Two students receive $40,000 in environment and society research grants from Fondation Desjardins

    MONTREAL, Sept. 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Fondation Desjardins is pleased to
announce that it is awarding two research grants in environment and society,
worth a total of $40,000, to two university students.

    Christine Gagnon - $25,000 research grant

    Christine Gagnon is a Ph.D. student at Université Laval. Her research is
entitled "Harmonisation de la notion juridique de "chose commune" au corpus
législatif québécois dans une perspective de développement durable"
("Harmonization of the legal notion of "common thing" within the Québec
legislative corpus from a sustainable development point of view"). The
scientific importance of this thesis lies in the field of environmental law.
    The aim of the project is to explore the application of the notion of res
communis, or "common thing", (i.e. what cannot belong to any person but which
must remain available for everyone's use, such as air or water) to sustainable
development, in particular with respect to environmental protection.
    Ms. Gagnon's professors say her research abilities are excellent; her
ideas are original and her work demonstrates exemplary rigour and careful

    Nathalie Boucher - $15,000 research grant

    As a Ph.D. student studying urban environment at the Institut National de
la Recherche Scientifique, Nathalie Boucher is working on a thesis titled "Vie
et mort des espaces publics; médiations collectives et fragmentation urbaine à
Los Angeles" ("The life and death of public spaces; group mediation and urban
fragmentation in Los Angeles"), a problem that can be observed in all cities.
Through her research, Ms. Boucher hopes to give citizens and decision-makers,
here in Québec and elsewhere, tools to better counter or prevent segregation
that occurs as a result of fragmentation. These reflections arrive at an
opportune time in Québec where authorities are facing issues related to social
    An excellent researcher, Ms. Boucher is an active member of the
Association des anthropologues (anthropologist association). Her fieldwork is
both creative and of the highest ethical integrity, as well as highly
respected by her peers.

    About Fondation Desjardins

    As a component of Desjardins Group, the largest integrated cooperative
financial group in Canada, Fondation Desjardins fulfils its mission to provide
educational support by distributing university scholarships and bursaries
throughout Québec and Ontario for training, skills development and cooperative
spirit. The foundation also hands out awards in recognition of volunteer
activities and to support entrepreneurship and employment. In 2008, Fondation
Desjardins will distribute more than $700,000. In Québec, it is well known for
distributing more university scholarships than any other private foundation in
the province. Since its inception, the foundation has given away more of $10
million dollars to support over 8,700 young people.

For further information:

For further information: (for journalists only): André Chapleau,
Director, Information and Media Relations, Desjardins Group, (514) 281-7229,
1-866-866-7000, ext. 7229,; Eliane Didier,
Fondation Desjardins, (514) 281-7170, 1-800-443-8611,

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