ÉTS inaugurates its new library and the new Centech in the presence of Minister Jean-François RobergeWednesday, December 12, 2018
Yesterday, ÉTS inaugurated its new library and the new site for Centech, its accelerator for high-tech start-ups.
The event was attended by Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education and Higher Education; David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Member of Parliament for Lasalle–Émard–Verdun; François W. Croteau, Member of the Ville de Montréal Executive Committee responsible for the Smart City, Information Technologies and Innovation; Pierre Dumouchel, Director General of ÉTS; invited guests and media representatives.
William St-Pierre (Mechasys), Jennifer Ivens (Canscan), Richard Chénier (Centech Director), David Lametti, François W. Croteau, Jean-François Roberge, Pierre Dumouchel, Jean-René Halde (Chair of ÉTS board of directors), François Bérubé, Assistant Deputy Minister, Minister of Education and Higher Education, and Hugo Brizard (Pharonyx)
According to Pierre Dumouchel: “These new spaces will enable ÉTS to respond to the considerable growth in clientele that we have experienced over the past several years. I would like to thank the federal and provincial governments for the funding they have committed to these projects. I would also like to acknowledge the ongoing support of Ville de Montréal for the development of ÉTS.”
In April 2017, the federal and provincial governments announced the financing of three major projects at ÉTS as part of the federal Strategic Investment Fund and the Québec Infrastructure Plan: The conversion of the Dow Planetarium, the expansion and redesign of the library and the construction of a new pavilion. The first two projects were completed this fall, while the third, the construction of the new Pavilion D, will be completed in the summer of 2019.
“The investments made by our government into École de technologie supérieure will help to advance the economic and technological development of Québec. These new spaces will allow students to further enhance their expertise and research work and to push the envelope in the area of innovation in Canada.”
— David Lametti, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development
“Thanks to these investments in ÉTS, students will be able to take full advantage of technologically advanced environments that are sure to increase their chances for success. In receiving a superior-quality education, students must be exposed to the best possible learning conditions. These projects represent a perfect example. I would also like to acknowledge the work done by the management team at ÉTS in recent months in terms of bringing these impressive projects to fruition.”
— Jean-François Roberge, Minister of Education and Higher Education
The new library
The library upgrade had become a necessity. The student population has grown from 3,500 in 1997 to more than 11,000 in 2018. In terms of providing a top-quality student experience, the need for the integration of new technologies and new learning spaces had reached a crucial level.
The new library, which now covers more than 3,000 m2, is a vast, brightly lit, welcoming space that features more than 600 seating places, 15 team work rooms, a computer lab, an active learning classroom, a multi-functional room and a space reserved for graduate and post-graduate students
The total cost of the project was $6,600,000. The Québec Ministère de l’Éducation et de l’Enseignement supérieur (MEES – Department of Education and Higher Education) and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada contributed $2,500,000 and $2,800,000 respectively.
The new Centech
The former Dow Planetarium at 1000 rue Saint-Jacques has been completely renovated. It now takes its place among the flagship buildings of the ÉTS campus, housing Centech, the school’s accelerator for high-tech start-ups.
Pierre Dumouchel, Director General of ÉTS explains: “Over the past months, a number of ÉTS employees have been working tirelessly to complete the expansion of the library and the conversion of the Dow Planetarium. We are proud to have overcome the challenges that we encountered in repurposing this iconic Montréal landmark. As a result, Centech is now headquartered in a singularly unique location that will become the epicentre for innovation in Montréal, a strategic and dynamic site that is conducive to research and co-creation, and perfectly in keeping with the objectives of ÉTS in terms of fostering entrepreneurship and industrial innovation.”
The total cost of the Planetarium conversion was $11,483,000. MEES and Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada contributed $3,375,000 and $3,275,000 respectively. For its part, Ville de Montréal donated the building to ÉTS.
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