25 October 2015

The 2nd Industry Open House Was a Great Success

Portes ouvertes sur l'industrie 2015

PRESS RELEASE – The second edition of the Industry Open House (Portes ouvertes sur l’industrie) once again attracted crowds, with nearly 3000 people visiting 15 manufacturing companies and a technology transfer centre in Sherbrooke over two days. This represents an increase of more than 30% compared to last year’s attendance. Created and organized by Sherbrooke Innopole in collaboration with several partners, the event enabled students, job seekers, and the general public to visit innovative companies, and to discover amazing products and stimulating trades.

Free guided tours were offered in the Sherbrooke Regional Industrial Park and the Fleurimont Industrial Park, at North American Cabinets, Artoplex, the Centre de productique intégrée du Québec, Cooper Standard Automotive, De La Fontaine, Physipro, Dettson Industries, Équipement de combustion Idéal, FilSpec, Garlock of Canada, Milan Conception, Plastech, Portable Winch, Sherlic, Technologies DUAL-ADE, and Verbom.

FilSpec» 2015 Edition in photos

On Friday, more than 510 people were in attendance, from 12 programs and educational institutions—public and private high schools, vocational centres, colleges, and universities—as well as several organizations specializing in employability.

Sherbrooke residents took part on Saturday. With more than 50 job opportunities posted in participating companies, many job seekers seized the opportunity to submit an application.

Josée Fortin, Sherbrooke Innopole’s Director General, was thrilled with the enthusiastic response to the second Industry Open House: “Clearly we’ve found a winning recipe that mobilizes the economic, governmental, and educational sectors, appeals to both a varied clientele and to our companies, and, above all, produces results. Once again this year, the event increased visibility for Sherbrooke’s manufacturing sector, highlighting its vitality and vast diversity. The Industry Open House also offers a concrete solution to the often desperate need that businesses have for skilled workers, while also addressing the issue of matching vocational training to employment opportunities in the longer term.”

For Marie-Eve Poliquin, Sherbrooke Innopole’s Director of Communications, one of the ingredients for success is the close connections that make the event possible: “The open-house formula, with tours in small groups, enables participants to easily interact with employees, who are proud to share their expertise and help participants discover their innovative work and workplace with infectious enthusiasm. I would like to thank and congratulate the managers and employees at the 16 participating companies! Thank you also to our invaluable partners in organizing and holding this large-scale event!”

The Industry Open House is organized in collaboration with: Emploi-Québec Estrie, the Cégep de Sherbrooke, the Commission scolaire de la Région-de-Sherbrooke, the Maison régionale de l’industrie, the Chambre de commerce de Sherbrooke, the Chambre de commerce de Fleurimont, as well as Karine Vallières, MNA for Richmond, and Luc Fortin, MNA for Sherbrooke.

The Industry Open House’s Web site,, will remain accessible, enabling visitors to consult a portrait of Sherbrooke’s manufacturing sector and obtain information on trades and occupations related to this field. The job opportunities posted by participating companies will continue to be displayed there for the next few weeks.

A special insert, providing an overview of Sherbrooke’s manufacturing industry and promoting the event, was published in La Tribune on October 22 and is still available online at (French).

Source: Sherbrooke Innopole

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