1st prize: Maude Boutet, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

For over a decade, Maude Boutet has worked as a research professional with Professor Carmen Dionne in the Department of Psychoeducation at Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. In her career, she has helped coordinate a number of early intervention research projects and infrastructures, including the Canada Research Chair in Early Intervention (SSHRC, 2007–2015) and, more recently, the UNESCO Chair on the Developmental Screening and Assessment of Children up to Six Years of Age (2016–2020).

Several of the projects to which Maude contributes are collaborative and involve a range of partners (child care and rehabilitation centres, government departments, etc.), students and researchers. She has taken part in two initiatives led under the FRQSC’s Concerted Actions program and is currently coordinating a seven-year partnership project that brings together 19 organizations focused on inclusive practices in child care settings (SSHRC Partnership Grant, 2017–2024). She has also participated in many activities to exchange, mobilize and transfer knowledge to local and international partners.
Maude Boutet’s understanding of intervention settings and contexts has proven invaluable in her duties and ensures the quality of the support she provides.