Yves Jean

Dr. Jean is native from Québec and is working at Télé-Université (TELUQ) within the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM). Professor in Environmental Sciences since 1986, and currently Director of the Science and Technolgogy department in TELUQ-UQAM, he obtained a B.Sc. degree in Ecology at the Université du Québec and a M.Sc and Ph.D. degree in Wildlife Ecology at the Université de Sherbrooke in 1986. For over 22 years, he developed Distance Education (DE) courses and programes at the undergraduate and graduate levels in biology and environmental sciences, using IT tools for distance pedagogy. He wrote books in the field of environmental sciences and is still working at the development of graduate courses dealing with sustainable developent, international management of issues such as climate changes and water for his university. He is now co-chairing the scientific committee, in charge of the first hybrid (distance/presencial) programe of a Major in Environmental studies at UQAM University.

Yves’ interest for innovative learning lead him to coordinate different international projects in the last 15 years. He coordinated different « training the trainers » projects funded by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) dealing with environment sciences in different countries in Europe, Africa and latin America, including sabbatical stays in Costa Rica and France. His latest work was in Brazil with the United Nations University (UNU) and the Bank of Brazil for the evaluation of sustainable development projects in the field.

As a volunteer, he is still involved in different national organisations dealing with Wildlife conservation and education. He is past president of the Canadian Wildlife Federation, still involved with the CWF Foundation as vice-président, is founder fellow and active member of the CWF Learning Institute, a founding member of the Consortium ICI Environnement, still chairing the Council of Quebec Universities and a member of the Board of Administrators.

Beside his participation in different national and international conferences and academic missions, his interest is still related to national and regional issues related to production of academic and general public material related to water/climate changes issues, such as the St. Lawrence River Watershed. He was part of the production of the new french version of a documentary on the St. Lawrence River recently launched. This interest is related to the application of the Global Learning Space concept to innovative learning in Water and Climate Changes issues. As a navigator on the St. Lawrence and eastern coast of Canada, he sails his 38 foot sailboat "Sarava" and observes the biodiversity of this magnificent watershed.