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Launch of industrial research chair at Cégep de Sept-Îles
Wednesday 29 May 2013 (News)

From left to right : Mr. Luc Faucher and Mr. Réjean Bélanger

Sept-Îles, May 29th, 2013 – As part of its industrial chair recognition program in conjunction with colleges, the Council of Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) grants to the Technological Institute of Industrial Maintenance (ITMI) of the Cégep de Sept-Îles, an industrial research chair on railway operations and maintenance.

Railway operations represent a major component of mining companies’ activities on the North Shore. These companies will be leading partners of the chair as well as major projects run within the chair. Research projects aim at improving railway network performance and equipment reliability through scientific analysis and solutions.

The Cégep de Sept-îles has been interested in the railway industry for several years, particularly through the ongoing training activities. It offers, in this area, integrated solutions tailored of the needs of the industry.  Among the programs offered, the train conductor is particularly popular.  The Cégep de Sept-Îles has also been a pioneer in innovation at training and research in the railway field with the introduction of simulators.

The quality of the research team mobilized by lTMI, the relevance of the research program put forward as well as the involvement of industrial partners and the college itself have achieved this recognition from NSERC.  The main chair will be Mr. Luc Faucher, PhD (metallurgy and materials engineering). He will be assisted by Mr. Réjean Bélanger, master’s degree in engineering and holds an MBA. The latter has extended experience as a consultant working with the railway, especially internationally.

They will be supported by other ITMI researchers, including Mr. Drishtysingh Ramdenee, doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering and scientific coordinator of ITMI.

The main industrial partners are ArcelorMittal Mines Canada, Cliffs Natural Resources and IOC Rio Tinto. Other companies are also likely to be added and the involvement of SMEs will be sought based on the required expertise. Strong synergy with training activities will also be ensured by the chair.

For the Director General of the Cégep de Sept-Îles, Donald Bherer: “This is an important step in the implementation of research activities for the structural development of our community and a unique opportunity for scientific influence across the country.”

The ITMI is the collegial centre for the transfer of technology (CCTT) at Cégep de Sept-Îles. This centre is recognized by the Government of Quebec and serves all of Quebec, in the niche that it owns, namely that of industrial maintenance.

NSERC aims to make Canada a country of discoverers and innovators for the benefit of all Canadians. It supports university students in their advanced studies, promotes and supports research on the discovery and fosters innovations by encouraging Canadian companies to invest in research and post-secondary institutions to participate.  Researchers supported by the NSERC are the forefront of science, building on the long tradition of excellence in Canada’s science.

Source: Donald Bherer, General Director Cégep de Sept-Îles
email: donald.bherer@cegep-sept-iles.qc.ca 

418-962-9848, ext. 240

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