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.

Ongoing Projects

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).

Description

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.

Description


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:

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

Description

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.

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.

Read the policy brief 

Funder/ Project Team

Partners: Liette Vasseur; Meredith Caspell; Bradley May; Sam Gauthier; Pulkit Garg; Jocelyn Baker; Alex Marino
Funding by:
Marine Environmental Observation Prediction and Response Network (MEOPAR), with additional support from the Town of Lincoln and Brock.

Description

The three-year project between Brock University and the Town of Lincoln is aimed at helping the community understand how to deal with the impacts of climate and environmental changes and examining potential avenues of solutions for future development along the shore. It follows on the heals of the Brock-Lincoln Living Lab partnership announced in October 2017.

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Funder/Project Team

Partners: Liette Vasseur, PI; Mehdi Sharifi; Miranda Hart; Kathryn Carter; Lisa Wambold
Contributing Partners: BC Wine Grape Council; Heather Laundry’s Vineyard; Southbrook Vineyards; Brock University
Funding by: OSC3 is supported by the AgriScience Program under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada’s Canadian Agricultural Partnership (an investment by federal, provincial, and territorial governments) and over 70 partners from the agricultural community.

Description

Project title: Unique Cover Crops, Rootstocks and Irrigation Techniques for Canadian Vineyards

We propose using cover crops, rootstocks, and novel irrigation strategies to enhance vineyard resilience in the face of climate change and increase its economic and environmental sustainability.

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Completed Projects

Completed. It is now the MEOPAR project.

Funder/Project Team

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

Description

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.

Completed.

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).

Description


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).