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Inauguration of Johnson building laboratories and greenhouse

Bishop’s University will officially inaugurate its newly-renovated Johnson building laboratories and greenhouse, highlighting the completion of an over $9 million project, just in time to welcome students during move-in week-end and the start of the academic year next week.

Members of the public, guests and media are welcome to join and take part in group tours of the new facilities by attending the event in the Centennial Theatre lobby from 10:00 a.m. on Friday, August 30, 2019.

The Hon. Marie Claude Bibeau
Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
M.P. for Compton – Stanstead

Geneviève Hébert
M.N.A. for St-François

Michael Goldbloom, C. M.
Principal and Vice-Chancellor
Bishop’s University

WHAT:  Inauguration of Johnson labs & greenhouse

Centennial Theatre Lobby
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

Friday, August 30, 2019
10:00 a.m.



Olivier Bouffard
Director of Communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840

Third Civic Engagement Forum for Quebec’s English-Speaking Youth Kicks Off at Bishop’s University This Weekend

On Saturday over fifty English-speaking youths between the ages of 18 and 26 from across Quebec will gather on the campus of Bishop’s University in the Eastern Townships for a week-long immersion into Quebec society.

The Forum’s program will provide the young people an opportunity to learn, share, inspire and be inspired. Participants will come together and meet with politicians, business leaders, civil servants, not-for-profit leaders, journalists and university professors to benefit from their perspectives on Quebec. Over the week, participants will develop position papers on legislative changes they want to see in Quebec which they will present to a mock Parliamentary Commission on Thursday.

“English-speaking Quebecers are a vital part of the political, social and economic fabric of this province,” said Bishop’s Forum Director Yolande James. “The Bishop’s Forum is a unique opportunity for English-speaking youth to forge new relationships with peers from across Quebec and to engage with inspiring leaders.”

“The key objective of this initiative is to help young English-speaking Quebecers understand how some of Quebec’s major institutions operate in order to equip them to advocate effectively for the changes they would like to see in Quebec society,” said Michael Goldbloom, C.M., Principal and Vice-Chancellor of Bishop’s University which is hosting the forum. “Through an exciting, enriching and interactive program, we are seeking to empower the next generation of English-speaking leaders to build a smarter, richer, greener and more inclusive Quebec.”

This opportunity is provided at no cost to participants. The initiative is supported by the Quebec Government as part of its Stratégie d’action jeunesse 2016-2021.

Denise Lauzière
Associate Director
819-822-9600 ext. 2201

UBERGaiter now prowling the waters of local lakes – Bishop’s University’s aquatic drone research project

The Undergraduate Bishop’s Earth Research Group (UBERG) is launching an innovative tool to help map and identify the prevalence of invasive aquatic plant species in Eastern Townships’ lakes Brompton and Lovering. UBERGaiter is an aquatic drone developed and built by Bishop’s students under the supervision of Professor Bruno Courtemanche, of Bishop’s University’s Environment and Geography Department.

“Designing the UBERGaiter has been an exciting, hands-on projects for students involved with the UBERG team, and we now get to see whether all our hard work is rewarded with success,” explains Professor Courtemanche. “If we are successful, we will be in a position to better understand where invasive plant species are found in the lakes we examine, and hopefully this knowledge will prove useful to stakeholders involved with the preservation of those ecosystems.”

Starting on June 4, 2019, swimmers, boaters and residence owners living on the shores of lakes Brompton and Lovering may notice a new craft tirelessly cruising around the waters. The UBERGaiter is an electric-propelled aquatic drone. Student-designed software charts its course. Its mission is to map lake bottoms through a camera feeding a recognition algorithm which allows it to identify aquatic plant species.

Through UBERG, Bishop’s students have the opportunity to get actively involved in exciting research projects as undergraduate students; such opportunities for experiential learning reflect Bishop’s commitment towards academic excellence.

The UBERGaiter project is also an illustration of Bishop’s active engagement within the Eastern Townships community through knowledge mobilization. By developing the UBERGaiter drone to help map the prevalence of invasive species of aquatic plants, Bishop’s University will provide local environment protection groups such as the RAPPEL and waterfront residents associations with key information for the development of action plans to preserve at-risk ecosystems.

The UBERG team wishes to thank local Sherbrooke business Kenny U-Pull, for graciously providing the batteries that power UBERGaiter.


Olivier Bouffard
Director of communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840

UBERGaiter aquatic drone to launch

Starting on June 4, 2019, swimmers, boaters and residence owners living on the shores of Eastern Townships lakes may notice a new craft tirelessly cruising around the waters. The UBERGaiter is a battery-powered, algorithm-driven aquatic drone which will rely on student-developed software to chart its course to map the bottom of these lakes with an underwater camera trained to identify plant species.

UBERGaiter will launch on its maiden voyage on Tuesday June 4, 2019, on Brompton Lake. Media are invited to cover the event.

WHAT:  Launch of the UBERGaiter aquatic drone

MacKenzie Beach, Brompton Lake
842 Rte. 222, St-Denis-de-Brompton

Tuesday, June 4, 2019
10:30 a.m.


Olivier Bouffard
Director of Communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840

Presenting the Preliminary plan of the Campus Educational Farm – New Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems program at Bishop’s

Members of the community and the media are invited to attend a public information session about the new Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Program’s project for a Campus Educational Farm with Bishop’s Professors Dr. Darren Bardati (Chair, Environment and Geography Department), Dr. Jane Morrison (Postdoctoral Fellow, Environment and Geography Department) and Jonathan Pineault (President of Écomestible agriculteurs paysagistes).

Bishop’s University’s Department of Environment and Geography now offers a new specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SAFS), leading to either a SAFS Minor, a 30 credits Certificate in SAFS, or a six credits Permaculture Design Certificate. The Campus Educational Farm project is part of Bishop’s plans to develop SAFS into a full-fledged Major program.

The public information session will take place at the McConnell Agora of the Library Learning Commons, on May 30th at 2:00 p.m.

Dr. Darren Bardati
Environment and Geography Department

Dr. Jane Morrison
Postdoctoral Fellow
Environment and Geography Department

Jonathan Pineault
Écomestible agriculteurs paysagistes

Public information session
Campus Educational Farm project

McConnell Agora
Library Learning Commons
Bishop’s University
2600 College Street
Sherbrooke, QC

Thursday, May 30th, 2019
2:00 p.m.


Olivier Bouffard
Director of Communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840

Bishop’s University celebrates Class of ’19 achievement – Honorands Colm Feore, Kim Thúy, Christiane Germain and Claude Belleau

On June 8, Bishop’s University Chancellor Brian Levitt O.C. will preside over the 191st Convocation ceremony, to confer degrees to 583 Class of ’19 graduates in attendance, out of a total of 667 graduates this year.

Convocation is also an occasion to recognize the outstanding achievements of deserving individuals, by conferring Doctorates in Civil Law (D.C.L.) upon Honourands – who this year include stage and screen actor Colm Feore, O.C., author Kim Thúy, Groupe Germain Hotels Co-President Christiane Germain, C.Q., and ’85 Bishop’s alumnus and Estrie Aide Director General Claude Belleau. The ceremony will also highlight the contribution of recipients of academic excellence and community engagement awards.

Two Convocation ceremonies will take place on June 8, 2019 at 10 am and 3 pm. For more details, consult the Convocation Ceremony Schedule. Graduating students Molly Sweeney and Tyler Smith have been selected as Valedictorians for Convocation 2019 and will deliver their address.

“Convocation marks an important milestone for all Bishop’s University graduates, a memorable life event for students who have been the heart of our community in recent years,” remarks Bishop’s University Chancellor Brian Levitt O.C. “They are now ready to face the new challenges that await them, and we are confident that they are well prepared to do so.”

“While all Bishop’s graduates deserve our esteem and congratulations for successfully completing their respective programs, Convocation is also the occasion to celebrate those who have gone above and beyond, and gave our community the best of themselves, such as Honorands, and recipients of prizes,” indicates Bishop’s University Principal and Vice-Chancellor Michael Goldbloom, C.M.


Colm Feore O.C.

Colm Feore has had a long and distinguished career as an actor on stage and screen. Trained at the National Theatre School in Montreal, Mr. Feore joined the Stratford Festival Company in 1981. Over many seasons with the Festival he played nearly every one of Shakespeare’s leading men from Romeo to King Lear as well as Moliere’s Don Juan and Rostand’s Cyrano de Bergerac and many, many more. On screen Mr. Feore has moved between blockbuster movies, intimate independent features and award winning television. He is equally at home in THOR, Trudeau, 32 Short Films About Glenn Gould, The Chronicles of Riddick and The Red Violin. He is also known for 24, The Borgias, House of Cards, The Umbrella Academy and Bon Cop, Bad Cop.

Mr. Feore serves on the board of Reel Canada, a non-profit organization dedicated to celebrating Canada through film. Reel Canada’s core programs bring Canadian films into schools, introduce new Canadians to Canadian culture, and celebrate our creativity with National Canadian Film Day, the largest film festival in the world. Mr. Feore is also a Creative Consultant on the Advisory Board of Shakespearience, a program that uses the works of Shakespeare for activities in class and after class in a vital and comprehensible way to engage young people in developing communication skills and confidence.

Mr. Feore is an Officer of the Order of Canada, a 2019 Governor General’s Performing Arts Award Laureate for Lifetime Artistic Achievement and a recipient of both the Golden and Diamond Queen’s Jubilee Medals. He has won various acting awards including the Jutra, SAG, Gemini as well as the Gascon-Thomas Award (NTS) and the Earle Grey Award (Academy of Canadian Film and Television). He also holds honorary degrees from the University of Windsor and Wilfrid Laurier University.

Kim Thúy

Born in Saigon in 1968, Kim Thúy left Vietnam with the boat people at the age of 10 and settled with her family in Quebec. A graduate in translation and law, she has worked as a seamstress, interpreter, lawyer, restaurant owner and food commentator on radio and television. She lives in Montreal and devotes herself to writing.

From the moment of its release, her first book, Ru, was a phenomenal success. A best-seller in Quebec and France and translated into more than 25 languages, Ru also garnered numerous literary awards, including the prestigious 2010 Governor General’s Literary Award (Canada), the 2010 Grand Prix RTL-Lire at the Salon du livre de Paris (France), the 2010 Premio Mondello per la Multiculturalitaà (Italy), the 2010 Prix du Grand public at the Salon du livre de Montréal and the 2011 Grand Prix littéraire Archambault.

Ru was also shortlisted for the 2010 Prix des cinq continents de la Francophonie and the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize, which recognizes excellence in Canadian fiction. The English edition won the battle of the books organized by Canada Reads and was declared “the” book to read in Canada in 2015. She has published three other fiction works: À toi, Mãn and Vi.

Kim Thúy has also authored a Vietnamese cookbook, SECRETS from my VIETNAMESE KITCHEN, and co-authored a guide, Explaining Autism to the Non-autistic, that embodies a cause dear to her as the mother of an autistic teenager.

In 2013, Kim Thúy was awarded the Paul-Gérin-Lajoie Award for Diversity by the organization ENSEMBLE for the respect of diversity. In 2017, she was awarded an honorary doctorate by Concordia University, for giving eloquent voice to the refugee experience, and the Medal of Honour of the National Assembly of Québec. Kim Thúy has been appointed a Knight of the Ordre national du Québec.

Christiane Germain, C.M., C.Q.

Christiane Germain is co-founder and co-president of Germain Hotels, a family-owned business that owns and operates 18 properties in seven Canadian provinces.

Born in a family of entrepreneurs from Quebec City, Mrs. Germain first started by following in her parents’ footsteps in the restaurant business. After her degree in hotel management from Humber College, Mrs. Germain and her brother Jean-Yves launched and managed many successful restaurants in Québec city in their early twenties. During a business trip to New York City In the mid-80’s, a visit at the Morgan’s Hotel changed the course of history: inspired by this renowned boutique hotel, the two restaurateurs decided within a few hours that they would become hoteliers! This is how in 1988 that the Germain-des-prés in Ste-Foy, Québec, became the very first boutique hotel in Canada. Thirty years later, Germain Hotels owns three banners: Le Germain Hotels, Alt Hotels and the Alt+ Hotel, from Calgary to St-John’s, Newfoundland.

Today the company employs close to 1,450 employees and among them Christiane and Jean-Yves Germain’s children. They are proud to see their legacy continue and especially their company values being transmitted to the next generation. To highlight Canadian talent is definitely among these values, from artists to local partners. This is at the very heart of Mrs. Germain’s approach: emphasize the human connection and encourage local entrepreneurs.

Mrs. Germain supports numerous charities and takes a leading role in the community to promote, amongst other things, entrepreneurship. One of the best examples is her appearance in the popular TV show “Dans l’oeil du dragon”. She is also chair of the board of directors of the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec. Through the years, her contributions to the economic and cultural vitality of the country have been recognized. Among them, honorary doctorates from Ryerson and Concordia Universities and from the l’Institut de tourisme et d’hôtellerie du Québec. Christiane Germain was nominated in the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in 2018 by Women’s Executive Network (WXN) for the third year in a row. Last April, Christiane and Jean-Yves Germain were inducted in the Académie des Grands Québécois for their exceptional contribution to the Québec region economy.

Mrs. Germain is a member of the Order of Canada (C.M.) and l’Ordre national du Québec (C.Q.).

Claude Belleau

During his fulfilling career with the United Nations (UN), Claude Belleau held a variety of positions related to international development, as well as various conflicts and humanitarian crises. His work brought him to all five continents, from Mauritania to Afghanistan, through Armenia, Geneva, and New York City. Before joining the UN, Claude was also employed by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) where he worked on special economic zones projects in China in the 1980’s.

Upon returning to his hometown of Sherbrooke in 2004, Mr. Belleau’s community involvement allowed him to take his convictions and action in favour of society’s most vulnerable to the next level. His 30 years of work on these issues led him initially to get involved with Sherbrooke’s Service d’Aide aux Néo-Canadiens, where he helped welcome and settle refugees in the Eastern Townships, a safe haven for them after years of wandering and exile.

He then became a conference speaker at his two alma maters, Bishop’s University and Champlain College, and later took on the role of lecturer at the Université de Sherbrooke.

“Encouraging students to reflect on issues related to international cooperation and helping them understand the power relationships between the key actors on the global stage has been a great source of satisfaction for me. It’s where theory meets practice, and where concepts become reality.”

Since 2013, he has taken over the management of Estrie Aide, a dynamic social enterprise. Mr. Belleau is a tirelessly positive and ambitious visionary whose latest combat is fighting waste in our consumerist society. This fits perfectly with his passion for environmental, economic, and social issues. His new mission: keeping an ever-growing number of refurbished items out of landfills and demonstrating that an environmental conscience can give rise to a venture that is both economically sustainable and socially responsible.


Olivier Bouffard
Director of communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840 expands to Ontario and New Brunswick – Identification of tick species and real-time mapping

As the Spring thaw begins, ticks are becoming active again. The citizen science tick-monitoring platform created by Dr. Jade Savage of Bishop’s University’s Biology Department has been upgraded and is ready to expand to Ontario and New Brunswick, thanks to the financial support of the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Using the platform, members of the public who find ticks on animals, humans or in various habitats can submit a picture of the tick to have it identified by trained personnel, notably to learn whether the tick they found belongs to a species susceptible of transmitting Lyme disease or not.

In addition to discovering what species of tick they have found, users will see their record appear in real time on a map to better outline the area of distribution of the various tick species in Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick. With this information, residents can gain insight on the prevalence of tick species in precise areas of those three provinces.

“The current context of rapid environmental changes requires new approaches to monitor modifications in wildlife distribution, especially for groups of medical relevance such as ticks,” explains Dr. Savage. “With we created an online tool to directly engage Canadians to participate in this monitoring effort. In exchange for the submission of tick pictures on our platform, we provide each contributor with rapid identification and public-health information about the species collected. It’s a win-win situation where our knowledge of tick species distribution is improved, and members of the public gain insight about whether the type of tick they have found may pose health risks or not.”

Collaborators include academic partners Dr. Manisha Kulkarni of the University of Ottawa, Dr. Claire Jardine of the University of Guelph, and Drs. Stephen Heard and Joe Nocera of the University of New Brunswick as well as key personnel from the Laboratoire de santé publique du Québec, the Institut national de santé publique du Québec, Public Health Ontario, and New Brunswick Department of Health.

To submit a tick specimen for identification by experts, or to view what types of ticks have been reported in your area, visit


Olivier Bouffard
Director of communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840

Sherbrooke to host most important francophone science event in 2020 88th Congrès de l’Acfas

Thousands of scientists will gather in Sherbrooke from May 4 to 8, 2020, to take part in the 88th edition of the Congrès annuel de l’Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas), a marquee event which will be jointly hosted by the Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University.

Under the theme « Du jamais su », the Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University invite the university community and the greater public to discover the latest scientific discoveries in every field of study: from health sciences, natural sciences, engineering and mathematics to arts, literature and humanities, the social sciences and education.

Over five days, many presentations and activities will take place, whether as free presentations, symposia, but also at formal events, ceremonies and evening activities. Moreover, free activities for the general public, including workshops ad exhibitions, are also scheduled.

A true occasion for knowledge sharing and discovery, the Congrès de l’Acfas offers the scientific community an unrivalled opportunity to be at the leading edge of major advances in research and to debate current issues. The event is also a great venue to present new research and network with peers.

Thousands of delegates and hundreds of activities

Over 5,000 delegates from over 40 countries are expected for the event, which is often described as the largest multidisciplinary research knowledge gathering in the Francophonie.

Jean-Pierre Perreault, Co-President of the Congrès and Vice-Rector for Research and higher studies of the Université de Sherbrooke, this event perfectly reflects the interdisciplinary and innovation values of the institution: “We are very pleased to have the opportunity to host this important Congrès in Sherbrooke, where research is particularly thriving and diversified. The Université de Sherbrooke has developed an excellent reputation for its multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to research, which makes it an ideal venue for the 2020 Congrès de l’Acfas.”

For his part, Congrès Co-President Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal, Academic at Bishop’s University, sees very positive outcomes to this event for the institution and the greater scientific community: “Bishop’s University’s researchers devote themselves to the advancement of knowledge to contribute to the socioeconomic development and well-being of our local and global communities, and this partnership with Acfas and the Université de Sherbrooke is an ideal opportunity to share their knowledge in a significant knowledge mobilization initiative. This event will surely be an important milestone in the quest for academic excellence that constantly drives our researchers and students.”

According to Acfas President Lyne Sauvageau, this partnership with the Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University is very promising: “It’s a pleasure to return to Sherbrooke for the 8th time in the history of the Congrès, and for a second time in collaboration with Bishop’s University. It is our hope that, for an entire week, the Congrès will allow for discussion about research and innovation, in every field of study. That is the idea we wished to communicate in choosing Du jamais su as our theme. Indeed, we are all called upon by advances in the natural sciences, social sciences, and in the humanities. The debates taking place within the sphere of research and the discoveries being made spring from the world we live in and contribute to change it.”

Photo credit: Michel Caron

Numbers about the Congrès de l’Acfas

Since its first edition in 1933, the Congrès de l’Acfas has become a reference within the francophone scientific community. On average, when the Congrès takes place in Montreal or Quebec City, the event features  :

  • Over 5,000 delegates;
  • Over 200 conferences covering all areas of research;
  • Close to 4,000 scientific communications, including spoken and posters;
  • Five to ten knowledge mobilization activities for the general public;
  • 10,000 tweets;
  • 40 participating countries
  • Media coverage by 40 to 60 journalists

About Acfas

Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas) is a non-profit organization that was founded in 1923 and contributes to the advancement of science in Quebec and Canadian Francophonie. Our mission is to promote research and innovation in the Francophone scientific community, and to share and enhance scientific knowledge for a better quality of life in society.

About the Université de Sherbrooke

The Université de Sherbrooke lies at the center of one of Quebec’s three major research hubs. Recognized for its sense of innovation, the university is a key partner of senior and regional governments in promoting social, cultural, and economic development. Moreover, the university stands out because of the significant growth in its research activities in recent years, its technology-transfer successes, and its entrepreneurial and open-innovation initiatives in collaboration with industry and social communities.

About Bishop’s University

Bishop’s University is a predominantly residential, undergraduate university. Our primary concern is offering students a quality education in the fine arts, humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, business and education. The residential aspect of our small size (2,400 full-time students) encourages students to immerse themselves in the complete Bishop’s experience.

Additional information:

Congrès de l’Acfas

Research at Université de Sherbrooke

Research at Bishop’s University

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Alexandre Jay, Professional – Congrès, communications et partenariat
Association francophone pour le savoir – Acfas
514-849-0045, ext. 225 |

Isabelle Huard, Media relations advisor
Service des communications | Université de Sherbrooke
819-821-8000, ext. 63395 |

Olivier Bouffard, Director of communications
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600, ext. 2840 |

Announcement of partnership with the Association francophone pour le savoir

The Université de Sherbrooke and Bishop’s University will hold a press conference during which both institutions will make an important announcement regarding a partnership with the Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas).

Speakers on this occasion:

  • Lyne Sauvageau, President, Association francophone pour le savoir (Acfas).
  • Jean-Pierre Perreault, Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies, Université de Sherbrooke.
  • Miles Turnbull, Vice-Principal Academic, Bishop’s University.

The event will also be streamed live on

Date:  Friday, April 12, 2019

Time: 10:30 a.m.

Agora du Carrefour de l’information
Pavillon Georges-Cabana, Campus principal
Université de Sherbrooke, 2500, boulevard de l’Université
Sherbrooke (Québec) J1K 2R1

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Isabelle Huard, Media relations advisor
Service des communications, Université de Sherbrooke
819-821-8000 ext. 63395

Olivier Bouffard, Director of communications
Bishop’s University
819-822-9600 ext. 2840

Keynote speaker Alex Hutchinson at Congress of Sports Studies – Third edition welcomes author of New York Times bestseller

When you push until you can’t go any farther or faster, what exactly is holding you back? Whether you’re climbing mountains, running marathons, or hoisting weights, physiologists have long debated what really defines our limits. A mounting body of evidence suggests that the brain plays a greater role than previously thought, even for limits that feel purely physical.

Alex Hutchinson, a science journalist who writes on fitness, health and endurance sports for the Globe and Mail, Outside magazine and other publications is the keynote speaker of the third edition of Bishop’s University’s Congress of Sports studies. His most recent book is the New York Times bestseller Endure: Mind, Body, and the Curiously Elastic Limits of Human Performance.

The Congress will take place in the Centennial Theatre Lobby on Wednesday April 10, from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will provide attendees with the latest findings on topics such as training methods optimization, injury recovery, sports nutrition and other critical topics in the field of Sports Studies. The keynote conference by Mr. Hutchinson starts at 3:15 p.m. The Congress is a free event sponsored by Bishop’s Department of Sports Studies, and Bishop’s Speakers Committee.


Olivier Bouffard
Director of communications
819-822-9600 ext. 2840