It’s the holiday season. It’s time to celebrate! New residents: 2018 is in the process of being a record year at Technoparc in terms of new businesses that are moving in. In the news: an investment and development project in front of the future REM station, MercadOr Gala, the fastest link to the airport, the Technoparc is “hot”. Services: Netlift at the Technoparc, renovations at the Novotel, exclusive specials for the residents of the site and tips and ideas from our two monthly collaborators.
A record in 2018
2018 was a record year for the number of new companies that have established themselves on the site of the Technoparc de Montréal. Indeed, since January 2018, more than 38 new companies have settled on the site, which represents an increase of more than 33% compared to the year 2017. The latter was also an excellent year, with an increase of 18% in number of new companies compared to the previous year. A great performance … and welcome to the Technoparc to all new resident companies!
IN THE NEWS
Opportunity to settle at the Technoparc
Two beautiful buildings are currently for sale in the heart of the Technoparc, facing the future station of the Réseau express métropolitain (REM). The buildings of 2300, boul. Alfred-Nobel and 7140, boul. Albert-Einstein (lots 2,349,665 and 2,349,652) are in the Montreal Technoparc, Montréal’s high-end science and technology park, and benefit from a strategic location. Both lots are subject to a higher density development potential … let your creativity go! Those interested can consult the brochure of these buildings or better yet, obtain more information by contacting Carl Baillargeon of Technoparc Montréal at firstname.lastname@example.org or 514-956-2525, extension 2530.
Prix MercadOr Québec 2018
Last month, the MercadOr Québec provincial gala was held to recognize the internationalization of Quebec exporters. During this evening in which more than 600 people participated, more than 10 companies received their MercadOr trophy, in different categories. More concretely, it is: innovative exporter: Groupe Intersand, market diversification: Triotech, international presence: Tornatech, digital strategy: Transformer Table and Dashthis, new exporter: Mecademic, export leader: EXFO, jury’s favourite: Filspec and STAS and in the category exporter of the year: Triotech. Technoparc Montréal, present at the event with representatives of the economic development of Saint-Laurent, warmly congratulates all the participants and winners of this event which was in its first edition.
Visits of an international delegation at Technoparc
Last month at the Technoparc we welcomed delegation from Australia comprised of officials from the general consulate and the General Consul Dr Grayson Perry. We focused on potential exchanges between the 2 countries, especially in high-tech industries such as life sciences, aerospace, information technology, clean technologies and pharmaceutical. We also visited three of our resident Technoparc companies: ERA Environmental Management Solutions, NEOMED Institute and Genetec. The visit was a great way to continue the exchanges between the two countries!
Should your delegation be interested to meet at the Technoparc de Montréal, please contact us right away. It will be our pleasure to meet with you and discuss your future plans!
The fastest connection to the airport
The REM station at the Technoparc de Montréal will be only two minutes away from Montreal International Airport, the fastest connection to reach the gates of flights connecting Montreal to the world. What about connections between the four corners of the city and the airport? In order to better inform you, the REM Website quotes the average times between different stations and the airport. We invite you to consult it and compare the necessary times. It goes without saying that the companies of the Technoparc de Montréal will be able to benefit from a record time!
The Technoparc is “hot”
The Montréal Technoparc is a pretty active site in the real estate market in Montreal and in Canada. Currently, we have these spaces and buildings available:
-Two modern buildings in front of the future REM light rail station-A development project-offices on Albert-Einstein-Some spaces to rent in buildings distributed throughout the site, especially on Alfred-Nobel boulevard-Laboratories and offices on rue Frederick-Banting, the street of the life sciences HUB in Montreal-New spaces in the expansion project of the NEOMED Institute-Some co-working and office spaces in our innovation centers- Eco-friendly buildings in our Éco-campus Hubert Reeves site, the symbiosis between workplace and nature.
Quality of life for your employees. Accessible. Multiple on-site commercial services. Active population. A park in which greenery and nature prevail. First REM station leaving the Montreal International Airport. THE site for your company and your employees!
Interested in joining this “HOT” site? Contact Carl Baillargeon of Technoparc Montreal now at email@example.com or 514-956-2525, extension 2530.
Charity Gala “Hope for Dementia”
On January 31st, 2019, Technoparc Montréal will have the honor of collaborating to the Gala “Hope for Dementia” evening with several public figures. The Novatek International team is behind this fundraising evening and doubles the efforts to support Hope for Dementia, a non-profit organization that works to defend brain health in our aging population. One of their goals is to establish a university chair for teaching and advancing research on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. We invite you to participate in this evening either by buying a solo ticket or a table for your company. Please click this link for your tickets or for more information. A wonderful evening in perspective, with friendly people dedicated to the cause. We are waiting for you, including Federal MP Emmanuella Lambropoulos and the MC of the evening will be our Marketing and Communications Director, Carl Baillargeon.
A “hub” of techno jobs in Montreal
At the beginning of 2018, the Technoparc de Montréal had more than 7,200 techno jobs.These are declined as followed: 39% in aerospace, 29% in information technology, 15% in life sciences, 13% in various technologies and 4% in related services. Highly specialized jobs in an environment conducive to research and development. The Technoparc continues to add techno jobs to its site, hosting more than 38 new companies since the beginning of the year.The future is created here. To find out more, we invite you to read our latest annual report.
November 14th was World Diabetes Day. Did you know that Frederick Banting was the one who discovered insulin? On Frederick-Banting Street at the Technoparc, several life sciences companies are established there and continue to evolve medical research in Canada. Click here to learn more about Frederick Banting.
Educational visit to Technoparc
As part of their “Design and Prototype” program, Secondary 2 students from Collège Sainte-Anne in Montreal, accompanied by their teacher, came to meet design mentor Marcelo Santos of Technoparc’s resident company, 911 Innovations. Their goal was to understand the stages of the product development cycle to the manufacturing of a prototype. They then went to visit the company MDA, located near the Technoparc, to see a good example of a successful final project. The students were able to study a satellite model whose steel structure is covered with aluminum. This model was designed, manufactured and installed by 911 innovations. We can see in the photos the “before” and “after”. A great way to show a finished product for these students!
French courses in your company
Seize the opportunity of this turnkey project, adapted to your industry and offered for free in your company. Cours de français au travail is a program designed to enrich the language skills of your employees, offered by the Commission scolaire Marguerite-Bourgeoys (CSMB). Do you want to offer this service to your employees? Contact Michel Lavoie of the CSMB now at firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not forget to mention that you are a company of the Technoparc de Montréal.
Netlift visited the Montreal Technoparc during the month of November to evaluate the relevance of offering their services to the residents of the site. Their microshuttle service combining taxis and carpooling could initially link the Technoparc de Montréal with the following junctions: Fairview Pointe-Claire, Côte-Vertu station, Henri-Bourassa station and Lionel-Groulx station. They are currently evaluating the implementation of this service and will be able to communicate a start of operations in the coming months. In the meantime, we encourage you to download the application and create your profile to become more familiar with this forward-thinking service! More information is available on their Website.
Renovations at Novotel Technoparc
Ready for the end of year meetings? Planning events for 2019? The Novotel Technoparc has been redesigned in 2018 with a new modern decor, more airy and refined spaces, Zen rooms and a mysterious ball in the front that reminds of Millenium Park in Chicago! Have a look at our few photos on our Facebook page and do not hesitate to contact the Novotel Technoparc for all your accommodation and catering needs. Their restaurant-bar Rivoli offers a continuous service from morning to evening, with a lunch menu filled with discoveries for residents of the Technoparc. Novotel Technoparc: (514) 337-3222.
Garderie K.I.D.S. at Technoparc
Did you know that this Technoparc daycare has been opened for more than 15 years? Their bilingual curriculum is created to enrich learning and age appropriate development. The education program is based on activities inspired by the S.T.E.M. approach (maths & sciences), living values and art and music appreciation. Including weekly visits from specialists in music, dance, yoga and co-operaction (physical education). Their meals are fresh and homemade daily on the premises. They have two spacious fully equipped outdoor playgrounds plus an indoor gymnasium and a library. The Garderie K.I.D.S. offers full and/or part time spaces. It is open to all residents of the Technoparc. To register your kids, you can contact Susan at 514-332-8295 or visit their Website.
Preferred rates at the Home2 Suites
The brand new Home2 Suites par Hilton Montréal Dorval is an all-suites extended stay hotel conveniently located at 1855 Trans Canada – a quick 5min/4km drive from the Technoparc de Montréal. Their spacious suites include a living room area, full kitchen and Working Wall. Their rates include daily continental buffet breakfast, WiFi, local/long distance calls, indoor/outdoor parking, access to the gym and indoor swimming pool and outdoor fire pit and BBQ grills. Exclusive offer to Technoparc Montréal Residents: 10% rebate off their rates. Simply call and ask for the Technoparc Montreal rate or book directly online using corporate code: 0003200995. An ID will be required upon arrival. Don’t forget to also share with your visitors. Enjoy your “Techno” stay!
Transportation committee of the Technoparc
At the last transportation committee meeting, which includes employees from many resident companies of the Technoparc, several recommendations and solutions were evaluated.
First, since some employees will come to work on January 2nd, 2019, the STM adds a service on line 72. The schedule for this day can be consulted in the “schedules and plans” section on the STM Website. It should be noted that proposals have been made by the STM to improve bus service at the Technoparc. Amongst others: addition of a stop on line 215 eastbound (paired with 225) at the Hymus / Alfred-Nobel intersection. It could also have another increase for the summer of 2019.
It was raised to the STM that at peak times, the buses on line 72 are at maximum capacity. As well, a multi-stakeholder meeting, including Technoparc Montréal, was held to address safety issues for pedestrians and cyclists on the Saint-Regis Boulevard ramp, near the Technoparc. A long-term solution has been considered, namely the optimization of the Saint-Régis ramp to create a bicycle path. Finally, Technoparc Montréal took the initiative to start a micro-shuttle project in collaboration with Netlift. More information is available in the article above. Technoparc Montreal would like to sincerely thank the participants in the transportation committee with whom global solutions are studied to make the quality of life of residents even more enjoyable.
Get 10% discount on meals delivered at Technoparc
Do you know the Bistro 21st Century Food? It is located at the entrance of the Technoparc and it offers a great promotion including freshness, speed and savings. Receive 10% off any order for delivery to your office at the Technoparc. It’s very simple:
1) Click their website at: 21stcenturyfood.com
2) Go to the section “bistro locations” at the bottom left
3) Then create an account (it takes 30 seconds) or log in to your existing account
4) Choose your meal
5) Enter the promo code techno10 and get 10% off
6) Receive your meal at your office, delivered by the Bistro located at the Technoparc
For more information, check out the Bistro’s website.
Innovation Centers at Technoparc
Are you a start-up or small business that wants to establish itself in the largest science and high-tech park in Canada? Our two innovation centers located in the heart of the Technoparc and facing the future REM station are ready to welcome you. There are already more than forty companies and we still have some spaces available in our co-working as well as a team office and two closed offices. Interested? Contact Liliane Sénécal of Technoparc Montréal, at email@example.com right away. More information on our 2 business centers is available through our Website or you can view our photo album on our Facebook page.
Meeting rooms at Technoparc
Would you like to make your team meeting or presentation in a modern setting, surrounded by the abundant nature of the Technoparc? We have 4 beautiful rooms available for all kinds of meetings. The two large rooms can accommodate up to 25 people while the two smaller rooms can accommodate up to 8 people. The rooms are equipped with high-performance audiovisual equipment, projection, speakers, audio-conference system and more. Food services available ($) for either coffee breaks, refreshments or full meals. Rates are $ 25 an hour for small rooms and $ 55 an hour for large rooms. Pictures are available in a dedicated photo album on our Facebook page.
Contact us to reserve your space!
Superb building at Technoparc
Adjacent to the 7150 Albert-Einstein, this magnificent project will make you enjoy unparalleled sunshine, modern architecture, the quality of life recognized at the Technoparc and proximity to the future light train station (REM) for quick access to the airport (2 minutes) or downtown (20 minutes). Welcome to your future prestigious address in the heart of Technoparc. Interested? Contact Carl Baillargeon from Technoparc Montréal at firstname.lastname@example.org for your private visit. You can also see our Website section on rental and purchasing opportunities at the Technoparc.
Monthly Sustainability Tips & Insights from ERA: corporate recycling
Most businesses know the fundamentals of recycling: paper, plastic, carboard, metals, and some electronics can be recycled into something new. However, from a sustainability perspective recycling is not so simple. This month ERA is focusing on training our staff on the complexities of proper corporate recycling.
Canadians throw too much garbage into their blue bins and it costs us millions of dollars annually. Roughly 7.5% of items put in Montreal’s blue boxes are contaminants and end up being transferred to the landfill. Sorted materials are bailed and sold to countries like China, India, and Indonesia. However, a new global development will soon affect Canadian businesses: China, the world’s biggest importer of recyclable material, started banning imports of paper with more than 0.5 percent contamination and is no longer accepting post-consumer plastics. This leaves Montreal to allocate $29 million over two years to keep our main sorting center afloat and divert 150,000+ tonnes of recyclable materials from the landfill.
Here are a few commonplace items that don’t belong in recycling: plastic cutlery and plates, photographic paper, CD cases, containers which held paint, oils, or lubricants, pizza boxes and snack wrappers.
On the other hand, here are items which require an Ecocentre: styrofoam, lightbulbs, batteries, aerosols and electronics.
Click this link to locate the Montreal Ecocentres.
One last note: don’t forget to wash your items! Not only is it considerate for the people who sort your recyclable materials, but it prevents contamination of other materials. A few spoonsful of peanut butter left in a jar can turn an entire bin of recyclables into garbage.
For more information, please send an email to ERA at email@example.com or see their Website.
The Monthly Web Advice by Marketing Ultimum: Mobile-responsive Website: a necessity?
In March 2018, Google announced that it has officially launched “mobile indexing first,” meaning that the search engine will now first use the mobile version of a site to index it and classify it in its results. Although it is specified that this new feature will not have a direct impact on desktop search results, websites listed there are already affected by whether they have a mobile version or not.
In this context, we believe that it is now essential for businesses to have a Website that is adapted to mobile devices, which now represent the main mean of Internet access. But how to do it?
First, to find out if your site is adequately optimized for mobile devices, you can use the Google testing tool on the subject. If your site proves to be unsuitable for mobile devices, you might want to consider adapting it. To do so, here are the two aspects that we believe to be the pillars of an efficient mobile version:
A. Responsive Web Design: The central aspect of a mobile version is having a design which is adapted to smart phone and tablet screens. Such a design should use less space on the screen while putting an emphasis on the experience of users, who prefer to read more streamlined content on smaller screens. Even though you can have a mobile-friendly website that doesn’t adjust to screen sizes, the best practice remains having a responsive web design (R.W.D.). In the latter, the website HTML code remains the same for all devices (including desktop) but its components adjust to the size of the screens on which they are visualized.
To illustrate this concept, you can have a look at the photos below, showing the responsiveness of the design we built for the new NexGedia Enterprise’s Website, another Technoparc resident.
B. Content: It is important to ensure that you have high quality and relevant content on your site, especially when viewed on a mobile device. It is better to limit the amount of text to the essential pieces of information and use images and videos to represent the key concepts that one seeks to communicate.
Note that it is also important to optimize the media, stylistic references and server requests of the Website, so that it loads at its optimal speed, as Google rankings prioritize sites with loading times inferior to 7 seconds.
To learn more about new trends in social networks and get a free strategic planning session, you can contact Marketing Ultimum now!
Phone: (438) 793-4960 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit their Website.