About Us – District 3 Innovation Center

About District 3

We’re Building the Next Generation of Innovators

At the heart of a next-generation university, Concordia's District 3 is a strong and diverse innovation hub in Montreal. We bring together key players from corporations, government, research, and academia to ensure every innovator and entrepreneur has access to the resources they need to move from idea to impact with confidence.

Our Manifesto

We are experiencing the beginnings of the 4th industrial revolution

Emerging technologies are radically changing our society and the way we live, work, and relate to one another at an unprecedented rate. In its scale and complexity, the transformation will be unlike anything humankind has experienced before. As a result, we need to develop new ways of adapting to these significant changes.

At District 3, we hold a fundamental conviction in embracing emerging technologies

We are rational optimists with a vision of creating a multidisciplinary innovation hub—bringing together entrepreneurs and key players from industry, government, research, and academia—to build a prosperous future. As part of Concordia University, we equip innovators and the Montreal community with the skills and mindset to succeed in an incredibly complex environment.

Innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration

These values are ingrained in District 3’s DNA. Since our founding in 2013, we’ve supported, inspired and challenged many entrepreneurs and innovators to move from idea to impact with confidence.

Our Values

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Innovation

  • Collaboration

Our Impact

  • 386

    Startups Coached

  • 219

    Events & Workshops

  • 5,900

    Community Members

Meet the Team

Xavier-Henri Hervé

Executive Director

Noor El Bawab

Managing Director

Anna Ehrhardt

Director of Administration & Academic Relations

Edna Chosack

Head Coach

Gisleine Silveira

Corporate Partnerships

Rosilda D'Arienzo

Office Manager

Khalil Haddad

Marketing & Communications Manager

Sean Cullen

CFO-In-Residence

Charlie Gedeon

Design Strategist

Mahzad Sharifahmadian

Biolab Manager & Life Sciences Fellow

Rana Abbasi

Marketing & Communications Specialist

Jeremy Cullen

Business Analyst

Dylan Hervé

Coaching Team Coordinator

Diana Horqque

Design Instructor

Kelly McManus

Startup Coordinator

Julie Hamel

Lead Social Entrepreneurship Coach

Community Achievements

This can only have been achieved thanks to the dedication of those that supported us along the journey.

Startup Canada Entrepreneur Promotion Award (2017)

Startup Canada Entrepreneur Support Award (2016)

International Partnership Network Thematic Winner for Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Skills (2014)