Shaping the future: The whole community prospers


Through multidisciplinarity and collaboration between universities and the communities they belong to, Campus Montréal adds important value that has an impact on all of society.

“Researchers work for the benefit of society. But to know what questions to answer, they need input from the public. At the same time, the public needs to know more about what we do,” explains Ari Van Assche, Director of the Department of International Business at HEC Montréal. “For us, it’s important to pass on some of our academic knowledge to the public.”

Campus Montréal has a great capacity for innovation thanks to its connections with the community. These connections have already started through short-term projects or the Catalyseurs d’imaginaires urbains at the Campus MIL, a new science complex that will be a seamless part of its surrounding neighbourhood and community. Once completed, this campus will let the academic community closely interact with workers, residents, business owners and people who visit the area.

To apply the best ideas, scientists need the right managerial skills to make these ideas a reality. This is what Hydro-Québec wants to accomplish by supporting the MBA in technology innovation and commercialization and by awarding success and excellence scholarships.

The Alphonse and Dorimène Desjardins International Institute for Cooperatives is also promoting new ways for funding to be accessible to everyone. With the university, it is developing best research practices to make co-operative funding more viable alongside the capitalist model.

Just like the neighbourhood-based Campus MIL, whose goal is to create better living environments, all of society benefits from these projects.


  • Develop models and conditions for social and economic inclusion.
  • Carry out innovative projects.
  • Support interdisciplinarity to advance science.
  • Promote knowledge transfer between universities and social stakeholders.
  • Create a modern and competitive living space where future generations can achieve their full potential.
  • Keep the best talent at home.

Networks that help everyone win

Institutions no longer simply train students in a given discipline. They also teach so that knowledge comes to life. These institutions must be open and adapt to the needs of society.

“Interdisciplinarity is a precious asset on our campus,” says Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal and the President and CEO and Vice-President of Risk and Sustainable Development at CIRANO.
“After the Lac-Mégantic disaster, we asked ourselves how we could better manage the transportation of hazardous materials. But this question goes beyond hazardous materials like chemicals and also involves logistics, regulation and training. A group of professors from different disciplines is currently working on all of these issues.”

Essential financial support

Philanthropic investment helps initiate and expand these projects.

This was the goal of Michel Saucier and his wife Gisèle Beaulieu, who donated $3 million for the future Campus MIL.

With a donation of $4.5 million, the Desjardins Group has provided valuable support to Campus Montréal institutions.

Montreal: A city of innovation that inspires the future

Montreal is already known as a first-class university city. With Campus MIL, our institutions continue to innovate, and they adapt to their environment and meet needs by building relationships with the public. Together, the university community and Quebec society generate innovation and are a source of inspiration for future generations.

“Innovation at the new campus will benefit from interactions between disciplines,” says René Doyon, a professor in the Department of Physics at Université de Montréal and Director of the Institute for Research on Exoplanets (iREx). “It’s really exciting to see how everyone will work so closely together. The campus was organized to maximize interaction, which is a source of creativity and innovation.”

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