Project category: 4th Sector

Community: Sensorica


Facilitate the emergence of the first collaborative economy cluster, a coherent, cohesive and efficient ecosystem to stimulate innovation and local economic activity, and to meet our major societal challenges.


$8M to create the world's first collaborative economy cluster in Verdun, Montreal

Open the project overview


Initiative started by Sensorica in colaboration with David Lametti, at that time MP from Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, currently Minister of Justice.

David follows Sensorica since 2013. In January 2016, after the federal election, he invited Sensorica members to discuss about an initiative to boost the economy in his riding. The general idea was to create a network of open innovation spaces, built along the OVN Sensorica model, where the local population can meet with entrepreneurs and local companies to generate new economic initiatives.

David asked Tibi to gather a group of experts from our local network to facilitate the implementation of this concept.

OuiShare MTL was also included in this project. Alex Bigot, co-founder of OuiShare MTL and OuiShare global connector was invited by sensoricans at a meeting on the Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where David reaffirmed his interest for this project. In 2019 OuiShare MTL lost interest in the project.

During the Montreal edition of the World Social Forum we met with other local players and discussed the project, in order to complete the initiation and facilitation team.

Main working doc

Video presentation

MESI DEC Ville Montreal Verdun presentation


Presentation to MESI - what is the collaborative economy

Verdun project - Fr - Présentation du concept


Communication and coordination

Communication channels

Coordination tools


Project status

See the Updates doc

Current needs

  • Partnership development
  • Funding seeking and proposal writing


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Documentation repository

Knowledge base verdun_project; Photos


Those who contribute most to the project gain access to:

Financial rewards: gain first access to paid roles once the project is funded.

Recognition and visibility: take roles of responsibility and exposure to partners.

Decision making: get included to decision making processes about this project.


PROJECTS are seen as COLLABORATIVE VENTURES, which are TRANSPARENT (anyone has access to the information that they produce) and OPEN (anyone can participate). They only produce PRODUCTS and services based on OPEN SOURCE knowledge or technology. PROJECTS have a CUSTODIAN that represents them legally and acts as a trust for their tangible assets. PROJECTS can have multiple EXCHANGE FIRMS, which are commercial entities that move products and services developed by PROJECTS on the MARKET. EXCHANGE FIRMS oblige themselves by contract with the CUSTODIAN to share PROFIT with all contributors to PROJECTS, from which they commercialize PRODUCTS.

Open Project governance document

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Organisational context

  • Network/Community: Sensorica
  • Custodian: CAKE
  • Exchange firm: non (non-commercial project)


  • Custodian Agreement [provide link]
  • Exchange firm Agreement [provide link]
  • Project Governance Template [provide link]

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