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 ($’000)a
Educational institution or research group 2014 2015 2016 2017
Université de Montréal 982.9 649.3 946.9 825.0
HEC Montréal 25.0 20.0 0.0 40.0
Polytechnique Montréal 698.5 494.3 572.9 345.4
Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue 1.6 2.5 1.0 15.0
Université du Québec à Chicoutimi 113.1 75.3 0.0 60.0
Université du Québec à Montréal 762.0 414.0 740.5 749.0
Université du Québec en Outaouais 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Université du Québec à Rimouski 175.0 280.0 200.0 210.0
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières 62.3 79.8 50.0 174.0
École de technologie supérieure 1,173.0 548.2 454.4 169.5
Institut national de la recherche scientifique 608.9 841.8 423.4 0.0
McGill University 1,012.8 1,090.0 1,039.8 710.0
Concordia University 769.0 749.0 820.0 795.3
Université Laval 1,239.6 573.8 902.9 1,187.0
Université de Sherbrooke 1,044.5 662.9 764.2 481.1
Ouranos. Cirano and Institute of Electrical Power Engineering 985.0 935.0 885.0 1,333.0
Institutions outside Québec 623.7 287.6 640.3 27.5
College technology transfer centres 159.5 189.6 0.0 0.0
Total 10,436.4 7,893.1 8,441.4 7,067.8
  1. Includes amounts recorded as donations and sponsorships: $3.3 million in 2014, $1.4 million in 2015, $2.6 million in 2016 and $2.9 million in 2017.

2017 HIGHLIGHTS

  • The first annual symposium of the NSERC/Hydro-Québec Industrial Research Chair in Phytotechnology was held at the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale. A total of eight research projects, ongoing or in development, were presented to the members of the Chair, Hydro-Québec employees and IREQ researchers.
  • Esstalion Technologies, a Hydro-Québec–MuRata joint venture, continued its R&D activities on lithium-ion batteries after Sony sold its stake in the venture.
  • The Nova LFSe bus, Québec’s first 100% electric bus, was tested in the streets of Montréal. The vehicle is equipped with motors made by TM4, a Hydro-Québec subsidiary.
Jean Matte, Senior Director of IREQ (Hydro-Québec’s research institute), and Dr. Sung Hwan Bae, President of KEPCO Research Institute, signing the research and development cooperation agreement in the field of cybersecurity and smart grids.

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