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The Industrial Metaverse for a Better Tomorrow, Re-imagining Industry-Academic Relations with SIEMENS, at the ion

As we embark on a new year filled with aspirations and resolutions, we are thrilled to invite you to a program that aligns perfectly with the spirit of fresh beginnings and forward-thinking initiatives.

Join us for a transformative discussion in collaboration with Siemens on the intersection of industry needs and academic readiness, featuring our guest speaker, Jacques St-Laurent, Academic Enablement & Workforce Development at Siemens Digital Industries Software.

The focal point of our discussion will be set against the backdrop of the industrial metaverse, exploring the challenges of today and tomorrow. During the program, we’ll address a critical question: The new industrial and technology revolution is here, but the workforce of tomorrow isn’t. Explore how industries can keep pace with the remarkable changes on the horizon and what forces must align to navigate this transformative landscape.

Jacques St-Laurent’s presentation promises to be a game-changer, offering insights that will redefine how you and your organization approach and adapt to the evolving workforce.

This event is an opportunity for meaningful interaction between industry and academia, as Siemens issues a compelling “call to action” that resonates across the entire transatlantic network.

Save the date, for an engaging dialogue that promises to spark ideas and inspire action. Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of a conversation that will shape the future of workforce development in the digital age. 


  • 4:30 PM: Registration
  • 5:00 PM: Beginning of the program

History of Industrial Advancements into Industry 4.0

Importance of the Industrial Metaverse towards Ind 5.0

Industrial demand vs. Academic deliverables

Re-imagining the academic world for the future

Call to action


  • 6:00 PM: Networking


Locationthe ion – Houston

Jacques St-Laurent

Academic Enablement & Workforce Development lead at Siemens Digital Industries Software

Jacques brings over 38 years of industry expertise, with the last 27 years as a senior business consultant at Siemens Digital Industries. He has a diverse background, having contributed to industries such as Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, Industrial design, Heavy Machinery, Energy, and Medical although his passion remains with Aerospace and flight.

Such a diversified portfolio has enabled him to truly understand current industry trends and a global urgency to adapt, transform, and embrace our journey into the future.

Currently, Jacques focuses on assisting academic leaders in addressing industry-specific challenges by developing effective business strategies, driving transformative initiatives, and implementing progressive curricular practices for student employability by bridging the gap between academic institutions and real-world industry needs.


Jan 23 2024


16:30 - 18:00

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