MONTREAL, June 12, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - The exhibition hall at the
Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre will henceforward bear the
name of André Bouchard, curator of the Montréal Botanical Garden - a
Montréal Space for Life - from 1975 to 1996. In the presence of the
mayor of Montréal, Mr. Gérald Tremblay, as well as Mr. Guy Breton,
rector of the Université de Montréal, Mr. Charles-Mathieu Brunelle,
executive director of the Space for Life, Mr. Gilles Vincent, director
of the Montréal Botanical Garden, and members of Mr. Bouchard's family,
guests were witness to the unveiling of the stele bearing the name of
the great scientist, biologist, ecologist and communicator, who passed
away in 2010.
"Mr. Bouchard contributed greatly to the development of the Montréal
Botanical Garden and to boosting the status of our city as a hub for
research on biodiversity," stated the mayor of Montréal. "I'm therefore
happy to see that the Centre is honouring his memory and establishing a
concrete setting for passing his knowledge on, which will benefit our
citizens and visitors to our city."
For the director of the Montréal Botanical Garden, Mr. Gilles Vincent,
"There could be no other option than the name of André Bouchard to
designate the Biodiversity Centre exhibition hall. He was a person of
great leadership qualities, and he was responsible for the scientific
credibility that the Botanical Garden enjoys beyond our borders."
An impassioned and committed citizen of Montréal, André Bouchard born in
1946, was the link for a long period of time between the Botanical
Garden and the Université de Montréal, where for many years he was
professor and researcher in the Department of Life Sciences. He also
served as curator of the Botanical Garden for over twenty years, was
co-founder of the Amis du Jardin botanique de Montréal, occupied the
position of interim director of the Botanical Garden for a short spell
and directed the Institut de recherche en biologie végétale (IRBV:
Research Institute in Plant Biology). He trained a multitude of
researchers and was involved in several large-scale projects that
helped shape the international prominence of the Botanical Garden.
"It's thanks to scientists like André Bouchard that the Space for Life
is looked on today as an international reference in the area of
biodiversity with its roughly 250 researchers, associate researchers
and students, who together contribute to the celebrity of Montréal,"
affirmed Charles-Mathieu Brunelle, executive director of the Space for
Starting June 22, the Montréal Botanical Garden will be hosting the 1000 Days for the Planet Base Camp in Salle André-Bouchard. The public will be invited to follow
along "live" with Jean Lemire and the crew of the Sedna IV and to
discover the importance of preserving biodiversity by way of
interactive installations, videos and a variety of artifacts.
The André-Bouchard exhibition hall takes its place alongside the
Université de Montréal Biodiversity Centre's research laboratories and
scientific collections. Inaugurated in March 2011, this new Centre
incorporates ultramodern facilities dedicated to the preservation and
the enhanced status of Québec's natural heritage.
SOURCE VILLE DE MONTREAL - JARDIN BOTANIQUE DE MONTREAL
For further information:
Karine Jalbert, Communications Coordinator
Telephone: 514 872-1453
Francois Ouellet, Communication assistant
Telephone: 514 872-3232
Visual available on request