Open Doors

Big ideas for better business

This year’s theme is Big Ideas for Better Business, with a focus on universities partnering with small- and medium-sized businesses to help them innovate and succeed, while also preparing students for today’s labour market.

From November 8 to 16, 2014 universities across Canada will open their doors to the community as part of a national university open house to celebrate the important partnerships that benefit us all.

Upcoming events

November 3, 2014
McGill University
McGill Innovation Week
Between November 3-7, McGill’s inquisitive spirit will be on display during a week-long celebration of innovation and creativity. Join us for a series of events showcasing McGill’s engagement in the community, talks and exchanges on big ideas, and find out more about the Quartier de l’innovation’s future as an incubator of urban innovation in Montreal’s burgeoning southwest area. More information
November 3, 2014
L'Université McGill
Semaine de l'innovation de l'Université McGill
Du 3 au 7 novembre, l’esprit d’investigation et de curiosité de McGill sera mis de l’avant à l’occasion d’une semaine de célébrations entourant l’innovation et la créativité. Soyez des nôtres pour une série d’événements mettant en valeur l’engagement de l’Université au sein de la collectivité et des discussions et des échanges sur les grandes idées du moment. Venez découvrir ce que réserve l’avenir du Quartier de l’innovation en tant qu’incubateur d’innovation urbaine dans un quartier en plein essor : le sud-ouest de Montréal. Pour en savoir plus
November 8, 2014
Brescia University College
Fall Preview Day at Brescia University College
At Brescia's Fall Preview Day, prospective students, parents and others in the community will learn more about the Brescia experience, get their questions answered and have a chance to network with current students, faculty and staff. Interactive program seminars will be held and displays will showcase Brescia programs across academic divisions, including Social Sciences, Sociology and Family Studies, Arts and Humanities, Food and Nutritional Sciences, Management and Organizational Studies, and Leadership programs. Faculty and student research will also be featured. Stay up to date    
November 9, 2014
Polytechnique Montréal
Journée Portes ouvertes
Journée Portes ouvertes à Polytechnique Montréal 9 novembre 2014 – 10 h à 16 h La Journée Portes ouvertes de Polytechnique Montréal est l’occasion pour tout type de visiteurs de découvrir les multiples visages du génie et de la recherche. Plus de 400 intervenants seront sur place afin de promouvoir les différentes possibilités d'études en ingénierie! Au programme : des démonstrations explosives, des activités scientifiques interactives et des prototypes impressionnants. Il sera également possible de faire une visite guidée de nos laboratoires et même, visiter les résidences et le complexe sportif de l’Université de Montréal. Polytechnique Montréal, un campus durable à découvrir! Pour tous les détails sur l’événement :
November 10, 2014
HEC Montréal
Atelier « Business model generation : créez ou réinventez votre entreprise »
Activité permettant la familiarisation avec un nouveau modèle d’affaires Pour en savoir plus
November 11, 2014
Journée portes ouvertes – TÉLUQ Québec
November 12, 2014
University of Manitoba
Big Ideas for Better Business: Panel discussion at the University of Manitoba
Research and technology play an integral role in helping businesses succeed. The event is an opportunity to showcase business leaders and University of Manitoba researchers and hear from their experiences on how industry and universities can work together to drive innovation, create jobs, enhance the economy and promote successful business in our province. Keynote speaker: alumnus Paul Soubry, President and CEO, New Flyer Industries Panel discussion with U of M researchers and industry partners Networking reception  
November 12, 2014
Western University
Making Western Work for You
"Making Western Work for You" is an event Western is hosting In partnership with the London Chamber of Commerce for local businesses. Taking place at the Chamber on November 12, the agenda for the half-day event is as follows: Opening remarks: • Gerry Macartney, CEO, London Chamber of Commerce • Peter White, Executive Director, Government Relations & Strategic Partnerships, Western • Amit Chakma, President, Western Accessing Western’s Business Experts Eric Morse, Professor of Entrepreneurship, Ivey Business School How can businesses take advantage of the programs and services offered by Western’s Ivey Business School? Accessing Western’s Research Experts Dan Sinai, Associate Vice-President, Research What kinds of research partnerships is Western involved with and how do they work? How can a business take advantage of research expertise at Western? What opportunities exist to partner with Western? Hiring Western Students Jeff Watson, Recruitment Team Coordinator, Student Success Centre How can businesses recruit new Western graduates for full-time employment or current students as part-time employees, internships, co-op placements or as volunteers? Doing Business with Western Elizabeth Krische, Director, Procurement Services What is the scope and scale of Western’s purchases? As a publicly-funded institution, what rules does the University work under in terms of purchasing? What’s the best way to approach Western to sell a product/service? How is preferred vendor status achieved?
November 13, 2014
Mount Saint Vincent University
Opening doors and minds for women entrepreneurs
The Mount is home to the Centre for Women in Business which offers programs aimed at enhancing the knowledge and business management skills of women. The Centre has been a driving force behind entrepreneurship in Atlantic Canada for more than 20 years, and an active participant in entrepreneurship research and initiatives that champion the needs of women business owners in almost every sector. On Thursday, November 13th, 2014, the Centre for Women in Business at the Mount will open doors and minds to women entrepreneurs for a day of professional development. The day will include a lunch with a keynote address by Kelsey Ramsden, Canada's Top Entrepreneur (Profit Magazine), and perspectives from several other business sector leaders. More information 
November 13, 2014
York University
Exponential Change: The Future of Work and Learning

Overview/Key Themes:

Key trends Exponential Change Concept of Exponential Disruptive Innovation – global, macro trends with local, micro impact
  • Singularity University
  • Deloitte
Fundamental shifts in business models for companies of all sizes, society in general Panel Discussion:   Creative and innovative thinking on education and life-long learning
  • Innovate before you graduate – CLAs, OCEAs
  • Online courses, global collaboration
  • Personalized Learning – the school learns the student
Impacting: Business – The Future of Work
  • Global sourcing – crowd-sourcing, talent on demand (eLance)
  • Mobile workforce – paperless, landing spots vs traditional models; BYOD; changing office systems and IT investments to cloud/service base
  • Accelerated business planning and processes
  • Collaboration as competitive advantage
Practical Strategies for Small-Medium Businesses to Manage Disruptive/Exponential Change
  • Managing an Innovation Portfolio
  • Business Model Canvas as a tool for agile planning
Interactive discussion and Q&A with thought leaders
November 13, 2014
Journée portes ouvertes – TÉLUQ Montréal
November 13, 2014
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Open Doors, Open Knowledge at UOIT
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology recently commissioned its Social Research Centre to survey many small- and medium-size organizations in the community that have partnered with the university. The results will be released at a November 13 event hosted by the university as part of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada’s Open Doors, Open Knowledge. The event includes a trade show where businesses and organizations can meet UOIT experts who will describe how partnering with UOIT can generate business, secure great employees and improve productivity. The morning will also include a moderated panel discussion with businesses about the benefits and challenges of university-business partnerships. WHEN: Thursday, November 13, 2014 from 9 to 11 a.m.
  •  9 a.m. - Trade Show
  • 10 a.m. - Announcement and Panel Discussion
For more information, and to RSVP please contact
November 14, 2014
Université Laval
Grandes idées, bonnes affaires à l'Université Laval
Déjeuner-causerie suivi de visites dans des installations de recherche. L'avant-midi débutera par un déjeuner-causerie où étudiants, entrepreneurs et représentants du milieu des affaires échangeront leur témoignage quant au rôle positif de l'Université Laval sur l'innovation, le perfectionnement des compétences et la croissance des entreprises. L'activité permettra également d’apprécier l’étendue des applications de la science et la portée socioéconomique de l’établissement dans la région. Les invités auront ensuite la chance de visiter des installations de recherche exceptionnelles qui témoignent du rayonnement de nos activités au sein de la collectivité.  
November 19, 2014
HEC Montréal
Salon des petites et moyennes entreprises
Kiosques de présentation des PME par des étudiants de HEC Montréal. Édifice Côte-Sainte-Catherine, de 11h à 15h.
November 22, 2014
Université du Québec en Outaouais
Journée portes ouvertes

UQO Portes ouvertes 22 novembre Rencontrez nos professeurs et les responsables des services offerts aux étudiants

Vous désirez obtenir de l’information sur les programmes d’études (1er cycle et cycles supérieurs), les activités de recherche, les stages en milieu de travail, les études à l’étranger et la vie étudiante au sein de notre université? Une centaine de représentants seront présents pour répondre à vos questions et vous faire découvrir nos nombreuses formations ainsi que les activités qui enrichiront votre parcours à l’UQO.

Consultez nos conseillers d'orientation et d’aide financière

Opter pour le travail social ou pour la psychoéducation? Se spécialiser en finance ou en sciences comptables? Choisir le marketing ou les communications? Pas toujours facile de prendre une décision. Consultez notre conseillère d’orientation pour trouver une formation qui correspond à vos aspirations. Vous êtes préoccupés par le paiement des frais de scolarité? Vous détenez de bons résultats scolaires et vous souhaiteriez obtenir une bourse d’excellence? Renseignez-vous sur les différents programmes de prêts et bourses auprès de notre conseillère d’aide financière.

Visitez nos pavillons, laboratoires et résidences

Découvrez nos installations en participant à notre visite guidée du pavillon Alexandre-Taché et du pavillon Lucien-Brault!

Participez à nos tirages

Soyez présent à notre Journée portes ouvertes et courez la chance de gagner de nombreux prix, dont une bourse d’études de 1000 $ et 3 abonnements d'un mois au Centre sportif de l'UQO!

Visite virtuelle de l'UQO

Si vous ne pouvez assister à notre Journée portes ouvertes, profitez de notre visite virtuelle au et visitez notre université comme si vous y étiez! Pour en savoir plus: Journée portes ouvertes de l'UQO
November 23, 2014
HEC Montréal
Journée de l'entrepreneuriat culturel
Journée de l’entrepreneuriat culturel dans le cadre de la semaine mondiale de l’entrepreneuriat. Endroit à déterminer, de 10h à 14h 
November 26, 2014
HEC Montréal
HEC Montréal rencontre les Dragons
Édifice Côte-Sainte-Catherine, de 12h à 14h. Pour en savoir plus

Past events

October 14, 2014
University of British Columbia
Big Ideas for Better Business at UBC Okanagan
Deborah Buszard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus in Kelowna, BC, cordially invites you to attend Open Doors, Open Knowledge at the UBC Okanagan campus on October 14, 2014 Open Doors will showcase innovative research and novel technologies under development at UBC in collaboration with industry and communities. Who: Researchers, industry partners and students showcasing innovative projects & technologies. What: Demonstrations of innovations to survive and thrive in challenging situations:
  • Exhibits of specialized equipment, novel technologies and research projects
  • Panel discussion with industry/research team developing new protective equipment
  • Tours of laboratories
  • Catered networking event with business community
Where: Engineering Management & Education Building (EME), UBC’s Okanagan Campus (map). When: October 14, 2014 from 11:00am to 1:30pm