customer, whatever they may be. With 20 years of experience, more than 1000 projects completed and a team of 130 experts, Logient has all the tools to manage your digital projects from A to Z, all under one roof. Logient. Builder of the digital world.


LynX Inspection is a young high-tech company based in Quebec that develops innovative inspection solutions in 3D radiography for the automobile, aeronautical, and defence sectors. Their featured 3D technology inspects precision parts a lot faster and at a lower price than is possible with tomography.


Artificial intelligence (AI) and operational research specialist MELIORE develops advanced control, data analysis and image analysis tools that help manufacturers improve productivity.


With its 125 multidisciplinary engineers, the Merkur team contributes to the innovation and productivity of Quebec manufacturing companies. Merkur helps you better define your needs and your manufacturing strategy with a view to your plant’s digital transformation. It will guide you in choosing and integrating new technology and equipment.

The Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation

The Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation educates companies on the importance of digital transformation and helps them make it happen. Many tools and programs are available for this purpose, such as Audit industrie 4.0, which serves to analyze companies’ overall performance and assess their digital maturity. Moreover, the Ministère provides financial support for the integration of new digital technology.


Mnubo is an Internet of Things (IoT) company, providing Data Analytics solutions for connected Product Manufacturers and Service Providers. Mnubo extracts business value from IoT data by delivering out-of-the-box insights, automated reports and advanced IoT data science. It offers a SaaS solution to connected product manufacturers to ingest, enrich and analyze their object data. Mnubo’s SaaS offering benefits customers in consumer, enterprise and industrial verticals – and analyzes billions of IoT data points every month. Find out more here:

Mouvement québécois de la qualité (MQQ)

The mission of the Mouvement québécois de la qualité is to support organizations in exploring, implementing and sharing best business practices so that they can become ever more efficient in their sectors of activity. The MQQ's vision is to be the benchmark and partner of choice for Quebec organizations in terms of performance and emerging and innovative business practices.


For the past 11 years, nventive has been developing tailored web and mobile applications for North American leaders involved in different sectors. Working closely with our clients, our team of over 100 experts create powerful, robust and scalable applications that improve employee productivity and enhance customer experience.


Noovelia is comprised of three companies (Divel®, Epsilia et Pluritag) offering integrated technological solutions, including production and inventory management software, autonomous vehicles, automated storage, identification systems and product positioning. Relying on their perfect complementarity, they offer unique services in Industry 4.0 innovation technologies.


The Oronos student society is a multidisciplinary team whose main goal is to design, manufacture and operate high-powered rockets. It is affiliated with Polytechnique Montréal and represents it annually at the Spaceport America Cup (SA Cup), the most demanding international rocketry competition. Beyond international visibility, Oronos is seeking to build Canadian expertise in the space sector and to share its members’ passion for science and space with the public. It is also an opportunity for future professionals to develop new skills and apply classroom concepts in a concrete way to their fields of interest.


PolyAir is a recognized association of Polytechnique Montréal whose goal is to promote aviation.
PolyAir promotes aviation by offering flight training. We also offer introductions to air sports, such as gliding or seaplane flying. PolyAir also offers conferences and networking evenings.


Proax Technologies is a leading technical automation distributor that offers innovative product solutions in the areas of machine automation and robotics, motion control and machine safety. Come see us to learn more about collaborative robotics (demo) and its associated components.

Project HERA

The project HERA, created in the Université de Sherbrooke, has the objective to serve as a technology demonstrator to show how electrification in aerospace can be advantageous. What better way to prove it than a fully functional prototype! We aim to create a collaboration atmosphere between enterprises, universities and CEGEPs.


We are the Grouping of Industrial Automation Companies. Our vision is to make Quebec a world leader in intelligent and collaborative automation. Our mission is to promote intelligent automation solutions and foster collaboration among our members of the industrial ecosystem 4.0 in order to accelerate the digital transformation of SMEs in the Quebec manufacturing sector. We value the knowledge and expertise of our members to manufacturers, government authorities and socio-economic decision-makers. We also promote networking among our members through networking events that bring people together and through our collaborative and intelligent technological tools.

Sir Steward

At Sir Steward we specialize in collaborative mobile robotics for manufacturing, institutional and commercial companies. Our collaborative mobile robots work safely with humans. Our products are custom made. We are able to deliver, install and offer technical service anywhere in Canada.

STIQ – Réseau manufacturier – Chaînes d’approvisionnement

Founded in 1987, STIQ is a multi-sector association of Quebec companies whose mission is to improve the competitiveness of manufacturing supply chains to promote the growth of our economy. With Quebec's largest manufacturing network, STIQ acts as a performance activator by creating successful partnerships and rolling out customized improvement programs.

Stratégie Agilean

Agilean presents ALIX, a Virtual Manager (SaaS) that offers real-time optimization of your operations as well as consulting and training services worldwide. ALIX supports production planning and optimization, facilitating the implementation and maintenance of a culture of continuous improvement, reducing lead times and costs by measuring the performance of resources, equipment and inventories in real time. With access to a complete picture at any time, our customers can identify production lead times, make necessary corrections and optimize their operations in an easy-to-use interface for all employees.


Synchronex is a Quebec leader in integrated innovation and connects the province’s 59 college centres for the transfer of technology (CCTT). Thanks to its 1400 experts, these CCTTs are known for their leading expertise, excellence, and tangible impact on the companies and organizations they assist in their innovation projects.

Cyber-physical Factory – Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ)

The CRIQ presents the first cyber-physical plant in Canada, a true plant-school of the future integrating advanced production technologies and interconnected systems. This equipment allows companies to better understand and appropriate the operation of industrial 4.0 projects and to prototype their projects under development. The cyber-physical plant facilities provide an opportunity to understand and visualize the effects of industrial 4.0 technologies in a demonstration context, before making the necessary investments to transform their own business.

Visual Knowledge Share Ltd.

VKS is a web-based application used for creating and sharing digital work instructions. The solution also has the ability to capture in process quality and productivity data, while
seamlessly connecting with machines, tools, and other software such as ERPs for full Industry
4.0 integration.

Zora Robots Canada

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