Concordia president suggests PSE-business partnerships to revitalize Montreal

November 12, 2013

Concordia University President Alan Shepard recently spoke to the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, suggesting the need for 3 initiatives to help spark a city-wide revitalization. Shepard’s proposals, “Create a network of startup zones to bring companies and students together; support the startup zones with tax credits; and invest in talent and infrastructure to better position ourselves globally,” are part of a larger vision to unite universities and the city “to leverage the city’s talent and infrastructure.” Shepard cited the growing student population of Montreal, nearly 200,000, as potential for creativity and entrepreneurship. According to Shepard, Montreal can still experience a renewal and its universities “have a big role to play in that renewal ... We need to work together, not just to maintain the status quo, but to go beyond it.” Montreal Gazette