The Keynote Speakers

Mayor Denis Coderre
Mayor Denis Coderre

Former member of Parliament and federal minister, Mr. Coderre was elected mayor of Montréal in 2013. Mr. Coderre is also president of the Montreal Metropolitan Community, which includes all the municipalities of the Montréal urban area. He is also co-chair of Metropolis as well as Climate Change Ambassador to this association of cities.

During the Summit, Mr. Coderre will speak about the city's innovations aiming to improve the water quality of the river.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - MAYORS WORKSHOPS - October 6, 10:25 AM

Maire Régis Labeaume
Maire Régis Labeaume

M. Labeaume a été élu la première fois en 2007 maire de Québec et réélu en 2009 et 2013 à la tête d’une équipe majoritaire. Auparavant, il a dirigé la Fondation de l'entrepreneurship et a œuvré pendant plusieurs années en innovation technologique dans la région de Québec. 

Lors du Sommet, M. Labeaume présentera les figures de proue de sa ville en matière de gestion des eaux.

CONFÉRENCIER - ATELIERS DES MAIRES - 6 octobre à 10 h 25

Professor William Rees
Professor William Rees

Bio-ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning, Mr. Rees is the originator of ‘ecological footprint analysis’. Prof Rees has authored over 160 peer reviewed and numerous popular articles on sustainability policy (or lack thereof). 

Mr. Rees is a founding member and former President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics; a founding Director of the One Earth Initiative; and a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - October 6, 9:25 AM

Professor Robert Hausler
Professor Robert Hausler

Robert Hausler is a professor at the Department of construction engineering at École de technologie supérieure. In addition to being the Director of graduate studies in environmental engineering, he also directs the Station expérimentale des procédés pilotes en environnement. For the last 35 years, he worked on the treatment of wastewater and particularly with the ozonation technology. More recently, international research projects he worked on, led him to rethink the approach to solve pollution problems caused by human activities.

His work thus aims to develop appropriate technologies in the local context of environmentally responsible development.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - October 6, 1:30 PM

Sarah Dorner
Sarah Dorner

Sarah Dorner is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal. She holds the Canada Research Chair on Source Water Protection. 

Her research activities focus on the contaminant dynamics in drinking water sources, microbiological contaminants, the impacts of climate change on source waters and green infrastructure for climate change adaptation.

PANELIST - Panel on overflows and discharges - October 6, 2:00 PM

Jean-François Barsoum
Jean-François Barsoum

Jean-François Barsoum joined IBM’s Strategy Consulting practice in 1996, and as Senior Managing Consultant, Smarter Cities, Water and Transportation, Innovation, Research & Development, he has worked on dozens of strategy mandates since them, most of them focused on environmental or smart city issues. 

In 2008, he was among the few Canadians selected by the Al gore's Climate Project to receive training from the Nobel peace laureate. In 2011, he joined the board of directors of Mr. Gore's "Climate Reality Project Canada" and of the Canadian Water Network.

PANELIST - Panel on climate change adaptation - October 6, 3:05 PM

François Brissette
François Brissette

Francois Brissette is a professor and research scientist at École de technologie supérieure since 1993.  For the past 20 years, he has conducted research projects on the impacts of climate change on water resources at the watershed scale.

He has published a hundred research papers in international journals.  His work has been cited by hundreds of scientists and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). 

PANELIST - Panel on climate change adaptation - October 6, 3:05 PM

Minister David Heurtel
Minister David Heurtel

M. David Heurtel was appointed minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change on April 23, 2014.

He is also a member of the Committee for the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, the Plan Nord Committee, and the Economic and Sustainable Development Committee, making him a key player in advising the government on transitioning to a greener economy and a society more resilient to climate change impacts.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - GUEST OF HONOR - October 6, 11:50 AM

Mylène Paquette
Mylène Paquette

Mylene chose to take action after a life-changing conversation with a seriously ill child. Thereafter, she decided to become the first person from the American continent to row solo across the North Atlantic. She accomplished this dream in 2013.

Back on land, Mylène continues to work as a speaker in both corporate and academic worlds. In November 2014, she released her first book “Dépasser l'horizon”, published by Les Éditions La Presse.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - October 7, 8:30 AM

Lynn Jacobs
Lynn Jacobs

Lynn is from the Mohawk community of Kahnawà:ke where she lives and has worked in the field of environmental protection for the last two decades. She is an Environmental Advisor and Projects Coordinator at the Kahnawà:ke Environment Protection Office, a department of the Mohawk Council of Kahnawà:ke. Lynn is also the Spokesperson for Kahnawà:ke Sustainable Energies. 

Her work is dedicated to projects, actions, advocacy and capacity building around fulfilling our shared responsibilities as caretakers of our Mother the Earth. 

PANELIST - Panel on access to the river - October 7, 9:15 AM

Nicolas Milot
Nicolas Milot

Coordinator of the Regional Roundtable Haut-Saint-Laurent - Grand Montréal, Nicolas Milot works for the integrated management of the St. Lawrence River. He is also an associate professor at the Institut des sciences de l’environnement since 2011. 

He finished his environmental sciences Ph. D at UQAM in 2009  and did an internship postdoctoral at the department of philosophy and applied ethics at the University of Sherbrooke. His expertise touches the sociopolitical aspects of environmental issues, including those related to water management.

MODERATOR - Panel on access to the river - October 7, 9:15 AM

Sylvain Carle
Sylvain Carle

Sylvain Carle lives and breathes emerging technologies. For the last 20 years, he has thrived with marvel and fun at the confluence of media, technology and networks. Entrepreneurship, web software architecture, APIs, digital and social media as well as open-source software and open standards are all at the core of his competence and passion. 

Most recently he was Senior Developer Advocate at Twitter in San Francisco, helping strategic partners get the most of the blue bird’s APIs and technology products.

PANELIST - Panel on innovation, technology and creativity to the water - October 7, 11:35 AM

Chef Ghislain Picard
Chef Ghislain Picard

Mr. Ghislain Picard is Innu from the community of Pessamit. Since 1992, he has been the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), a political organization regrouping 43 Chiefs of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador. 

As AFNQL Chief, he sits on the Assembly of First Nations’ Executive Committee and Management Committee and he is the spokesperson for the Comprehensive claims, Urban population and International Issues portfolios.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - OPENING October 6, 8:30 AM

Roxane Lavoie
Roxane Lavoie

Professeure à l’École supérieure d’aménagement du territoire et de développement régional depuis 2015, Roxane Lavoie travaille au sein de la Chaire de recherche industrielle CRSNG en gestion et surveillance de la qualité de l’eau potable en tant que spécialiste en l’aide à la décision.

Ses travaux portent principalement sur la protection des sources et sur l’eau souterraine. Le développement d’outils pour faciliter la prise en compte d’enjeux environnementaux complexes, en particulier ceux liés à l’eau, dans la planification territoriale constitue son principal champ d’intérêt.

ATELIER DU MAIRE RÉGIS LABEAUME -  6 octobre à 10 h 25

Manuel J. Rodriguez
Manuel J. Rodriguez

Professor Rodriguez holds the new NSERC Industrial Research Chair on Surveillance and Management of Drinking Water Quality of Université Laval in Quebec City. He is professor at the École supérieure d’aménagement du territoire et de développement régional (ESAD) in the area of water and environmental planning. 

He is also director of the multidisciplinary Centre de recherche en aménagement et développement (CRAD). His research program concerns the integrated management of water quality, from the watershed to the citizen’s tap.

SPEAKER - Mayor R. Labeaume workshop - October 6, 10:25 AM

Patrick Drogui
Patrick Drogui

Patrick Drogui is professor and researcher at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique’s Centre Eau Terre Environnement. He is an internationally recognized expert in electrochemical and membrane technologies, and oxidative processes for different applications from industrial wastewater to potable water. The originality of his research work lies in the development of advanced electrolytic processes for water and wastewater treatment requiring no or minimum addition of chemical products.

Co-inventor on six patents, Mr. Drogui is currently working on new electrolytic and/or membrane, photo-catalytic, and electro-photo-catalytic processes for water treatment, and the removal of emerging contaminants.

SPEAKER - Mayor R. Labeaume workshop - October 6, 10:10 AM

Satinder Brar
Satinder Brar

Professor Satinder Kaur Brar is leading the research group on Bioprocessing and Nano-Enzyme Formulation Facility at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique’s Centre Eau Terre Environnement. She is an internationally recognized expert in the conversion of waste into various high value bioproducts and simultaneous removal of emerging contaminants.

Co-inventor on two patents, Mrs Brar has won several national and international awards: the ASCE State-of-the-Art of Civil Engineering Award (2007), the ASCE Rudolf Hering Medal (2008), and the YWCA Women Distinction in Science and Technology (2015).

SPEAKER - Mayor R. Labeaume workshop - October 6, 10:25 AM

Chantal Rouleau
Chantal Rouleau

Chantal Rouleau is the Mayor of Rivière-des-Prairies–Pointe-aux-Trembles since June 2010. Ms. Rouleau sits on the city’s Executive Committee with responsibility for water and water infrastructures. She is also a member of the Montréal Agglomeration Council and the Montréal Metropolitan Community Council.

Ms. Rouleau has also worked on cleaning up the St. Lawrence River and on developing public access to its shoreline. Along with industrial partners, Ms. Rouleau implemented one of the largest depollution projects in Canadian history: decontamination of sediment in Sector 103 of the Port of Montréal. She is very involved in the community and continues her shoreline-accessibility mission. 

PANELIST - Panel on overflows and discharges - October 6, 2:00 PM

Nathalie Renaud
Nathalie Renaud

Nathalie Renaud is Program Manager in technology and business development at INO (National Optics Institute), a corporation developing new optical solutions to increase the competitiveness of companies. With 26 years of experience in optics, she managed research and development programs and resources in 10 different fields of applied photonics. 

Her actual responsibility is to strategically manage technology and business developments to match the market needs in the Energy and Natural Resources field.

SPEAKER - Mayor R. Labeaume workshop - October 6, 10:25 AM

Sonja Behmel
Sonja Behmel

Sonja Behmel founded her company, WaterShed Monitoring, in 2013, to develop and market the first software-as-a-service designed to store and leverage any qualitative, quantitative and spatial data on water quality. In parallel, she started a PhD with the Laval University Research Chair in Drinking Water to further increase the innovative capacity of her young company. Since then, Ms. Behmel has received numerous awards and honours.

Previously, the innovative nature of her master’s project, focused on the development of new water quality monitoring strategies and tools, led her to take a leadership role in water management across the Québec City region in collaboration with the City of Québec and several renowned academic institutions. 

PANELIST - Panel on innovation, technology and creativity - October 7, 11:35

Anthony Townsend
Anthony Townsend

Dr. Anthony Townsend is an internationally-recognized expert on urbanization and digital technology. In 2009, he founded Bits and Atoms, a consultancy that works with industry, government and philanthropy on economic development, digital placemaking, and strategic technology forecasting. He is an advisor to Sidewalk Labs, a startup whose mission is to improve life in cities for everyone through the application of technology to solve urban problems. 

His first book, Smart Cities: Big Data, Civic Hackers and the Quest for A New Utopia was published by W.W. Norton & Co. in 2013.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - October 7, 1:45 PM

Laurent Da Silva
Laurent Da Silva

Laurent Da Silva holds a Master’s in applied economics from HEC Montreal and a Master’s in environmental management from the University of Sherbrooke. He worked as a researcher at the Centre for Productivity and Prosperity for more than two years and then as an economic consultant. 

At Ouranos since 2014, he focuses on economic analyses related to the impacts of climate change and adaptation options. His areas of expertise include environmental and climate change economics, industrial organization and econometrics.

PANELIST - Panel on climate change adaptation - October 6, 3:05 PM

Hélène Raymond
Hélène Raymond

Both personally and professionally, Hélène Raymond has long been fascinated by agrifood and environmental issues. She is a radio host and reporter who has hosted Radio-Canada’s D’un soleil à l’autre and worked on La semaine verte and Bien dans son assiette. She is also the author of two essays on food: “Goût du monde ou saveurs locales?” and “Une agriculture qui goûte autrement, which she co-wrote with French economist Jacques Mathé. 

She has received numerous distinctions for her work, including the title of Special Commander of the Ordre national du mérite agricole, awarded by the Quebec government for her work to enlighten and inform the general public about agriculture and food.

MODERATOR - Panels, October 6, 2:00 PM and 3:05 PM

The Water Brothers
The Water Brothers


Alex and Tyler Mifflin are the award-winning hosts and creators of the acclaimed documentary eco-adventure television series The Water Brothers, exploring the most important water stories of our time from around the globe. Commissioned by TVOntario, the series airs in over 40 countries. Winners of the BBC Earth Best Newcomers award at the Wildscreen Film Festival, the Brothers’ passion for water conservation has led them to become water ambassadors in Canada and around the world. 

They strongly believe in ensuring audiences and particularly youth understand the true value of our post precious resource and are aware of the emerging solutions that will help us overcome the challenges we face together.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - October 6, 4:15 PM

François Charron
François Charron

For over twenty years, François Charron has worked as a host, designer, producer, entrepreneur, and Web columnist with a knack for explaining complex concepts. He is part of the most watched morning TV show in Quebec, He can also be heard every week on radio stations across Quebec.

François has been a Web producer and consultant since the early days of the Internet and is the man behind the popular website francoischarron.com, which draws over 600,000 unique visitors a month. He enjoys the challenge of making technology easy and attractive for technophobes and the general public. photo credit: Stéphanie Lefebvre

MODERATOR - Panel on innovation, technology and creativity - October 7, 11:35 AM

Harout Chitilian
Harout Chitilian

Harout Chitilian is the city councillor for the district of Bordeaux-Cartierville. He is also the vice chairman of the Executive Committee of the City of Montreal, and is responsible for administrative reforms, youth programs, digital and smart city strategy and information technology.

During his previous mandate, he held an associate position in the Montreal Executive Committee for files pertaining youth and economic development. In 2011, he was designated the youngest speaker of the Montreal city council. He served on the executive committee of the Conférence Régionale des Élus of Montreal, the Corporation of Economic and Community Development in the borough of Ahuntsic-Cartierville, as well as on the board of directors of the MR3 Relève organization. 

PANELIST - Panel on innovation, technology and creativity - October 7, 11:35

Louis-Alexandre and Philippe IV de Gaspé Beaubien
Louis-Alexandre and Philippe IV de Gaspé Beaubien

Louis Alexandre and Philippe IV are part of the fourth generation of the de Gaspé Beaubien family, known for their environmental awareness. Both involved since 2011 in the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation initiative on water conservation, they are the AquaHacking's co-founders. They are also the co-instigators of River Mission which preserves the Ottawa River. 

While still being students, Louis-Alexandre has shown his dedication to philanthropy through the YPI Project, an initiative that encourages young people to become involved in their communities and Philippe IV has acquired work experience as a summer intern with CIBC Financial Services and Dealroom.com.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS - OPENING October 6, 8:30 AM

Sylvie Paquerot
Sylvie Paquerot

Sylvie Paquerot is a legal expert, political scientist, and associate professor at the University of Ottawa School of Political Studies. She is a member of the French Research Network on International Governance, Globalization, and the Transformation of the State and the University of Ottawa Human Rights Research and Education Centre.

In her research on global governance and international water law, she focuses specifically on the issues of legitimacy in decision making and the role law plays in policy in this area. As an active member of Ligue des droits et libertés, Quebec’s civil liberties union, she has penned numerous publications including L’eau en commun (with Gabriel Blouin-Genest and Frédéric Julien), published by Éditions PUQ in 2011.

PANELIST - Panel on access to the river - October 7, 9:15 AM

Maxim Bragoli
Maxim Bragoli

Maxim Bragoli co-founded Pépinière & Co, a self-managed urban planning organization that draws on a multidisciplinary team to develop innovative collective urban projects, from the design phase to business plan development, programming, and site management.  As head of development, Maxim Bragoli has developed a range of expertise that includes project design, production, operation, and facilitation for public spaces. He has also acquired extensive knowledge of the components and factors that contribute to the success or failure of a project.

He was behind such projects as Village au Pied-du-Courant, Jardins Gamelin, Marché du Nord, and Les Jardineries at the Olympic Park. 

PANELIST - Panel on access to the river - October 7, 9:15 AM

Alain Roy
Alain Roy

Homme de terrain et d’action, M. Roy est le Directeur général de L’Association Maritime du Québec depuis mai 2016. Au fils des ans il s’est forgé une réputation de gestionnaire accompli dans le milieu associatif sportif en occupant notamment les fonctions de directeur général du Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec et de directeur des partenariats en éducation de l’Association canadienne des entraîneurs. 

Plaisancier et passionné de sport nautique, il navigue les cours du Québec depuis plusieurs années.

PANÉLISTE - Panel sur l'accès au fleuve - 7 octobre à 9 h 15

Coralie Deny
Coralie Deny

Coralie Deny œuvre depuis 2001 au sein du Conseil régional de l'environnement de Montréal et y occupe la fonction de directrice générale depuis 2010. Elle est impliquée sur de nombreux comités et tables de concertation, dont les Alliances TRANSIT et Mouvement Ceinture Verte, le Comité de liaison du Plan de développement durable de la collectivité montréalaise, la Table de concertation du Mont Royal, le Comité permanent de suivi des eaux usées de Montréal et le Conseil stratégique de la Table de concertation régionale Haut-Saint-Laurent - Grand Montréal.

L’amélioration de la qualité des milieux de vie pour tous et des pratiques écoresponsables guide ses actions et celles de toute l’équipe du CRE-Montréal. La question de l’eau en fait bien sûr partie.

PANÉLISTE - Panel sur les déversements et les surverses - 6 octobre à 14 h 00

Kat Kavanagh
Kat Kavanagh

Ms. Kavanagh is a web designer, coder and entrepreneur. She is the Executive Director of Water Rangers, a non-profit aimed at encouraging citizens to learn about and protect our waterways. Water Rangers grew out of last year's Aquahacking, where it was one of the winners. Since then the platform has expanded and partnerships include conservation authorities in Canada and the U.S.

She has also run Capra Design Limited for the past 7 years in Canada and England. She loves designing "games-for-change", using science-based research to make difficult tasks fun and to promote healthy habits. 

Pio Wennubst
Pio Wennubst

Ambassador Pio Wennubst is agro-economist and has extensive experience in development diplomacy. He has worked for the UN in Nepal before joining the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) in 1995. He has worked for the SDC in Bolivia, Madagascar, Tanzania and Switzerland.

From 2008 to 2011, Pio Wennubst was the Deputy Permanent Representative of the Swiss mission to the Rome-based UN agencies. He then joined the Swiss permanent mission to the UN in New York as Head of the Economic and Social Development Team. Since 2014 he has been the Assistant Director General and Head of the Global Cooperation Department of the SDC.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - October 6, 11:40 AM

Marie-Christine Tremblay
Marie-Christine Tremblay

Marie-Christine Tremblay est la directrice générale régionale déléguée des régions de l’Atlantique et du Québec à Environnement et Changement climatique Canada depuis juillet 2016. Précédemment directrice du secteur de programme responsable des portefeuilles des affaires Autochtones, de la santé et du Nord au Secrétariat du Conseil du Trésor, elle a aussi été chef de division à la Direction de l’environnement de l’Organisation de coopération et de développement économiques. 

Au cours de sa carrière, elle a travaillé sur divers enjeux environnementaux, économiques et mondiaux, notamment l’atténuation des changements climatiques et l’adaptation à ces derniers. Elle a aussi occupé plusieurs fonctions au sein de la fonction publique fédérale, plus particulièrement des postes de gestionnaire aux ministères des Finances, de l’Industrie et de l’Environnement.

ALLOCUTION - 7 octobre à 10 h 55

Marc H. Plante
Marc H. Plante

Mr. Plante has been involved in politics in Maskinongé for many years. Member for Maskinongé and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, he was a political staffer for the MNA for Maskinongé Francine Gaudet from 2003 to 2007 and the director of the riding office and senior policy advisor for the MNA for Maskinongé Jean-Paul Diamond from 2009 to 2014. He chaired the Political Commission of the Liberal Party for the Mauricie region from 2007 to 2010 and again in 2012-2013. 

Marc H. Plante is highly involved at the community level. He has been a member of the Louiseville Optimist Club since 2004 and was president of the organization in 2008-2009 and subsequently Governor of the Mauricie district of Optimist International (2010-2011). In addition, he has been a member of the Mauricie region’s Young Chamber of Commerce since 2004. 

KEYNOTE SPEECH - October 7, 11:05 AM

Anju Dhillon
Anju Dhillon

Anju Dhillon is the member of Parliament for Dorval—Lachine—LaSalle (Quebec) and the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Status of Women of the Governemt of Canada. 

She will act as spokesman for the Government of Canada and speak on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Singh Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.

KEYNOTE SPEECH - October 7, 10:45 AM

Pierre Pellerin
Pierre Pellerin

M. Pellerin is research director of the Environmental Numerical Weather Prediction section (RPN-E) of Environment and Climate Change Canada. He participated in the foundation of this research laboratory he has headed since 2006. RPN-E's researchers have the responsibility of developing the different environmental numerical models (oceans, ice, wave, soil, vegetation, river, lake, city) used by the Meteorological Service of Canada (MSC).

The ever-increasing quality of weather forecasts, will make possible a realistic simulation of physical, chemical or biological processes of the St. Lawrence and its watershed.

PANELIST - Panel on overflows and discharges - October 6, 2:00 PM

Master of Ceremony

Carole St-Denis
Carole St-Denis

Carole St-Denis is a host, journalist and columnist. Her varied interests paired a genuine and warm approach allowed her to make her mark on the major Montrealer networks behind the microphone or in front of the camera (Radio-Canada, Canal Évasion, TVA Montréal, Canal Vie, Rock Détente, 98.5fm). Also narrator, creator and editor, her readings appear on different Quebec French web sites.

Her good humor and dynamism served in morning broadcasts.  Her rigor and professionalism at the worldwide launch C-Series. Her strong empathy, at the co-animation of several telethons and social implications. Run on challenges, she did not hesitate to become a pilot for the first broadcasted magazine on aviation in Quebec.

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