Organizational structure

The cluster relies on the leadership of a Board of Directors for its day-to-day administration. The purpose of the Executive Committee is to oversee the proper functioning of the cluster and to act in an advisory for the Steering Committee. The Scientific Committee is responsible for the scientific programming of the center, while the Infrastructure Committee facilitates the sharing of infrastructure and ensures that it is effectively managed. The purpose of the Orientation Committee is to provide a pulse of what is going on outside the Center and therefore to advise the Scientific Committee. The Student Committee acts as a consultant to the Scientific Committee and the Steering Committee.

Steering Committee

The SteC is in charge of applying the orientations of the Center; ensuring sound financial management; promoting partnerships with stakeholders; approving membership applications; and any other operational decision.

Scientific Committee

The SciC ensures the establishment and maintenance of the scientific programming of the Center; coordinate scientific activities among members; ensure the representativeness of the members in each axis; and propose activities of scientific animation.

  • Camila Gordon, representative for the Student Committee
  • Vacant, representative for axis Uses
  • Nathalie Gravel, representative for axis Governance, Université Laval
  • Alain Létourneau, representative for axis Governance, Université de Sherbrooke
  • Vacant, representative for CCTTs
  • Tadros Ghobrial, representative for axis Availability, Université Laval
  • Elmira Hassanzadeh, representative for axis Availability, Polytechnique Montréal
  • Manuel Rodriguez, representative for axis Uses, Université Laval
  • Valérie Sanderson, knowledge broker, CentrEau
  • René Therrien, director and (by interim) scientific director

Advisory Committee

The AC aims to give a pulse of what is happening outside the Center. It reviews the research program of the group and ensures synergy between scientific progress, development and the real needs of society.

  • Alain Bourque, executive director, Ouranos
  • Guillaume Clairet, Chief Operating Officer, H20 Innovation
  • Caroline Côté, researcher at IRDA
  • Diane D'Arras, President, International Water Association (IWA) 
  • Karine Dauphin, general manager, Regroupement des organismes de bassin versant du Québec (ROBVQ)
  • Marc-André Desjardins, Vice Président Environment, FNX-INNOV
  • Simon Dugré, director, Centre d’innovation sociale en agriculture (CISA)
  • Yanick Fortier, superintendent of the water department, City of Saint-Eustache
  • Hervé Logé, chief of Sustainable water management department, City of Montréal
  • Caroline Robert, director, Drinking Water and Groundwater department, ministère de l'Environnement, du Développement durable et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC)
  • Richard Turcotte, scientific conselor, Hydrology Expertise department, MDDELCC

Student Committee

The StuC acts as a consultant to the SteC and the SciC. It makes proposals to improve the Center's operations, organizes various student activities and participates, among other things, in the organization of the CentrEau Quebec Students Day (JQEC).

Infrastructures and Data Committee

The IDC ensures that the infrastructures made available to the members are efficiently and properly managed; facilitates access to infrastructure belonging to different institutions; ensures that members can share their data effectively; and oversees the sharing of the Center's technicians and research professionals.

Committee Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)

The main objective of the EDI Committee is to create an EDI policy and action plan for CentrEau to support commitments to research and training in the field of water in Quebec by bringing a climate of justice, trust and inclusion to all members of the group.

If you have ever felt that you have experienced an injustice within CentrEau as a result of being a member of an under-represented group, please feel free to make a complaint to edi@centreau.org. We assure you that the information written in your complaint will be treated confidentially 

Board of directors

The role of the Board of Directors is to act in an advisory capacity to the Steering Committee; to form the Director Nomination Committee; and to adopt the budget estimates.

The Board of Directors is composed of the institutional authority of each member institution (generally the Vice-Rector of Research) or its representative, the Director and the Scientific Director.