Development of Northern Quebec : List of UQAM Experts

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Montreal, october 4, 2012 – UQAM Professors are providing expertise in several areas related to the development of Northern Quebec.

UQAM offers a list of twenty experts available to comment on this important issue in several related areas, including an environmental point of view, economic, political and cultural.

Communication and Ethics

Bernard Motulsky
Professor, Department of Social and Public Communication 
Holder, Chair in Public Relations and Marketing Communication

Mobile: 514 987-9454

Areas of expertise:

  • Strategic communication
  • Image management
  • Communication issues among key actors: government, business, Aboriginal peoples, pressure groups


Denis Morin
Professor, Department of Organization and Human Resources, ESG UQAM


Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 4150

Areas of expertise:

  • Staff recruitment and selection
  • Leading practices in human resource management
  • Performance management (work engagement)
  • Skilled labour (mining)


Étienne Boucher
Professor, Department of Geography

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 3201

Areas of Expertise:

  • Fluctuation of water resources and impact on hydropower
  • Uncertainties of climate change
  • Boreal ecosystems

Stéphane Savard
Professor, Department of History

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 3074

Area of expertise:

  • History of energy policies in the Province of Quebec


Corinne Gendron
Professor, Department of Strategy and Social and Environmental Responsibility
Holder, Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development Research Chair

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 1400

Areas of expertise:

  • Socio-economic development and social responsibility
  • Environmental economics
  • Issues of resource development in the North
  • Sustainable development

Jean-Philippe Waaub
Professor, Department of Geography

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 8908

Areas of expertise:

  • Strategic environmental assessment
  • Environmental and social Impact studies of projects
  • Public participation and stakeholder negotiation
  • Energy and environment modelling and policy.


Daniel Kneeshaw
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Researcher, Centre for Forest Research (CFR – CEF)

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 4480

Areas of expertise:

  • Forest ecology
  • Forest ecosystem management
  • Construction of roads in Northern Quebec / How roads affect life and the relationship to the land
  • Effect of the Plan Nord on First Nations
  • Natural disturbances and forest management (in the case of overexploitation)
  • Mixed Forest / Boreal forest/ Old-growth forests

Christian Messier
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Researcher, Centre for Forest Research (CFR – CEF)

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 4009

Areas of expertise:

  • Sustainable development
  • Growth and survival of forest trees
  • Control of tree growth in natural, urban and rural environments
  • Quebec Intensive Silviculture Network
  • International Diversity Experiment Network with Trees (IDENT)

Pierre Drapeau
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Professor and Director, Centre for Forest Research (CFR – CEF)
Member, NSERC-UQAT-UQAM Industrial Research Chair in Sustainable Forest Management

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 1950

Areas of expertise:

  • Forest ecology
  • Forest ecosystem management
  • Biodiversity
  • Animal ecology
  • Specialist in forest wildlife-habitat relationships (from insects to large mammals)
  • Caribou specialist


Patrick Evans
Professor, École de design

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 3775 

Areas of expertise:

  • Northern urban infrastructures
  • Architecture for cold climates
  • The housing crisis in the Far North

Aquatic Environments

Yves Prairie
Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 4870

Area of expertise:

  • · Aquatic environments (anything connected to the transportation, processing, storage of the carbon cycle in aquatic ecosystems, particularly lakes)
    • Water quality of lakes potentially affected by development / Impact on wildlife
    • Carbon footprint of hydraulic reservoirs
    • Greenhouse gas emissions from lakes (CO2 and CH4)


Michel Jebrak
Professor, Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences 
Holder, Chaire UQAT-UQAM en entrepreneuriat minier [UQAT-UQAM chair in mining entrepreneurship]

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 3986

Areas of expertise:

  • Challenges in prospecting for mineral resources
  • Technologies for exploration and potential production
  • Preservation goals for natural habitats
  • General economic profitability of projects

Heritage and Culture

Daniel Arsenault
Professor, Department of Art History
Director, Centre interuniversitaire d’études sur les lettres, les arts et les traditions   [Inter-university centre for the study of humanities, arts and traditions]

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 1401

Areas of expertise:

  • Co- author of a paper on the Plan Nord, filed with the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs, advocating the preservation of non-renewable cultural heritage resources

Daniel Chartier
Professor, Department of Literary Studies
Director, International Laboratory for the Comparative Multidisciplinary Study of Representations of the North
, Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la littérature et la culture québécoises [Interuniversity research centre on Quebec literature and culture]

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 4926

Areas of expertise:

  • One of the organizers of the recent symposium Musiques et imaginaire du Nord et du froid
  • Recognition of the heritage of Northern Quebec
  • Cultural representations of the North, winter and the Arctic
  • Cultural comparisons between Quebec and Scandinavia

First Nations

Alain Beaulieu
Professor, Department of History
Holder, Canada Research Chair in the Aboriginal Land Question

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 1588

Areas of expertise:

  • Land treaties with First Nations
  • Specialist in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries

Lori Morris
Professor, Department of Linguistics

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 7649

Area of expertise:

  • School problems of Aboriginal children


Alain A. Grenier
Professor, Department of Tourism and Urban Studies
Editor, Téoros tourism research journal

Phone: 514 987-3000, ext. 1796

Areas of expertise:

  • Tourism in Northern Quebec
  • Polar cruises
  • Sustainable tourism


André Valiquette, M.A., ARP
Conseiller en relations de presse
Division des relations avec la presse et événements spéciaux
Service des communications
Tél. : 514 987-3000, poste 3268

Last update : october 4, 2012