Ms. Sophie D'Amours
Sophie D'Amours, Eng., MBA, PhD
A faculty member at Université Laval's Department of Mechanical Engineering since 1995, Professor Sophie D'Amours has extensive experience in higher education, research, and university management in Québec and abroad. She holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering, a master's degree in business administration, and a PhD in engineering. Since 2009, she has been the Canada Research Chair in Planning Sustainable Forest Value Networks. Her research focus is business engineering, value chain management, and decision-making processes.
From 2012 to 2015, Ms. D'Amours was Université Laval's vice rector of research and innovation. Since 2010, she has chaired the board of Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec. She also sits on the boards of Société québécoise des infrastructures, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, and the International Development Research Centre, among others. She was appointed to the strategic steering committee of Institut agronomique, vétérinaire et forestier de France in 2016. She also co-chaired the advisory committee created by the provincial government to help prepare the Québec Research and Innovation Strategy.
Ms. D'Amours has been a visiting professor in a number of countries, including Norway, Sweden, France, Chili, Argentina, and the United States. With over 130 scientific publications to her credit and numerous contributions to events in Canada and abroad, she is viewed as an accomplished researcher and widely recognized for her work on forestry planning models. Over the years, her contributions have been acknowledged on many occasions. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and was recently named an International Fellow of the Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry. Along with her colleagues, she was awarded the prestigious Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering. She also received the Henri-Gustave-Joly-de-Lotbinière award from Ordre des ingénieurs forestiers du Québec for her contribution to the Québec forestry sector. On April 26, 2017, Ms. Sophie D'Amours was elected the first female rector of Université Laval.