Daring, Research and Innovation: Three of the Scientists of the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation at uOttawa | Government Gazette

From left to right: Michelle Liu, David EliotColine Moreau

The research at the University of Ottawa is inspiring: those who are doing it even more. In 2022, no less than 3 of the 13 winners of the prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation grants will continue their doctoral research at the University of Ottawa.

Coline Moreau, David Eliot and Michelle Liu address the very latest issues in innovation and criminal justice, artificial intelligence and security, and justice at the intersection of law and technology.

Discover the projects, interests and immense curiosity of these three remarkable people, and learn how their daring research will contribute to a better understanding of our world, its obstacles, its dangers, its inequalities and also its possibilities.

Michelle Liu, University of Ottawa, Civil Engineering

Michelle Liu is the first person to simultaneously earn a law degree (JD) and a PhD in engineering from the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on evaluating the National Building Code from an equity perspective under the joint leadership of engineering professor Beatriz Martin-Perez and law professor Jena McGill.

Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science and Masters degree in Civil Engineering with honors from the University of Waterloo and has worked in construction and design for Canadian and international engineering firms. She worked at law firm Blake, Cassels & Graydon where she will do her internship in 2023 while continuing her PhD research. She aspires to become a scientist at the intersection of engineering and law, a goal she believes the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship Program will help her achieve.

Michelle’s identity and experiences inspire her to take on roles that promote EDI, including as a member of the Equity Advisory Panel of the Law Society of Ontario and chair of the Engineering Alumni Committee at the University of Waterloo. She left Montreal to settle in Ontario and speaks French and English. In the summer she likes rustic camping to escape the world!

David Eliot, University of Ottawa, Critical Surveillance and Security Studies

David Eliot is an artificial intelligence researcher, athlete, activist and entrepreneur from Kingston, Ontario. While a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Saint-Francis-Xavier University, David was active in the local movement to fight the climate crisis, where he took part in organizing a public meeting and numerous demonstrations. After graduating from St. Francis Xavier, he began his master’s degree at Queens University, where he worked on artificial intelligence at the Center for Surveillance Studies.

David continues his academic studies at the University of Ottawa, at a doctoral level, as a member of the new Critical Surveillance and Security Studies program, where he will focus on artificial intelligence and data economics.

In addition to his research work, David Eliot runs an entertainment show production company, Eliot Entertainment, through which he has produced and presented more than 200 magic shows in Canada. As an athlete, he participated in fencing competitions at provincial, national and international levels. Through the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Doctoral Fellowship program, David hopes to gain strong leadership skills and build connections that will enable him to expand the social reach of his research.

Coline Moreau, University of Ottawa, Criminology

Coline Moreau holds a master’s degree in law from UCLouvain in Belgium. She is currently a full-time doctoral student in the Criminology Department of the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Social Sciences. She is a member of the Canada Research Chair in Legal Traditions and Penal Rationality under the direction of Professor A. Pires.

She conducts her research in the field of criminal law, criminology and human rights. She is particularly interested in the topics of sentencing and enforcement, as well as innovation and barriers to innovation in criminal justice reform. At the same time, she conducts research into children’s rights into the effectiveness of children’s rights.

She is also committed to leadership discovery and contributions within the University of Ottawa’s Leadership Academy (research assistant, teaching assistant, and founder of the Leadership Academy alumni community).

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