(Saint-Adrien) Pilou is never short of projects: he hopes that other churches will revive like that of Saint-Adrien thanks to data server rooms. And, above all, that other regions will also dare to set up recovery projects!
There is no bingo hall in the basement of Saint-Adrien church. Rather multiple servers that mine cryptocurrency.
Without them, the project to transform the church into a creative hub would undoubtedly have been impossible.
The heat generated is recovered and distributed throughout the building. It would be very expensive to do otherwise. “It would cost $ 60,000 per year to heat the church,” says Patrick Lussier, with whom Pilou founded the company Projet BTU.
We killed two birds with one stone, sums up Patrick Lussier, an entrepreneur who is passionate about technology, but who also has a “grano side”. With Pilou, he wants churches to be part of the relaunch plans for villages in Quebec.
A decentralized network of data server rooms would finally “connect” all regions to high speed Internet, explains Pilou. “The Religious Heritage Council predicts that between 1,000 and 1,500 churches will be abandoned or demolished within five years,” he said. We want to enhance this heritage and heat it almost free of charge. ”
The many hats of Pilou
Pilou leads wide in Saint-Adrien. Thanks to Project 1606, a real estate management company with a cultural and social awareness that he founded, he now heads the Estrie Audiovisual and Multimedia Office (BEAM). He also co-founded the NPO La Meunerie (which brings together under one roof a community kitchen, a performance hall and a place of accommodation).
Saint-Adrien is booming today. In the building next to the church there is already a self-service “zero waste grocery store” (open 24 hours a day, because you enter with a code and pay with a tablet). There are now enough students for there to be daycare at the school, located next to the church. There is even an educational garden.
The “Fresh Forces” movement
Pilou would like Saint-Adrien’s projects to inspire others throughout the region.
With BEAM, in collaboration with the firm Mangrove (in business strategy and in activating entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystems), he launched the “Fresh forces” movement to encourage entrepreneurship projects in the regions.
> Consult the Fresh Forces Facebook page
While we are witnessing urban sprawl near major centers, we need to better reflect on the town planning of villages and regions, argues Pilou. “We need sustainable development under the sign of degrowth. ”
We are talking about smart cities. But there could be smart villages.
“Why do schools close at night with empty gymnasiums? launches the artist. Preventive community medicine would allow great savings for the health system, ”he adds.
Like the star market gardener of organic farming Jean-Martin Fortier, Pilou speaks of “food autonomy”. A project of “innovative farms” is also in the air in Saint-Adrien.
The vice-president of BEAM is none other than Suleyka Montpetit, partner of Jean-Martin Fortier in the social enterprise Le jardinier-maraîcher.
Pilou knows how to surround himself well. And the status quo is not for him.
When our meeting with Pilou ends, it is for a good reason. He and his lover Geneviève Boivin-Roussy must go to the notary to finalize the purchase of an art gallery in Danville.
Yet another project!