We support Québec universities by forging partnerships with them and granting them research contracts. In particular, we fund university chairs, most of which are also supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). As a founding member of the innovation cluster and consultation forum Ouranos, we contribute to their work in the fields of regional climatology and adapting to climate change.

Contributions, commitments, research chair funding and research contracts ($K)a
Educational institution or research group 2013 2014 2015 2016
Université de Montréal 996.3 982.9 649.3 946.9
HEC Montréal 25.0 25.0 20.0 0.0
Polytechnique Montréal 653.3 698.5 494.3 572.9
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 65.1 1.6 2.5 1.0
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 129.7 113.1 75.3 0.0
Université du Québec à Montréal 749.0 762.0 414.0 740.5
Université du Québec à Rimouski 270.0 175.0 280.0 200.0
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 306.4 62.3 79.8 50.0
École de technologie supérieure 496.0 1,173.0 548.2 454.4
Institut national de la recherche scientifique 7.5 608.9 841.8 423.4
McGill University 1,442.0 1,012.8 1,090.0 1,039.8
Concordia University 812.0 769.0 749.0 820.0
Université Laval 1,414.7 1,239.6 573.8 902.9
Université de Sherbrooke 1,064.8 1,044.5 662.9 764.2
Ouranos. Cirano and Institute of Electrical Power Engineering 1,840.2 985.0 935.0 885.0
Institutions outside Québec 593.9 623.7 287.6 640.3
College technology transfer centres 195.2 159.5 189.6 0.0
Total 11,061.1 10,436.4 7,893.1 8,441.4
  1. Includes amounts recorded as donations and sponsorships: $3.2 million in 2013, $3.3 million in 2014, $1.4 million in 2015 and $2.6 million in 2016.

Activities in 2016

  • We launched the NSERC/Hydro-Québec/Thales Senior Industrial Research Chair in Smart Grid Cybersecurity Chair with Concordia University. The objective: develop new methods to detect, prevent and mitigate cyber threats as well as recover from cyber attacks, with a view to improving the security of the electricity grid throughout Québec.
  • The NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair in Phytotechnology was created with Université de Montréal. The chair aims to develop and optimize approaches to phytotechnology in two areas of application: phytoremediation for soil or contaminated water treatment; and restoring vegetation cover to prevent the invasion of undesirable plants (trees and shrubs in ROWs or invasive alien plants).
  • The mandate was renewed between the NSERC-Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair on Control of Tree Growth and Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). The objective: develop an integrated approach to urban management of trees in the vicinity of Hydro-Québec’s infrastructures, in the context of adaptation to climate change.
IREQ signed an agreement with the Regional Council of Aquitaine (France) relating to advanced battery materials for transportation electrification.

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