Philanthropy Week 2021A conversation about development and impact

What can philanthropy do for science at INRS?

How can we encourage philanthropic support for INRS? Every member of our community can make a difference in the development and impact of INRS.

To demonstrate this, the INRS Foundation team invites the entire INRS community to actively participate in a series of virtual workshops, from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EDT daily, during the second edition of Philanthropy Week at INRS, from 18 to 22 October 2021

Awaiting you are multiple opportunities to learn and contribute to increasing the impact of science on society, to promote the excellence of and support to students, to celebrate the influence of INRS graduates in society and to boost our collective sense of pride and commitment to INRS.

We are looking forward to connecting. 

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Schedule of the week 

Monday 18 October at 12 p.m. • Philanthropy as a booster of scientific development

Science and innovation are drivers of economic, social and cultural development in Quebec and are at the heart of INRS’s mission. Philanthropy is a powerful tool to support scientific research in Quebec research institutions. What are the emerging issues? How can philanthropy contribute to research and training at INRS? What are the trends, issues and opportunities to consider?

A panel discussion with :

  • Luc Sirois, Quebec’s Chief Innovation Officer
  • Yves Mauffette, former Vice-rector of Research and creation at UQAM and current member of the INRS Board of directors
  • Esther Tranchemontagne, Vice-president, Operations and Human capital, and Vice-president, Quebec City and Eastern Quebec, BNP Philanthropic Performance

Chaired by Luc-Alain Giraldeau, Chief Executive Officer of INRS.


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Tuesday 19 October at 12 p.m. • The perspective of partners and donors

Individuals and organizations supporting scientific research and training have motivations for contributing financially. What are they? Are there commonalities? How can INRS position itself accordingly? How can these interests be taken into account in the development of INRS Impulsion proposals?

A round table with science-focused donors, including :

  • Geneviève Latour, General Manager, Strategic Partnerships, Rio Tinto
  • Caroline Lavoie, Program Officer, Trottier Family Foundation
  • Martine Vanasse, Chief Compliance Officer at PSP Investments and Chair of the Board of directors of the INRS Foundation

Chaired by Catherine Thibault, Director, Public Affairs and Global Communications, at CAE and a director of the Global Compact Network Canada and the INRS Foundation.


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Wednesday 20 October at 12 p.m. • Spotlight on our recipients

The gifts raised by the Foundation have a tangible and positive impact on members of our community, including the lives of INRS students. Hear from award, scholarship and financial aid recipients about the impact of this support on their student success and career paths. Take the opportunity to share your ideas for funding priorities.

A round table discussion with:

  • Benjamin Duquet, a doctoral student in urban studies and 2021 recipient of a J.A. DeSève excellence scholarship
  • Orphie Ranaud Obe Obiang, a 2020 graduate of the professional master in water science program, with the support of our Covid-19 student emergency assistance Fund

Chaired by Martine Vanasse, Chief Compliance Officer at PSP Investments and Chair of the Board of directors of the INRS Foundation.


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Thursday 21 October at 12 p.m. • Demystifying charitable giving

There are many ways to give to the INRS Foundation. Do you have science at heart? Find out how to include philanthropy in your individual or family’s financial planning. What are the best ways to optimize your philanthropic contribution and maximize the donation tax credit? What is a gift of life insurance? Get your questions ready!

A webinar with experts from IG Wealth Management:

  • Anne-Sophie Cogné, tax specialist
  • Pascal Larivière, financial planner
  • Maxime Roy, financial planner

Chaired by graduate Étienne Lyrette (M.Sc. Urban Studies, 2003, and Ph.D. Urban Studies, 2010), Director, Strategic Planning and Government Affairs, at the Société de transport de Montréal and a director of the INRS Foundation.


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Friday 22 October at 12 p.m. • Our graduates, INRS ambassadors in the community

Now active in academia, scientific research, public policy, and business, our graduates testify to the positive impact INRS has had on their careers, their sense of belonging and their desire to give back to INRS by making it known in the community.

A round table discussion with three INRS graduates and Lumières awardees:

  • Sophie Dufour-Beauséjour (Ph.D. Water Science, 2021), Policy Analyst, Climate Change Preparedness, Crown-Aboriginal Relations and Northern Affairs Canada, 2021 Firestarter Award
  • Marie-Pierre Ippersiel (Ph.D. Urban Studies, 2004), President and CEO, PRIMA Quebec, and Co-Chair of the Carbon Neutrality Advisory Group, 2020 Trailblazer Award
  • Eric Irissou (M.Sc. Energy and Materials Science, 2000 and Ph.D. Energy and Materials Science, 2005), Team Leader, Thermal Projection, and Senior Research Officer, National Research Council Canada

Chaired by graduate Anne-Pascale Richardson (Ph.D. Biology, 2009), AquaAction's AquaHacking Challenge Program Manager and INRS Foundation Treasurer.


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