An inspiring path, a unique experience

Our graduates share their stories and the memories and experiences they had at our different research and learning centres.

Their time at INRS was a pivotal period in their career that opened up a world of infinite possibilities.

Bruno Boussicault (Master’s in Earth sciences, 2008)
Geologist and geophysicist at ConeTec Peru S.A.C.

Bruno_Boussicault

“The network of professionals available to us students in order to mentor and guide us in our work was excellent. I felt supported throughout my course, even when there were inherent difficulties in relation to my research.”  

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Valérie Guilmain (Master’s in research practice and public policy, 2010)
Senior socio-economic planning officer, Quebec Ministry of Culture and Communications

“The INRS stands out from the big universities because students can easily work with professors who are accessible and have a large network in several sectors.”  

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Golara Golbaghi (Ph.D. biology, 2020)
Associate Scientist, Turnstone Biologics

Golara Golbaghi

“The most important lesson I learned while studying at INRS is to always think outside the box. If a project doesn’t work, there is usually a way to look at it from a new angle. Negative results can open new doors.”

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Valérie Ouellet
 (M.Sc. 2006 and Ph. D. 2013, water sciences)
Diadromous Species Scientist, Fisheries team, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Valérie Ouellet

“The strength of INRS is its collegial structure. During my studies, I was able to propose ideas and be supported by both professors and administrative staff. The structure of the Institute ensures that student life and student development are at the forefront.”

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Alice Gaudreau (M.Sc. Knowledge Mobilization and Transfer, 2020)
Policy officer, Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC)

Alice Gaudreau

“My training at INRS helped me to understand the importance of research in society and to be able to apply it in different practice settings, including government and community settings.”

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Hamza Loucif (Ph.D. Virology and Immunology, 2022)
Postdoctoral fellow, Virology and Immunology, McGill University

Hamza Loucif

“My studies at INRS have had a positive impact on my career path. I met inspiring professors who were passionate about research. It was a real springboard in my career.”

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Arnaud Alriq (M.Sc. Urban Studies, 2002)
Development Officer, Urbanis

Arnaud Alriq

“INRS taught me to develop an analytical mindset and to structure ideas through a well-defined upstream research framework.”

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Elyas Aissia (M.Sc. Water sciences, 2021)
Science communicator at LaSciencedAbord and administrator of Science pour tous

Elyas Aissa

“INRS helped me learn how to communicate about science in a more effective and intelligible manner according to the target audience. The training I received at INRS goes beyond the lab.”

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Lan Huong Tran (PhD Water sciences, 2009)
Research associate, INRS

 

Lan Huong Tran

“My studies at INRS prepared me well for a career as a scientist. INRS is where I learned to work autonomously and effectively to bridge research and implementation.”

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Achref Methenni (PhD Telecommunications, 2018)
Wireless Technical Consultant, Rogers Communications

 

Achref Methenni

“My research experience at INRS allowed me to fully express my creativity, a strength that helps me move forward in all my projects, bringing innovative ideas and a different perspective to the table.”

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Marie-Lise Tremblay (PhD Energy and Materials science, 2011)
Researcher and Project Manager at Hydro-Québec

 

Marie-Lise Tremblay

“INRS enabled me to build bridges between scientific research and industry, and to accomplish concrete goals using science to help resolve issues.”

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Jean-François Montreuil (PhD Earth sciences, 2016)
VP-Exploration for Red Pine Exploration and Chief geologist, MacDonald Mines Exploration 

Jean-François Montreuil next to a shatter cone.

“I appreciated the applied dimension of my PhD research, which helped focus decisions on exploring new mineral resources and revaluating old mining sites.”

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Lalit Kumar (PhD Water sciences, 2020)
Postdoctoral fellow, INRS

I chose INRS for my studies because it has world-research facilities for carrying out research workIt really helped me to learn and grow as a researcher.

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Guillaume Nielsen (M.Sc. Earth sciences, 2012, et PhD Earth sciences, 2018)
NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Northern Mine Remediation, Yukon University

He says he “cherishes” his “very professionalizing” experience at INRS. He continues to benefit from the personal and professional network he developed here.

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Christelle Paré (PhD Urban studies, 2016)
Independant researcher and teacher at École nationale de l'humour

She believes that her ability to take a global perspective on the humour industry comes from her training at INRS, where she was taught the importance of a good conceptual framework.

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Jonathan Denis-Jacob (M.Sc.  Urban studies, 2011)
Director and head of Advisory services, Colliers International

To him, studying at INRS is the equivalent of “having a full-time research job.” The many opportunities for collaboration in research projects with different agencies, the federal government, or the city of Montréal in parallel with his thesis project, provided “the best preparation” possible for the job market.

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Samuel Vézina (PhD Demographics, 2019)
Analyst, Statistics Canada

Samuel found at INRS “a specialization that uses advanced technology to effect positive change, not only in demographics, but also in sociology, economy, and public health.”

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Daria Riabinina (PhD Energy and materials science, 2007)
Technology Transfer Director, Québec Ministry of the Economy and Innovation

“ It's a multidisciplinary, multicultural place, with diversity also shown by how women take their places in science. INRS worked hard on that and it’s bearing fruit.”

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Sara Magdouli (PhD Water Sciences, 2017)
Coordinator, Centre technologique des résidus industriels (CTRI)
Associate Professor, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue

At INRS, Sara found "a scientific community that valued versatility, multidisciplinarity and the application of knowledge," three qualities that she views as assets in her career.

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Bochra Manaï (PhD Urban studies, 2015)
Commissioner, Bureau de lutte contre le racisme et les discriminations systémiques, Ville de Montréal [Montreal office on racism and systemic discrimination]

Preoccupied by the issues of racism and inclusion, she says she likes “to use knowledge to transform. Society may advance with science, but knowledge must be accessible to everyone”.

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Barbara Augustin (M.Sc. Applied Microbiology, 2006)
Instructor, Cégep de Saint-Laurent

She believes that the outstanding support she got at INRS left her with an excellent foundation of knowledge—knowledge she now shares with others on a daily basis. This solid base gave her the confidence she needed to undertake a teaching career.

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Marie-Pierre Ippersiel (PhD Urban Studies, 2004) 
President and Chief Executive Officer, PRIMA Québec

“To me, the fact that INRS eschews traditional university departments and faculties is an advantage that lets it move forward, guided by its research themes.”

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Carole-Anne Gillis (PhD Water Science, 2017)
Research Director, Gespe'gewaq Mi'gmaq Resource Council

When she arrived at INRS in 2009, she says she was “open to different work experiences, internships, and training opportunities.” She encourages students to seize these opportunities for professional development. 

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Étienne Lyrette (M.Sc. in Urban Studies, 2003, and PhD in Urban Studies, 2010)
Chief of staff to the president and CEO, Société de transport de Montréal

“It’s a place with so many opportunities. I always had plenty of options at every stage of my journey at INRS. I was active in various research groups, with many unrelated to my doctoral theses.”

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Anne-Pascale Richardson (PhD Biology, 2009) 
Program Manager, AquaHacking

“... It’s something that has continued to serve me as I’ve developed and grown in a variety of work environments. It allows you to think outside the box, innovate in your field, and help others progress in their own fields.”

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Étienne Richer (PhD Virology and Immunology, 2005)
Associate Scientific Director, Canadian Institutes of Health Research Institute of Genetics (CIHR-IG)

Photo © Christian Fleury

He feels that all the opportunities to network and get engaged in the INRS community prepared him well for his professional career. 

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Guillaume Côté (M.Sc. Urban Studies, 2002 and PhD Urban Studies, 2007)
Principal Strategy Manager, Collins Aerospace

“You need to have drive. Pursuing a master’s degree or PhD is something you only do once. You have to enjoy what you do to be able to stick with it.”

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Guillaume A. Girard (M.Sc. Energy and Materials Science, 2005)
Senior Systems Engineer, ABB Inc.

“In research, you have to learn to persevere”. It’s important to be open to criticism, he adds, and that can sometimes take a healthy dose of humility and self reflection.

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Sébatien Fecteau M. Sc. Water Sciences, 2006) 
Manager of System Operations, Projects and Maintenance, Énergie Stockage EVLO

“[My studies at INRS enabled me to] make a career change and land the Genivar internship that led me to my current job” .

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