Center for initiation to research and support for sustainable development

Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles

Carleton-sur-Mer, QC


CIRADD is a social innovation research center specialized in sustainable development. It supports businesses and organizations in their innovation projects and challenges, mainly in four areas: land use and development, community vitality and well-being, adaptation to social and climate change, and sustainable recreation and tourism. Affiliated with the Cégep de la Gaspésie et des Îles, the center is part of the Synchronex network of 59 college innovation centers in Quebec. It is also part of Tech-Access Canada, a Canada-wide network of 60 technology access centers.

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CIRADD Fanny Bernard

Fanny Bernard
Executive Director


CIRADD Pierre-Luc Gagnon

Pierre-Luc Gagnon
Director, Research


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  1. Social innovation
  2. Sustainable development
  3. Adaptation to climate and social changes
  4. Sustainable tourism and outdoor recreation
  5. Vitality and well-being of communities
  6. Sustainable recreation and tourism

Previous Research Projects:

  • Land management and resolution of conflicts of use: an evaluation and monitoring tool of the carrying capacity of the Bonaventure River
  • Development of an impact assessment tool for territorial development projects: the contribution of the mycological sector to the sustainable development of Kamouraska
  • Sustainable mobility hubs in the GÎM area: infrastructures for changing transportation practices
  • Portrait of LGBT+ people in Gaspésie and the Magdalen Islands
  • Portrait of the integration of a sustainable development approach and ecoresponsible practices within Gaspesian businesses
  • Participatory governance and resilience to climate change in four Baie-des-Chaleurs municipalities
  • Greening of the college network
  • Integration of sustainable development criteria within companies in the Nature-Adventure sector in Quebec: building the reference framework

Fields of projects:

  • Circular economy
  • Environnement
  • Intergenerational and intercultural integration
  • Integration of immigrants
  • Sustainable development
  • Social sciences
  • Sustainable recreation and tourism
  • Transportation
  • Aging
  • Adaptation to climate change


  1. Social Innovation


Coming soon
  • MRC Avignon
  • Zec de la rivière Bonaventure (APSB)
  • Ville de Carleton-sur-Mer
  • CiCAN
  • Fédération des cégeps
  • Regroupement des MRC de la Gaspésie