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CIRADD – An overview

CIRADD is a college centre for technology transfer in innovative social practices (CCTT-ISP) active in the field of sustainable territorial development.

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Providing research services (studies, analyses…) and arranging transfer activities (conferences, symposia, training…), it addresses the needs of organisations, enterprises and communities while fostering the involvement of college students and teachers. Affiliated with the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, CIRADD holds membership in a network of 49 college centres in Québec.

CIRADD’s areas of intervention:

  • Innovative practices in regional development;
  • Land-use planning and territorial intelligence;
  • Adaptation of communities to change.

CCTT-ISPs: more information

Les College centres for technology transfer(CCTT) are organisations recognised since 1983 by the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport, in consultation with the Ministère de l’Économie, de l’Innovation et des Exportations, under the responsibility of the colleges with which they are affiliated. These centres have close ties with enterprises in key sectors of the Québec economy and provide them with research and development services as well as technical support and training while contributing to the growth of Québec as a whole and more specifically, to that of the regions in which they are established. These centres are expected to generate benefits in social and economic development as well as in college education in their respective fields. In 2009-2010, the network was improved by the addition of six centres focussing on innovative social practices (ISP), thus rounding out the services provided by the network by including a social component and addressing the growing non-technological needs of SMEs and organisations (the next generation of entrepreneurs, health and security, sustainable development, integration of immigrants and the handicapped, etc.).

CCTT-ISPs are actors in the transfer and valorisation of research. Their ultimate goal being social development, they provide a home for applied interdisciplinary research that seeks to address the needs of those who use this research and to find solutions to social problems and issues expressed by the community. Maintaining constant contact with practice environments, CCTT-ISPs provide them with support, particularly in the area of prevention, knowledge transfer and training. They bring together a variety of partners such as institutions, organisations and communities to stimulate new social practices.

Mission, values and vision

Mission

Support through applied research and innovation, organizations, businesses and communities by offering activities and services that contribute to sustainable territorial development.

Values

  • Humanism – CIRADD has a human approach promoting listening skills, accessibility and mutual aid.
  • Inclusion – CIRADD’s staff expresses respect and openness, and recognizes the richness of diversity.
  • Collaboration – CIRADD values co-creation with its partners, knowledge sharing and transfer.
  • Rigour – CIRADD has a rigorous scientific approach and is neutral.
  • Commitment – CIRADD is involved in what it undertakes and aims for ensuring the sustainability of its actions.

Vision

CIRADD is a model and partner of choice sought for its unique expertise in integrating sustainable development into social practices for territorial development purposes.

Objectives

  • Demystify and valorise scientific research
  • Involve college students in scientific research projects to help them develop their critical thinking and contribute to the region’s growth
  • Provide scientific research, support and coaching services to the region’s organisations, enterprises and communities
  • Conduct applied research projects that seek to find solutions to social problems and issues expressed by those who would use this research, with an eye to sustainable territorial development
  • Contribute to the application of sustainable development principles in the region’s various spheres of activity, in economic, social, environmental and cultural terms
  • Address the needs of organisations, enterprises and communities, foster the appropriation of new knowledge and the emergence of new social practices, and transfer them to Québec’s rural regions; and
  • Contribute to the dissemination of new knowledge by organising outreach, information and facilitation efforts

Team, board of directors and members

CIRADD’s team, board of directors and members share a passion for research, college education, innovation and sustainable development.

Team

The daily actions of the CIRADD team, composed of professionals and support staff, contribute to the growth of rural communities; these actions include transfer activities and the provision of scientific research services connected to sustainable territorial development. The team works out of the Carleton-sur-Mer Campus and other campuses affiliated with the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles (Gaspé, Magdalen Islands, Grande-Rivière). Team members include full-time research project leaders and professionals (permanent team) as well as teachers and researchers who contribute on a part-time basis.


Team members can be contacted by e-mail or by phone at 418 364-3341, followed by their individual extension numbers.

Anne-Julie Landry
Professional Researcher – extension 8773
ajlandry@cegepgim.ca

Esteban Figueroa
Research Project Manager – extension 8777
efigueroa@cegepgim.ca

David Bourdages
General Manager – extension 7238
dbourdages@cegepgim.ca

Gilbert Bélanger
Research Manager – extension 7255
gbelanger@cegepgim.ca

Jean-Daniel Glazer Allard
Research Project Manager – extension 8719
jdglazer@cegepgim.ca

Marlène Juvany
Research Project Manager – extension 8730
mjuvany@cegepgim.ca

Virgile Deroche
Eco-advisor – extension 8777
vderoche@cegepgim.ca

Corinne Pedneault
Development Officer – extension 8723
cpedneault@cegepgim.ca

Dorina Allard
Office Agent – extension 8777
dorinaallard@cegepgim.ca

Étienne Jean-St-Laurent
Research Project Manager – extension 8715
ejean-st-laurent@cegepgim.ca

Jacqueline Bouchard
Professional Researcher – extension 8777
Cell. : 418 392-7223

Manuelle-Ann Boissonneault
Research Project Manager – extension 8797
maboissonneault@cegepgim.ca

Pierre-Luc Gagnon
Research Project Manager – extension 8716
plgagnon@cegepgim.ca

Board of directors

The CIRADD board of directors follows the organisation’s evolution closely; its vision is to position itself as a provincial reference in the area of applied scientific research, sustainable territorial development and the development of new social practices in rural communities.

Greg LeBlanc, Chairman
Citizen

Maxime Cotnoir, Vice-Chairman
Citizen – Sustainable development advisor

Joey Fallu, Secretary-Treasurer
Citizen

Laurent Millot, Administrator
Research and Innovation Coordinator, Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Gilbert Bélanger, Administrator
Biology teacher, Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Pierre-Luc Lupien, Administrator
Sociology teacher, Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Ludovic Landry-Johnson, Administrator
Citizen – Project Manager, Société Alzheimer Gaspésie Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Caroline Duchesne, Administrator
Manager, Conseil régional de l’environnement Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine

Lyne Morissette, Administrator
Citizen – Environment advisor

The board of directors usually holds monthly meetings; the annual general meeting is held in September.

Members

CIRADD has individual members and collective members (municipalities, enterprises, institutions, not-for-profit organisations, associations, etc.).

As CIRADD members, these individuals and organisations support the development of a research centre connected to college education within the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine administrative region. In doing so, they contribute to the development of expertise in the region and the betterment of college education as well as the design of innovative social practices and their transfer to the community.

Are you interested in research and college education in your region? Are you passionate about sustainable development? If so, join CIRADD by sending us the completed membership application.

Background

CIRADD began its activities in January 2006, spurred by the joint efforts of two people employed at the Carleton-sur-Mer Campus of the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles who are passionate about research and education; Sylvain Roy, sociology teacher, and Gilbert Bélanger, biology teacher. They were inspired to establish CIRADD after having made the following observations:

  • In the Chaleur Bay area, the Carleton-sur-Mer Campus of the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles was the only post-secondary educational institution and there were few research centres;
  • Their students, despite receiving a very good education, were not familiar enough with scientific research and its importance to the Québec of today and tomorrow. Furthermore, few young people – even students enrolled in natural science – seemed interested in scientific research in general.
  • There were few accessible scientific research resources available to Chaleur Bay enterprises, an impression confirmed during discussions with heads of regional enterprises and organisations.
  • The region had to deal with significant innovation-related challenges with three major industries closing their doors within a short time and the timber industry experiencing hard times.

Knowledge, pride and research

Given the context, Bélanger and Roy sought to focus on three things :

  1. The knowledge economy, by placing an emphasis on education that seeks to improve understanding of scientific research;
  2. Pride in having participated in a research project that is constructive for the region;
  3. The valorisation of scientific research as a motor driving the innovation in sustainable development that Québec will need in the coming decades.

They believed that innovative and creative approaches were required to improve living conditions in an environment-friendly manner and to build the capacity to meet sustainable development challenges; scientific research by multidisciplinary teams would be needed if this was to be accomplished successfully.

Establishment of CIRADD

CIRADD was created in January 2006 out of a desire to:

  • Demystify and valorise scientific research for social science and natural science students; and
  • Contribute to the growth of the Gaspé Peninsula by helping enterprises, organisations and communities that needed expertise in scientific research.

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In 2010, the Ministère de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche et de la Science recognised CIRADD and its affiliated College as a college centre for technology transfer (CCTT) in the sustainable development field. In the wake of this change, the centre consolidated its community support activities and began to step up development of its research and assistance activities. Since then, CIRADD has built a solid, multidisciplinary team, skilled in sustainable and territorial development; its employees notably hold master’s degrees and doctorates in their respective fields. It has also consolidated its network of partners (universities, CCTT, etc.). Its implements actions locally, regionally, throughout Québec and elsewhere in the world for the benefit of the College’s students but also for SMEs and organisations based in the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine administrative region and elsewhere in Québec.

Le Centre d'initiation à la recherche et d'aide au développement durable (CIRADD)

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles – Carleton-sur-Mer Campus
776, boulevard Perron
Carleton-sur-Mer (Québec) G0C 1J0

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