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Research Chairs

In response to the need to develop knowledge about the North, INQ's founding partners (Université Laval, McGill University, and Institut national de la recherche scientifique) announced the first fundamental component of INQ's scientific program by creating three partnership research chairs. The purpose of the research chairs was to:

  • Develop top-flight expertise in fields related to development of the North
  • Spur the creation of northern research partnerships at each of the founding universities
  • Promote synergy between partners around shared research needs
  • Encourage innovation, training, and knowledge development

The three chairs overseen by INQ represent a broad range of research topics, covering renewable energy production, wildlife conservation, food security, and sustainable development of the North.

List of research chairs

Chairholder: Raymond, Jasmin

The mission of the INQ Northern geothermal potential research chair is to assess the performance of geothermal systems in cold climates, to adapt technologies with northern realities, and to root green energy in northern Québec. Access to clean and affordable energy is critical for the development of communities and natural resources north of the 49th parallel.

Chairholder: Rodon, Thierry

The INQ Northern Sustainable Development Research Chair seeks to enhance knowledge of northern issues and reframe development models to inform decision making by the provincial and federal governments and northern institutions and communities with a view to sustainable development.

Chairholder: Humphries, Murray

The INQ-McGill Chair In Northern Research – Wildlife Conservation And Traditional Food Security will focus on the protection and sustainable development of northern Quebec’s natural resources. In particular, research will focus on how resource development and other forms of environmental change impact the abundance and health of northern wildlife populations and their contribution to traditional food security.

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