West African professors visit Polytechnique Montréal and tour Quebec mines

In May/June 2017, the CIRDI Polytechnique Montréal team welcomed a delegation of academics from Senegal and Burkina Faso to Montreal to work jointly on a new Master’s program in Environment and Mining Waste Management.

L-R Dr. Mababa Diagne, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar; Prof. Samuel Nakolendoussé, University of Ouaga I Prof. Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso; Prof. Louise Millette, Polytechnique Montréal (PM), Prof. Richard Simon, PM; Dr. El hadji Mamadou Sonko, Cheikh Anta Diop University, Dakar, Senegal; Dr. Ghislaine Larouche, PM; Ghislain Rivard, Project Manager CIRDI; Professor Ousmane Bamba, Ouaga I University Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

The delegation included professors from Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar, Senegal and University of Ouaga I Professor Joseph Ki-Zerbo, Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

This knowledge sharing initiative is part of the CIRDI project: Strengthening the Governance of the Extractive Sector in West Africa. The project aims to strengthen the capacity of the two West African universities to implement the new Masters program.

Professors from Burkina Faso and Senegal joined a group of Polytechnique students to visit the traditional underground Bachelor Mine, in the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region of Quebec on June 1, 2017.

The visiting professors exchanged knowledge with several professors from Polytechnique’s Department of Civil Engineering, Geology and Mining, with a particular emphasis on the teaching units and course materials for the new degree program. They also met with other Polytechnique departments including the Registrar’s Office, Pedagogical Support Office, Internships and Jobs, Carrefour Enveloppement, and The Bureau of Research and Centre for Technological Development (BRCDT). In addition, they met with research professors from the Institute of Research in Mines and Environment (IRME) and had guided tours of the Louise-Lalonde-Lamarre Library and Polytechnique’s mines and soil mechanics laboratories.

In the final week of their stay, the delegation had an opportunity to deepen their understanding of mining in a Canadian context with tours of four mines in Quebec’s Abitibi-Témiscamingue region: the Manitou/ Est Sullivan orphan site (a storage of rehabilitated mining waste) in Val d’Or; a modern underground mine in LaRonde; the Bachelor traditional underground mine; and the Canadian Malartic open pit mine. Delegates also met with professors from the Université du Québec en Abitibi Témiscamingue (UQAT), IRME officials and visited the Mining Environment Laboratories.

Adapted from Carrefour de L’Actualité, Polytechnique Montréal

Published July 10, 2017

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