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Discover why so many optics/photonics companies chose the City of Québec to develop their world-renowned innovations!
Marco St-Pierre, Vice-President of the Technology Division at Creaform, and Frédéric Grandmont, Technology & Business Development Manager at ABB will show you how Québec City was a decisive factor in their successes.
A VIBRANT INNOVATION ECOSYSTEM
“The Québec City area has helped make EXFO a world leader in its field. We couldn’t have done it without the region’s creative talent, world-class research centres and vibrant innovation ecosystem! EXFO’s Québec City headquarters are the group’s largest optics/photonics research and development centre thanks to the multitude of resources in the field!” Louis Adam, Corporate Director of Marketing, EXFO
Here, companies benefit from the competition between research and market. Biophotonics, neurophotonics, fully optical networks, next-generation optical fibres… Québec City is at the cutting edge of science, and its successes are multiplying exponentially.
Between 2006 and 2016, 40% of the jobs created in Québec City were in the higher knowledge sector—that’s twice as many as in the rest of Canada.
With the higher concentration of high-level optics experts, our research centres have developed many custom technologies with high market potential, leading to the creation of several businesses.
Regional optics/photonics companies export 85% of their production and expertise around the world.
Québec City’s numerous financing programs include the Programme de vitrine technologique (technology showcase program), which allows the city’s businesses and research centres to test their innovative products and procedures in real situations.
It costs an average of 16.1% less to do business in Québec City than in the average American city. This cost advantage is even higher for research and development, with savings of 33.8%.