Venture Category: 4th Sector

Community: Sensorica

A special economic zone for collaborative / p2p economy in Verdun/Montreal, Canada

UPDATE [October 2021]: This initiative was suspended during the COVID crisis. Anyone can build on the past work and revive this initiative, using different strategies. Contact Tibi for background information. 



Facilitate the emergence of the first p2p collaborative economy cluster, an ecosystem for innovation and local economic development. This cluster is geographically anchored, a special zone in Montreal, where p2p economic models are implemented to provide a window towards our future society.  


The goal of this initiative was to fund $8M to create the world's first collaborative economy cluster in Verdun, Montreal

Open overview: the economic vision or the social vision.


This initiative was started by Sensorica in collaboration with David Lametti, at that time MP from Verdun and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and after Canada's Minister of Justice.

David followed 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, structured along the OVN model proposed by Sensorica. David asked Tibi to gather a group of experts to facilitate the implementation of this concept. Alex Bigot, co-founder of OuiShare MTL and OuiShare global connector was invited to collaborate. The main idea behind NOICE was presented at a meeting on the Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where David reaffirmed his interest for this project. 

The project was first promoted during the 2016 World Social Forum, and after during Eco2Fest 2019. NOICE built on Sensorica's project VIE, conducted in 2014, in Collaboration with CDEC Rosemont.


Communication and coordination

Communication channels

Coordination tools



See the Updates doc

Current needs


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[Tibi|Oct 2021] Project was suspended. 

[Tibi|Sept 2020] Last project proposal crafted for ESDC in collaboration with Destination Travail was rejected. Meeting with David's office, new push for something COVID-related, economic recovery. 

Documentation repository

Knowledge base verdun_project; Photos

Video presentation

MESI DEC Ville Montreal Verdun presentation


Presentation to MESI - what is the collaborative economy


Verdun project - Fr - Présentation du concept



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. 


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

Open Venture governance document

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Organizational context