Gabrielle Boivin, Ph.D student in Chemistry at Laval University and research scientist in FPInnovations’ Wood Protection group, was recently awarded the 2017 Ron Cockcroft Award (RCA) by the International Research Group on Wood Protection.
Here are some quick facts about Gabrielle.
Gabrielle was one of this year’s 12 recipients of the RCA, a merit-based program to promote international awareness of developments in wood protection among young scientists. The award allows post-graduate research students and active younger scientists to participate to the IRG conference, held this year from June 4-8 in Ghent, Belgium, by providing assistance towards travel and accommodation costs.
Gabrielle’s area of expertise
Gabrielle has been involved for many years now in coating applications for wood protection. As part of the Wood Protection Group since 2015—but starting at FPInnovations in 2012 as an intern—she is directly involved in wood finishing projects that are part of FPI’s research program.
The RCA was for her paper entitled Black-stain resistant acrylic latexes for wood coating applications, part of her doctoral thesis. In addition to being invited to the IRG48 conference, Gabrielle and all other 11 recipients had the opportunity to make a 20-minute presentation on their project to conference participants, in addition to getting a certificate.
Gabrielle is hoping to defend her doctoral thesis in late 2018, after which she will continue helping FPInnovations members finding solutions to their wood finishing problems. Gabrielle, who really likes to travel, enjoyed discovering Belgium and took this opportunity to extend her trip to the Canary Islands.
In 2019, the IRG congress will be held in Québec City, at the recommendation of FPInnovations staff, and Gabrielle is on the organizing committee chaired by FPInnovations’ Rod Stirling.
See Gabrielle’s short video on IRGWP’s Facebook page.