Membership Category

  • Regular


  • Université Laval


  • Chemical Engineering


  • Nutrient recovery and recycling from wastewater
  • Recycling organic residual materials
  • Decision-making tools
  • Renewable energies
  • Biobased products

Scientific activities and affiliations

  • Chemical Engineering Department
  • Canada Research Chair in Resource Recovery and Bioproduct Engineering (Chaire de recherche du Canada sur la récupération des ressources et l'ingénierie des bioproduits)
  • Water Research Center (Centre de recherche sur l'eau)


Céline Vaneeckhaute is Associate Professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Université Laval and holds the Canada Research Chair in Resource Recovery and Bioproducts Engineering. She is director of the BioEngine research team on green process engineering and biorefineries. She has received numerous awards and distinctions for her research on resource recovery from water and residual materials, including the Prix du Québec Relève scientifique 2021, the Prix Honoris Genius Relève 2021 from the Ordre des Ingénieurs du Québec, and the Young Leadership Award 2022 from the International Water Association (IWA). She is Director of the Centre de recherche sur l'eau (c-Eau) at Université Laval, President of Réseau Environnement's Capitale-Nationale Chaudières-Appalaches regional committee, a member of the Board of Directors of SWANA (Solid Waste Association of North America) and a member of the Executive Committee of IWA's Resource Recovery Consortium.

Affiliated research axes

Change and Transition Management

Planning Optimization

Resource and Product Maximization

Policy levers

Projects funded by the RRECQ

Circular recovery of methanization digestates through microalgae production and the rearing of edible decomposer insect larvae


The project aims to develop a new way to recover liquid digestates from methanization by producing microalgae as a solution to reduce the cost of the feeding regime used to rear black soldier fly larvae, as well as the cost to dispose of the waters.  

The proposed approach is to have a microalgae culture use the liquid digestates from methanization and then set out a feeding regime of microalgae and solid digestates.

What separates this proposal from others is the fact that it interweaves a circular innovation project in an emerging circular economy loop. The innovation lies in the development of a less costly feeding regime to rear black soldier fly larvae whose main component is the production of microalgae from liquid digestate from methanization (a waste).

This new approach to liquid digestate management and the production of edible and decomposer insects fits seamlessly into the circular economies of several cities and regions across Québec and around the world.


  • Agri-food
  • Energy
  • Recovery
Towards a geospatial digital twin for the circular economy: recovering organic materials


The overarching objective of the project is to establish an interdisciplinary collaboration to lay the groundwork for the design and development of a geospatial digital twin to support the recovery chain for organic materials at the provincial scale (Québec). More specifically, the proposed platform will focus on the analysis and definition of environmental, social and economic indicators for residual organic material recovery in Québec. The research aims to:

  1. Develop a prototype of the proposed platform for a specific scenario in the Québec area.
  2. Establish innovative scientific and methodological bases to extend the proposed system to the province of Québec.
  3. Draft a funding request for a structuring project in the context of the organic matter recovery chain based on the principles of circular economy.

The project will be carried out as part of a close collaboration between researchers and stakeholders based on a co-construction approach.


  • Comparative methods
  • Data
  • Digital twin
  • Optimization
  • Performance indicators
  • Recovery
The RRECQ is supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec.
Fonds de recherche - Québec