Building IngeniouslyInnovating Together To Achieve Excellence In Quebec

February 26th, 2020
in Montreal
Content developed in collaboration with the ACRGTQ, ACQ, ÉTS, the Groupe BIM du Québec, the Ministère de l'Économie et de l'Innovation, SQI and Deloitte.



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Join us at the
Rialto theatre,
a legendary Montreal landmark

5723, Parc avenue, Montreal



You wish to be more competitive and better satisfy the expectations of those that give out orders?

The construction sector is lagging behind in terms of innovation in Canada; it’s the second to last sector that is the least digitalized* after the agricultural, hunting and fishing sector. In Quebec, 81% of construction businesses have less than 10 employees (construction businesses, architecture, and related services).

Yet there are many existing solutions that can reverse that trend. There are many cases to prove it!

During the next Rencontres de génie’s conference, Genium360 invites you to get thinking and take action!

Many collaborative approaches and technologies exist that may be a solution to achieving productivity, but many practical questions remain unanswered:

  • BIM (Building Information Modeling), prefabrication, 3D digitization, modular construction, robotics; How to use them and apply them efficiently in order to boost productivity
  • How to streamline and improve coordination throughout different trade communities that are not working at the same technological level
  • What will the construction industry look like in 10 years and what is the role of engineering in this new reality?
  • What solutions and methodologies, which have been proven here and elsewhere, should be adopted by Quebec businesses? What are some examples of success?
  • By way of expert testimonials, real case studies and interactive workshops, you will be inspired by the best practices shared by the innovators responsible for major successes. Come discover the innovation that will help you enhance your ability to compete!


*McKinsey&Company Study, 2017.

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8 h

Welcoming participants and continental breakfast

8 h 30

Opening Address

A Vision For The Construction Industry In Quebec: Priorities, Possible Solutions And Tools That Are Within Your Reach
Marc Vézina

Director, Direction des biens de consommation et de la construction (MEI)

Marc Vézina started working as a civil servant in 1991 for the Bureau de l’efficacité énergétique du Québec at the ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources. In 2013, he was leading the Exportations et industries (Exports and Industries), the Expertise conseil (Avisory-Expertise) and nordique (Nordic) teams of the Société d’habitation du Québec. In 2017, he was appointed Director of construction et de l’analyse sectorielle (Construction and Sector-Specific Analysis) at the ministère de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation. They are responsible for the construction industry’s development and its mandate is to guide this sector’s businesses in carrying out their investment, innovation and global value chain penetration projects. In 2018, the Ministry (now known as the ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation since last october) has identified priority actions to help advance this industry such as the digital shift in the construction sector.

8 h 45

English conference

How To Innovate Together To Transform The Construction Industry
Sam Stacey

Challenge Director, UK Research and Innovation

The Transforming Construction Challenge at UKRI is a £170 million investment in research and innovation in order to create new construction processes and techniques for the construction of buildings in the UK. Before joining UKRI, Sam was the Director of Innovation, Industrialisation and Business Improvement at Skanska UK, Administrator of the Building Research Establishment and President of the National Platform for the Built Environment. He is a certified structural engineer and holds an MBA from the Henley Business School.

9 h 30


Companies that made the transition: the experience of the aeronautics industry

In order to improve their business practices, become more efficient, innovate both technologically and in terms of management, and align themselves with the expectations and needs of prime contractors, The Québec aerospace industry has mobilized to help Québec suppliers improve their performance and competitiveness. AéroMontreal inspires us with the MACH initiative and is an example of successful supplier transformation.

Suzanne M. Benoît

President Aéro Montréal

Suzanne M. Benoît was appointed President of Aéro Montreal, Québec’s aerospace cluster, at its inception in August 2006. Aéro Montreal brings together major decision makers in Québec’s aerospace sector and aims to optimize the competitiveness, growth and the influence of the industry around the world. Prior to joining Aéro Montréal, she led the Longueuil Economic Development Agency (LED) as its President and CEO, from its creation in 2002. From 1999 to 2002, she led the foreign investment prospecting team in the Americas division of Investissement Québec. From 1991 to 1999, she held various management positions at Hydro-Québec in the areas of government and institutional relations and industrial and economic development in the utility’s major industrial clients division. Beginning in 1979, she worked in the federal civil service in Ottawa and elsewhere in Canada as assistant director at International Affairs, Industry Canada, responsible for industrial cooperation between Canada and Japan and Canada and South Korea. She was also an assistant director of Marketing-defence products at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. In December 2014, the Prime Minister of Canada officially appointed Ms. Benoît as one of three representatives to the APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum, one of the most important regional forums in the world. Ms. Benoît is very active in the field of economic development both at the national and international level. She also serves on many boards, namely the executive committee and board of directors of the greener aircraft catalyst project (SA2GE), Sous-traitance industrielle Québec (STIQ), the Conseil Emploi Métropole, the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Aerospace in Québec (CRIAQ), and the Comité sectoriel de la main-d’œuvre en aérospatiale (CAMAQ). Ms. Benoît’s community involvement is also reflected by her honorary role and participation in charitable organizations. Ms. Benoît holds a bachelor’s degree and Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Ottawa. In 2014, she completed corporate director training at McGill University as part of the Institute of Corporate Directors (ICD) program.

10 h

Networking break and access to the exhibit space

10 h 15

Simultaneous conference

BIM And The Digital Shift: Opportunities And Applications For Quebec

During this revealing conference, Érik Poirier, Professor at the École de Technologie Supérieure, Director of Expertise for the Quebec Construction 4.0 Initiative and Vice-President of BIM Group Quebec, will demonstrate that the digital shift in the Quebec construction industry is no longer an option, but an obligation. Among other things, he will discuss the evolution of the engineer's role, methods of collaboration and the evolution of the practice. Quebec is the first province to put in place an initiative to accompany the construction industry in its digital shift. Several major players in the field (e.g. Aéroport de Montréal, Société Québécoise des Infrastructures, Quebec City) are beginning to develop their BIM requirements. Mr. Poirier's presentation will discuss the current trends and future directions of digital and BIM in Quebec, then translate them into information, steps and actions to be taken within his engineering firm to get on board and participate.

Érik Poirier

Vice-President, Groupe BIM du Québec

Holding a PHD, a Master’s Degree in Construction Engineering from ÉTS and a Bachelor’s Degree in Architecture from Laval university, Érik Poirier has been working in the field of architecture for over 12 years. He is currently leading the Initiative québécoise pour la construction 4.0 which aims to digitalize the Quebec construction industry and its built environment. Érik Poirier is Vice-President of the Groupe BIM du Québec and Director of buildingSMART Canada.

Modernize Or Die: Issues And Solutions To Industrialisation

In this exclusive talk, Mr. Farmer will leverage his deep breadth of experience as an industry consultant and a policy advisor to draw out critical insights from the UK’s modernisation journey as they apply to Quebec engineering businesses. Building on his world-renowned review of the UK construction industry (Modernise or Die), Mr. Farmer will analyze the issues faced in the UK through the lens of both technological and labour-model transformation. Adding in his consulting experience, particularly with pre-manufacturing, Mr. Farmer will share concrete examples that show the practical impact of modernisation on businesses. Taken together, these experiences will allow Mr. Farmer to distill what technological transformation can mean for Quebec engineers and engineering companies, ranging from those currently in the industry to those looking to enter.

Mark Farmer

Author of the ''Farmer Report'', Director & CEO, Cast Consultancy

With 30 years of experience in the construction and real estate sectors, Mark is an internationally-renown commentator in various subjects relating to the industry and its policies. He is a member of the Mayor of London Construction Skills Advisory Group, Co-President of Constructing Excellence, Vice-President of the Residential Council ULI UK and holds the title of Honorary Professor at the School of Built Environment of the University of Salford. Mark is the author of the Farmer Review report with its subtitle «Modernize or Die», an influential governmental 2016 study tackling the UK construction labour model.


11 h 05

Simultaneous conference

The genesis of a successful project
Lieu Dao

Gérante Innovations R&D et projets spéciaux, Pomerleau

Description soon available.

Carolyne Filion

Gérante Innovations R&D et projets spéciaux, Pomerleau

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Revolutionizing the built environment - Prescient Co Case Study

In this thought-provoking presentation, dive into a truly modern construction approach with Prescient Co CEO Magued Eldaief. Drawing from real projects such as Generation Atlanta apartments and UC Davis student housing, this conference will illustrate how Prescient leverages its proprietary digital thread software platform to design, engineer, manufacture and assemble buildings to reduce time, costs and risks across the entire development, construction and operating value chain. This is the construction industry's technological transformation in action!

Magued Eldaief

Prescient, Chief Executive Officer

Magued has been CEO of Prescient since May of 2017. A long time GE executive, he previously led the global commercial operations of the $4B Industrial Solutions business of GE which includes Low Voltage, Medium Voltage, Control & Automation Products & Services. Prior to that role, he was the CEO of GE IS for the EMEA region. Magued started his GE career in 1989. In 1994 he moved to New Delhi to lead GE’s Power generation and service activities in India. In 1998, he was named GE Power Systems Region Executive & General Manager for the Africa/India/Middle East region, based in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. In 2001 he moved to London as General Manager- GE Energy Services Europe and in early 2004, he was named as President and Region Executive Asia Pacific for GE Energy based in Singapore. In 2007, he took commercial responsibility for all of GE Energy’s global accounts and partner EPCs and was the Managing Director for GE Energy in the UK until 2012. Magued received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the American University in Cairo in 1987 and an MBA from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y. in 1992.


11 h 50

Networking break

12 h 50

English conference

Why we should build wood skyscrapers

Today half of us live in cities, and by the year 2040, that number will grow to 75%. Where will future city-dwellers live? The challenge for architects and society is to find a solution to housing all these people, says Michael Green. But, almost half of our greenhouse gases are related to the building industry, and if we look at energy, it’s the same story. In this invigorating and revolutionary design talk, Green shows why wood is the only buildable resource that will actually contain the carbon that would otherwise go back into the environment. One cubic meter of young growth wood will sequester one ton of CO2 , he says—that’s an elephant’s weight in emissions. This isn’t simply about environmental change. It’s about proving ourselves capable of new, world-changing innovation, as Gustave Eiffel did with the Eiffel Tower, thought to be impossible at the time it was designed. You will leave this talk hopeful, inspired, and ready to pursue your own “Eiffel Tower Moment.”

Michael Green

Architect, co-author of ''The Case for Tall Wood Buildings''

Michael Green is an architect that is renown for his research and leadership in promoting the use of wood, new technologies and innovation in the built environment. Based in Vancouver, he founded MGA in order to create significant and sustainable change in building thanks to innovation in the construction sector. Michael and his team ambitiously stretch the limits of wooden buildings, having completed some of the largest modern wooden buildings in the world, most notably the Wood Innovation Design Center and the T3 Minneapolis. He is a member of the Royal Institute of Architecture of Canada and has been awarded the innovation prize by the RAIC as well as three Governor General’s Medals. In 2014, Michael received an honorary doctorate degree from UNBC.

13 h 40

Simultaneous conference

Collaborative production methods

An overview of collaborative ways in which the owner, design team and builder use their talents and ideas to identify solutions and define a program or project that meets the owner's needs and objectives.

Johanne Mullen

Associée, leader nationale, Projets d'immobilisation et infrastructures, PwC Canada

Johanne Mullen is the national leader of PwC Canada's Capital Projects and Infrastructure group. She specializes in project finance and public-private partnerships. Ms. Mullen advises public and private sector clients on the development and financing of major projects, including infrastructure projects. She specializes in analyzing business files, developing financing strategies, obtaining credit ratings, soliciting bids for financing sources, as well as implementing, negotiating and closing financing files. Johanne Mullen is the national leader of PwC Canada's Capital Projects and Infrastructure group. She specializes in project finance and public-private partnerships.

13 h 40

Simultaneous workshop

Democratizing Digital in Construction - Open BIM Virtual Workshop

Open BIM is synonymous with the democratization of the digital shift. By centralizing collaboration around an asset, it allows fluid data exchanges between a multitude of actors regardless of the modeling, consumption or exchange tool. In this interactive workshop, Benoît Senior, Secretary General of ADN Construction, will briefly introduce the philosophy of collaboration behind open BIM, as well as how it works. This will be followed by an expertly animated virtual exploration workshop, giving you the opportunity to experiment and test Open BIM by yourself and bring this learning back to your companies. A unique opportunity not to be missed! Translated with (free version)

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14 h 25

Simultaneous conference

Collaborating Better To Compete Better

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Guy Paquin

General Director, Société québécoise des infrastructures

Senior executive specialized in project management and member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, Guy Paquin has more than 35 years of experience in many infrastructure and capital projects. He has gained much knowledge throughout his career in the public as well as private sectors in many fields such as engineering and management within engineering firms and while self-employed. He has accumulated more than 20 years of experience in many major projects acting as the client.


15 h 10

Networking break and access to the exhibit space

15 h 25

Panel: how to meet the needs of the constructions principals ?

16 h 10

English conference

4D Printing And The Future Of Innovative Products

3D printing has grown in sophistication since the late 1970s. TED Fellow Skylar Tibbits is shaping the next development, which he calls 4D printing: where the fourth dimension is time. This emerging technology will allow us to print objects that then reshape themselves or self-assemble over time. Think: a printed cube that folds before your eyes, or a printed pipe able to sense the need to expand or contract. In this keynote, Tibbits explains how we are now able to program nearly everything—from bits of DNA, proteins, cells, and proto-cells; to products, architecture, and infrastructure. Programmability and computing are becoming ubiquitous across scales and disciplines. Tibbits shows us how soon these small-scale technologies will translate into solutions for large-scale applications—and what it means for your industry.

Skylar Tibbits

Director of the Self-Assembly Lab and Associate Professor, MIT Department of Architecture

In his MIT 4D-printing lab, Skylar designs and makes products with cutting edge technology. He is currently teaching the «How to Make (Almost) Anything» course at MIT’s Media Lab. Skylar has been awarded many prizes throughout his career such as the Architectural League Prize in 2013 and has been named Revolutionary Spirit in the Seed magazine 2008 edition. Skylar is also a founding member of the multidisciplinary design practice, SJET LLC.

17 h 00

Networking cocktail




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