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Creative Collisions - Collaborative Innovation for the Canadian Relaunch Post-COVID 19

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Creative Collisions is where startups, researchers, and companies meet to foster innovation opportunities. Companies join to present collaboration opportunities; startups come to show their tech solutions, and researchers come to expose their applied research projects.

Creative Collisions on July 8th will emphasize innovation as the vector driving the relaunch of the Canadian economy post-COVID19. The program will feature a town-hall, a fireside discussion with key superclusters of Canada and what's their plan on using that 950CAD million to foster collaborative innovation and digital transformation in the wake of COVID-19; multiple cross-sectorial tech fish-bowl sessions with industry players, researchers, and entrepreneurs to collaborate together on open-innovation, as well as tech and startup expo and job fair and B2B 1-on-1 networking.

Featured sectors: 
- Energy, clean-tech and crisis & climate change resilience 
- Advances manufacturing, industry 4.0 and supply chain 
- Life-sciences and healthcare
- Culture, tourism, and entertainment

Featured organizations:
Follow our social media and Facebook event to learn more about our speakers as we unveil them. Glad to have so far C-levels and key decision-makers from organizations such as the NGEN Supercluster (CTO), Digital Technology Supercluster (CTO), ScaleAI (CEO), 2degrés, Centech, District 3, DMZ, Ecofuel, Ecotech Québec, Hydro-Québec, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator Center, Montréal Invivo, Palais des Congrès, and many other companies, support organizations, researchers, startups, etc. coming up.

Why should you attend?
  • Learn how big organizations will engage in innovation by collaborating with startups and researchers. 
  • Discover new technologies & non-commercialized IPs (intellectual properties), discover what is done in Canada, in our labs, by our experts, by our startups,
  • Identify career opportunities, 
  • Meet talent looking for opportunities,
  • Promote your tech,
  • Understand better the needs and business opportunities in the relaunch of the economy.
  • Network with entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry experts. 

How to participate?
  • Startups and researchers: click here and apply to present in the cross-sectorial tech sessions and save your booth in the expo to showcase your technology and/or recruit talent.
  • Companies and large organizations looking for innovations: become a session partner in the cross-sectorial tech sessions and save your booth in the expo, please reach out to [email protected].
  • Attendees: if you are looking for opportunities in innovation projects, looking to network with like-minded people and/or looking for a job in the fast-growing tech space, please grab your ticket now and help us spread the word on Facebook, LinkedIn and other media. 
  • Media: get a complimentary ticket for the conference and for media inquiries or to book time beforehand with the speakers or organizers, please reach out to [email protected] 
  • Partners: we work hard in crafting such a conference to manufacture serendipity by design and foster tangible and meaningful innovations and business opportunities. If you believe in our mission or are looking to drive better business opportunities, don't hesitate to reach out to [email protected] to explore a potential partnership, and if we are aligned with each other's values, see how we can help you achieve your goals.

This "Creative Collisions" edition is a co-organized conference with Cooperathon - the largest social impact innovation competition in Canada with whom MTLNewtech is collaborating on the open innovation side. More information at and to register:

"Creative Collisions" builds upon 12 years of experience with more than 120+ startups innovation demo nights of Montreal Newtech since 2008 and is part of its STARTUPME Open Innovation program supported by the Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation. Grateful for their support to help us continue having a positive impact on our tech and startup innovation ecosystem.

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· Stage
Part I: Opportunities and challenges to foster innovation post-COVID-19
Welcoming word, Networking & Introduction of the Creative Collisions’ agenda
ilias Benjelloun Valentin Kravtchenko
· Stage
Intro and presentation of the Creative Collisions’ agenda
Intro and presentation of the Creative Collisions’ agenda
ilias Benjelloun
· Stage
Canada’s relaunch through collaborative innovation leveraging greater diversity & inclusion
Jenn Mielguj Ali Taiyeb Sasha Luccioni Lloyed Lobo Sam Bellamy ilias Benjelloun
· Stage
Pre event
Warming up!
ilias Benjelloun
· Stage
StartupME Open Innovation Program presentation (bilingual)
StartupME Open Innovation Program presentation (bilingual)
ilias Benjelloun Alejandro Martinez-Ramos
· Stage
Meet the Superclusters: $950 M for collaborative innovation
Panel: CTOs & CEOs of NGEN (ON), Digital (BC) and Scale AI (QC), PS to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry & VP Ontario Market for Desjardins
Marilyn Horrick Clelia Cothier Déborah Cherenfant Julien Billot Evgueni Loukipoudis John Laughlin
· Stage
Open Innovation challenges & open innovation work-sessions presentations (bilingual)
Presentation of the cross-sectorial challenges, the fish-bowl format, the guest participants; as well as the Cooperathon upcoming program
Jocelyn Millette Christophe Billebaud Mirela Pirlea pascal vignon Robert Mercure Patricio Gutierrez M.
· Sessions
Part 2, Cross-Sectorial Open Innovation Collisions and Convergences
Cross-Sectorial Open Innovation work sessions, fish-bowl format.
· Sessions
Open innovation work-session #2 - Culture, creative industries and tourism
Fish-bowl format with animators, industrial players, startups, and researchers to explore actionable collaborations around up to 2 specific industry challenges
Simon Trépanier Nicolas Morency Christophe Billebaud Alfonso Hernandez Darya Akulshyna Léa Gillaizeau Brigitte Bellevillle Robert Mercure
· Sessions
Open innovation work-session #1 - Energy, CleanTech and Greentech
Fish-bowl format with animators, industrial players, startups, and researchers to explore actionable collaborations around up to 2 specific industry challenges
Alex Guindon Mirela Pirlea Nunzio Cotrufo Catalina Dragomir Jocelyn Millette Passy  Longuet Morgan Guitton Amelie Bergeron-Vachon Catriona  Power Deeksha Rao Sahib Jean-François Vermette Marie-Luc Lafrance pascal vignon Brock Battochio Mark Rabin Stéphanie Yared
· Sessions
Open innovation work-session #4 - Manufacturing, industry 4.0 and supply chain
Fish-bowl format with animators, industrial players, startups, and researchers to explore actionable collaborations around up to 2 specific industry challenges
Alexandre Gervais @ HAXIO Jean-Francois Belanger Afshin Doust Annie Cyr  @ Tengiva Jean-Philip Poulin Hany  Moustapha Félix Bélisle-Dockrill Martin Landry Soumaya Yacout DPCII (MEI) Jenn MacLean Hakim Merah Katherine  Schmidt
· Sessions
Open innovation work-session #3 - Life-sciences and healthcare
Fish-bowl format with animators, industrial players, startups, and researchers to explore actionable collaborations around up to 2 specific industry challenges
Jean-Francois Belanger Adrian Schauer Cedric Piasco Laila  Benameur Luc Sirois Pierre-Alexandre Fournier Meryeme Lahmami Farah Bendahmane John Walmsley Azadeh Dastmalchi
· Networking
B2B 1-on-1 Networking
Network with leading entrepreneurs, researchers, and industry experts.
· Expo
Tech Expo/Talent : Startups, Research Centers, Industrial Organizations, Incubators, Accelerators and Entrepreneurial Centers from across Canada in one place.
Startups, Research Centers, Industrial Organizations, VCs & Financing, Incubators, Accelerators and Entrepreneurial Centers from across Canada in one place.
Charlotte Fulchiron Lucia Aguilar Peter Winckler Hélène Fortier Luca Cuccia Noha Gerges


Nicolas Morency

CEO / Founder, Prevu3D

Simon Trépanier

Gestionnaire - Activités inter-partenaire, MTLab

Jean-Francois Belanger

Director, Business Development, Keyrus Life Science

Afshin Doust

CEO, AI Systems

Alex Guindon

Managing Director and co-founder, 2 Degrés

Christophe Billebaud

General Coordinator, La Piscine

Patricio Gutierrez M.

Open Innovation Evangelist, Cooperathon

Annie Cyr @ Tengiva

Founder, TENGIVA


International Affairs Advisor, MEI

Hakim Merah

Innovation, Scale AI

Alexandre Gervais @ HAXIO

Founder, Haxio

Noha Gerges

Team Lead, MITACS

Luca Cuccia

CEO, Phyla

Hélène Fortier

Program Officer, Research Partnerships - NSERC

Peter Winckler

Project Director - Member Relations, CCI Franàaise au Canada

Valentin Kravtchenko

CTO Montreal NewTech

Robert Mercure


Brigitte Bellevillle

Digital Project Manager

Léa Gillaizeau

Corporate services Coordinator

Darya Akulshyna


Alfonso Hernandez


Azadeh Dastmalchi


John Walmsley

Executive Vice President & Strategic relationship

Farah Bendahmane

Director enterprise development

Meryeme Lahmami

Investment Manager

Pierre-Alexandre Fournier


Luc Sirois

Chairman & Co-Founder

Laila Benameur

Head of QcSE

Cedric Piasco

President & Co-Founder

Adrian Schauer


Mark Rabin

Founder, Portable Electric

Brock Battochio

Lead Engineer, Planetary Hydrogen

Deeksha Rao Sahib

Principal Product Manager, OXIA Initiative

pascal vignon

Sustainable Development Advisor, MEI

Marie-Luc Lafrance

Strategy Advisor, Hydro-Québec

Catriona Power

Director of partnerships, Foresight Cleantech Accelerator

Amelie Bergeron-Vachon

Director of Innovation and Commercialization, Écotech Québec

Morgan Guitton

Director of Operations, Ecofuel

Jean-François Vermette

Scientific Director, Centre de transfert technologique en écologie industrielle (CTTÉI)

Passy Longuet

Science Outreach Officer, CANMETENERGY

Jocelyn Millette

Director General, CANMETENERGY

Catalina Dragomir

Research and Policy analyst, CANMETENERGY

Nunzio Cotrufo

AI Energy Efficiency Engineer, BrainBox AI

Mirela Pirlea

Panacanadian development, Coopérathon

Lan Tan

Director-Entrepeneur development

Genevieve Drolet

Technology Transfer Directorate

Lucia Aguilar

Project Manager - International Students

Charlotte Fulchiron

Project Manager - International Students

Katherine Schmidt

Head of Engine Assembly, Siemens Energy

Jenn MacLean

Director, NGen

Soumaya Yacout

Professor of the Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Laboratoire Poly-Industries 4.0

Martin Landry

CEO & Founder, Intelligence Industrielle

Félix Bélisle-Dockrill

CEO & Founder, Grad4

Hany Moustapha

Chair, Chaire Siemens 4.0

Jean-Philip Poulin

Corporate Innovation Manager, Centech

Evgueni Loukipoudis

CTO, Digital Technology Supercluster

Julien Billot

CEO, Scale AI

Déborah Cherenfant

Présidente et Porte Parole, Jccm

Clelia Cothier

Challenge-Prize Fellow at Impact and Innovation Unit, Impact Canada

Marilyn Horrick

Senior Vice President, Ontario Market, Desjardins

Alejandro Martinez-Ramos

Director of programming and General Coordinator, Montreal NewTech

ilias Benjelloun

Senior Open Innovation Strategist @DesjardinsLAB Creative Director @MTLNewTech

Sam Bellamy

Founder & CEO, Bazookka

Lloyed Lobo

Cofounder, Boast.AI

Sasha Luccioni

Chief Researcher, MILA

Ali Taiyeb

Manager Partnerships, DMZ

Jenn Mielguj

Program Associate, Digital Technology Supercluster

John Laughlin


Stéphanie Yared

International Advisor

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