Alain Bourque has been the Executive Director of Ouranos since 2013. Mr Bourque joined Ouranos at its inception in 2001 to set up the program on vulnerabilities, impacts and adaptations, which has enabled the completion of more than 200 research projects, all applied to the risks and opportunities related to climate change in Quebec. He holds a master’s degree in Atmospheric Science from UQÀM and was a meteorologist/climatologist at Environment Canada from 1989 to 2001, where he notably worked on subjects such as the 1996 Saguenay flood, the 1998 ice storm and the impact of climate change.
Regularly called upon by the media and decision-makers, he was the co-organizer of the 2016 Adaptation Canada conference and is the organizer of the international conference Adaptation Futures 2023 which will take place in Montreal. He also sits on the Advisory Committee on Climate Change, on the federal government’s National Adaptation Platform, and on several expert committees advising public policy. He is also a member of the boards of directors of Génome Québec, Calcul Québec, the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, ClimAtlantic and START International.