In Collaboration with Concertation Montréal, Square Enix Montréal Announces Two Partnerships to Encourage Girls’ Interest in Science and Technology

Square Enix Montréal, AN award-winning mobile game development studio, announces its support of Les Scientifines and Technovation Montréal  

Montreal, March 8, 2021 –To commemorate International Women’s Day 2021, Square Enix Montréal, the award-winning mobile game studio behind Lara Croft GO, Hitman GO, Hitman Sniper, and Deus Ex GO, is proud to announce its financial support of Les Scientifines and Technovation Montréal, two Quebec organizations dedicated to enhancing the interest of girls ages 8 to 18 in science and technology.

Developed in collaboration with Concertation Montréal’s Le Mouvement montréalais Les Filles & le code, an organization that maximizes the potential of Montreal initiatives to get more girls and young women interested in careers in technology, Square Enix Montréal financial support of these two organizations aims to help promote STEM to young girls thus building self-esteem, developing key competencies such as entrepreneurship, and countering school drop-out rates.

Square Enix Montréal’s support will help make the programs available to more participants through financing of additional human and material resources.

  • Les Scientifines provides young girls ages 8 to 17 from underprivileged neighbourhoods with programs that include homework help, numerous scientific activities, and support for the development of science fair projetcs.
  • Technovation Montreal is an international mobile app creation competition that aims to develop technology and entrepreneurship skills in girls aged 10 to 18.

“At Square Enix Montréal we have made Inclusion a core value,” said Patrick Naud, Head of Studio of Square Enix Montréal. “Video game development is still a male-dominated field. To attract more women to the industry we must expose girls early to the potential of a future in science and technology. We wanted to mark International Women’s Day 2021 by doing our part to promote STEM to young girls thus opening a whole new world of possibilities for them and helping them achieve their dreams..”

“When Square Enix Montréal contacted us, we were thrilled to support their efforts to bring more girls into the STEM field,” said Francine Verrier, member of the Board of Directors of Concertation Montreal and sponsor of Concertation Montréal’s Le Mouvement montréalais les Filles & le code. “The objectives of Concertation Montréal’s Le Mouvement montréalais Les Filles & le code is to connect organizations active in the field of digital literacy with the industry to stimulate girls' interest in STEM. This funding announcement is excellent news for our partners, Les Scientifines and Technovation Mtl, who are doing remarkable work. Square Enix Montréal's initiative is exemplary, and I hope it will encourage other Montreal companies to do the same.”

“We are thrilled to count on the financial support of Square Enix Montréal for the development of the Scientifines pilot project in St-Léonard,” said Valérie Bilodeau, Executive Director, Les Scientifines. “Thanks to this new partnership, we will be able to accompany an additional group of 10 girls, two evenings a week after school, by offering them a period of academic support and fun and enriching science activities. Encouraging girls to take an interest in STEM, inspiring them to study science and pursue a career in these fields, has been at the heart of our mission for more than 30 years ... and Square Enix Montréal will allow us to continue to reach even more girls.”

“Technovation Montreal's goal is to support the next generation of women in technology by offering young girls a complete immersion entrepreneurship and technology through training programs developed with experts in their field,” said Stéphanie Jecrois, co-founder, Technovation Montreal. We are proud of this partnership with Square Enix Montreal, which will contribute to the development of technical skills as well as to the leadership of program participants.”

(Photo: Patrick Naud, Head of Studio, Square Enix Montréal, Valérie Bilodeau, Executive Director, Les Scientifines, Stéphanie Jecrois, Co-Founder, Technovation Montreal, Marie-Pierre Carbonneau, Development Agent, Concertation Montréal)

 

For media inquiries and additional information  

Nedjma Belbahri  

Senior Communications Manager, Square Enix Montréal  

nbelbahri@square-enix-montreal.com  

514 781-0174 

About Square Enix Montréal

Founded in 2011, Square Enix Montréal is a multi-award-winning mobile game studio that develops games based on both existing franchises and new intellectual properties. Square Enix Montréal is dedicated to the creation of innovative and carefully crafted games that become international benchmarks. Our team of passionate experts created the critically acclaimed titles Hitman Sniper®, Hitman GO®, Lara Croft GO® and Deus Ex GO®. Square Enix Montréal's games have been downloaded over 130 million times in 175 countries. For more information, please visit square-enix-montreal.com, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About Concertation Montréal 

Concertation Montréal's mission is to develop the region through consultation and dialogue. CMTL brings together socio-economic leaders and elected municipal officials from the Island of Montreal to initiate and support innovative and structuring regional initiatives. 

Le Mouvement montréalais Les Filles et le code is an initiative of Concertation Montreal which aims to maximize the potential of Montreal initiatives to bring more teenagers and college and university students to careers in technology. The iniatiave  brings together more than sixty partners: organizations engaged in digital and technological literacy, educational institutions, research groups, government partners, and businesses. 

Find out more: Mouvement montréalais Les Filles et le code de Concertation Montréal. 

Technovation Montréal  

Created in Silicon Valley in 2009 and launched in Montreal in 2014, Technovation is an international mobile app creation competition that aims to develop technology and entrepreneurship skills in girls aged 10 to 18. Teams of two to five participants accompanied by mentors develop an app in response to problem or need identified in their community, develop a business plan, and create a prototype while learning the basics of programming. 

Learn more: https://www.technovationmontreal.com/ 

Les Scientifines

With more than 30 years of experience in popular science, Les Scientifines' mission is to promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to young girls aged 8 to 17 from underprivileged urban areas in Montreal. Les Scientifines encourages these young girls to persevere in their studies and whatever they undertake, despite the various problems they face. Learn more: https://scientifines.com/en