Boreal Symphonies is primarily the result of collaborative work between several students or former students of the Department of Fundamental Sciences or the Department of Arts and Letters of l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi.
Maxence Martin is the instigator of this project and the composer of the Boreal Symphonies. He completed his Ph.D in forest ecology at the l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Québec , Canada, between 2014 and 2019, his thesis topic being the diversity, dynamics, and conservation of old-growth boreal forests in managed areas. It was during this work that he came up with the idea of using his research data to create a scientific mediation project to educate and raise public awareness about boreal old-growth forests. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi and continues to lead the Boreal Symphonies project.
Frédéric L. Tremblay
Frédéric L. Tremblay is an interdisciplinary artist born in Saguenay. Graduating with a Master's degree in Art at UQAC, he concentrates his research in contemporary American independent cinema and specializes in the study of acting and directing actors in front of the camera and in the theatre. He also has a parallel practice in video installation and photography. He is Director of Visual Art at Boreal Symphonies where he supervises the artistic direction, the recruitment, the search for collaborators and the technical work for the project.
Valentina Buttò is a doctoral student in environmental sciences at the l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi . Her studies focus on the modeling of black spruce growth, whose variations are studied according to factors endogenous to the trees and environmental factors. When she's not looking at these wood cells under a microscope or looking for mathematical relationships, Valentina is the watercolorist for Boreal Symphonies. She has been making the small trees that grow around the melodies since the beginning of the project.
Alexa Tremblay completed a Bachelor of Arts at the l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi in 2016. She then specializes in visual arts and traditional animation, where she mainly explores the medium of short film. Her work has been presented at various Canadian and international short film festivals since 2017. She supports the Boreal Symphonies project mainly for the artistic aspect of the project (graphics, installations, projections), but also to communicate the importance of popularizing science to the general public in order to better understand and re-appropriate its territory.
François Cantin completed a certificate in computer science at the l’Université du Québec à Chicoutimi between 2015 and 2017. Since then, he has worked in computer science, video editing, and as a technician for various art installations, where his skills in relational aids, technical support and problem management stand out. He is now part of the Boreal Symphonies project as a technician, whose main tasks are manager and installer.