Inovem is a Canadian wood and related materials innovation centre affiliated with the Cégep de Victoriaville.

Inovem’s mission is to support companies in the furniture and cabinetmaking sector in their innovation process. The Centre offers technical services to support industrial development from wood drying to product finishing by developing and implementing innovative solutions to ensure business competitiveness. To achieve this, the Centre relies on a multidisciplinary team of experts and a research infrastructure that includes state-of-the-art industrial equipment and three different laboratories (low environmental impact industrial finishing, digital technologies, and mechanical and climatic testing).

Inovem offices are located at the ENME (National School of cabinet making) in Victoriaville (Canada). Interestingly, some teachers and students work closely together on research activities, giving ENME a higher profile and benefiting both organizations.

As a woodworking R & D Centre, Inovem contributes to the MOSAIC project by supporting all activities in the project’s research procedures and the development of new training lessons.

Team members

Bernard Lefrançois


Holder of a bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering, Bernard has 20 years of experience in the labour market in various fields: advisory service to industry for environmental management, development of large-scale clean energy projects, advisor for sustainable socio-economic development. At INOVEM, he is responsible for coordinating all the centre’s activities to the industry (R & D, technical support, training, etc).

Éric Allard

Project manager/Teacher

Teacher for 25 years (1998) including 15 years for INOVEM. Eric is a project manager and a teacher in different fields of cabinet making and woodworking, especially in standards of manufacture and installation of architectural carpentry, wood and related materials, and management of production staff. He carried out several international missions (Honduras, Congo and Brazil).