Claude Vallée is an agronomist and holds a master’s degree in plant biology from Université Laval on fertilization and substrates. Professor emeritus at the Saint-Hyacinthe campus of the Institut de technologie agroalimentaire (ITA), he is behind the eco-friendly horticulture pavilion. Mr. Vallée has expertise in communication, training and technological innovation in the fields of horticultural production and plant technology. He has over 25 years of experience in the private and public sectors. He is the author of over 100 technical extension articles in professional magazines and co-author of three scientific publications. In 2015, Mr. Vallée received the prestigious Henry-Teuscher Award, a distinction offered by the Montreal Botanical Garden, recognizing the outstanding contribution of the recipient to the advancement of Quebec horticulture.
- Founder and manager of the eco-friendly horticulture pavilion at ITA’s Saint-Hyacinthe campus, which involved the implementation of a $6.3 million educational laboratory dedicated to the benefits of horticulture on health, well-being and the environment
- Creation and management of the selection program of horticultural novelties “Les ExceptionnellesTM”
- Instigator and manager of ITA’s TechnoLab for urban agriculture
- Coordinator and project manager for the establishment of two research greenhouses (CFI greenhouses) at ITA
- Coordinator and co-author of the book “Les techniques de culture en multicellules”
- Responsible for organizing the international symposium “Eau, air, sol : l’épuration par les plantes” of the Société québécoise de phytotechnologie, held at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium in 2015.