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Our network of partners

The institute partners with companies and non-profit organizations to enable the inter- and transdisciplinary implementation of research in real-life projects and initiatives. Through this collaborative process, pioneer approaches can emerge, be tested, and adjusted to find the most resilient and sustainable solutions.

The Autorité Régionale de Transport Métropolitain (ARTM)

Autorité Régionale de Transport Métropolitain (ARTM)

“Imagining the living environments of tomorrow cannot be achieved without integrating an inseparable dyad: land-use planning and sustainable mobility. This awareness is an integral part of our Strategic Development Plan for public transit. The ARTM is proud to be involved in the development of academic research as a partner of the Institute for the Next-Generation Cities Institute founded by Concordia University.”

– Jean-François Cantin, Senior Advisor, Strategic Data and Information

With a focus on sustainable development and regional cohesion, the ARTM plans, organizes, finances and promotes public transit and paratransit in the metropolitan region of Montreal, in order to offer a simple mobility experience that’s integrated, fluid, and efficient.

Canadian Urban Institute (CUI)

Canadian Urban Institute (CUI)

“The Canadian Urban Institute (CUI) supports the bold vision of the Next-Generation Cities Institute. Canada’s cities are facing an urgent need to revitalize urban neighborhoods, support equity-deserving communities, catalyze economic development, and reimagine public spaces that work for everyone. CUI looks forward to collaborating with the Next-Generation Cities Institute’s cross-sector partners to identify real-world solutions for building more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient cities.”

– Mary W. Rowe, President & CEO, Canadian Urban Institute

CUI is a national platform that houses the best in Canadian city building — where policymakers, urban professionals, civic and business leaders, community activists and academics can learn, share, and collaborate with one another from coast to coast to coast. Through research, engagement and storytelling, the Institute aims to ensure that Canada builds vibrant, equitable, liveable, and resilient cities.

CityStudio Vancouver

CityStudio Vancouver

“We are very inspired and motivated to join the Next-Generation Cities Institute. We know that cities around the world will spend trillions of dollars in the next decades responding to the demands of population, energy, resource depletion and climate justice. These changes will affect everything we do, but can also be supported by everything we do. Global cities are setting ambitious Race-2-Zero, inclusion and resiliency targets, but very few are on track to meet the needs of the planet. The CityStudio model aims to help by enabling collaboration between our cities and our post-secondaries with a permanent comprehensive knowledge and civic action partnership, adaptable to every city on the planet.”

– Duane Elverum, Executive Director & Co-Founder CityStudio Vancouver Society

CityStudio is an educational Canadian charity that enables collaboration between municipal governments and their local post-secondary institutions through a partnership framework. It is an adaptable tool that can be used by any city in the world to boost civic transformation and knowledge exchange.

A decade in, our growing 15 city international network has mobilized 526 city staff working on 1,860 projects with 11,000 students, contributing over 240,000 hours of civic action. In 2021, the International Climate Engagement Network recognized CityStudio as an important place-based innovation to help governments achieve climate engagement strategies. In addition, the Future of Good recognized CityStudio as one of Canada’s top 100 COVID recovery projects.

Conseil régional de l'environnement de Montréal

Conseil régional de l'environnement de Montréal

“CRE-Montreal is very pleased to be a member of the Next-Generation Cities Institute. The climate challenges are major and require concerted and multidisciplinary actions. The Institute is a great opportunity to share our expertise, our experience and our networks. It is also a unique opportunity to work with researchers from different backgrounds to develop new interventions and improve our knowledge.”

– Emmanuel Rondia, Executive Director, Conseil régionale de l'environnement de Montréal

The Conseil régional de l’environnement de Montréal (CRE-Montreal) is an independant non-profit organization working to protect the environment and promote sustainable development in Montreal.

By bringing together its members and eliciting dialogue between them as well as by raising awareness through public presentation, projects and various activities, the CRE-Montréal improves quality of life and social equity on the island of Montreal.

The CRE-Montreal aims to elicit positive change in environmental matters such as green space and natural habitats, waste management, transportation, water and air quality, but also in cross-cutting issues such as sustainable development, land management or climate change.

Groupe Devimco


“Devimco/Edyfic are very excited about their collaboration with Next-Generation Cities Institute. The objectives to develop projects that respond to today’s concerns about environment, transportation, durability, sustainability and reducing the human impact on our planet are shared values by our partners and employees. We understand that merging social concerns and profitability represents a challenge that will require efforts and determination. We nevertheless are proud to be associated with the Institute and are looking forward to bring our contribution.”

– Michel Bouchard, Executive vice-president, Construction

The Groupe Devimco is recognized as one of Quebec's most innovative real estate development companies for over 25 years. The distinctive characteristic of Groupe is to work at all levels of urban development. Thus, the company oversees the planning, design, construction, sales, and rentals. Furthermore, Groupe Devimco promotes environmental responsibility by implementing innovative solutions and strives to minimize its ecological footprint to achieve a sustainable future.



“At Mondev, we strive to develop the city responsibly and sustainably. Every day, we have an opportunity to create positive change to the built environment, and we constantly explore innovative ways to create financially feasible, environmentally friendly and socially responsible projects.”

– Jordan Owen, Junior Partner, Mondev

Having been in business for over twenty years, the development company MONDEV is one of Montreal's most reputable and active real estate companies. The company's developments are located in many of Montreal's most prestigious neighbourhoods, bringing the city's charm and convenience closer to its residents. Its modern architecture, designed for convenience and comfort, offers unparalleled value. The company's mission is to provide the highest quality service to its customers by continuously enhancing customer service and property quality.

Montréal centre-ville Business Improvement Association (BIA)

Montréal centre-ville Business Improvement Association (BIA)

“As both a world-class economic powerhouse and Canada's largest university cluster, downtown Montreal is the ideal environment to experiment and tackle some of society's biggest challenges around transportation, mobility, and sustainability. As the country's biggest BIA, Montréal centre-ville is proud to join and support the Next-Generation Cities Institute.”

– Glenn Castanheira, General Manager, Montréal centre-ville Business Improvement Association

The Montréal centre-ville Business Improvement Association (BIA) is a non-profit organization whose mission is to contribute to downtown Montreal's development, promotion, and programming. The association has over 5,000 member businesses located between Atwater Avenue and Saint-Urbain Street, and between Sherbrooke and Saint-Antoine Streets. Montréal centre-ville was founded in 1999 and is the largest organization of its kind in Canada.

GI Quo Vadis

GI Quo Vadis

“The world of academic research and private development are often far apart. Next-Gen Cities Institute allows the integration of first-class R&D to be applied to live development projects to scale our collective impact in climate mitigation.

I am proud to collaborate with influential leaders and diversified stakeholders to create livable and sustainable cities.”

– Natalie Voland, President & Chief Vision Officer, GI QUO VADIS

GI Quo Vadis has a history of 25 years as an impact real estate company that specialises in collaboration and engagement of stakeholders to redevelop buildings for employment zones.  Our unique ESG approach aligns with our triple bottom line and B Corp Certified impact business with over 1.5 million square feet rehabilitated with over 500 small and medium businesses in Montreal.

We have a unique collaboration with the Concordia Next Generation Cities Institute to incorporate research and prototyping low carbon building development and operations in all our assets.

Siemens Canada

Siemens Canada

“Siemens supports the collaboration of partners at the Next-Generation Cities Institute and is proud to be a member. It is our ambition as a company to play an active role in the decarbonisation of our business and society and we believe that together we can achieve net zero. Siemens’ core expertise in Smart Buildings and electrified infrastructure is a strong enabler of that goal and we look forward to working with Institute stakeholders to make it reality.”

– Faisal Kazi, President & CEO, Siemens Canada

Siemens Canada is a diversified technology company focused on industry, infrastructure, transport, and healthcare. From more resource-efficient factories, resilient supply chains, and smarter buildings and grids to cleaner and more comfortable transportation as well as advanced healthcare, the company creates technology with purpose, adding real value for customers since 1912. By combining the real and the digital worlds, Siemens empowers its customers to transform their industries and markets, driving decarbonization today for a more sustainable tomorrow. Siemens has approximately 2,500 employees from coast-to-coast and 24 office and production facilities across Canada.

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