The research done at the University of Ottawa is inspiring: those who did it the most. In 2022, no less than 3 of the 13 awardees of the prestigious Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation scholarship will continue their doctoral research at the University of Ottawa.
Colin Moreau, David Elliott, and Michelle Liu address evolving issues in innovation, criminal law, artificial intelligence, security, and equality at the intersection of law and engineering.
Discover the projects, interests, and immense curiosity of these three remarkable people, and learn how their daring research will contribute to a better understanding of our world, its obstacles, risks, and inequities, as well as its possibilities.
Michelle Liu, University of Ottawa, Civil Engineering
Michelle Liu is the first person to simultaneously earn a law degree (JD) and a doctorate in engineering from the University of Ottawa. Her research focuses on assessing national building code from a justice perspective under the joint supervision of engineering professor Beatrice Martin Perez and law professor Gina McGill.
Michelle graduated with a BA with Honors in Science and a Masters in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo and has worked in construction and design for Canadian and international engineering firms. She has worked at the law firm of Blake, Cassels & Graydon where she will do her internship in 2023 while continuing her PhD research. She aspires to become a researcher at the intersection of engineering and law, a goal she believes the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation Fellowship Program will help her achieve.
Michelle’s identities and experiences inspire her to take on roles that advance electronic data interchange, including as a member of the Property Rights Advisory Committee of the Law Society of Ontario and chair of the University of Waterloo’s Engineering Alumni Committee. She left Montreal to settle in Ontario and speaks French and English. In summer, you enjoy country camping to escape the world!
David Elliott, University of Ottawa, Cash Surveillance and Security Studies
David Elliott is an Artificial Intelligence Researcher, Mathematician, Activist, and Entrepreneur from Kingston, Ontario. When he had a BA in Sociology at Saint-Francis-Xavier University, David was active in the local movement to fight the climate crisis, co-organizing a public gathering and several demonstrations. After graduating from St. Francis Xavier, he began his master’s studies at Queen’s University where he worked on Artificial Intelligence at the Center for Monitoring Studies.
David will continue his academic studies at the University of Ottawa, at PhD level, as a member of the new Security Studies and Cash Control program where he will focus on Artificial Intelligence and Data Economics.
Besides his research work, David Eliot runs an entertainment show production company, Eliot Entertainment, with which he has produced and performed over 200 magic shows in Canada. As an athlete, he participated in fencing competitions at the regional, national and international levels. Through the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation PhD Fellowship Program, David hopes to gain strong leadership skills and build relationships that will allow him to expand the social scope of his research.
Colin Morrow, University of Ottawa, Criminology
Colin Moreau holds a Master of Laws degree from UCLouvain in Belgium. She is currently a full-time PhD student in the Department of Criminology at the University of Ottawa’s School of Social Sciences. She is a member of the Canadian Research Chair in the Legal Tradition and Criminal Rationality directed by Professor A.
She conducts her research in the areas of criminal law, criminology and human rights. She is particularly interested in the issues of sentencing and enforcement as well as innovation and barriers to innovation in criminal law reform. At the same time, she conducts child rights research on the efficacy of children’s rights.
It also invests in leadership discovery and makes contributions within the University of Ottawa’s Leadership Academy (research assistant, teaching assistant and founder of the Leadership Academy alumni community).