Poles and major initiatives

Major initiative 4POINT.0

The accelerated development of technological innovations is increasingly creating a society that is "catching up" and reacting both economically and socially. The recent case of Uber and the resulting upheavals, even at the political level, are a good illustration of this phenomenon. Faced with this "creative destruction", companies must rethink their methods and processes of ideation and innovation. They experiment to increase their creativity by reinventing organizational structures to foster greater transversality and by promoting non-traditional creative spaces that are more open to the participation of external actors.

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Major initiative OBVIA


Supported financially by the Fonds de recherche du Québec, the Observatory helps communities, organizations and individuals to maximize the positive benefits of AI and digital and to minimize the negative effects of technologies. A space for discussion and reflection for all stakeholders concerned with artificial intelligence (AI), its development and use, the Observatory brings together more than 160 researchers to maximize the positive effects of AI and minimize its negative impacts.

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The Chair, a partnership between the CIRANO, Retraite Québec, iA Financial Group, UQAM, Université Laval and HEC Montréal that began in 2014, originally had the name Industrial Alliance Research Chair on the Economics of Demographic Change. Entering a second five-year term in 2019, the Chair continues its work thanks to the renewal of its collaboration with the CIRANO, Retraite Québec, UQAM and HEC Montréal.

Chairholders Raquel Fonseca (ESG UQAM) and Pierre-Carl Michaud (HEC Montréal) take the opportunity to strategically reposition the Chair and adopt a new title, namely, Research Chair in Intergenerational Economics. Preserving the same DNA, the work of the Chair is organized around 3 axes – retirement and savings, health, labour market – identified as priorities and transversal to the intergenerational economic issues of demographic transitions.

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