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Hydro-Québec’s research institute (IREQ) is a powerful innovator serving the people of Québec.

With state-of-the-art facilities and technologies, and talented employees who secure Hydro-Québec’s position as an industry leader, the company a stimulating work environment that offers a wealth of learning opportunities for passionate individuals looking for a rewarding career in the energy sector.

Our organization is preparing the next generation of energy experts and wants you to be a part of key projects that will define Québec’s energy future. Join us in building a greener and more energy-efficient future.

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We are preparing the next generation by supporting university research in our areas of interest

By supporting universities through research chairs and other research partnerships, Hydro-Québec is promoting knowledge development in fields related to its activities and is preparing a new generation of experts to meet its future needs. These collaborations will also generate new industrial partnerships, which will help maximize Hydro-Québec’s contribution to research activities.

Most of Hydro-Québec’s research collaborations are supported financially by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). The major funding that NSERC provides to industry contributions enhances university research capabilities in several research projects and areas of interest for our organization.

Hydro-Québec supports several university partnerships, including the following:

Concordia University

  • Cybersecurity
  • Optimized operation and energy efficiency: towards high performance buildings
  • Design of thermally comfortable and healthy buildings: integration of a concrete heated floor system

McGill University

  • Integration of renewable energies and distributed generation into the electric distribution grid
  • Interactive information infrastructure for the power grid
  • New battery materials

Polytechnique Montréal

  • Multiscale simulation of response times for transient phenomena in power grids
  • Geothermal systems based on standing column wells
  • Life cycle assessment
  • Multipurpose sensors for line inspections

HEC Montréal

  • Energy management
  • Mosaic – Management of creativity and innovation

Université de Montréal



  • Biogeochemistry of carbon in inland aquatic systems
  • Control of tree growth
  • Project management
  • Macroeconomics and forecasts
  • Mathematical modeling and digital simulations
  • Hydraulic turbines
  • Prediction of the start of corrosion and service life of the system’s underground structures
  • Flexible activity planning for optimal management of energy and power demand

Université de Sherbrooke

  • High-performance flowable concrete with adapted rheology
  • Industrial energy efficiency
  • Composite materials
  • Work rehabilitation
  • Development of water resources
  • Addition of powdered glass to concrete
  • Self-navigating drones and interactions with live lines


  • Transactional management of residential design
  • Asset management


  • Diagnostic tools for power transformers
  • Performance of high-voltage insulators in icy conditions
  • Simulation of seismic risks for electrical equipment

École de technologie supérieure

  • CoReTHy – manufacture and welding repair of 13Cr-4Ni alloy turbine runners: simulation and experimentation
  • Development of simulation models and advanced, nonintrusive diagnostic tools for large hydropower generators

University of Toronto

Cybersecurity enhancement for smart grids using an IT/OT convergence approach

Multi-university partnerships

McGill University and McMaster University

Micromechanical modeling of steel

MILA (Université de Montréal, McGill University, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal)

Immediate solar forecasting (“nowcasting”) through artificial intelligence and remote sensing

Polytechnique Montréal–McGill University–École de technologie supérieure–SACMI–Politecnico di Milano–Università di Ferrara–CMQ

Fatigue and corrosion fatigue in stainless steel

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