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Wednesday, September 21 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
(REF 21105_hybrid) Toward a More Sustainable Management of Urban Waters (In-Person)

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Water management is one of the most essential environmental services provided by local governments to their citizens. Reliable access to clean and safe water and sanitation services is considered a human right. But it’s not because we call water management an “environmental service” that it’s not a challenge for cities to develop more sustainable and integrated ways to provide and protect this crucial resource.

In a context of aging public infrastructure, increased water scarcity, increased urbanization and climate crisis, what are the tools needed by the cities to incorporate environmental and social sciences in the way they manage water? How can engineers and academic researchers contribute so that sustainable development becomes an integral part of urban water management? How should we train the new generation of engineers and other professional working in water management to face environmental and social challenges?
To guide us in this transition through a new management of urban waters, the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) is a key framework. SDGs highlight the importance of taking actions right now on crucial issues like ensuring access to water and sanitation for all (Goal 6) and to do so by adopting strategies that also address social needs and protect the environment.

In addition to the SDGs, we also need partnerships bringing together local governments, civil society, businesses, and universities to develop and adopt solutions that are truly sustainable. The new Sustainable Engineering Institute launched by Polytechnique Montréal is an example of collaborative initiative designed to promote sustainable innovation in urban water management.

Moderator
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François Bertrand

VP Research & Innovation, Polytechnique Montréal
François Bertrand is Vice-President, Research and Innovation at Polytechnique Montréal. He was previously Chief Research, Innovation and International Officer from 2017 until the beginning of 2018, and Chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, from 2013 to 2016.Professor... Read More →

Speakers
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Mylène Fugère

Executive director, Polytechnique Montréal
Mylène Fugère is the executive director of the Sustainable Engineering Institute. She holds a bachelor’s degree (Po 2005) as well as a master’s degree in chemical engineering (2009) from Polytechnique Montréal, completed at the International Reference Center for Life Cycle... Read More →
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Benoit Barbeau

Professor, Polytechnique Montreal
Benoit Barbeau, ing., PhD is a full professor in the CGM Department of Polytechnique Montréal where he holds an Industrial Research Chair in Drinking Water. He has also been the director of CREDEAU since 2011. With more than 140 publications and 250 conferences to his credit, he... Read More →
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Anne-Marie Boulay

Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Polytechnique Montréal
Anne–Marie Boulay graduated from Chemical Engineering at McGill University in 2006. After working as a consultant, she integrated CIRAIG’s team at École Polytechnique of Montreal and obtained her Ph.D. in 2013 on the assessment of water use impacts in Life Cycle Assessment (LCA... Read More →

Conveners
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Stéphanie Dion

International Strategy Advisor, Polytechnique Montréal
Stéphanie Dion is currently the International Strategy Advisor for the VP Research & Innovation at Polytechnique Montréal. She contributes to position the expertise of Polytechnique on the international stage and builds relationships with a variety of stakeholders. Stéphanie is... Read More →


Wednesday September 21, 2022 3:30pm - 5:00pm EDT
Quebec Government Office
  Energy and Engineering, Water