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Normand Labrie appointed scientific director, Fonds de recherche du Québec - Société et culture


By Jennifer Sipos-Smith

February 2, 2012

Normand Labrie, professor and associate dean, Research of the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) of the University of Toronto has been appointed Scientific Director by the Council of Ministers of the Research Fund of Quebec – Society and Culture, effective May 1, 2012.

In this new role, Normand will advise the Chief Scientist on matters relating to the guidelines, objectives, priorities, strategies and action plans of the Fund and ensure their effective implementation. He will play a leading role in developing partnerships and alliances with the research community and government, and with the public and private provincial, Canadian and international sectors covered by the Fund.

“OISE and the University of Toronto have been the best possible setting to develop expertise in research and research administration. The work I will be doing at the Quebec granting agency in the social sciences, humanities and culture will be a wonderful extension of this rich history of research excellence, and I look forward to bringing the same passion and commitment to this new endeavour,” Normand said today.

"This is a great tribute to Normand’s accomplishments as a researcher and as an administrator,” said OISE Dean Julia O’Sullivan. “It is also recognition of the outstanding reputation of OISE and the University of Toronto in terms of research excellence nationally.”

After completing a PhD in Linguistics at Laval University and a fellowship at the Research Centre on Multilingualism at the Catholic University of Brussels, Normand began an academic career as a professor at OISE, where he led the Centre de recherches en éducation franco-ontarienne for ten years prior to joining the Office of the Dean as an Associate Dean; first, of Research, Graduate Studies and International, and then as Associate Dean, Research.

For Mr. Rémi Quirion, Scientific Officer of Québec, the arrival of Normand Labrie is excellent news for the development of research in social sciences and humanities, arts and letters in Quebec. "The expertise and experience of Dr. Labrie in the research community are assets that will enable it to effectively pursue the implementation of the Fund's mission," expressed Dr. Quirion.