Eau et glace


Founding Institutions

  • Université Laval
  • McGill University
  • Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Founding Indigenous Nations

  • Nunavik Inuit
  • Cree of Eeyou Istchee James Bay
  • Quebec Innu
  • Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach

Executive Committee 

Eugénie Brouillet
Committee chair
Vice Rector of Research and Innovation
Université Laval

Nancy Ross
Associate Vice-Principal (Research and Innovation)
McGill University

Pascale Champagne
Director of Research and Academic Affairs
Institut national de la recherche scientifique

Sébastien Charles
Vice Rector, Research and Development
Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

François Deschênes
Vice Rector, Training and Research
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Jean-Pierre Perreault
Vice-Rector, Research and Graduate Studies
Université de Sherbrooke

Patrick Beauchesne
Société du Plan Nord

Melissa Saganash
Director of Cree-Quebec Relations
Grand Council of the Crees 

Francis Fournier

Patrick Labbé
Director, Autonomous Systems

Indigenous Nations Representative (to be filled)

MEI representative (non-voting) (to be filled)

Ex-officio representatives (non-voting)

Brigitte Bigué
Director of Administration and Development
Institut nordique du Québec

Jean-Éric Tremblay
Institut nordique du Québec

Resource person (non-voting)

Robert Sauvé
Strategic Advisor for the North
Université Laval

Research and Development Committee (to come)

INQ Implementation Committee Members (2014-2019)

Research Centers

Gilles Gauthier
Scientific Director
Centre for northern studies, Université Laval

Louis Fortier
Scientific Director (2014-2019)
INQ, Université Laval

Marcel Babin
Scientific Director
Takuvik, Université Laval

Thierry Rodon
Scientific Director
CIÉRA, Université Laval

Pierre Ayotte
Scientific Director
Nasivvik, Université Laval

Martin Fortier
Executive Director
Sentinel North, Université Laval

André Potvin
Scientific Director
Institut EDS, Université Laval

René Therrien
Vice Dean of Research, Faculté des sciences et génie
Université Laval

Murray Humphries
Director, CINE (Centre for Indigenous Peoples’ Nutrition and Environment)
Université McGill

Paul Brassard
Northern Representative, RUIS (Réseau universitaire intégré en santé)
Université McGill

Jean-Éric Tremblay
INQ, Université Laval

Jasmin Raymond
Chairholder INQ-INRS
L'Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Founding Universities

Michel J. Tremblay
Deputy Vice Rector, Research, Creation and Innovation
Université Laval

Kristina Ohrvall
Director, Strategic Initiatives
Université McGill

Jean-François Blais
Centre Eau, Terre, Environnement, INRS

UQ Network Universities

François Deschênes
Vice Rector of research
Université du Québec à Rimouski

Other Universities

Marie-Josée Hébert
Vice Rector of research
Université de Montréal

Aboriginal Nations

Ellen Avard
Scientific Director
Makivik Corporation – Nunavik Research Centre

Mélissa Saganash
Director of Cree–Québec Relations
Cree embassy

Serge Ashini Goupil
Innu nation

Glenda Sandy
Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach

Private Sector

Gaétan Lantagne
General Manager
Institut de recherche d'Hydro-Québec (IREQ)

Francis Fournier
President and CEO

College Centres for the Transfer of Technology (Cctts)

Hussein Ibrahim
Scientific Coordinator
Institut technologiqe de maintenance industrielle (Cégep de Sept-Îles)

Société du Plan Nord

Alexandre Baillargeon
Director of Interdepartmental Relations
Société du Plan Nord

Senior Advisor on the North

Michel Allard
Centre for northern studies, Université Laval

Richard Fortier
Centre for northern studies, Université Laval

Project Director

Brigitte Bigué
Project Director, Vice Rector Office, Research and Innovation
Université Laval

Director of INQ

Jean-Éric Tremblay
Jean-Éric Tremblay

Jean-Éric Tremblay

Jean-Éric Tremblay is a professor in the Department of Biology at Université Laval, where he has been conducting research and teaching activities in the field of oceanography since 2004. He obtained his PhD from Université Laval in 1996, following which he did postdoctoral work at the Alfred-Wegener Institute (Germany) and in Japan, before joining McGill University as an associate researcher.
His research program aims to elucidate the processes that determine the biological productivity and biogeochemical functioning of Arctic and sub-Arctic seas, the transformations that these seas are undergoing in the face of climate change, and the impact of these transformations in the North Atlantic and the east coast of North America, which are exposed to the powerful currents flowing down from the Far North. In particular, he studies the impact of warming and melting ice on the Arctic Ocean's ability to provide abundant and quality marine foods to coastal communities, for whom food security is a major issue.
For the short term, Professor Tremblay will continue to serve as scientific director of the Quebec-Ocean, a FRQNT multi-institutional strategic cluster, within which he has worked to develop and coordinate oceanographic research throughout Quebec. He also sits on several boards of directors and scientific orientation committees involved in the development of the marine sector in Quebec and Canada. He is a member of the Takuvik Joint International Laboratory and led either large-scale projects or large thematic teams during International Polar Year and the first two phases of the ArcticNet Network of Centres of Excellence. He is currently leading several pan-Canadian projects: "Nutrient transports and marine living resources across the Inuit Nunangat" in the third phase of ArcticNet, "Biogeochemical signatures of ecosystem stress and resilience: nutrient cycles and lipid flow" in NSERC's Canadian Healthy Ocean Network (CHONe II), and "Marine Ecosystems" in NSERC's BaySys Collaborative Research and Development Network. The last project evaluates the combined impacts of climate change and hydroelectric development in Hudson Bay. As part of Canada First Research Excellence Fund’s Sentinel North Strategy, he co-leads the BriGHT project with Professor Mélanie Lemire to better understand the links between Inuit health and the northern marine environment.
Along with his colleagues and the many students he has supervised, Dr. Tremblay has published over 100 articles in scientific journals and edited environmental synthesis reports for decision makers.

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