$10 million to develop tools and strategies for zero-carbon communities
Ursula Eicker, a global leader in green urban energy systems, began as the Canada Excellence Research Chair (CERC) in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities at Concordia. Eicker brings more than two decades of innovative research and industry experience to the position — which comes with $10 million in funding spread over seven years.
The funds allow Eicker to develop and lead an ambitious research program to establish pathways toward new tools, technologies and strategies for zero-carbon municipalities.
Launched in 2008, the prestigious CERC program supports Canadian universities’ efforts to build on the country’s growing reputation as a global leader in research and innovation.
Jurist-in-residence partners with Court of Quebec
Since fall 2017, Concordia’s jurist-in-residence Morton Minc has been acting as a bridge between the university and the field of law in Quebec through mentorship and event programming.
Beginning in 2019, he took that role one step further. In collaboration with the Faculty of Arts and Science, Minc is partnering with the Court of Quebec on a three-year pilot project. The court will host up to eight students from the Law and Society minor in the Department of History.
City of Montreal awards close to $500,000 for Concordia-led projects
Concordia Continuing Education and the District 3 Innovation Center were among the five recipients to receive a combined $494,100 from the City of Montreal to help local companies recruit, integrate and develop talented employees, as well as skills for the future.
Artist Nadia Myre named member of Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec
“Nadia Myre has shifted the way contemporary art in Quebec is seen, is made and is experienced,” says Rebecca Duclos, dean of Concordia’s Faculty of Fine Arts.
In recognition of that influence, Myre, MFA 02, was named a Compagne de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec. The assistant professor of studio arts is a member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg Algonquin First Nation and a major figure in Québécois, Canadian and Indigenous contemporary art. Her multidisciplinary work addresses themes of identity, language, resilience, memory and desire.
Students tackle urban challenges through CityStudio Montreal
As rapid urbanization and new technologies transform cities, experts are faced with the serious challenge of equipping citizens for a largely unknown future.
To bridge a connection between researchers, students and city officials, Concordia, Maison de l’innovation sociale and Espaces temps founded CityStudio Montreal. The new platform brings together municipal officials, community members, faculty and students to design projects that make the city a better place to live, work and learn.
Teaching machines to improve their own software security
From flying a plane to paying taxes to simply turning on a computer in the morning, there are very few activities that don’t involve software in some way. Yet poor software code can damage computer systems or, worse, expose its users to data breaches from malicious actors.
Using data from various software systems, Yann-Gaël Guéhéneuc, professor in the Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, is teaching machine learning algorithms to develop their own rules for software quality — what’s acceptable and what might represent a security risk to the user.
Students go behind the scenes with Montreal Impact executives
As part of Summer@Concordia, student members of the John Molson Sports Marketing Committee met face-to-face with some major league sports executives.
In June, the group sat down with Montreal Impact president Kevin Gilmore at Saputo Stadium to discuss professional sports event management, tour the facilities and take in the Impact’s game against the Seattle Sounders FC, courtesy of the Mirella and Lino Saputo Foundation.
Jason Edward Lewis wants ethical AI with Indigenous worldview
Two years ago, Jason Edward Lewis, Concordia University Research Chair in Computational Media and the Indigenous Future Imaginary, held a directed reading course with his doctoral student, Suzanne Kite, on Indigenous relationships with non-humans. Those discussions helped Lewis make connections between his work on algorithmic bias and current developments in artificial intelligence (AI).
Lewis co-founded the Indigenous Epistemology and AI Working Group, an international hub of Indigenous scholars whose goal is to define an ethical relationship to AI informed by Indigenous knowledge and philosophies.
Lewis received grants worth $130,000 from the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada to explore AI theory and practice through a series of workshops. Lewis and Kite worked with collaborators to turn those initial conversations into a $10,000 prize-winning essay.
Concordia’s CEO shadowing program takes off
“Not many people consider business ownership because they don’t know what it means, what it takes or how hard it is to do,” says Bill Meder, BComm 65, director of the Bob and Raye Briscoe Centre in Business Ownership Studies in the John Molson School of Business (JMSB).
In 2019, in partnership with Concordia’s Institute for Co-operative Education, the centre introduced the CEO shadowing program for John Molson MBA students after a successful pilot run, which matched students with chief executives of four companies of varying sizes and industries.
Co-op student encounters Elon Musk
Concordia’s Institute for Co-operative Education offers students in the university’s four faculties more than 3,000 job postings on an annual basis.
One Co-op student, computer engineering student Samrat Debroy completed internships at CAE Healthcare, Autodesk and Tesla Motors in Palo Alto, Calif. He was able to talk to the co-founder and CEO of Tesla. “I met Elon Musk — how many people can say that?” Debroy says. “And it’s all thanks to Co-op.”