About us


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.

Our val­ues

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 (ENAP) in Mon­tréal. Cité-ID is sup­port­ed main­ly by the Fonds de Recher­ché du Québec.


Marie-Christine Therrien
Director Cité-ID LivingLab
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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.

Geneviève Baril
Co-director, 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 (20162018), 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 (19992000) and the Advi­so­ry Com­mit­tee of the youth sec­tion of Emploi-Québec (20022004), the vice-pres­i­den­cy of the Per­ma­nent Youth Coun­cil (20012004), and mem­ber­ship on the boards of direc­tors of the Coun­cil on the Sta­tus of Women (20122016) and the Women, Pol­i­tics and Democ­ra­cy Group (20092011). Her exper­tise and inter­ests are in pub­lic par­tic­i­pa­tion, col­lab­o­ra­tive gov­er­nance, inter­cul­tur­al­ism, fem­i­nism and nationalism.

Julie-Maude Normandin
Co-director, Research and Communications
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Julie-Maude Nor­mandin holds a Master’s of Pub­lic Admin­is­tra­tion and a PhD from the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP) 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 (20072008) and at the munic­i­pal lev­el was a mem­ber of the Mon­tréal Youth Coun­cil (20102012). 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
Research and planning officer
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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.

Morgan Chelihi
Research Assistant

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
Research Assistant

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.

Caroline Lepine
Research Assistant

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.

Marie Gauthier
Research Analyst

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.

Catherine Perras
Research Assistant

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.

Mélyna Laplante
Research Assistant

Hav­ing recent­ly com­plet­ed a Bachelor’s degree in envi­ron­men­tal geog­ra­phy, Mély­na Laplante will enter a Mas­ters’ pro­gram in the same sub­ject at the Uni­ver­sité de Mon­tréal in Fall 2019. With a desire to get a head start in sci­en­tif­ic research, she became involved, in her final under­grad­u­ate year, in an hon­ours research project. The project dealt with risk man­age­ment dur­ing the 2018 heat wave in Mon­tréal. She joined the Cité-ID Liv­ing Lab in June 2019 and is par­tic­u­lar­ly inter­est­ed in the com­mu­ni­ca­tion of risk from a resilience perspective. 

Ève Bourgeois
Research Assistant

Eve Bour­geois holds a master’s degree in polit­i­cal sci­ence from the Uni­ver­si­ty of Mon­tréal and is cur­rent­ly fin­ish­ing up her Ph.D. in Polit­i­cal Sci­ence in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the School of the Envi­ron­ment at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Toron­to. She joined the Cité-ID Livin­gLab in June 2019 and is work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Min­istry of Pub­lic Secu­ri­ty to devel­op a munic­i­pal and region­al risk man­age­ment plan.Her cur­rent research is look­ing at cli­mate change ini­tia­tives tak­en by dif­fer­ent lev­els of gov­ern­ment in Cana­da. As part of the Envi­ron­men­tal Gov­er­nance Lab at the Munk School of Glob­al Affairs and Pub­lic Pol­i­cy, Eve is work­ing on cross-provin­cial ini­tia­tives to reduce their green­house gas emis­sions includ­ing the car­bon tax and car­bon-trad­ing sys­tem. As for her dis­ser­ta­tion, she is study­ing cli­mate change adap­ta­tion poli­cies among Que­bec municipalities.

Governance structure

Members of the advisory committee

Nor­mand Mousseau
Uni­ver­sité de Mon­tréal
Pro­fesseur tit­u­laire – Chercheur
Chaire de recher­ché du Cana­da en physique numérique des matéri­aux complexes

Louise Bradette
Ville de Mon­tréal
Direc­trice de la sécu­rité civile et de la résilience (CRO)

Patrick Dubé
Mai­son de l’innovation sociale
Co-directeur général

Pier-André Bouchard St-Amant
École nationale d’administration publique
Direc­tion de la recher­ché et de l’enseignement
Pro­fesseur – chercheur

Pierre Babin­sky
Bureau d’assurance du Cana­da (BAC)
Directeur des com­mu­ni­ca­tions et des affaires publiques

Marc Morin
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

Car­o­line Larouche
Ville de Québec et prési­dente de l’ASCQ
Bureau de la sécu­rité civile

Nathalie Bleau
Coor­di­na­trice du pro­gramme envi­ron­nement bâti

Pas­cale Biron
Uni­ver­sité Con­cor­dia
Pro­fesseure — Départe­ment de géo­gra­phie, d’urbanisme et d’environnement
Hydro-géo­mor­pholo­gie et dynamique des rivières

Sébastien Nobert
Uni­ver­sité de Mon­tréal
Départe­ment de géo­gra­phie
Pro­fesseur adjoint