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Éric Walling receives 4th SODES Next Generation Scholarship


Montréal, November 22, 2018 – Board Chairman Michel Tosini presented the 2018 SODES Next Generation Scholarship to Éric Walling at a SODES luncheon conference.

É. Walling and M. Tosini, chairman of Sodes

A PhD candidate in Chemical Engineering at Université Laval, Éric Walling stood out for the excellence of his file and the applied research potential of this research topic. For this, he received a $1500 grant cheque.

The jury consisted of:

  • Nathalie de Marcellis-Warin, Full Professor, Department of Mathematics and Industrial Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal, and President and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis of Organizations (CIRANO);
  • Steve Plante, Full Professor, Department of Societies, Territories and Development, Université du Québec à Rimouski;
  • Brigitte Robineau, Executive Director, Inter-institutional oceanographic research group of Québec, Québec-Océan.

The jury recognized the excellence of Mr. Walling’s candidacy and the relevance, for the marine industry, of his research project “Développement d’un outil d’aide à la décision pour la valorisation des matières organiques résiduelles” (Development of a decision-making support tool for using organic waste).

To quote SODES President and CEO Nicole Trépanier: “The SODES Next Generation Scholarship makes it possible to forge closer ties between the marine industry and the research sector. Applied research, in particular, offers the potential for solutions to problematic issues encountered by the industry, and the research sector benefits from an enhanced awareness of the industry’s needs.”

About the SODES Next Generation Scholarship
Since 2015, the SODES Next Generation Scholarship has recognized the excellent work of graduate and postgraduate students studying or doing research in a program related to the marine industry. By awarding this scholarship annually, SODES hopes to promote Master’s and doctoral studies in fields related to responsible marine-sector economic development.

The St. Lawrence Economic Development Council (SODES) plays a key role in economic activity related to the St. Lawrence River. It is the voice of the maritime community, representing its interests and projects in all forums and before all authorities where our economic future is at stake. With its many members from all walks of life, SODES works to promote the development of the St. Lawrence River in keeping with sustainable development principles.



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