Dominic Thériault


“I’m surprised and delighted to receive this award. Especially since I was never a model student in the past but decided to come back to school and give it another go. It goes to show that when you love what you do, you do it well. The most important thing to keep in mind with a master’s is you have to love your project.”

Dominic Thériault
M.Sc. Water Science, 2020

Centre Eau Terre Environnement | Supervisor: Karem Chokmani

In his research, Dominic looked at ways to control the Colorado beetle, a pest that destroys potato crops. He developed a protocol and computer code for conducting fast and effective aerial monitoring using camera drones to identify infestation hotspots on farms to enable a more targeted response. This approach could cut insecticide use by 80%, resulting in cost savings and reduced risks to humans and the environment.

Dominic now works for Environment and Climate Change Canada where he uses his expertise in geomatics, modelling, and artificial intelligence to study ecohydrology.