While they were students at the École de technologie supérieure in Montréal, François Roy-Moisan, Gabriel Dupras and Jacques Poirier developed Sollum’s unique technology. It all started when they put together a lighting system designed for painting restoration. Their solution could recreate the light of the time at which the piece was painted so that its appearance was as close to the original coloring as possible, all the while protecting it from discoloration.
A family member had the idea of using it to grow produce in a controlled environment, and the results were immediate. No doubt about it, culture played a preponderant role in the genesis of our company!
François, Gabriel and Jacques meet
Sollum Technologies is born
Sollum is incubated at Centech
Louis Brun takes on the leadership of Sollum
First round of financing closed
Old Montréal office opening
Second round of financing closed
Grant from Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Sollum closes a series of financings for more than CDN 12M$ with the support of Technoclimat
Fondaction supports Sollum Technologies
Sollum Technologies raises $30 million to support the growth of its operations
Sollum delivers the most advanced, intuitive and fully customizable dynamic LED lighting solution.
From equipment, software to support, our cleantech solution benefits controlled-environment users with a seamless integration, superior yield, profitability and energy-efficiency.
Sollum is part of the solution in the preservation of Earth’s ecosystem by driving sustainable indoor lighting technology and practices that contribute to energy efficiency, quality of life and dynamic local economies.
We collaborate closely with customers and research centers to push the boundaries of the most advanced dynamic LED lighting solution. We harness knowledge and data to meet the ever-changing needs of controlled environments and contribute to a cleaner environment.
We pave the way to a brighter, more sustainable future. We pride ourselves on leading by example, championing the benefits of the most advanced LED lighting solution. We are humble, always acknowledging that there's room to grow, yet bold to challenge the status quo in lighting technology.
We provide the tools and knowledge to harness the full potential of our dynamic lighting solution. We stand by our customers from the initial contact to production, ensuring confidence in the value and capabilities of our technology. We empower each customer to light up their world sustainably.
Louis rallies project stakeholders around a shared vision to successfully commercialize technological innovation.
A serial entrepreneur, Sollum is the fourth technology startup Louis invested in. His last project, Neuralitic, entered the Canadian, American, European and Asian markets before it was acquired by Guavus. This unique experience, coupled with extensive international experience with Ericsson and Invidex, ranges from product strategy and market entry to financing. Holder of a Bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Laval University, he completed actuary studies and the MIT entrepreneurship program.
With Sollum, François envisions local fruit and vegetable production with the aim of protecting the environment from the effects of transportation, among other things.
Over the course of his professional career, François developed extensive expertise in photonics and electronics, more specifically in prototype development and digital acquisition systems. He also contributed to the research and development of infrared cameras for space. Holder of a Master’s degree in electrical engineering, François has worked in both SMEs and large companies, and in research at INO, INRS and ÉTS.
Gabriel continues to collaborate with François to ensure Sollum’s long-term future by protecting the intellectual property of their innovations.
Gabriel worked at the Aerospace Research Center for over 5 years and developed numerous electrical and mechanical simulators at CAE. He was also research assistant to the Canadian Chair of research on hybrid optoelectronic materials and components. The holder of a Bachelor’s in electronics from ÉTS, he is currently completing his Master’s on the longevity of light-emitting diodes (LEDs). At Sollum, he is also responsible for intellectual property.
Jacques ensures that the different components of Sollum’s solution are well integrated and operate cohesively.
Jacques was systems architect in Research and Development at VibroSystM inc. for 8 years, where he was responsible for the inception and implementation of surveillance systems for industrial rotating machines. Prior to then, he served as research assistant and research technician at Hydro-Québec’s technical innovation research division. Jacques has significant technical expertise in electronics, photonics, nanotechnology and material resistance, and a deep understanding of digital signal processing analysis. He holds a university degree in electrical engineering from ÉTS.
Centech’s Most Promising Company Award – École de Technologie supérieure (ÉTS), Montréal
Foundation de Gaspé Beaubien award – Jury’s choice
Défi OSEntreprendre – Druide’s Grand Prize for Entrepreneurship
Défi OSEntreprendre – Technological and Technical Innovations (1st prize at the regional level, 2nd prize at the national level)
Défi PME-MTL – Coup de coeur Druide Award
Centech – Propulsion Program
BDC Entrepreneurship Award
Canada’s Technology Fast 50 Program – Deloitte – Coup de cœur award
Sollum awarded the “Solar Impulse Efficient Solution” label
Sollum wins Sapphire Award for horticultural lighting