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CEPROCQ and ITEGA, the college technology transfer centers of Maisonneuve College receive a $ 2M NSERC grant to strengthen their expertise in innovation throughout the cannabis value chain.

With $ 2 million funding from Government of Canada over 5 years, the Center for  Study of Chemical Processes of Quebec (CÉPROCQ) and the Institute of Packaging and Food Engineering (ITEGA) of Maisonneuve College  will support the research and innovation efforts of  companies, starting from innovative and green extraction processes to preservation and packaging cannabis products. The funding for this ambitious applied research program will respond the major technological challenges in the cannabis emerging sector in which the development prospects in Quebec and Canada are particularly strong, both for the production of targeted molecules, the development of edible products or the preservation and safe packaging of marketed products.

Several companies are already involved in this project.  Throughout the five years, other companies and organizations will be integrated into the project to help building an innovative and efficient cannabis value chain.

Green Technologies in Maisonneuve

The federal government provided a grant of $469,610 to CEPROCQ and  ITEGA to continue their mission to help businesses reduce their environmental footprint. The announcement was made at campus 6220 Sherbrooke Street East, in the presence of Mrs. Soraya Martinez Ferrada, Member of Parliament for Hochelaga.

Cannabis research license

CEPROCQ obtained the license, issued by Health Canada, to conduct research on Cannabis.

Finalist of the 29th ADRIQ Innovation Awards Gala

CÉPROCQ and its partner, Microbrewery St-Pancrace, were shortlisted as finalist in the PARTNERSHIP category of the 29th ADRIQ Innovation Awards Gala.

Contribution to food security through the development of endemic mycorrhiza el in Algeria

An Algerian-Canadian research and development project has been launched on September 8, 2019 at the University of Blida 1. This project is a partnership between Centre d’etudes des procédés chimiques du Québec (CÉPROCQ), University of Blida 1 and an Algerian company (BFK FOOD). The project is funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC / IRDC) of Canada.

The project’s main objective is to increase food security, improve productivity and increase the incomes of small farmers in Algeria through the conceptualization of bio-fertilization. This project also aims to achieve the piloting and dissemination of a business model allowing a bioinnovation (mycorhization) to be produced and adopted at a large scale in Algeria.

Presence at the Innovation Forum on the Bioeconomy in Quebec (FIBEQ 2019)

The CÉPROCQ will be present on June 18 and 19, 2019, at the first Innovation Forum on the Bioeconomy in Quebec, presented by the Consortium for Research and Innovation in Industrial Bioprocessing in Quebec (CRIBIQ) to be held in Trois-Rivières.

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Presence of CEPROCQ in shooting Investissement Québec for the 2018 Manufacturing Initiative

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Canada’s Minister of Science visits CÉPROCQ

The Honorable Kirsty Duncan, Canada’s Minister of Science, visited the College de Maisonneuve at the Center for Study of Chemical Processes of Quebec (CÉPROCQ) on Thursday, April 27. Ms. Duncan met with the Executive Director of College de Maisonneuve, Ms. Malika Habel, before proceeding a full visit of CÉPROCQ laboratories along with director of CEPROCQ, Mr. Yacine Boumghar.

Ms. Duncan meet with researchers and students in various laboratories and pilot units of the CÉPROCQ, which are unique in Canada in supercritical CO2 extraction: laboratory units, a four-liter pilot plant and a fifty-liter pre-commercial unit. CÉPROCQ researchers presented the various research projects carried out in bio-industrial and environmental technologies. The director of the center explained to Ms Duncan the mandate of CÉPROCQ, which has been positioned, since its establishment, on the scale-up of green processes for biomass valorisation and support companies up to pre-commercial stage.

Ms. Duncan was very impressed with the quality of CÉPROCQ’s work and equipment. She was also very interested in the College’s two other research centers, the Institute of Packaging Technology and Food Engineering (ITEGA) and the Institute for Research on Professional Integration of Immigrants.

This visit enabled her to discover the three college centers for technology transfer (CCTT) at College de Maisonneuve, members of the Reseau Transtech, working tirelessly to bring research and training closer together in order to train the next generation of scientists and support development of SMEs.

Signing a framework agreement with Algerian Business Leaders Forum

On Wednesday, April 12, Ms, Malika Habel, Executive Director of College de Maisonneuve, signed a framework agreement with Mr. Mehdi Bendimerad, Vice-President of Algerian Business Leaders Forum (FCE) and Chair of the International Relations Committee.

This agreement took place in the framework of a visit by FCE delegation led by its president, Mr. Ali Haddad. The delegation attended a presentation of the College and then visited the laboratories of Campus 6220 Sherbrook where research and training activities take place. Ambassador of Canada to Algeria, Ms. Isabelle Roy, and Consul of Algeria in Montreal, Mr. Abdelghani Cheriaf were accompanied the delegation for this visit.

Mr. Yacine Boumghar, Director of the Center for the Study of Chemical Processes of Quebec (CÉPROCQ), presented his project of Automated Processing Institute (IPA) to the members of the FCE. Mr. Boumghar, who is well aware of Algerian and Canadian training and research systems, proposed to FCE members a project that aims to:

  • Train qualified technicians for a competitive and innovative industry;
  • Create a positive environment for effective and inspiring learning;
  • Provide internationally recognized degrees and certifications;
  • Offer training and research-innovation to support companies in their development.

The objectives of this framework agreement are to promote exchange of useful knowledge and expertise in the fields of research and innovation, and development of post-secondary technical and vocational training initiatives to support companies in their development.

Business Leaders Forum (CFE) is the largest Algerian employers’ organization. The Forum brings together more than 3,000 companies. The companies have a turnover of more than 35 billion US dollars and employ more than 300 000 employees.