• Furniture
  • Recovery
Amount granted
$30,000 $


In a postpandemic context, the circular economy can play a central role in the valorisation of the office furniture industry. The project between Hydro-Québec and Inovem, entitled Circular Economy at the Heart of Office Furniture Conception: Towards Furniture Reuse Within the Industry,' aims to revolutionize this industry by integrating the reuse of surplus furniture.

In fact, the reduction in office spaces due to telework prompts a reconsideration of the fate of thousands of pieces of furniture. However, in Quebec, the absence of a structured recovery system poses a challenge. The initiative aims to write new chapters in the industry, with specific objectives such as drafting public tenders, supporting partner companies, collecting data on environmental impact, and scaling up. This appoach promises to transform the industry by reducing its ecological footprint while opening up a new path in furniture reuse.

Affiliated research axes

Axis 2: Planning Optimization

2.1 – Support the development and use of tools to analyze and monitor the circular economy
2.2 – Develop indicators to measure circularity

Axis 3: Resource and Product Maximization

3.2 – Develop a conceptual framework of tools that may be mobilized to identify better circularization scenarios for products, components and resources at the end of their life cycles
3.3 – Identify models for product circularization strategies


  • Houssein Awada

    Ph.D. Scientific director INOVEM
  • Adeline Seneclauze

    Collaborating member
  • Marc Journeault

    Ph.D., CPA, MBA Full Professor
  • Mathias Glaus

    Eng., Ph.D. Professor


Nicolas Pearson

Technology advisor, INOVEM

Patricia Gendron


Léo Michelland

INOVEM College student

Rémy Duclos-Murphy

INOVEM Student

Lucie Taliana

Consultant - Sustainable development, Hydro-Québec

Karine Brisson

Building Operations and Sustainability Advisor, Hydro-Québec
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec