Our 2024 Prix Lumières Awardees

Banner Prix Lumières Award2024Congratulations to our Lumières 2024!

It was with great pride that members of the INRS community applauded the winners of this year’s edition of the Prix Lumières Awards, at the Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) 2023-2024 convocation ceremony held in Montreal on May 11.

Our Prix Lumières Awards are awarded to alumni whose exceptional career paths and achievements inspire the entire INRS community.

Through their inspiring actions, achievements and career paths, which embody the mission and values of INRS, they illustrate the importance of science in society and promote the quality and relevance of research and training at INRS.

Congratulations to our three exceptional alumni, winners of the 2024 Prix Lumières Awards!


For her exceptional commitment to the growth and contribution of INRS to the economic, social and cultural development of Quebec.

“For me, receiving this award is recognition of the countless efforts, sacrifices and compromises I have made over the past 24 years to make my mark as a female executive leader in a male-dominated environment. I hope it will be an inspiration to all those young women in science who aspire to become inspiring leaders, but above all, to build a strong, resilient and enviable Canadian life sciences ecosystem!”

Isabelle Caron

Isabelle Caron
Masters in applied microbiology, 2001

President and Chief Executive Officer,
Biologics Manufacturing Centre (BMC) inc.            

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For her exceptional career and commitment to the community, here in Quebec and beyond.

“My doctoral training at the INRS's Centre Urbanisation Culture Société opened my eyes to interdisciplinary and applied research practices that have served me enormously throughout my career. It also gave me the opportunity to become part of a community of committed researchers, as much professors as fellow students, and these principles of commitment have guided me throughout my career.”

Caroline Chapain

Caroline Chapain
Doctorate in urbain studies, 2005

Associate Professor and senior tutor at Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK


For her promising launch into her career, which is a source of inspiration for our student community.

“This award is a great recognition of the efforts I’ve made throughout my career and the initiatives I’ve taken to inform young people and students about the career opportunities in research and life sciences that I’ve developed. It encourages me for the future and the next steps in my career. »

Claudie Noël

Claudie Noël
Masters in experimental health sciences, 2016

Senior Director, Operations,
Montréal InVivo

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Congratulations to all our nominated alumni, and a big thank you to everyone who helped them shine by submitting their nominations. Thanks to you, this fifth edition of the Prix Lumières Awards competition has been a resounding success!

Our warmest thanks also go to the members of the jury, made up of members of the Foundation’s Board of Directors and team: Mylany David, Partner, Langlois Avocats; Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Chief Executive Officer, Institut national de la recherche scientifique; Marie-Pierre Habas-Gerard, Director General, Confiance.ia; Catherine Thibault, Vice-President, Executive and Corporate Communications, CGI; Martine Vanasse, Managing Director and Chief Compliance Officer, Investissements PSP; and Élise Comtois, Executive Director of the Foundation.