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Hexagram co-director Rosemary Mountain shares a laugh with interactive textile design researcher Barbara Layne (holding a vest with light circuitry woven into the fabric) and Quebec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade Raymond Bachand. Bachand visited the EV Building lab after a press conference which announced $1 million of funding for Hexagram.

Photo by andrew dobrowolskyj

Hexagram reaps rewards and recognition

Hexagram’s place at the forefront of art, technology and innovation was confirmed May 8 when $1 million in funds was allocated to the Institute for Research/Creation in Media Arts and Technologies. Raymond Bachand, Quebec Minister of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, announced a $625,000 grant to Hexagram, a joint initiative between Concordia and UQAM. “The multimedia sector is blossoming in Montreal, and Hexagram has been at the cutting edge of that growth for the last five years,” Bachand said. He praised the quality and scope of Hexagram’s projects. The group has attracted interest and funding from innovative private sources like the Cirque du Soleil and the Daniel Langlois Foundation for Art, Science and Technology. Bachand said that these partnerships underscored the program’s commercial applications for the private sector. Jacques Chagnon (BA ’75), Quebec MNA for Westmount-St. Louis said he was impressed with Hexagram’s work and felt it was a showcase for Montreal. The announcement was made in the EV...



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International students eager to get work

Now that international students are permitted to work off-campus, Concordia’s International Student’s Office (ISO) has been inundated with more than 1,000 requests to do so. Universities nationwide have spent months preparing the framework to deal with applications. All they awaited was federal funding to support the program. “The funding announcement came on April 27, and we started to process applications on May 1,” said Isabelle Lacelle, Coordinator at the ISO. In order to receive a permit, students must attend a mandatory ISO information session, have six months of full-time study under their belt and be in good academic standing. Demand...




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