Local Research

Research in Canada

The research program in Canada focuses in large part in collaborative projects in the fields of climate change adaptation, sustainable agriculture, conservation, and sustainable development of rural communities. Some projects are fundamental in nature while others are applied and respond to the needs of the industry and communities.

Local research projects

Completed. It is now the MEOPAR project.

Funder/Project Team:
Steve Plante, (PI), Université du Québec à Rimouski. Liette Vasseur, Brock, co-applicant.
Funding: MEOPAR

The project works to both develop tools for communities and non-governmental organizations to enhance their resilience and adaptive capacities when facing climate and environmental changes, while also examining the implementation of adaptation plans by municipalities and the barriers for implementation. This study was a first analysis of the level of implementation in Quebec. It is now followed by case studies in Quebec and Ontario.

Funder/ Project Team:
The project is funded by the Green Funds of the Québec Ministry of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change and managed by the Regroupement des organismes de bassins versants du Québec (ROBVQ, Coalition of Watershed Organizations of Québec).

Water is more than just a resource, it is essential for life. As underlined in Goal #6 of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2030 (a proposal containing 17 goals with 169 targets covering a broad range of sustainable development issues), access to clean water and protecting its related ecosystem are needed to achieve sustainable development.

Combined with Goal #13 (take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts), the objective of this project is to ensure knowledge transfer and experience sharing among different communities that must adapt to new climatic realities affecting water management. Over the next three years, the team will help eight “leader” communities assess vulnerabilities and develop adaptation plans to better adapt to changes and protect their water related-ecosystems.

Grand forum des communautés résilientes – Call to action (French)
Grand forum des communautés résilientes – Call to action – (English)

Funder/ Project Team:
Landcare Niagara (Barry Porter), is the lead of a long-term project funded by Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources as part of the Species at Risk program, 2016-2018. Liette Vasseur: scientific collaborator.

This project aims to better understand the ecology and the genetics of the species and find a way to reintroduce and restore the habitat for population growth. This is done with the Ontario Power Generation as a partner.


Funder/Project Team:
Partners: Creek Shore Farms and Ecological Farmers Association of Ontario.
Funding by: Seeding Food Innovation (SFI), grants of George Weston Limited; Liette Vasseur is a collaborator (2016 – 2018).

This project is related to the habitat management project already being experimented in China. It includes intercropping of cruciferous crops (e.g. Cabbage or broccoli) with onion (as a deterrent for pests such as the diamondback moth).

Funder/Project Team:
Project lead: Catherine Potvin, UNESCO Chair for Dialogues on Sustainability, McGill University; December 2016—May 2017.


This is a project requested by Natural Resources Canada to examine the opportunities and challenges regarding the capacity of Canada to transition towards a low carbon energy economy. UNESCO Chairholder Liette Vasseur contributed to the section on governance, social acceptability and transition in this project.

Funder/Project Team:
Project is referred on the web as the Organic Science Cluster 3. It is funded by Organic Federation of Canada, through a grant form Agriculture and Agrifood Canada.

Vasseur is the PI and partner is Mehdi Sharifi at Agriculture and Agrifood Canada in Summerland, BC.  Industrial partners in Niagara are Southbrook Wineries and Heather Laundry Vineyard.

Infrastructure Investments for a Greener, More Resilient and Sustainable Country 

Blay-Palmer, A., S. Goupil, D. Van Nijnatten, E. Haine-Bennett, H. Friedmann, L. Vasseur, S. Dalby, P. Ballamingie, A. Di Battista, H. Reid, J. Wilkes, D. Zandvliet, H. Mcleod-Kilmurray and W. Roberts. 2020. DEEP DIVE: Infrastructure investments for a greener, more resilient and sustainable country: Ideas and considerations for Canadian decision-makers. iPolitics.

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