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Trottier Symposiums on Sustainable Engineering, Energy and Design

Trottier symposium logoEach year the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED) at McGill University and the Institut de l’énergie Trottier (IET) at Polytechnique Montréal take turns hosting this event. Made possible through the generous support of Dr. Lorne Trottier, this is a forum for students, professors, government, and industry professionals to connect with the general public on advancements for sustainability through engineering and design. This series has been made possible by the generous gift from the Trottier Family Foundation.

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2014: Engineering our Prosperity: Sustainable Cities and Industries in the 21st Century

The 1st Trottier Symposium explored the potential of roadmaps to promote sustainable energy and material flows in cities and industrial systems. With a global perspective and consideration of Canada's context, the symposium delved into the theme's political, economic, environmental, and social aspects.

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2015: Energy in Quebec and Canada: A Conversation Starter 

The 2nd Trottier Symposium focused on increasing public awareness and involvement in Quebec and Canada's energy decisions.


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2016: Renewables: What holds us back? What moves us ahead?

The 3rd Trottier Symposium explored the opportunities and challenges of renewable energy, emphasizing public support, cost competitiveness, and potential drivers for increased adoption, such as changing politics and rising energy demands in the developing world.

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2017: What’s Fuelling the Transition?

The 4th Trottier Symposium focused on the transport sector's challenges and role in the mandatory energy transition. 

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2018: Planning for Resiliency in the Face of Climate Change

The 5th annual Trottier Symposium will focus on resilience and human responses to the threats brought on by climate

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2019: Climate Change: Passively suffer or reinvent our societies?

The 6th annual Trottier Symposium addressed the issue of the fight against climate change, from the perspective of just transition

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2020: Lessons from a Pandemic: Solutions for Addressing the Climate Change Crisis

The 7th Annual Trottier Symposium on Sustainable Engineering, Energy, and Design will center its discussions on developing a roadmap to tackle the climate change crisis, considering the context of the Covid-19 pandemic.

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2021: Energy Objective: Decarbonize while reinventing society

The 8th Trottier Symposium envisions a country where basic needs are met, citizens lead fulfilling lives, and sustainable practices are embraced, ultimately achieving global carbon neutrality and widespread well-being.

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2022: Confronting Climate Change with Design for Resilience

The 9th Trottier Symposium highlighted sustainable engineering and design success stories, emphasizing nature-based solutions to enhance community resilience. The event explored climate-resilient living solutions and strategies for scaling up these approaches in the face of climate change.

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