National Assembly of Québec

In order to make informed, evidence-based decisions, policy-makers need to have access to the scientific facts and findings that Québec researchers can provide. To facilitate this access, the Chief Scientist is organizing a series of scientific meetings with MNAs, chiefs of staff and deputy ministers at the National Assembly of Québec, to show them the extent of the expertise available to them through research.


MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – September 18, 2019

Science et fausses nouvelles : comment nous y retrouver ?

Dans un contexte de désinformation, de fausses nouvelles et de pseudosciences, il est parfois difficile de s’y retrouver. La multiplication des sources d’information et l’importance grandissante des médias sociaux rendent la tâche encore plus complexe. Comment faire pour s’assurer de départager les fausses nouvelles des informations scientifiques dont nous avons besoin pour éclairer nos décisions ?

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Presentations

La confiance en la science
– Yves Gingras
, Professor-Researcher at the Université du Québec à Montréal and Director of the Observatoire des sciences et des technologies

Présentation du projet le Pèse-Savants
Colette Brin, Professor-Researcher at Université Laval and Director of the Centre d’études sur les médias


MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – June 5, 2019

Rencontre avec Yoshua Bengio, colauréat du prix Turing, le « Nobel de l’informatique »

Aujourd’hui sur toutes les lèvres, l’intelligence artificielle (IA) touche déjà plusieurs secteurs d’activités de la société. Mais qui aurait cru, il y a à peine quelques années, que l’IA deviendrait le sujet de l’heure ? Peu d’entre nous, sans doute, sauf, peut-être, quelques chercheurs et chercheuses à travers le monde qui y travaillaient déjà depuis de nombreuses années.

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Stratégie IA pour le Québec
– Yoshua Bengio
, Professor-Researcher at the Université de Montréal, Director of the Québec Artificial Intelligence Institute (Mila)


MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – March 27, 2019

Le Québec face à l’intelligence artificielle

L’arrivée de l’intelligence artificielle (IA) suscite autant d’espoir que de crainte. Dans plusieurs secteurs d’activités, l’IA amènera des changements profonds. Quels sont les impacts de l’IA sur la société ? Comment les Québécois et les Québécoises perçoivent-ils les transformations que générera l’IA, notamment sur le marché du travail ?

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L’Observatoire international sur les impacts sociétaux de l’intelligence artificielle et du numérique
– Lyse Langlois
, Professor-Researcher at Université Laval, Director of the Observatoire international sur les impacts sociétaux de l’intelligence artificielle et du numérique

Intelligence artificielle et impacts sur l’emploi : quelles sont les perceptions des Québécois ?
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– Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, Professor-Researcher at Polytechnique Montréal, General Director of the Centre for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations


MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – February 27, 2019

Le plein-emploi : enjeux et défis pour le Québec

Le plein-emploi et la rareté, voire la pénurie de main-d’œuvre qui en découlent, représentent un ensemble d’enjeux pour la société québécoise. Quels sont les facteurs à l’origine du plein-emploi et quelles pistes emprunter pour relever les défis qu’il soulève ?

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Le plein-emploi : enjeux et défis pour le Québec
Rémi Quirion
, Chief scientist of Québec
Pierre Fortin, Professor-Researcher of economical sciences at the École des sciences de la gestion of UQAM


MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – March 28, 2018

Le Québec face aux inondations

Les inondations comptent parmi les catastrophes naturelles les plus importantes au Québec comme au Canada. Les coûts humains et financiers qui y sont associés sont considérables et leurs conséquences nous interpellent tous : élus, organismes gouvernementaux, entreprises et citoyens. Deux chercheuses ont présenté les résultats des plus récentes recherches en lien avec cette thématique.

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Hydrogéomorphologie et gestion intégrée du risque d’inondation
– Pascale Biron
, Professor-Researcher at the Department of Geography, Planning, Environment, Concordia University

La résilience urbaine comme voie de transformation
– Marie-Christine Therrien
, Professor-Researcher at the École nationale d’administration publique


MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – November 15, 2017

Les impacts de la recherche au Québec

Le scientifique en chef du Québec, Rémi Quirion, a eu l’occasion de présenter et d’échanger avec de nombreux députés et sous-ministres sur les impacts de la recherche publique au Québec. La vice-première ministre et ministre de l’Économie, de la Science et de l’Innovation et ministre responsable de la Stratégie numérique, Dominique Anglade, a également présenté la nouvelle Stratégie québécoise de la science et de l’innovation.

 


MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – March 16, 2017

Québec in the face of climate change

Québec’s scientific community is a world leader in research on sustainable development and climate change. To provide a better understanding of the impacts of climate change, possible adaptation strategies and issues relating to Québec legislation, three researchers presented their latest research findings.

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Agir sur les changements climatiques; les solutions d’universitaires canadiens et canadiennes
– André Potvin
, Professor, School of Architecture, Université Laval and Director of the Hydro-Québec Institute for the Environment, Development and Society

Agir sur les changements climatiques
– Anne-Hélène Prieur-Richard
, Director of the Montréal hub of Future Earth and Associate Professor, Concordia University

Quel droit pour l’adaptation aux changements climatiques?
– Paule Halley
, Professor, Faculty of Law, Université Laval and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Law

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MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – October 27, 2016

Big data: potential and challenges

2016-10-27_assnatOn September 6, the Institute for Data Valorisation (IVADO), which brings together researchers from Université de Montréal, Polytechnique Montréal and HEC Montréal, was awarded a record $93 million in funding from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. This funding recognizes the expertise of Québec researchers in the field and is sure to stimulate discovery and innovation that will serve not only businesses but also our government ministries and agencies.

Québec is well positioned internationally to benefit from the full potential of the big data universe.

Photo: Jean-François Plante, Louis-Martin Rousseau and Jean-François Éthier.

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Les mégadonnées au coeur de la prise de décision
– Jean-François Plante
, Professor, Department of Decision Sciences, HEC Montréal

La science des données, vers la prochaine révolution industrielle
– Louis-Martin Rousseau
, Professor, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal and Canada Research Chair on Healthcare Analytics and Logistics

À la recherche du patient au coeur des données massives
– Jean-François Éthier
, Professor, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, Université de Sherbrooke


MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – March 16, 2016

CRISPR à l'Assemblée nationaleGenome editing: a dizzying revolution

CRISPR-Cas9 technology is revolutionizing genome editing and could lead governments to revise their regulations on its use.

Photo: Jacques P. Tremblay, Sylvain Moineau, Rémi Quirion and Vardit Ravitsky.

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CRISPR-Cas9 : la découverte
– Sylvain Moineau
, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Microbiology and Bio-Informatics, Université Laval

Potentiel de CRISPR-Cas9 pour traiter les maladies héréditaires (présentation PPT)
– Jacques P. Tremblay
, Professor, Department of Molecular Medicine, Université Laval

Questions éthiques et règlementaires
– Vardit Ravitsky
, Professor, Department and Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Université de Montréal

Additional information

L’édition génétique : « oui, mais pas pour n’importe quelle raison », pensent les Américains

Summary of the article The public and the Gene-Editing Revolution, published in The New England Journal of Medicine (vol. 374, num. 15) in April 2016.

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MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – November 3, 2015

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Radicalization, aquaculture and cognitive disorders

On November 3, 2015, the Chief Scientist of Québec, Rémi Quirion, invited all Québec Members of Parliament, chiefs of staff and deputy ministers to take part in a scientific 5 à 7 at the National Assembly of Québec.

Photo: Rémi Quirion, Cécile Rousseau, Sylvie Belleville and Céline Audet.

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Understanding and preventing radicalization
– Cécile Rousseau
, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, McGill University and Scientific Director of SHERPA university institute with regard to cultural communities, CIUSSS Centre-ouest de l’Île-de-Montréal

Over the past several years there has been an escalation in violent acts related to radicalization in Canada, culminating in two attacks in 2014 and a spate of young people leaving for Syria in 2015. Early research has shown that there is no single profile for individuals at risk of radicalization, making it impossible to detect without the risk of profiling and aggravating existing tensions. However, it is recognized that certain social factors, particularly a sense of social exclusion and discrimination, amplified by the effects of globalization and the Internet, can open the door to radicalization. While prevention efforts could start by targeting these social factors, too little is known about the phenomenon of radicalization in Québec. Ongoing research at the CSSS de la Montagne research centre (SHERPA) will help to determine the best intervention and prevention practices to combat the phenomenon.

Developing aquaculture and fishing for regional economies
– Céline Audet
, Professor of Ecophysiology and Aquaculture, UQAR and Scientific Director of Ressources Aquatiques Québec

In Québec, the development of fisheries and aquaculture is subject to problems and issues related largely to our rigorous climate. The research conducted by the Ressources Aquatiques Québec network produces specific knowledge that contributes to the sustainable development of the industry. For example, the centre’s work has led to a better understanding of the factors affecting Greenland halibut distribution in the Estuary and Gulf of St-Lawrence; the design of value-added products to increase revenues from the exploitation of marine resources, such as materials made from the byssus of blue mussels; and the development of sustainable management practices for recreational fishing such as those used to optimize stocking of lake trout.

Healthy aging: the challenges of cognitive disorders
– Sylvie Belleville
, Professor, Department of Psychology, Université de Montréal and Scientific Director of the Institut universitaire de gériatrie de Montréal research centre

Nearly 15% of Canadians over the age of 65 will have Alzheimer’s disease or a related brain disorder. The latest research shows that the disease sets in 15 to 20 years before the appearance of the first symptoms, which has led CIMA-Q (Consortium pour l’identification précoce de la maladie d’Alzheimer – Québec) to focus on the development of tools to detect early signs of the disease. It is also known that the onset of Alzheimer’s is associated with a series of factors that can be modified by people at risk, such as cognitive inactivity, lack of physical activity, depression, smoking, etc. One of the avenues being explored by researchers is to develop strategies to increase brain plasticity—that is, the brain’s capacity to reorganize itself—in the elderly, particularly in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.


MEETING WITH THE CHIEF SCIENTIST – April 30, 2015

Entrepreneurship, genomics and climate change

On April 30, 2015, the Chief Scientist of Québec, Rémi Quirion, and the Minister of Education, Higher Learning and Research, François Blais, invited all Québec Members of Parliament, chiefs of staff and deputy ministers to attend a scientific breakfast at the National Assembly of Québec.

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Stimuler l’entrepreneuriat au Québec
– Franck Barès
, Director, Department of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, HEC Montréal

Mieux se soigner à partir de notre génome
– Jacques Simard
, Canada Research Chair in Oncogenetics and Assistant Director of Fundamental Research, CHU de Québec Research Centre

Impacts des changements climatiques sur l’Arctique
– Louis Fortier
, Canada Research Chair on the Response of Arctic Marine Ecosystems to Climate Change and Scientific Director of ArticNet

Address by François Blais, Minister of Education, Higher Learning and Research