ICRPS 2012: Celebrates Quebec National Day

by Jonathan Pinkerton 24/06/2012

Day 3 of ICRPS 2012 coincided with Quebec National Day (St. Jean Baptiste Day). The activities started off with very engaging presentations by Year 2 ICRPS Students Eric Marr, Eduardo Gomez, Ellen Henrikke Aalerud and Pam Kelrick. The presentations inspired a lively exchange of questions and answers. Next, Ghalia Chahine with Conférence régionale des élus (CRÉ), a regional coordinating agency for Metropolitan Montreal, provided an overview of Rural-Urban Food Policy, which detailed the situation in Quebec relative to food policy and practice. After lunch, Dr. John Bryden presented an overview of renewable energy which included an insightful discussion of the importance of renewable energy, the national and international policy framework for renewable energy and ways rural communities could benefit from renewable energy. Dr. Karen Refsgaard followed-up with a thoughtful presentation on management of watersheds with an emphasis on the how rural policies affect them. Following the presentation, students and faculty participated in concurrent sessions aimed at applied techniques for comparative policy analysis. Finally everyone was off to Vieux Montréal for a team activity which involved discovering facts about the history and heritage of the area. Then, dinner was served, complete with traditional sailors’ songs, games and pirates, at Le Cabaret du Roy…a fitting end to a memorable Quebec National Day.

Photo by Jonathan Pinkerton