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The Laure Waridel Bursary

Support for next-generation environmentalists

Power to act

Équiterre and the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins are proud to relaunch the Laure Waridel Bursary for students, academics and researchers.

This twelfth edition of the Laure Waridel Bursary is open to students with a bachelor's degree who are enrolled in a master's or doctoral program or who have received a graduate or postgraduate degree within the past year, and whose research seeks to move the ecological transition forward.

Created in 2008, this $10,000 bursary encourages the dissemination of applied research that can be translated into action.

 To make the transition work, we need to amplify solutions from all areas and we need to take action on the ground together. Social and environmental change is brought about by citizen engagement on many levels. We are the water we drink, the air we breathe, the soil that feeds us and the sum of the social links that we forge - now - for the future of our children and all living things. 

Laure Waridel

Eco-sociologist and co-founder of Équiterre

The next generation of environmentalism

After a two-year pandemic break, the Laure Waridel bursary has become even more relevant amid current issues. It seeks to address such topics as sustainable mobility, agriculture and food, which are aligned with Équiterre's strategic priorities.

It’s important to support and encourage the next generation of environmentalists - the future of the environmental movement. Their implication, determination and capacity to create awareness is crucial in the fight against the climate crisis.

Équiterre is proud to support and encourage the innovative projects that today’s youth are putting forward for the ecological transition.

History of the bursary

2022-2023

The 12th edition is launched, after a two-year hiatus.

2018-2019

The 11th edition is launched.

The bursary went to Caroline Dufour-L'Arrivée, an MA student in agroforestry at Université Laval, for her research project: a guide to establishing community forest gardens in Quebec.

2017-2018

The 10th edition is launched.

Marie-Élise Samson, a doctoral candidate in agronomy at Université Laval, was awarded the bursary for her research project on the capacity of agricultural soil to store carbon and thus combat climate change.

2016-2017

The ninth edition is launched.

Marianne Falardeau-Côté, a doctoral candidate in renewable resources at McGill University, received the Laure Waridel Bursary for her interdisciplinary research into the importance of eco-systemic services in the community, such as healthy, nutrient-rich seafood.

2015-2016

The eighth edition is launched.

The Laure Waridel Bursary was awarded to Valérie Toupin-Dubé to allow her to develop and disseminate the “École-O-Champ” learning/teaching kit to bring sustainable agriculture and food into our schools and other public institutions.

2014-2015

The seventh edition is launched.

The bursary went to Chantal Lacasse, an MA student in environmental management at Université de Sherbrooke, for her project: a comparative analysis of various wheat production methods in Quebec.

2013-2014

The sixth edition is launched.

The winner of the sixth Laure Waridel Bursary is Olivier Samson-Robert, an MA student in plant biology at Université Laval. His study on the impact of neonics (a new class of insecticide that threatens pollinizers) on bees, captured the attention of the selection panel.

2012-2013

The fifth edition is launched

Marcus Lobb, a BA student in environmental geography, is awarded the bursary for his ambitious project in urban agriculture. “Concordia City Farm School” has three community-building parts: urban vegetable production, harvesting of medicinal herbs for therapeutic purposes, and an internship entitled “Jardin dans les écoles” (gardening in our schools).

2012-2011

The fourth edition is announced.

The Laure-Waridel Bursary is awarded to Bruno Demers, who holds a Master’s degree in sociology from UQAM, for his project “Rénocyclage Montréal, enquête sur le milieu de la déconstruction et de l'écorénovation” (Rénocyclage Montréal, survey on the deconstruction and eco-renovation sector).

2010-2011

The third edition is launched.

Marie-Eve Arbour, a communications graduate at UQAM, receives the bursary for her project on three aspects of citizen involvement: organic farming, environmentally responsible habitat and civic engagement in a number of regions of Quebec.

2009-2010

The second edition is launched.

The winner is Vincent Galarneau, a Master’s student in anthropology at Université Laval, for his project Guide des pratiques éco-solidaires à la ferme (guide to environmental and communal practices on the farm).

2008-2009

Équiterre and the Caisse d’économie solidaire Desjardins create and launch the Laure Waridel Bursary to recognize Laure Waridel’s exceptional contribution to the advancement of environmental and social issues and to encourage the dissemination of research in Quebec.

February 2009 – The inaugural winner is announced: Julie Guicheteau, a Master’s student in civil engineering majoring in environmental studies, whose project looks at success factors for carrying out sustainable transportation projects.