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Québec can evoke open spaces and holidays, but it also rhymes with creativity and entrepreneurship. It demonstrates a remarkable dynamism in matters of research and innovation, relying on numerous academic institutions and high-performance research infrastructures. It stands out, among others, in the areas of aerospace, bio-food, industrial design and new technologies.

Montreal, the metropolis, is vibrant in creativity. It is a niche for high-tech industries such as Bombardier, Société des Arts technologiques (SAT), Discreet Logic or Ubisoft, creator of the Assassin's Creed series, one of the most profitable video games ever produced. In multimedia creation, the visual and interactive concepts of Moment Factory have seduced the most demanding, from Madonna to Cirque du Soleil. Their designs have adorned the facades of prestigious buildings such as the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.

A crossroads of innovation, Québec welcomes several international conventions every year, including C2 – MTL, the world conference on commerce and creativity, imagined by SID LEE, a creative company of a new kind of style. The Quartier de l’Innovation was founded in Montreal, at the initiative of two universities, to create an ecosystem of creativity involving researchers, industries, students and the community. From the Sommet de Montréal sur l’Innovation, to the POW2014 (large gathering organized by the Alliance of Young Chambers of Commerce of Québec, welcoming the next generation of leaders), young entrepreneurs are taking advantage of a generous network of support.

In Québec, high technology neighbors wilderness, skyscrapers rise beside craft workshops and international festivals are shown alongside independent emerging events. The soil is fertile for innovation, as the Québec Government recently equipped itself with a bold economic policy to invest in Québec’s driving sectors, allowing a glimpse of new prospects for trade with its European partners, notably in the context of the upcoming Commercial and Economic Trade Agreement, between Canada and the European Union.