CaNeoLabs Experience

October 26, 27 and 28 2022

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Thanks for your participation!

Photos from the event

Here is a selection of photos taken during the event as well as a video showing the atmosphere of the CaNéoLabs experience.

We would like to thank David Guimont and Ronan Aulagnier for the photo and video recordings as well as Juliette Didelot for the video.

Photo d'une chercheure en train de présenter un concept à son équipe

They participated to:

  • Strengthen their connections;
  • Encourage cross-learning;
  • Have access to peer support; 
  • Define and co-create the next steps for the CoP

For more details about CaNeoLabs, click here.

This year’s event took place at the Cégep de Rivière-du-Loup, Quebec, on October 26, 27 and 28, 2022.

Prioritized fields of observation

Public sector innovation

Equity, reconciliation, inclusion, social justice 

Socio-ecological transition


October 26th | day 1


Participants Gathering

8:30 – 9:00 AM

General Information Session

9:00 – 10:15 AM

Break & Mingle

10:15 – 10:45 AM

Introduction session | CaNeoLabs' colors

10:45 AM – 12:00 PM

Lunch | meal served at the Carrefour

12:00 – 13:30 PM


Connect team activity Walkie · talkie

1:30 – 3:00 PM

Break & Mingle

3:00 – 3:30 PM

Debriefing of the Connection Team Activity

3:30 – 4:30 PM

Highliths of the day

4:30 – 5:00 PM

Dinner: free time

October 27th | day 2

9:00 - 10:15 AM


Key governance dynamics, practical enablers and barriers in sustainable affordable housing experimentations, based on case studies from Western Canada
Presented by Peyvand Forouzandeh

Better Housing Labs in Western Canada (Vancouver, BC)

Decolonizing methods
Presented by Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed

Financialization of Housing Lab (Waterloo, ON)

The Vivo Play Project
Presented by Anthony Bourque

Vivo Research and Innovation Lab (Calgary, AB)


Le Lab événementiel du Palais des congrès de Montréal, une collaboration entre une société d'état, un incubateur et des entreprises innovantes
Presented by Geneviève Leclerc

Lab événementiel du Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal, QC)

La facilitation, savoirs, savoir-faire et savoir-être
Presented by Annie Côté

Le Laboratoire en innovation ouverte (LLio) (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)

Vivre le changement
Presented by Chantal Rossignol

Écosystème de laboratoires d'accélération en économie circulaire (ELEC) du CERIEC à l'ETS (Montréal, QC)

10:15 - 10:45 AM

Break & Mingle

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM


Prototyping products to fight racism
Presented by Sameer Singh

Edmonton Shift Lab (Edmonton, AB)

Building Capacity Outside the Lab
Presented by Erin Dumenko

City of Calgary Innovation Lab (Calgary, AB), integrating social innovation and living labs in Catalonia
Presented by Artur Serra Hurtado

i2cat Foundation (Spain)

This conference is presented online on Zoom


Approche living lab et coproduction des services publics: le cas de l'Unité d'innovation sociale de l'Office municipal d'habitation de Montréal (OMHM)
Presented by Geneviève Baril

Cité-ID Living Lab - Gouvernance de la résilience urbaine rattaché à l'ENAP (Montréal, QC)

Atelier - « Entr’ACTE - Laboratoire d’apprentissage en innovation territoriale : Co-construire des savoirs avec les ambassadeurs du changement des territoires »
Presented by Marilyn Manceau

Laboratoire innovant libre et ouvert sur les territoires (L’ILOT) (Prévost, QC)

12:00 - 1:30 PM

Lunch break | meal served from 12:30

1:30 - 2:45 PM


Surfacing tensions in the design, delivery, and evaluation of labs using systemic design to tackle complex social challenges
Presented by Paige Reeves

Skills Society Action Lab (Edmonton, AB)

Building Anti-racist Capacity One Box at a Time
Presented by Annand Ollivierre

Shift Lab 2.0 - You Need This Box prototype (Edmonton, AB)


Développer une culture de réinvestissement des apprentissages (Association francophone à l’éducation des services à l’enfance de l’Ontario)
Presented by Yves Doyon

Living Lab de l'AFÉSEO (Assocation francophone à l'éducation des services à l'enfance de l'Ontario) Sudbury et Ottawa, ON

Fabrégion BSL : un laboratoire de transition territorialisée
Presented by Steve Joncoux

Le Laboratoire en innovation ouverte (LLio) (Rivière-du-Loup, QC)

2:45 - 3:15 PM

Break & Mingle

3:15 - 4:30 PM


Scaling Up a Network of Agroecosystem Living Labs
Presented by Chris McPhee

AAFC Living Labs (Ottawa, ON)

Track your Social Impact
Presented by Paluck Kohli

Social Innovation Canada (Toronto, ON)


Apprentissages formels et espaces créatifs : entre consensus et tensions
Presented by Séverine Parent

UQAR-Lévis Espace créatif (Lévis, QC)

Mobilisation et engagement pour la transition socio-écologique au sein des territoires
Presented by Juliette Zimmer

Collectivités ZéN (Laval, Québec)

4:30 - 5:00 PM

Highliths of the day​ and networking drink

We will meet at the Maison de la culture at 4:30 pm.

October 28th | day 3


Plenary Session → CaNeoLabs Next Steps

9:00 – 10:30 AM

Break & Mingle

10:30 – 11:00 AM

Closing Session

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM



Chris McPhee
Chris McPhee
Peyvand Forouzandeh
Peyvand Forouzandeh
Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed
Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed
Anthony Bourque
Anthony Bourque
Erin Dumenko
Erin Dumenko
Paige Reeves
Partenaire Paige Reeves
Paige Reeves

in pairs

Paluck Kohli
Paluck Kohli
Annand Ollivierre
Partenaire Annand Ollivierre
Partenaire Annand Ollivierre

in a trio

Annand Ollivierre
Sameer Singh

with 4 other speakers

Sameer Singh


Geneviève Leclerc
Partenaire Geneviève Leclerc

in pairs

Geneviève Leclerc
Annie Côté
Annie Côté
Chantal Rossignol
Chantal Rossignol
Séverine Parent
Séverine Parent
Geneviève Baril
Geneviève Baril
Marylin Manceau
Marilyn Manceau
Steve Joncoux
Steve Joncoux
Yves Doyon
Juliette Zimmer
silhouette d'une personne
Philippe Angers-Trottier

Practical information during the event


The CaNéoLabs Experience is a bilingual event that involves a simultaneous translation system on Zoom on October 26 and 28 at the Carrefour. Translation will be provided from French to English and from English to French.

To connect you need to

On the web

Throughout the event, make some noise on your social networks, Facebook, Linkedin and Instagram, using the Hashtag #expcaneolabs22.

Privileged moments:

  1. The conferences
  2. CaNeoLabs’ colors
  3. Walkie – talkie activity
  4. Networking drink

A surprise gift will be awarded to the most liked and shared digital presence.

Shuttle schedule

Parking lots

The temporary parking permit, sent by email, is required. Please see the volunteers at the front desk if needed.

How to get to Rivière-du-Loup?


ATTENTION: No public transportation on site (metro and bus). Taxis : 418-862-3111

Distance guide (by car)

  • Toronto | 994 km | 10 hours
  • Montréal | 455 km | 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Québec | 200 km | 2 hours
  • Moncton | 560 km | 5 hours 30 minutes.

Car rental


293 Rue Témiscouata, Rivière-du-Loup, QC G5R 2Y7       

418 863-6821 ou 


To find the ideal accommodation for your stay in Rivière-du-Loup, here is a list of recommended places created by Tourisme Rivière-du-Loup.


We have a special rate ($115 plus tax per night) and a limited block of rooms reserved for you. To make a reservation, you can contact the Hotel Universel by phone (1-800-265-0072) or by Internet at

You will need to indicate your arrival and departure dates, then enter the following code 10252022LLIO in the group code section.


The average temperature in October in Rivière-du-Loup is 6°C and the average rainfall is 74 mm.
At night temperatures drop to 2°C and during the day they can reach 10°C.


Here is a restaurant guide provided by Tourisme RDL.

To get in touch with us


Thanks to the Advisory Committee

Amanda Hachey, Chris McPhee, Claire Buré, Maryam Mohiuddin Ahmed, Paige Reeves and  Rachel Berthiaume.

Thanks to the Core Team

Claudia Santillana, Marie-Hélène Collin, Rachel Berthiaume, Marie-Amélie Dubé, Isaline Jay, Katell Arnault de la Ménardière, Lucie Raffard, Mélanie Bisson, Paluck Kohli and Jo Reynolds.

Thanks to the volunteers

Esther Grignard, Pauline Fernandez, Jérôme Frédéric Bouchard and Annie Coté.

Graphic facilitation

Thanks to Marie-Ève D’amour.


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