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Your Insurance. Easy, Fast, Efficient.

Montreal, Aug 11, 2022 – CEIM is proud to announce that it has awarded, through the Société d’Investissement Jeunesse (S.I.J.) impact fund, a total of $150,000 in funding to YouSet, a young but rapidly growing company that is based in Montreal and that aims to revolutionize the insurance sector.

This contribution will enable the company, which already has offices in both Quebec and Ontario, to further its commercialization efforts and to pursue growth opportunities in new markets..

“The S.I.J. offers unparalleled financial support for young entrepreneurs in search of financing. It has enabled us to complete a significant round of financing that is designed to help us export our services to new markets. Thanks to their expertise, we were able to secure several other investors and close our funding round, so I am extremely grateful for all the help that the team provided,” said Xavier Freeman, co-founder and CEO, YouSet.

“YouSet has developed a particularly innovative smart technology that is capable of managing thousands of different algorithms, thus providing its users with the most affordable, personalized insurance coverage in less than 4 minutes. We are proud to be able to play a part in the growth of our young startups and to have the opportunity to provide bright and talented entrepreneurs such as Xavier and Fellipe with the support that they need to achieve their goals,” added Christian Perron, President and Chief Operating Officer, CEIM.

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Notice of Appointment of Ms. Julie Proulx

Following the annual general meeting that was held last Tuesday, May 31, Centre d’entreprises et d’innovation de Montréal (CEIM) is proud to announce the appointment of Ms. Julie Proulx to its Board of directors.

Ms. Proulx, who joined the Fonds de solidarité FTQ in 2001 and who now holds the position of Director, Investment – private equity and impact investments, has acquired solid expertise in project financing, particularly international projects.

Her experience and extensive knowledge of the market will be a great asset to the Board.

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André Lavigne, Special Advisor, Export

CEIM is proud to announce the appointment of André Lavigne as Special Advisor, Export. Coach, mentor, speaker and bestselling author (see Démystifiez et maîtrisez la vente), André has over 30 years of experience in developing and executing sales strategies (SaaS, OEM, channel and direct), business development and commercialization of complex solutions in vertical markets or by territory (both local and international).

Serge Bourassa, CEIM’s former President and COO, was rewarded at the Innovation Awards Gala that was held virtually, in the presence of Ms. Chantal Renaud, wife of the 28th Premier of Quebec, on November 25. The prize is traditionally presented to a high-level personality who has contributed directly to the development, growth, achievements and performance of a Quebec business or institution, private or public. This person is recognized for his successes and his dynamism having had a significant impact in his region, his sector of activity within the ecosystem of research and innovation of Quebec, and this, over an extended period of time.

We warmly congratulate Serge for this well-deserved recognition as well as his undeniable contribution to the Quebec startup community!

CEIM is proud to announce that it has signed a new partnership agreement with Workland, a new generation recruitment agency that offers innovative, turnkey solutions combining digital marketing, HR technologies and recruitment expertise, with the aim of facilitating and accelerating the matchmaking process between candidates and employers.

With the signing of this agreement, CEIM and Workland aim to facilitate the task of employers through full or partial handling of the hiring process.

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Remember back in March when a giant container ship ran aground in the Suez Canal, paralyzing global shipping traffic for nearly a week and causing billions of dollars in losses?

Whether the incident was due to human error, technical difficulties or adverse weather conditions, it clearly demonstrates the need, for both officers and crew, to be well prepared so as to be able to prevent risks and respond promptly and effectively to emergency situations.

Interview with  Guillaume Nepveu, CEO and founder of Chaac Technologies, a young Montreal-based company that has recently collaborated with the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) to help place their new recruits in immersive VR-based training scenarios to perform tasks such as navigation, ship-handling and mooring.

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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, 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.