$6 000 will be awarded by Tourisme Montréal to the new "Star Researchers"
MONTREAL, Oct. 2, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - Four stellar Quebec researchers will be honoured as part of the Ça mérite d'être reconnu! competition during the Rendez-vous du Savoir event, presented by Mouvement Desjardins in association with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and CGI, to be held at the Palais des congrès de Montréal this coming November 14 and 15. The aim of this competition is to recognize and provide wide exposure to new and exciting "Star Researchers" enrolled in doctoral programs at Québec universities. For the first time ever, these "Star Researchers" will receive an award in the amount of $6,000 from Tourisme Montréal to support their efforts to gain international exposure for their work.
Last September 4, selection committee members (see photo and caption) hailing from the research, university and business sectors gathered for a rigorous candidate evaluation process in which they designated four winners in the following categories:
- Human and Social Sciences, Arts and Literature (one recipient)
- Natural Sciences and Engineering (two recipients)
- Health (one recipient)
Dr. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec, presided over this selection committee comprised of a group of carefully-chosen members.
The call for nomination went out to all universities and their research centres last spring by the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Québec Universities (CREPUQ). In all, 63 outstanding projects from 14 institutions were submitted for consideration.
"Successful positioning of Montréal as a conference and scientific meeting destination is largely due to the international recognition of our expertise, our university institutions and the excellence of our researchers. We hope that this scholarship will allow winners to proudly bear the colours of both Montréal and Québec on the international stage," underlined the Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal.
"Bringing business and universities together is what the Rendez-Vous du Savoir is all about. By recognizing young researchers, we highlight their undeniable contribution to the sustainable prosperity of Québec society, based on, among other things, a knowledge economy," explained Monique F. Leroux, Rendez-vous du Savoir spokesperson and President and Chief Executive Officer of Mouvement Desjardins.
"The Rendez-vous du Savoir is an exceptional window onto Québec's potential in the areas of innovation, research and entrepreneurship. By recognizing up-and-coming researchers, the Ça mérite d'être reconnu! competition encourages young researchers to pursue their work and to develop their potential to the maximum," stated Dr. Pavel Hamet, O.Q., M.D., Ph. D., Rendez-vous du Savoir spokesperson, Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Université de Montréal, and internationally renowned researcher.
Recipient names will be announced at the beginning of November. These researchers will be awarded an honorary plaque during the Recognition Award Gala presented by Palais des congrès de Montréal on November 15. In addition to this tribute, the researchers will benefit from a multimedia visibility campaign.
About Tourisme Montréal
Tourisme Montréal is responsible for providing leadership in the concerted efforts of hospitality and promotion in order to position the destination on leisure and business travel markets. It is also responsible for developing Montréal's tourism product in accordance with the ever-changing conditions of the market. For more information, please visit www.tourisme-montreal.org.
About the Rendez-vous du Savoir
The Rendez-vous du Savoir, presented by Mouvement Desjardins in association with Raymond Chabot Grant Thornton and CGI, is organized by the Palais des congrès de Montréal, the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montreal, the Conference of Rectors and Principals of Québec Universities, the Conférence régionale des élus de Montréal, the Montreal Council on Foreign Relations, Montréal International, Tourisme Montréal and the Ville de Montréal. The event aims to highlight the collective wealth Québec universities help create and recognize their important contribution to our society, locally, provincially and internationally. For more information, visit www.rendezvousdusavoir.com.
The Rendez-vous du Savoir is pleased to have CNW as its broadcast partner.
iMembers of the 2012 Ça mérite d'être reconnu! competition Selection Committee are as follows (from left to right on the picture): the Honourable Charles Lapointe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tourisme Montréal; Mr. Marc Tremblay, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Palais des congrès de Montréal; Dr. Suzanne Fortier, President of the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC); Mr. Raymond Lemieux, Editor of Québec Science; Mr. Michel Leblanc, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Trade of Metropolitan Montréal; Mr. Jean Therrien, Director, Economy and Knowledge and representative of Ms. Manon Barbe, President of the Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ) de Montréal; Dr. Pavel Hamet, O.Q., M.D., Ph. D., Rendez-vous du Savoir spokesperson, Professor in the Department of Medicine at the Université de Montréal and Canada Research Chair in Predictive Genomics; Ms. Valérie Racine, Strategic Advisor, PVP People and Culture, and representative of Ms. Monique F. Leroux, Rendez-vous du Savoir spokesperson and President and Chief Executive Officer of the Desjardins Group; Mr. Pierre Lemonde, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Montréal Council on Foreign Relations; Mr. Jacques St-Laurent, President and Chief Executive Officer of Montréal International, Dr. Rémi Quirion, O.C., Ph. D., C.Q., MSRC, Selection Committee President, Chief Scientist, Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Image with caption: "Selection committee members of 2012 edition of Ça mérite d'être reconnu! competition. Composed of professionals hailing from the research, university and business sectors, the committee was presided over by Dr. Rémi Quirion, Chief Scientist of Québec. (CNW Group/RENDEZ-VOUS DU SAVOIR)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20121002_C3232_PHOTO_EN_18707.jpg
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