The MiQro Innovation Collaborative Centre was made possible thanks to $218M in funding from the Ministère du Développement économique, de l’Innovation et de l’Exportation (MDEIE) ($94.9M), Industry Canada ($82.95M), private partners (IBM and Teledyne DALSA) and the Université de Sherbrooke as part of the Canada Knowledge Infrastructure Program.
C2MI began its activities on November 1st, 2011. Its official inauguration was held in July 2012. Designated as a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) by the Canadian Network of Centres of Excellence (NCE). The Centre received a $14.1 million grant over 5 years to accelerate the commercialization of technology products.
IBM Canada, in partnership with the Université de Sherbrooke, is awarded a NSERC-IBM Canada Industrial Research Chair in innovative microelectronic chip packaging. This Chair, with a budget of $9.1M over 5 years, allows to train approximately 50 students in an industrial setting with IBM engineers working at C2MI.
C2MI receives additional funding from the Centres of Excellence for Commercialization and Research (CECR) program. This investment of $8 million over 5 years confirms C2MI’s success in contributing to accelerated commercialization.
On January 16, the Université de Sherbrooke and IBM Bromont renewed their partnership with the NSERC-IBM Canada Industrial Research Chair in High Performance Heterogeneous Integration and launched a complementary collaborative research and development (CRD) project in support of the Chair. The two projects launched benefit from an investment of more than $6M funded by NSERC, Prompt, IBM and UdeS.
On October 27th, the Université de Sherbrooke announced the NSERC-Teledyne DALSA Industrial Research Chair for MEMS and next generation microphotonics. This Chair aims to develop and improve materials, manufacturing processes and applications for tomorrow’s microsystems and microphotonics.
Développement économique Canada has awarded the C2MI $5 million in financial support. This investment will enable the C2MI to set up state-of-the-art equipment for the manufacture of microsystems, the integration of optoelectronic components and the printing of electronic circuits by screen printing in order to accelerate the development of new processes and products.
The CECR program has enabled C2MI to financially support 45 innovative projects.
On November 18, 2021, we received the Grande Mention Award at the Prix Performances Québec Gala at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal. The unveiling of the Grande Mention recipient was presented by Premier François Legault and the award was presented by Mr. Pierre Fitzgibbon, Quebec Minister of Economy and Innovation.
Recognition evening on September 10, 2022, to mark the 10th anniversary of C2MI. During the evening, there were many special moments to recognize the builders and contributors who have made the Centre possible.
On June 21, 2022, the Université de Sherbrooke received $17 million in funding to support the first phase of its C2MI expansion project. An expansion project of more than 3,000 m2 that will also include the acquisition of equipment and the installation of specialized laboratory rooms.
On October 6, 2022, creation of the very first Chair in Microfabrication and Integration by the Université de Sherbrooke and the C2MI. Chairholder Serge Écoffey is also a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering in the Faculty of Engineering and specializes in microfabrication, integration and microelectronic devices.
On November 7, we accepted the Gold Award in the Excellence, Innovation and Wellness category from Excellence Canada. It is an honour for our team to receive this award, which demonstrates the importance of everything that has been put in place over the past 10 years in terms of governance, leadership, strategies, employee mobility and overall well-being.