2018-2019 Cohort of the Civic Incubator

The Civic Incubator is an MIS program that aims to prototype and bring to maturity ideas for projects with social and environmental impact, imagined by engaged citizens or groups.

The 2018-2019 cohort is funded by:

In 2018, the MIS welcomes its first cohort of social innovators, Montrealers mobilized by a willingness to test sustainable and innovative solutions to problems experienced in their urban environments.

The MIS received more than 85 applications, clearly showing that its Civic Incubator program is very popular. The selected projects covered a variety of themes, including citizen participation, cultural mediation, the circular economy, socio-ecological transition, tactical urban planning and food security. Discover them!

The winners 2018-2019

Bapupa - Banc public parlant

Alexia Bhéreur-Lagounaris

Bapupa aims to create bridges between citizens by providing a game integrated into the public space. Encouraging encounters between people moving around the city, breaking isolation and strengthening the feeling of belonging to a community are all impacts targeted by this project of gamification of the public space that brings people who don’t know each other into a dialogue around artistic writing.


Website of ABLBLALAB
Geekbecois – BAPUPA, Banc Public Parlant : le jeu urbain citoyen


Ariane Gagnon-Légaré

Inspired by the Community Supported Agriculture model, the CO-PO project intends to build a network of social and economic ties at the local level between producers, food processing organizations and businesses, and citizens. In addition to making local and organic fruits and vegetables available year-round through canned food production, the project proposes a model to reduce our food ecological footprint, boost urban agriculture, facilitate healthy eating and increase our food self-sufficiency, while strengthening the community fabric.


Website of CO-PO +
MIS – Involving the community in canning production is CO-PO’s mission +

Demain Verdun

Emmanuelle Falaise

Positioned as a local citizen movement, optimistic and nonpartisan, Demain Verdun aims to facilitate the ecological transition by fighting against the feeling of powerlessness in the face of climate change. By building bridges between local organizations, Demain Verdun mobilizes citizens by proposing realistic and achievable projects, sometimes simple, sometimes ambitious, both environmental and social, while relying on the sense of belonging to a supportive community.


+ Website of Demain Verdun
+ MIS – The ambitious and optimistic “tomorrows” of Emmanuelle Falaise
+ Journal Métro (in French) – Un mouvement citoyen verdunois en croissance


Jamie Klinger

The JoatU concept is based on the production of a virtual, decentralized currency, acquired in function of the scope of a community initiative, and exchanged for other services offered by citizens. JoatU aims to develop a spirited community in which citizen participation encourages the reappropriation of public spaces.


Presentation of JoatU +
MIS – From poker player to cryptocurrency consultant +


Pauline Butiaux, Pierre-Luc Fillion et Samuel Guimond

A think tank for public space, Manœuvres is an interdisciplinary research-action laboratory that explores, tests and documents alternative urban approaches (knowledge, synergies, methodologies, tools) to nurture the way we collectively think, build and experience public space.


+ Video testimony of Manœuvres on their experience in the Civic Incubator
+ Website of Manœuvres


Marie-Ève Julien-Denis, Laurence Sauvageau-Fresco et Joëlle Boily

The L’Oasis project aims to raise awareness and educate citizens on the importance of promoting urban biodiversity while considering the social need to reconnect with living things, nature and its benefits.

Petits bals sauvages

Orange Mist, Balfolk Montréal

Little “wild balls” open to all, free of charge, offered on a recurring basis in Montréal’s public spaces (parks, alleys, public pianos, etc.) are the basis of the Little “wild balls” project. Its leaders aim to invest the urban space in a community and artistic way, to promote inclusion and cultural diversity by proposing dances from various countries, to reconnect people to their traditions and origins while making them want to share and impart them. This project contributes to building relationships and fostering the social capital of communities.


+ MIS – Little “wild balls” get Montreal waltzing
+ Facebook page of Balfolk


Marie-Philip Roy-Lasselle (ConstructLab), Emilie Gagnon (Le Comité), Léonie Hottote

Born out of a desire to enhance the value of Québec’s territory, Q.Wow is a mobile construction workshop aimed at generating dialogue between citizens and the community. By acting as a mentor to project leaders, the objective is to test, develop and share new practices in the development of public spaces through participatory design.


Facebook page de Q.Wow +

Video testimony of Q.Wow on their experience in the Civic Incubator +

Article – Q.Wow: the will to enhance the Québec territory +

Stationnement communautaire

Zvi Leve

The Stationnement communautaire project is designed to provide alternatives to the occupation of streets by immobilized vehicles. Based on the observation that parking management can be a decisive lever for reducing automobile use at the neighbourhood level and for strengthening social cohesion, this project is banking on the reappropriation of parking spaces by community members in order to find the best solutions.

+ Article Le Devoir (in French) – Le transport est plus vert avec les voisins

Tuiles tactiles

Kenechukwu Nnodu

Aimed at creating the conditions for an active social life for people with disabilities, Tuiles Tactiles is a project to create and prototype signage for people with visual and hearing disabilities in Montréal’s metro stations and, more broadly, in urban areas.

Collaborators of the 2018-2019 cohort of the Civic Incubator

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