Canam-Bridges a Partner Sponsor for a Structural Steel Course

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May 25, 2015

Canam-Bridges is collaborating with Université Laval in the capacity of partner sponsor for the creation of a new teaching leadership chair in structural steel construction. The program, which is called the Chaire de leadership en enseignement sur les charpentes métalliques André-Picard, was inaugurated on April 30, 2015 at the university’s PEPS sports complex. This chair will help to form students that are highly qualified in structural steel construction as well as provide internships that will allow these future engineers to gain experience while pursuing their studies in order to facilitate their entry into the workforce.

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Mr. Rachik Elmaraghy, President of SAFI Quality Software Inc., Ms. Sylvie Boulanger, Vice President of Technical Marketing at Supermétal, Ms. Hellen Christodoulou, Quebec Regional Manager of the Canadian Institute of Steel Construction, Mr. Kim Lajoie, President of the Quebec chapter of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering, Mr. Éric Lévesque, Engineering Manager of New Products at Canam-Bridges, a division of Canam Group, Mr. Martin Savoie, Project Management Director at Beauce Atlas, Mr. Ghislain Dionne, Project Manager at CIMA+, and Mr. Mario Fafard, Full Professor at the Université Laval Civil and Hydraulic Engineering Department and department representative for the new teaching leadership chair in structural steel construction. The Ministry of Transport of Quebec also partnered in the creation of this chair, which was equally supported by university alumni and industry players.

Éric Lévesque, Engineering Manager of New Products at Canam-Bridges, commented: “When Professor Mario Fafard of the Université Laval Civil and Hydraulic Engineering Department expressed the idea of a teaching chair, I was highly supportive and subsequently worked with the university during the initial stages to obtain industry participation. We find it pertinent to offer cutting-edge training to the next generation of engineers in a field that’s as specialized as ours.”

The new chair will focus on the instruction of basic design principles when building with steel and aluminium in a multi-material and sustainable development context. It will meet an important need at companies located both regionally and elsewhere while also allowing Université Laval to stand out from other Canadian universities.

About the Teaching Leadership Chair Program

The Université Laval Teaching Leadership Chair Program (Programme de chaires de leadership en enseignement) was launched in spring 2011. Developed in partnership with the socio-economic sector, each chair is a center for educational innovation in which scientific and technological advancements are integrated and adapted to student needs. To date, 22 chairs have been created in order to meet specific training requirements in various disciplines, including the administrative sciences, science and engineering, theology and religious sciences, social sciences, education sciences, and agricultural and food sciences.

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