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The Innovative Manufacturer

Quebec’s manufacturing sector springs into action Events The speech will be presented mainly in French.

Plan your digital transformation and seize all the opportunities that the 4.0 revolution will bring to your business during the second Strategic Forum on the Innovative Manufacturer.

Come discover how our manufacturing businesses can successfully make the change to 4.0 and become world leaders!

Participate in the Strategic Forum and:

  • Get inspired by businesses that made the change successfully
  • Find solutions to obstacles preventing manufacturing businesses from acting
  • Explore innovations and best practices from around the world
  • Access the exhibition hall to discover innovative projects and business opportunities
  • Participate in a business luncheon after the Forum with a prominent guest
  • Network and find business opportunities

Three activities in one day!

Overview of the program

7 a.m.: Registration, breakfast and networking
8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Strategic forum
7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Presentations and expo
12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.: Business luncheon

Ask your questions to the speakers


Welcome message and introduction

  • Dominique Anglade Deputy Premier
    Minister of Economy, Science and Innovation
    Minister responsible for the Digital Strategy
  • Monique F. LerouxChair, Economic and Innovation Council
    Chair of the Board, Investissement Québec

Part I – Quebec shifts to 4.0: concrete benefits for the manufacturing industry

Reflection on the Quebec manufacturing industry’s momentum: rapid progression supported by the digital

  • Louis J. DuhamelStrategic Advisor – Growth Enterprises
Panel moderator
  • Michel LeblancPresident and CEO
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

How sustained investment in innovation accelerates the growth of our manufacturing SMEs: three cases of success

  • Danielle LafondPresident
  • Jean MarcouxCEO
    CIF Métal
  • Véronique RoyDirector of Operations
    Plastique Micron
Panel moderator
  • Suzanne BlanchetInnovative Manufacturing Ambassador
    Investissement Québec

The face of Quebec manufacturing is changing thanks to energetic newcomers

  • Solenne Brouard GaillotCEO & Founder
  • Alexandre LeclercCEO
Panel moderator
  • Sylvie PinsonnaultVice-President,
    Strategic Initiatives and Management Committee Advisory Services
    Investissement Québec

Part II – The technologies and strategies that promote our innovative manufacturers

Flash presentation from SEM and experts: Cutting-edge technologies which support the 4.0 manufacturer

Investing in new technology: synonymous with new opportunities

Innovation in manufacturing: a complex history of automation

When machines work as a team

The smart factory: traceability through the internet of things

  • Alain LemieuxChief Executive Officer

Monetize your equipment data with IoT analytics

The key to APN's success: adopting a forward-looking approach to innovation

Part III – Accelerating the innovative manufacturer’s momentum in Quebec

The new factory: how digital fabrication is transforming the industry

  • Joris MynySenior Vice President, Digital Factory, and Process Industry and Drives divisions
    Siemens Canada

How can we solve the labour shortage in Quebec?

  • Pierre Fortin Emeritus Professor, Department of Economics
  • Claude ProvostSenior Vice President, Shared Services and Organizational Development
  • Annie PellerinVice president, Human Resources and Communications
  • Nathalie ValléeDirector General
    Collège Ahuntsic
Panel moderator
  • Céline HuotVice-Vice-president, Strategy and Public Affairs
    Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan Montreal

Propelling our innovative manufacturers onto the global market

Welcome to the age of the industrial internet

Participation in the Forum includes access to the expo and a business luncheon. Attend an unprecedented, high-level conversation with the Premier Philippe Couillard and Marco Annunziata, Head of Business Innovation Strategy and former Chief Economist at General Electric Co.

Who should participate in the Strategic Forum on the Innovative Manufacturer?

  • Manufacturing business leaders who want to be equipped for the 4.0 revolution
  • Managers looking for new business models
  • Suppliers and developers of solutions for manufacturing businesses
  • Those in charge of technological advances and innovation
  • Training centres and learning establishments supporting manufacturing workers
  • Investment funds
  • The city’s business community
  • And anyone else interested in the subject

Quebec’s manufacturing industry in numbers:[1] :

  • $69.3 billion in direct and indirect profits
  • 90% of Quebec exports
  • 765,000 jobs, including 470,000 direct jobs
  • 22.1% more than the service sector’s average salary
  • 14.1% of Quebec’s economy
  • 30% of foreign direct investments in Canada
  • 55% of R&D expenditures

[1] Source : The Future of Quebec’s Manufacturing Industry, Deloitte, 2015 Edition, the ISQ and Statistics Canada.



Contact et informations

By phone:

514 871-4001

For more information on the program: 

Alexandre Genest
Special Projects Manager
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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