Since the post-war period, Canada has contributed to the deployment of a large telecommunications infrastructure in several countries. Many long-distance voice transmission communications systems have been deployed in rural areas and in developing countries.

Around the year 2000, the concentration of networks in a highly dense urban setting has been the major trend in the telecommunications industry. As a result, little effort has been reinvested in technologies for long distance connections. Consequently, communications systems that had been installed twenty years earlier, while still robust for voice transfer, were no longer able to support modern telecommunications that also serve to transport data. When we think about how the Internet contributes to the economic, cultural, political and educational development of communities, the possibility of being connected becomes an important issue. Unfortunately, 58% of the world's population still does not have access.

The Richard J. Marceau Chair intends to address this issue by analyzing the technological state of these systems, by evaluating the possibility of modernizing them at minimal cost and having them deployed in a nonintrusive manner throughout the regions. The chair's collaboration with the SmartLand Initiative, launched by the Universidad Técnica Particular de Loja (UTPL), in Ecuador, will enable it to apply its research in the field, particularly in the Amazon region.

Who is Richard J. Marceau?

Richard J. Marceau is a graduate of McGill University and the Polytechnique. He was professor and director of the Polytechnique's Electrical Engineering Department, then Dean of the Faculty of Engineering of the Université de Sherbrooke. He also directed the University of Ontario Institute of Technology for eight years and he was Vice President of Memorial University from 2013 to 2016. Richard J. Marceau passed away on September 26th 2016.

By naming the chair after Mr. Marceau, the ÉTS wishes to honour the creativity and dynamism of this great man, who has contributed so much to our universities.


Video describing the Chair

  Maitre Louis Lagasse

This Chair is supported by Média 5 and is the initiative of its President, Louis Lagassé, a prolific technological entrepreneur and a leader recognized for his contributions to Quebec's economy and society.