February 2021 Newsletter
Bourstad 2021 Challenge:
the registration period is open!
CIRANO and its partners in the Bourstad Program officially launched on January 19 the registration campaign for the Bourstad 2021 Challenge
tw CIRANO and its partners in this program congratulated the winners of the 2020 edition and launched the registration campaign in the 34th edition of the Bourstad Stock Market Challenge.
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IIROC and CIRANO invite schools from Atlantic Canada, Ontario and Western Canada to the 2021 Bourstad Challenge
tw Three new grand prizes, sponsored by the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC), have been introduced as part of the 2021 Bourstad Challenge for participants in these regions.
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Fiscal Policy Challenge: It's time to register!
tw CIRANO is pleased to announce the launch of the Fiscal Policy Challenge. This competition for students aims to find innovative and rigorous solutions to current public policy issues. Theme of the 2020-2021 edition: The Economic Lessons of the Pandemic.
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Le Québec économique 9 : Perspectives et défis de la transformation numérique - Already more than 3,000 downloads!
tw This ninth edition of Le Québec économique, written under the scientific direction of Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin and Benoit Dostie and under the coordination of Genevieve Dufour, is available electronically and free of charge. The e-pub version is now available.
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Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin exchanges with Luc Sirois, Quebec's Chief Innovation Officer
tw They were guests on C-SCience's monthly show C+CLAIR to talk about AI funding in Quebec. It was also an opportunity to talk about the AI ecosystem in Quebec, innovation zones, training and talent attraction, support and coaching for businesses and the Research-Innovation-Success continuum.
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Webinar on the Challenges of Immigrant Labour Market Integration
tw On February 3, Brahim Boudarbat (Université de Montréal, OFÉ, IZA, CIRANO), Daniel Parent (HEC Montréal, CIRANO) and Mireille Paquet (Concordia University) presented their research on this theme during this webinar organized by the Association des économistes québécois - Montreal Chapter, in collaboration with the Société canadienne de science économique (SCSE) and CIRANO.
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Webinar Workshop - Digital Data in the Bio-Food Sector in Quebec
tw Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin (CIRANO, OBVIA, Polytechnique Montréal), Ingrid Peignier (CIRANO) and Henri-Paul Rousseau (CIRANO, Paris School of Economics, HEC Montréal, Noovelia), presented on the theme "Data in Agriculture - Perceptions, Issues, Challenges and Opportunities" during this webinar organized by OBVIA in collaboration with the MAPAQ and the Forum IA Québec. The video of the webinar is available online.
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External Activity: HEC Forecast 2021, "AI in times of COVID"
Thursday, February 11, 2021
Conference organized by the Data Science Club at HEC Montréal. CIRANO is a diffusion partner of this event. Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, CIRANO CEO and Full Professor at Polytechnique Montréal, will present CIRANO's work on data science and artificial intelligence.
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Roundtable: Digital Transformation in the Finance, Agriculture, Construction, Aerospace and Integrated Mobility Sectors
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
As part of the events related to the book Le Québec économique 9 : Perspectives et défis de la transformation numérique (Opportunities and Challenges of the Digital Transformation), CIRANO is organizing a roundtable on the theme of digital transformation at work in various sectors. Authors of the book will discuss issues in the sectors of finance, agriculture, construction, aerospace and integrated mobility.
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Webinar: Factors that Prevent or Facilitate the Expansion of Fast-growing SMEs in the Bio-food Industry
Wednesday, February 17, 2021
Annie Royer (Université Laval and CIRANO) and Josée St-Pierre (Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières and CIRANO) will present the results of the CIRANO report "Facteurs qui entravent ou facilitent l’expansion des PME en croissance rapide de l’industrie bioalimentaire".
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External Activity: Virtual Discussion with Mark Carney, "A Changing Society: The Economy and the Environment after the Pandemic"
Thursday, February 18, 2021
Mark Carney, economist, will answer questions from Louise Roy, Chancellor Emeritus of the Université de Montréal and Chair of the Board of Directors of CIRANO, and of Benoit Perron, Director of the Department of Economics at the Université de Montréal and CIRANO Researcher and Fellow. CIRANO is a diffusion partner of this event.
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Seminar: Montreal Econometrics Seminar 2020-2021
Friday, February 19, 2021
Seminar organized in collaboration with CIREQ and the departments of economics of the Université de Montréal, Université du Québec à Montréal, Concordia University and McGill University
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CEO Seminar: Cynthia Garneau (Via Rail Canada)
Wednesday, March 10, 2021
Ms Cynthia Garneau, President and CEO at VIA Rail Canada, will share her experience during a networking event gathering researchers and business people. By invitation only.
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Agro Forum: Economic Recovery and Food Autonomy
Friday, March 26, 2021
This online event will mark the publication of a report written by a group of CIRANO researchers who draw a portrait of the challenges facing the biofood sector and proposes solutions or levers of action to be favored to respond to them and to boost the economy.
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Project Reports
Les enseignants, leur formation ainsi que
les outils mis à leur disposition

(Louise Poirier)
Encadrement normatif et contractuel des pratiques de téléconsultation en clinique de première ligne
(Mélanie Bourassa Forcier, Maude Laberge)
L’économie circulaire au Québec
Quelles options pour la stratégie gouvernementale en développement durable 2022-2027 ?

(Bernard Korai, Johanne Whitmore)
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