Corporate partners

Our partners in innovation

Thales

In 2019, Thales launched AI@Centech, one of two startup accelerators of the Group. Its purpose is to co-develop innovative solutions with startups and SMBs for the major markets served by the Group – to build a future we can all trust.

Company description

 

Thales is a global leader in advanced technologies within three domains: Defence & Security, Aeronautics & Space, and Digital Identity & Security. It develops products and solutions that help make the world safer, greener and more inclusive. The Group invests close to €4 billion a year in Research & Development, particularly in key areas such as quantum technologies, Edge computing, 6G and cybersecurity. Thales has 77,000 employees in 68 countries.

Partner since 2018

Why work with the Collision Lab?

Thales has established its AI@Centech platform at Collision Lab with two programs: Acceleration and Synergy. Their six-month Acceleration program is an opportunity for international AI-focused startups to validate their technology and business model and to co-develop cutting-edge solutions for Thales customers. Synergy seeks to engage high-potential Canadian SMBs in developing and commercializing advanced military technologies – and bringing them to market in Canada and around the world.

The Port of Montreal

The Port of Montreal is a diversified, high-performance and innovative facility that exerts mobilizing leadership and offers competitive value-added services, making it a partner of choice in the supply chain.

Company description

 

Located on the St. Lawrence River, the Port of Montreal is an international trade seaport that welcomes cargo vessels and cruise ships. The Port of Montreal contributes to the prosperity of its customers and partners, and promotes the economic development of Greater Montreal, Quebec and the rest of Canada, all while respecting the environment.

Partner since 2018

Why work with the Collision Lab?

The Port of Montreal is working with the Collision Lab to establish collaborations with the startup community. The goal is to unearth innovations that will improve port operations, with a focus on green technologies that reduce the environmental impact of port activities.

Bell

With professional service experts, end-to-end security solutions, and a global partner ecosystem to empower and support innovation at scale, Bell defines and delivers the integrated solutions that Canadian businesses need.

Company description

 

Bell’s purpose is to advance how Canadians connect with each other and the world. Backed by Canada’s largest fibre and fastest wireless networks, Bell offers a wide range of services to consumers, businesses, and government customers across Canada. This includes 5G, 5G+, cloud and data hosting, IP voice and collaboration, security, Internet of Things (IoT), multi-access edge computing (MEC), and private networks.

Partner since 2022

Why work with the Collision Lab?

Bell has partnered with Centech to help Canadian developers unlock the potential of 5G and edge computing. Our shared goal is to support the Canadian start-up community in advancing IoT technology and solutions across the country.

CAE

CAE is a high-technology company, bringing the digital and physical worlds closer together to create a safer world.

Company description

 

CAE is a high technology company, at the leading edge of digital immersion, providing solutions to make the world a safer place. Backed by a record of more than 75 years of industry firsts, CAE continues to reimagine the customer experience and revolutionize training and operational support solutions in civil aviation, defence and security, and healthcare. CAE has the broadest global presence in its industry, with approximately 13,000 employees, 180 sites and training locations in over 35 countries.

Partner since 2018

Why work with the Collision Lab?

Collaborating with the Collision Lab enhances CAE's partnerships with the High-Tech sector. The objective is to mobilize and collaborate with startups, researchers, and organizations from diverse backgrounds, fostering innovative and high-impact solutions. This collaboration enables CAE to seek and develop state-of-the-art technologies and concepts that will drive advancements in its domains of activities, paving the way for a promising future.

Servier

Servier is an independent pharmaceutical Group committed to therapeutic progress to serve patient needs.

Company description

 

Servier is a global pharmaceutical group governed by a Foundation. To accelerate therapeutic innovation for the benefit of patients, the Group is committed to open and collaborative innovation with academic partners, pharmaceutical groups, and biotech companies. The Group’s growth is based on a sustained commitment to cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, oncology and immuno-inflammatory diseases.

Partner since 2020

Why work with the Collision Lab?

Servier is working with the Collision Lab to establish collaborations with the startup community, particularly in artificial intelligence and data science. The goal is to identify startups with expertise in medical technologies and artificial intelligence, and to apply these technologies to pharmacology in order to accelerate certain R&D stages.

Loto-Québec

All of Loto-Québec’s operations generate significant economic benefits for the Quebec community.

Company description

 

Loto-Québec is a government corporation with both a business and social mission. Founded by the Gouvernement du Québec in 1969, it is the first lottery corporation in Canada and the third of its kind in North America. Loto-Québec manages lottery and event betting products, an online gaming site, casinos, gaming salons, hotels, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, concert halls, convention centers, golf clubs and spas.

Partner since 2018

Why work with the Collision Lab?

Loto-Québec works with the Collision Lab to support its open innovation approach. It identifies the best startups in line with Loto-Québec's operational and business challenges. The goal is to accelerate the development of innovative solutions, so as to be at the forefront of disruptive technologies. This presence also gives the company access to a whole network of cutting-edge expertise, including exchanges on best innovation practices with other Collision Lab partners.

CGI

CGI works with clients around the world to use technology to support the vital workings of society and create a better future for all.

Company description

 

Founded in 1976, CGI is among the largest IT and business consulting services firms in the world. CGI is insights-driven and outcomes-based to help accelerate returns on its clients’ investments. Across 21 industry sectors in 400 locations worldwide, its 91,500 professionals provide comprehensive, scalable and sustainable IT and business consulting services that are informed globally and delivered locally.

Partner since 2022

Why work with the Collision Lab?

CGI is committed to take an active part in the Montreal ecosystem and as such is working with the Collision Lab to identify, evaluate and select promising startups that would be part of the innovation journey presented at the CGI’s Innovation Center in Montreal. It is dedicated to accelerating clients’ digitization by offering unique co-innovation capabilities to fuel applied and tangible innovation.

Port of Québec

With its wide range of activities, the Port of Québec is undoubtedly a unique playground for stimulating entrepreneurship.

Company description

 

Québec City is home to the last deep-water port on the St. Lawrence. With water depths of up to 15 m, the Port of Québec gives the largest ocean-going vessels access to the Great Lakes market. In addition to its port vocation, the Port of Québec stands out for its involvement in recreational tourism, with 20% of its territory dedicated to this activity. This includes parks, bike paths, beaches, swimming, outdoor shows and two cruise terminals.

Partner since 2023

Why work with the Collision Lab?

The Port of Québec is working with the Collision Lab to find innovative solutions to tomorrow's complex challenges, and to facilitate the implementation of these innovations.

ZIMER

ZIMER members have been working together for many years, joining forces to increase the penetration of advanced technologies in heavy industry, particularly mining and metallurgy.

Company description

 

Based in Sept-Îles, the ZIMER innovation center brings together major companies that are world leaders in their fields, innovative SMEs, high-performance research centers, socio-economic development bodies and political entities. The niches are those of infrastructure and production equipment reliability through predictive and intelligent maintenance, decarbonization through energy optimization, and optimal management of railway assets.

Partner since 2023

Why work with Collision Lab?

ZIMER's priority is to establish partnerships with external organizations, in order to build up a solid network of expertise in support of its research and commercialization activities. The partnership with Centech's Collision Lab is part of this approach, and focuses on a number of themes: open innovation support, the creation of a Mining and Metals cluster, the identification and evaluation of technology start-ups, immersion in the Centech ecosystem and the commercialization of research.

VMware

VMware is a leading provider of multi-cloud services for all applications, enabling digital innovation with enterprise control.

Company description

 

VMware is an American IT company that offers several virtualization-related products.

Partner since 2022

Why work with Collision Lab?

VMware is collaborating with Collision Lab to make its Tanzu software development platform available free of charge to startups for creating cloud-based applications.

ULTRA

ULTRA operates mainly in the maritime, military and commercial, aerospace, nuclear and industrial sensor markets.

Company description

 

ULTRA is a defense and security group providing application engineering solutions in key elements of critical and intelligent systems. The ULTRA Intelligence & Communications branch develops intelligent and tactical communication technologies for harsh environments.

Partner since 2019

Why work with Collision Lab?

In Centech's Collision Lab, ULTRA operates a technology showcase featuring technologies resulting from research carried out with ÉTS on the resilience of critical communication systems.

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