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Christian Perron

Promoting entrepreneurship among young people across Quebec

CEIM is proud to to announce that it has been entrusted with the management of the Société d’Investissement Jeunesse (S.I.J.) fund, providing the organization with an additional financial lever to support innovative young leaders and entrepreneurs. The announcement was made by Mrs. Hélène Desmarais, President of S.I.J. and Mr. Christian Perron, CEIM’s President and COO, during the S.I.J. board meeting which took place on September 23.

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Christian Perron

Christian Perron, new President and COO, CEIM

Ms. Hélène Desmarais, Chair of the Board of Directors and CEO of CEIM, is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Christian Perron as President and Chief Operating Officer.

Christian Perron has been working on Montreal’s economic development for over twenty years, particularly in the field of new technologies. Notably, he has been involved in the financing of numerous technology companies operating in the gaming, special effects and artificial intelligence sectors.

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Good day to you all.

I will be leaving CEIM as of today, after more than 24 years of service, 15 of which as President and COO of the organization. I am proud of what we have accomplished.

I wish to thank Ms. Hélène Desmarais for giving me the opportunity to join CEIM and for her confidence and support over the years.

I also want to thank all current and former members of our Board of Directors for their wise counsel and encouragement, as well as my current and retired colleagues for their precious collaboration: nothing would have been possible without them.

Thank you also to all CEIM’s partners, in particular the Governments of Canada and Québec, for their financial support.

Finally, I would like to extend my thanks to our clients, some of whom I have had the pleasure of knowing on a more personal basis: you are the raison d’être of our organization.

Goodbye and all the best to you all!

Serge Bourassa

CEIM is proud to announce the appointment of Carole Bitoun as Senior Consultant. Carole has extensive experience and expertise in business and entrepreneurial skills development, particularly in the fields of IT and the manufacturing, medical and pharmaceutical sectors. She will therefore be a major asset to the organization and we are thrilled to welcome her aboard.

Thanks to the financial support of Canada Economic Development, CEIM is proud to announce the launch of a new program specifically designed for innovative Quebec startups wishing to export their technology and enter the international market.

Are you ready to export or looking to fast-track your growth by unleashing your export potential? This program was created for you and aims to provide you with all the resources that you need to ensure that your project is a success.

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The Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for Canada Economic Development for Quebec Regions (CED), the Honourable Mélanie Joly, announced during a press briefing on October 22, a $494,100 non-repayable contribution for CEIM for a new project aimed at promoting the international business development of innovative technology startups.

We are extremely grateful and would like to thank the CED team for its support and deep commitment towards CEIM.

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While it’s clear that the success of your business stems in large part from a good idea, conducting market research is an essential step in your project’s strategic planning and validation.

That’s especially true today as search engines (the de facto tool when searching the web) can bring up a wide range of incomplete, outdated or even erroneous data.

In addition, and as tempting as it may seem, investing heavily in R&D to develop your competitive advantage will not guarantee that your innovation will find buyers if you only have a partial understanding of the target market and customers or of the commercial, technological, legal and socio-political risks that you might be faced with.

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Mr. Louis Jacques Filion, MA, MBA, Ph.D., Emeritus Professor,  Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, HEC Montréal, leaves CEIM’s Board of Directors after 25 years of exemplary contribution.

Mr. Filion has authored numerous books, notably on entrepreneurship, and carried out various international interventions.

Mr. Filion joined the Board of Directors at CEIM’s inception, in 1996, at the invitation of Mrs. Hélène Desmarais, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Filion has been a key member of our Board of Directors. His wise counsel, judicious questions and fair and cordial words of encouragement have contributed to the continuous improvement of CEIM. We are very grateful to Mr. Filion and sincerely thank him.

As part of a new partnership agreement with Scale AI (Canada’s Artificial Intelligence Supercluster), CEIM is proud to announce the launch of two new incubation and acceleration programs. 

These are aimed at young startups that have developed an AI solution applied to supply chains and could be accompanied by financial support of up to $ 35,000 per project.

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