Marie-Christine Therrien is a Management Professor at the École nationale d’administration publique, and Director of Cité-ID LivingLab Urban Resilience Governance. Her research explores issues of network coordination, organisational failure, knowledge transfer, resilience in organisations, and crisis management. Over the year, she has mentored and supervised over 20 graduate students. Outside of her academic research, Prof. Therrien has worked in partnership with several public and private organisations, such as the Montréal Center of Resilience, Science Application International Corporation, the Quebec government, and the Canadian Red Cross. Within these experiences, she has successfully assisted the City of Montréal in joining the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 resilient cities program. Throughout her career, she carried out several mandates, evaluations and analyses. She has indeed worked on the Spring 2017 floods in Quebec, as analyst for the scientific commission on the 1998’s ice storm crisis, as well as with the Ministry of Health, to evaluate their intervention following the influenza pandemic A(H1N1). She has published articles in numerous journals, such as the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, Resilience: International Policies, Practices and Discourses, International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management, etc. She is the primary author of more than 20 papers and book chapters, as well as the editor-in-chef for International Journal of Emergency Management.
The Cité-ID Living Lab in Urban Resilience Governance is a collaborative initiative that brings together actors from across Canada working on urban resilience, from city managers to private enterprises, non-profit organisations, citizens and academic researchers. Cité-ID is an incubator for new inter-sectoral evidence-based approaches and innovative practices in urban resilience.
Why urban resilience?
Cities face the greatest risks from disasters caused by extreme meteorological phenomena or terrorism, along with risks arising from stresses such as poverty and climate change. Thankfully, cities are also where ideas are developing about how to face these challenges. Over the past few years, initiatives to develop urban resilience have multiplied. Many municipal actors have embraced the transformative principles that underpin resilience, and see in these a path towards urban governance renewal.
What is a Living Lab?
The European Commission (2009) defines a Living Lab as “An open innovation environment in real-life settings, in which user-driven innovation is fully integrated within the co-creation process of new services, products and societal infrastructures.” We believe this approach is well-suited to the complex issues involved in the development of urban resilience.
Cité-ID seeks to create a safe space where ideas can be shared openly across disciplines and sectors. The Living Lab serves as a knowledge broker (data, processes, best practices, popularization) that facilitates inter-sectoral collaboration between researchers and knowledge users such as public decision-makers. It is a participatory space that enables stakeholders to discuss, request or offer solutions.
Cité-ID is led by Professor Marie-Christine Therrien at the École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP) in Montréal. Cité-ID is supported mainly by the Fond de Recherché du Québec.
Strategy and Innovation
Geneviève Baril completed undergraduate and Master’s degrees in political science at the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Before joining the team at Cité-ID, she was Executive Director of the Research Institute on Self-determination of Peoples and National Independence (2016−2018), and a founding member of the Institut du Nouveau Monde, where she worked between 2003 and 2016, including as interim Associate Director General. Other past roles include the presidency of the Federation of Québec College Students (1999−2000) and the Advisory Committee of the youth section of Emploi-Québec (2002−2004), the vice-presidency of the Permanent Youth Council (2001−2004), and membership on the boards of directors of the Council on the Status of Women (2012−2016) and the Women, Politics and Democracy Group (2009−2011). Her expertise and interests are in public participation, collaborative governance, interculturalism, feminism and nationalism.
Julie-Maude Normandin holds a Master’s of Public Administration from the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP), and is currently completing a doctorate on the design and implementation of public policies in resilience. Her research deals with policies to manage risk and crises, public policy analysis, and the management of complex problems by public administrations. She has published book chapters and scientific articles in prestigious journals such as the Journal of Contingencies and Crisis Management, the Journal of Health Organization and Management, and the International Journal of Risk Assessment and Management. Julie-Maude has worked as a lecturer at the ENAP, an advisor with the Québec Auditor General’s Office and the Government of Québec, and as a journalist with Radio-Canada and the newspaper Le Nouvelliste. She was a participant in the Parliamentary internship program in Canada’s House of Commons (2007−2008) and at the municipal level was a member of the Montréal Youth Council (2010−2012). Julie-Maude was awarded the Social Science and Humanities Research Council’s Joseph-Armand-Frappier study bursary and Michael-Smith grant for studies abroad, along with the ENAP’s Gérard-Bergeron prize.
Johanne Préval holds a Masters’ in healthcare administration from the Université de Montréal (2008) and a diploma in hospital administration from the École nationale de Santé publique de Rennes (1998). She has worked as a research professional at the Université de Montréal’s Research Institute on Public Health (IRSPUM) and currently works in that capacity with both the École nationale d’administration publique and the Research Centre of the Université de Montréal Health Centre (CRCHUM). Her main interests are the performance of health care organizations, the quality and safety of patient care, health system reform and transformation, knowledge transfer, interorganizational networks, and the implementation of healthy policy policies.
A Masters’ student in environment and sustainable development at the Université de Montréal, Morgan Chelihi joined the Cité-ID Living Lab in April 2018. He is currently working on projects to develop social capital to increase local populations’ capacity to face disasters. He holds a Master’s degree from the HEC and worked for five years as a consultant in business intelligence. He also completed an internship under Marlei Pozzebon at the CETIC.BR, the Regional centre for research into the development of information and communication technologies in Brazil.
Joris Arnaud completed an undergraduate degree in political science at the Université de Montréal and is currently a Master’s student in environmental studies at the Université de Québec à Montréal (UQAM). He joined the Cité-ID Living Lab in August 2018 and is currently working on projects to promote urban resilience by developing social capital among youth aged 14 to 17 in the City of Montréal. He is also involved in evaluating the social impact of the social economy sector, looking at ways of quantifying social impact.
With an interest in urban forms and a multidisciplinary background, Caroline Lépine has contributed to the development of the Montréal area since 2004 as a planning consultant for the City of Montréal. Holding a Master’s degree in the analysis of urban management from the ENAP and currently working towards a doctorate, her research focuses primarily on municipal policies. Since 2015, she has developed a particular interest in the role played by territorial planning in local governance of risks. Her doctoral thesis explores how the adoption of municipal risk management strategies, such as resilience, influences the emergence of a boundary-spanning policy régime to promote the engagement of different domains in the governance of urban risks. She joined the Cité-ID Living Lab in Fall 2018.
Until very recently, Marie Gauthier worked as policy advisor for the Cabinet du Chef de l’opposition officielle at the Québec National Assembly. Her Master’s project looked at the creation of an accompaniment strategy for post-crisis recovery. Marie previously worked as Director General and Research Assistant for the national campaign, “If it’s not yes, it’s no!” and as coordinator of external affairs for the Federation of Student Associations of the Université de Montréal. During her studies, she completed a number of internships in labour relations for the Federation of Manufacturing Industries.
Having completed a Bachelor’s degree in International Management at McGill University and an internship in Latin America, Catherine P. Perras is now working towards a Master’s degree in Urban Planning at the Université de Montréal. Her research work is focused on the recovery efforts that followed the 2017 floods in the province of Quebec. Catherine is particularly interested in the adaptation of urban environments to climate change from a resilience perspective. She has held internship positions in community organizations and at the City of Montréal, and has been involved in the Oxfam-Québec Youth Observatory and its student association.
Members of the advisory committee
Université de Montréal
Professeur titulaire – Chercheur
Chaire de recherché du Canada en physique numérique des matériaux complexes
Ville de Montréal
Directrice de la sécurité civile et de la résilience (CRO)
Maison de l’innovation sociale
Pier-André Bouchard St-Amant
École nationale d’administration publique
Direction de la recherché et de l’enseignement
Professeur – chercheur
Bureau d’assurance du Canada (BAC)
Directeur des communications et des affaires publiques
Ministère de la Sécurité publique
Chef du Service de l’analyse et des politiques
Direction de la prévention et de la planification
Direction générale de la sécurité civile et de la sécurité incendie
Ville de Québec et présidente de l’ASCQ
Bureau de la sécurité civile
Coordinatrice du programme environnement bâti
Professeure — Département de géographie, d’urbanisme et d’environnement
Hydro-géomorphologie et dynamique des rivières
Université de Montréal
Département de géographie