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MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre - C2MI

$22.1 million for 2011-21
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MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre

Number of partners

Partner contributions
$22.5 million

Bromont, Quebec

Normand Bourbonnais Normand Bourbonnais

Board chair
Louis Labelle Louis Labelle,
Director, Bromont plant – IBM Canada Ltd.

Supporting the electronics systems industry from lab to commercial production

The opportunity

Quebec is home to Canada’s largest semiconductor wafer manufacturing facility (Teledyne DALSA) and one of the world’s most advanced packaging plants (IBM). The Université de Sherbrooke partnered with these two powerhouses to grow this regional cluster and build a centre of excellence that links academic researchers with supply chain partners to move both academic and industry innovation from the prototype stage to high-volume commercial production. These products are used in many sectors, such as health, environment, automotive, transportation, aerospace, energy and communications technology.

How C2MI is seizing this opportunity

The MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre is the world’s most advanced microelectromechanical systems (MEMS)/wafer level packaging facility. With support from the federal and Quebec governments and its founding partners (IBM, Teledyne DALSA, the Université de Sherbrooke and the City of Bromont), C2MI opened a 15,000 square metre state-of-the-art microelectronics facility where designers, engineers and scientists from academia and industry collaborate to transform proof-of-concepts into actual prototypes used in the manufacturing process. To help companies thrive in today’s global, knowledge-driven economy, C2MI’s ecosystem offers access to skills development, product certification, resources for market analysis and strategic business plans, intellectual property protection, financial services and guidance, and funding for commercialization.

Among the results

  • C2MI has attracted 16 Canadian and international industry partners, from start-ups to multinationals, representing each stage of the microsystems supply chain.
  • More than $94 million has been invested in R&D projects performed by industrial partners, primarily Canadian and international manufacturers.
  • C2MI’s facility was a major factor in Motion Engine Inc.’s decision to locate its start-up in Montréal. C2MI also provides financing to support Motion Engine’s commercialization activities.
  • Lévis, Quebec-based Alizem Inc. joined C2MI as a commercialization partner, providing the centre with significant reductions in cost, risk and time-to-market in the development of custom power electronic systems. Another new partner, Nemco, an Oslo, Norway company which opened an office in Montréal, will ensure new products meet all standards and certification requirements in export markets.
  • IBM Canada partnered with the Université de Sherbrooke in May 2014 to launch the $9.1-million NSERC/IBM Canada Industrial Research Chair in Smarter Microelectronics Packaging for Performance Scaling. The chair will enable about 50 students to train in an industrial setting with IBM engineers located at C2MI.

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