L'Association pour la santé environnementale du Québec / Environmental Health Association of Québec

Webinar – Improving Indoor Air Quality

WEBINAR – March 21, 2024, from 1 to 4 pm




Speakers: John Molot MD, Eddy Hunter, Diane Bastien, Michel Gaudet, Pierre-Luc Fréchette, Philippe Fortin

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Join us on March 21st from 1:00 to 4:00 PM (EST) for a webinar titled “Improving Indoor Air Quality: A Conference on Healthy Living and Mold Prevention”. This event is organized by the Environmental Health Association of Quebec in collaboration with the Environmental Health Association of Canada, La Confédération des organismes de personnes handicapées du Québec (COPHAN), and funded in part by the Société d’habitation du Québec (SHQ).


Our webinar will explore crucial topics at the intersection of indoor air quality, human health, and environmental sustainability. Indoor air, often surpassing outdoor pollution levels, poses significant health concerns. We’ll discuss the importance of informed decisions in both building practices and product selection to benefit individuals and the environment. Discussions will include chronic conditions related to indoor air quality, regulatory insights from the city of Montreal on mold, guidance on selecting healthy products, and innovative construction practices prioritizing least toxic materials for health and mold prevention. Additionally, we’ll present the Ecoasis project—a pioneering initiative creating 40 affordable housing units tailored for individuals living with MCS.

Chronic exposures to air pollution is already recognized as a major risk factor for developing or exacerbating many chronic diseases. Exposures to air pollution mainly occur indoors where Canadians spend 90% of their time and where chemical exposures are higher. And due to the effects of climate change, we are now experiencing more frequent and extreme weather events, hotter and longer-lasting heat waves, and more air pollution, especially from wildfires. There is an urgent need for the built environment to adapt accordingly. We need better protection from outdoor air pollution, reduced indoor contamination from building products, better indoor environment temperature control but with reduced energy consumption, and protection from water damage from extreme weather events, flooding, rain penetration, and indoor humidity and condensation.

Our esteemed panel of speakers brings a wealth of expertise to the discussion:

  • Dr. John Molot, a specialist in environmental medicine, will provide insights into air quality-related illnesses and sources of contamination of the indoor air environment.
  • Eddy Hunter, an Urban Planning Advisor from the City of Montreal, will share expertise on managing regulated contaminants and mold management in housing projects. 
  • Diane Bastien, Director of the environmental inspection firm Living Buildings, will discuss eco-friendly building practices and healthy living environments.
  • Michel Gaudet will offer guidance on selecting healthy products and living mold-free, drawing from decades of experience in environmental health advocacy.
  • Me. Pierre-Luc Fréchette will cover the normative framework of housing policies and its impact on the inclusion of people with disabilities and on indoor air quality in residential living environments.
  • Philippe Fortin, co-founder of HECO Hemp Innovation, will discuss innovative building materials for healthier indoor environments.

Designed for a diverse audience including government officials, industry professionals, architects, NGOs, and the general public, our webinar aims to spark dialogue and collaboration to drive positive change. By addressing these issues together, we can work towards creating healthier indoor spaces that benefit both people and the planet.

Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and actionable strategies for promoting indoor air quality and sustainability. Register now to reserve your spot and join us on March 21st. Together, let’s pave the way towards a healthier and more sustainable future.