A Québec first in mining industry research - Launch of UQAT-Polytechnique research program supported by nearly $10 million in

A Québec first in mining industry research - Launch of UQAT-Polytechnique 
research program supported by nearly $10 million in contributions from several 
industry partners 
ROUYN-NORANDA, QC, April 24, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Université du Québec en 
Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT and Polytechnique Montréal are launching a joint 
research program, the only one of its kind in Québec: the Research Institute 
on Mines and Environment - RIME UQAT-Polytechnique (UQAT-Polytechnique). The 
program will have several mining industry partners: Agnico Eagle, Osisko 
Mining Corporation, IAMGOLD Corporation, Rio Tinto, Fer et Titane inc. and 
Xstrata Nickel Raglan Mine. With a value of nearly $10 million provided over 
seven years, this innovative partnership will produce a top-notch research 
program and train highly qualified professionals. 
For some 30 years, UQAT and Polytechnique Montréal have pooled their 
expertise by collaborating on various teaching and research projects, 
particularly since 2001 with the creation of the Industrial NSERC 
Polytechnique-UQAT Research Chair in Environment and Mine Wastes Management. 
This longstanding association has produced more than 150 highly qualified 
people, as well as research work whose results are currently being 
incorporated into mining practices in Québec, Canada and worldwide. 
Johanne Jean, Rector of UQAT, says: "This major partnership announced today 
reflects UQAT's development philosophy: that of joining forces. Because of the 
quality of the research teams in place and the cutting-edge facilities at the 
two institutions, this high-level scientific programming will foster knowledge 
development and enable the establishment of optimal solutions for mine waste 
management and site reclamation, thus meeting the needs of both industry and 
For his part, Polytechnique Montréal's Director of Research and Innovation, 
Gilles Savard, adds: "The development of the Canadian mining industry is 
accompanied by significant challenges, both economic and environmental. By 
making the most of the existing research infrastructure, the experience of 
seasoned professors and researchers, and the successful partnerships 
established between Polytechnique, UQAT and companies in the industry, RIME is 
positioning itself as a unique and promising space for training and 
innovation. This major initiative is a perfect fit with Polytechnique 
Montréal's 2011-2016 strategic research and innovation plan, which paves the 
way for multidisciplinary projects that encourage open innovation within a 
sustainable-development perspective." 
Mining partners get involved 
From the start, the partners believed in this forward-thinking project. "The 
mining companies are aware of the current and future environmental challenges 
in their sector," notes Michel Julien, Chair of the RIME UQAT-Polytechnique 
Board of Directors. "Research and development are key tools for success in 
facing these challenges. The world-renowned expertise of UQAT and 
Polytechnique Montréal will make it possible to develop innovative solutions 
which, while respecting the environment, will contribute to the mining 
industry's competitiveness and growth." In this perspective, it is important 
to emphasize that the mining companies are active partners in this project. In 
addition to their financial contribution, they have participated 
enthusiastically in establishing the research program and providing personnel, 
access to their sites and facilities for supporting the research work. 
RIME UQAT-Polytechnique: a project for society 
Focusing on the environment and on the management of mining waste, the 
research program aims at developing environmental solutions for a mine's full 
life cycle. "We are touching on a number of topics related to current industry 
issues, including the reclamation of mine sites, the hydrogeotechnical 
behaviour of tailings impoundments, the design of waste rock piles, and the 
use of mining wastes to backfill underground openings" explains Michel 
Aubertin, professor and Scientific Director of RIME at Polytechnique 
Montréal. His counterpart Bruno Bussière, professor and Scientific Director 
of RIME at UQAT, adds: "Graduate students trained by the two institutions are 
the experts of tomorrow, in mining companies, consulting firms and 
governments. RIME UQAT-Polytechnique is contributing to the development of 
research while consolidating training for the mining sector at the 
undergraduate, master and doctoral levels." 
About Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue
Created in 1983, Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT) 
offers some 100 undergraduate, master and doctoral programs in a range of 
fields: administration, art therapy, accounting, digital creation, 3D and 
videogame creation, education, forestry, engineering, mining and the 
environment, psychoeducation, workplace health and safety, nursing and 
clinical science, and social work. With a yearly research volume of nearly $10 
million, UQAT holds 10 research chairs and operates 11 research units linked 
with the priority niches in its surrounding areas. More specifically, UQAT's 
mining environment expertise is renowned worldwide. The research carried out 
at UQAT speaks to world issues in the mining sector through the development of 
practical solutions for the full life cycle of mining projects. 
About Polytechnique Montréal
Founded in 1873, Polytechnique Montréal is one of Canada's leading 
engineering teaching and research institutions. It is the largest engineering 
university in Québec for the size of its student body and the scope of its 
research activities. With over 40,000 graduates, Polytechnique Montréal has 
educated nearly one-quarter of the current members of the Ordre des 
ingénieurs du Québec. Polytechnique provides training in 15 engineering 
specialties, has 242 professors and more than 7,100 students. It has an annual 
operating budget of over $200 million, including a $72-million research budget. 
Stéphanie Duchesne Manager Communications and Recruitment Service Université 
du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue Tel.: 819762-0971, ext. 2222 Cellular: 
819763-2538 Toll-free: 1877870-8728, ext. 2222 
E-mail:stephanie.duchesne@uqat.ca  Annie Touchette Senior Advisor 
Communications and Public Relations Service Polytechnique Montréal Tel.: 514 
340-4711, ext. 4415 Cellular: 514 231-8133 E-mail:annie.touchette@polymtl.ca  
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