CGI opens innovation centre in Montreal

24 February 2020 2 min. read
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Management and technology consultancy CGI has opened a new innovation centre in the city of Montreal, its global headquarters. The new centre will showcase the firm’s cross-industry innovation and offer clients a unique co-innovation site.

The centre delivers an immersive experience for visitors, using virtual and augmented reality, artificial intelligence, and other tools to showcase CGI’s industry innovations and intellectual property solutions.

The Montreal centre also boasts a state-of-the-art design thinking space where clients and CGI experts can co-create digitalization roadmaps, develop innovative new ideas, and build prototypes. The collaborative environment will test and evolve innovations, while also sharing advances with the local community.

Overall, the centre will work to help clients identify, prioritize, and apply relevant innovations which improve business performance.

"The new center is an extension of our proximity model," said Guy Vigeant, president of CGI's Canadian operations. "CGI's global network of innovation centers and labs enables us to collaborate and innovate locally with our clients. The center also will help us attract new talent to our growing team of approximately 11,000 professionals in Canada, which is spread across 21 offices and 11 centers of excellence, and delivers end-to-end services."

The consulting firm said that 65 Montreal-based and international clients have already experienced the innovation centre in the pre-launch phase.

"Montreal is one of the world's top cities for artificial intelligence, among other emerging technologies," Michael Godin, SVP of CGI, said. "Our new innovation center demonstrates our commitment to take an active part in the ecosystem, providing clients and CGI teams with a dedicated space where they can connect, think, explore, innovate and, most of all, get inspired."

The firm announced earlier this month that it would buy back 6 million shares from la Caisse, as part of the institutional investor’s periodic portfolio rebalancing.