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In the context of its marine industry promotional campaign Brought to you by ship – My river, my provider!, since 2015, the St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES) has awarded a $1500 scholarship to a Master’s or doctoral student. The scholarship’s goal is to promote university-level graduate and postgraduate studies in fields related to responsible marine-sector economic development.

Today, at a luncheon conference organized by SODES in Montréal, Michel Tosini, SODES Chairman of the Board, awarded David Didier, PhD candidate in Environmental Sciences at the Université du Québec à Rimouski and Montréal, the 2017 SODES Next Generation Scholarship.

According to SODES President-CEO Nicole Trépanier, “the SODES Next Generation Scholarship makes it possible to forge ties between the marine industry and the research community, thereby creating a context conducive to developing applied research projects. It also provides an opportunity to share knowledge on a subject of interest to the marine industry and enables researchers to better understand the industry’s needs”.

The jury consisted of Céline Audet, Institut des sciences de la mer (ISMER), and Theme Director, Resources, marine energies and health of the maritime economy, Réseau Québec Maritime (RQM); Yan Cimon, Full Professor and Director, Interuniversity Research Centre on Enterprise Networks, Logistics and Transportation (CIRRELT); and Candice Sénéchal, MerLIN Project Coordinator, Technopole maritime du Québec. The jury members recognized Mr. Didier’s academic excellence and the relevance of his research project analyzing and developing a mapping model of coastal flooding in the Estuary and the Gulf of St. Lawrence in a context of climate change, entitled “Analyse et développement d’un modèle de cartographie de la submersion côtière dans l’estuaire et le golfe du Saint-Laurent dans un contexte de changements climatiques”.