Innovation management

These programs train the future generation of engineers, entrepreneurs, managers, and professionals working in R&D or high technology, along with technology transfer agents. The objective is to prepare them to manage innovation and technological changes in companies in order to ensure their commercial success with long-term economic impacts on the prosperity of industries and society.

The Master's program is intended for engineers, practitioners of applied sciences, and professionals who are working in a field that is predominated by engineering activities. It equips them with essential basic training in innovation management and the methodology required in order to comply with trade practices.

In a context where innovation is defined as an invention intended to be marketed, this program prepares students to manage innovation projects in established companies, to start up technological companies, to launch new products or processes at SMEs, and to handle technology transfer and various forms of associations and collaboration in the area of innovation.

The program also includes a project or a thesis that gives the student the opportunity to synthesize the acquired knowledge and to apply it within the context of actual business cases.

Study programs and admission requirements

45-credit master's degree:
  • Master's degree in engineering, concentration in innovation management
    • with thesis (research) (in French or English)
    • with project (courses) (in French)

30-credit specialized graduate degree (in French):
  • Specialized graduate degree in innovation management

15-credit short program (in French):
  • Short program in innovation management
  • Short program in business start-up

An example of innovation management engineering

Innovation management expands our horizons. Professor Isabelle Deschamps works in close collaboration with companies with a view to propelling their technological creations toward international markets. The challenge is daunting: implement effective innovation processes in order to increase the value of creative ideas in all areas, and market technological discoveries quickly and at the lowest possible cost while minimizing management fees and ensuring sustainable profitability.

In some cases, businesses accompanied by the research team headed by Professor Deschamps achieved savings of between 20% and 30% by increasing the profitability of their R&D activities. In addition, they have been able to carry out profitable collaborative innovation and technology transfer projects thanks to the development of information management, decision-making and appropriate financing tools, resulting in their innovation budgets increasing by between 10% and 40% and the emergence of new products and markets.

Thanks to the customized management tools designed in partnership with Professor Deschamps' team, a young business in the medical industry has signed contracts with the biggest European entities; a metal products manufacturer will make its products greener; a specialized transportation company will equip its aircraft with recognition technologies in order to monitor the Great North; and a group of industrial companies and universities will implement collaboration practices using the "open innovation" method, which will reduce the launch cycle for new products and allow them to compete with European, Latin American and emerging Asian industries.