$55M ÉTS research facility officially inaugurated after pandemic delays

By News Staff

A new research facility within Montreal’s École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) was officially inaugurated Monday more than three years after its completion.

The inauguration ceremony for the new pavilion was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 55 million project, which was completed in 2019, features state-of-the-art facilities, labs and modern learning spaces.

François-Philippe Champagne, Canada’s minister of innovation, science and industry, was on hand for the inauguration.

The federal government provided $27 million for the new pavilion.

Champagne called it a “great moment for innovation, a great moment for technology. Now it’s a great moment to put Montreal as the centre of excellence when it comes to the next generation technology that will power the world.

“We all understand that the research of today’s the economy of tomorrow. And I think when you meet the students here, you realize that we’re doing amazing things. It’s quite phenomenal,” he added. “They’re either number one in Quebec, number one in Canada, or number one in the world. So talk about excellence.

“You find it here from electric vehicle to launching rockets, to a student that I saw created an artificial heart… three students, actually. And now these hearts are saving lives around the world. So it’s really astonishing the type of innovation by the research that is coming out of ETS.”

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