A new professor: Christiane Papineau

ÉTS is pleased to announce the hiring of Professor Christiane Papineau in the Construction Engineering Department.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

ÉTS is pleased to announce the hiring of Professor Christiane Papineau in the Construction Engineering Department.

An expert in project management, Christiane Papineau knows ÉTS well. She was an Instructor for seven years before becoming a Professor. She also earned her Ph.D. in Engineering at ÉTS in March 2018.

As a Professor, she will focus on her area of expertise, but will teach from a specific perspective. In effect, she wants to teach her students “the people skills, interpersonal skills and political skills required for the role of project manager”.

According to Professor Papineau, “recent studies show that interpersonal skills are crucial to effective project management. The manager has a significant role to play in terms of respecting the schedules and budgets”. The manager also needs exceptional people skills in order to help all of the various parties involved understand the limitations and schedules of the other parties. “Only 1 of the 13 competencies identified for this role is technical. All of the others involve interpersonal qualities (communication, a sense of politics, natural authority, etc.)”, she points out.

In order to acquire these skills, students must “be self-aware and understand their strengths and weaknesses. Of course, engineers are often very analytical”, says Christiane Papineau. The challenge she now faces is how to teach these qualities. As it happens, she is currently directing a Ph.D. student whose research project involves the development of a learning method specific to engineering schools that will allow students to develop the people skills, design skills and political skills required for managing construction project.

Christiane Papineau will begin by developing, in collaboration with Professor Gabriel Lefebvre, a Master’s course related to the development of people skills for construction project managers. Professor Papineau affirms that “the objective is to have them work on themselves, with the help of an industrial psychologist, and put them in that situation”. After that, the goal is to expand the target once the methods for teaching these skills to students are well established.

The road less traveled

The young retiree has a deeply rooted vitality and hunger for innovation. Instead of opting for a quiet retirement, she has decided to continue her (very) active life.

An urban architect by training, Christiane Papineau has come a long way since her studying days. A few years after earning her Master’s in Urban Studies, she earned a Specialized diploma (DESS) from École nationale d’administration publique (ÉNAP), which allowed her to hold management positions in a variety of government ministries (Immigration, Economic Development, Labour) and agencies, including the Régie du bâtiment du Québec, the Régie du cinéma and the Corporation d’hébergement du Québec. She was also a member of the Board of Directors of the Commission de la construction du Québec. Throughout her career, construction has often been the driving force. In fact, Christiane Papineau was even a construction contractor between 2010 and 2012.

It was in 2008 that she made the leap to project management, earning a certificate in this field from Université Laval. She has since become an expert on the subject, and has plied her trade in a variety of sectors. Before accepting the position at ÉTS, she was Project Leader at the Institut de tourisme et d'hôtellerie du Québec, where she developed a College Centre for Technology Transfer (CCTT) in multi-sensory customer experience. She is currently developing a joint project between the Institut and ÉTS: creating an “experimental laboratory” for designing the hotel room of the future.

Christiane Papineau is tireless and a visionary, and has chosen to teach at ÉTS because she has “a desire to communicate, to work on concrete ideas and to interact”.

On behalf of the entire ÉTS community, we would like to extend our most sincere welcome.

christiane papineau is a professor at ETS
Christiane Papineau is a professor in the Construction Engineering Department.
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