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Activities of Mine of Knowledge 2017-2018

Activities and courses Dates Webinar Language
Gananoque conference February 3-5 2017 No English
Course on oral communication February 24-26 2017 Yes English
Environmental accountability and social responsibility of mining companies (BIO6803) March 13-14 2017 No French
Workshop: Ethical Consciousness in Interaction with Aboriginal Peoples and their Lands April 11 2017 Yes English
Summer school Biogeochemistry of metals - theoretical part (BIO6820) May 2 to June 9 2017 Yes English
Summer school Biogeochemistry of metals – field work (BIO6821) June 12-16 2017 No English
Chapitre St-Laurent June 15-16 2017 No French
Commercialization and management of intellectual property (BCM6230) Fall 2017 Yes French
Professional development webinar "How to read and understand a sustainable development and financial report" September 2017 Yes English & French
A tent on Mars – Viewing of the documentary and round table October 2017 Yes French
Course on written communication December 2017 Yes French

Gananoque Environmental Sciences and Engineering Conference – Gananoque Inn, Gananoque, Ontario

The Gananoque Environmental Sciences and Engineering Conference is an annual event that allows scientists, researchers, and academics from multiple disciplines and institutions across Canada to exchange ideas regarding current environmental issues including, but not limited to: aquatic sciences, biogeochemistry, microbiology, mining, remediation, toxicology, and wastewater treatment.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Date: February 3 to 5, 2017
  • Eligible levels: MSc, PhD & postdoctoral fellows

Course on oral communication, UQAM, Montreal

Intensive course on oral communication. Oral scientific communication is already an integral part of graduate student training. This course offers a different emphasis by specifically focusing on communications with other stakeholders (employers, customers, government departments, and the public) in a professional capacity. The course also includes a practical component. The teaching of this course is shared by research scientists & postdoctoral fellows with skills in oral communication and popular science writing, and also by professionals working in the field.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Date: February 24 to 26, 2017 - English version
  • Eligible levels: MSc & PhD

BIO6803 - Environmental accountability and social responsibility of mining companies, University of Montreal

Introductory course to issues related to environmental accountability and social responsibility for mining companies. The course includes a visit (location to be confirmed) and a lecture by Ms. Maryse Tremblay, Director of Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility at Ciment McInnis in Port-Daniel, Gaspésie.

The two days will be organized as follows: presentation and identification of SRE and accountability (institutional and historical context); Identification of actors and issues involved; National and transnational tools. The course will include an introduction to the Global Reporting Initiative. It will consist of a presentation of the framework in which this initiative emerged, an exploration of the tools available to companies, a review of reported data and a review of GRI inputs.

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Date: March 13-14 2017
  • Eligible levels: MSc & PhD

Workshop: Mining and Native People: Building a positive relationship with First Nations, (also available in webinar)
Key Speaker: Maurice J. Kistabish and Marie-Pierre Bousquet

Maurice J. Kistabish, is from the Abitibiwinni First Nation in Pikogan. He has more than 30 years of experience as a negotiator for First Nations communities in Quebec and Ontario. He has particular expertise in building agreements with the mining and forestry sectors, and in preparing and negotiating land claims and land use agreements with the provincial and federal governments. Amongst the many successful negotiations with Industry, were two 20 year forestry agreements which allowed for the protection of key areas of high sensitive Native Values. This also includes social and economic components that allowed the Wahgoshig First Nations to become a key player in the forestry and mining sectors, agreements between the Wahgoshig First Nation in Ontario and the forestry company Abitibi Consolidated (Abititi-Bowater) and the mining company Tembec.

Marie-Pierre Bousquet is the director of the UdeM aboriginal program. She is a specialist in Native American issues, particularly in Quebec. She is working on Algonquin society and culture (Anicinabek), and also does research in collaboration with other Algonquian nations. Her research problems are diversified: transformations experienced by Algonquin societies since Christianization (19th century) and the Indian Act (1876); Relations with the territory and adaptations to the sedentary life; Relations between generations; Transmission of social, health, political, legal and economic knowledge.

This presentation will utilize multimedia, references, images, and maps as resources.

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Date: 1 PM to 5 PM April 11, 2017
  • Eligible levels: MSc, PhD & postdoctoral fellows

BIO6820 - Summer school Biogeochemistry of metals - theoretical part, University of Montreal (also available in webinar)

The purpose of the course is to present to the student the biogeochemistry of metal contaminants (heavy metals, lanthanides, metalloids, organo-metals and nano-metals) using descriptive approaches. At the end of the course, the student should understand the problem of metal contaminants reactivity and transport in the environment; the metal speciation in different environmental matrices, as well as the methods and techniques of current analysis used in industry and research; the concepts of bioavailability and bioaccumulation by microorganisms, the impact of bacteria on the environment as well as intracellular metabolism of metals; terrestrial and aquatic trophic transfer within food webs. This year, MINE101 is added detailing the different stages of operation and closure of a mine, a presentation of the most important environmental problems and details on restoration, contamination prevention and existing solutions.

  • Duration: 1 month
  • Date: Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 AM to 12 PM from May 2 to May 30 and exam on June 9, 2017
  • Eligible levels: MSc & PhD

BIO6821 - Summer school Biogeochemistry of metals – Fieldwork, Laurentian University, Sudbury Ontario

The purpose of the course is to enable students to acquire practical knowledge of the methods used in the field using knowledge of biogeochemistry of metal contaminants.

  • Duration: 4 days
  • Date: Arrival June 12 and departure June 17 - Course June 13 to June 16, 2017
  • Eligible levels: MSc & PhD

21st Seminar of Chapitre St-Laurent, UQAM, Montreal

The Saint Lawrence Chapter is a Quebec-based organization that brings together specialists and practitioners in the fields of biology, toxicology, ecotoxicology, health, environmental chemistry and risk assessment.

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Date: June 15-16, 2017
  • Eligible levels: BSc, MSc, PhD & postdoctoral fellows

BCM6230 - Commercialization and management of intellectual property, University of Montreal

General principles and specific cases guiding the valorization and transfer of the results of research to industry and the protection of intellectual property. The general aim of the course is to introduce students to the valorization and transfer of research results to industry and the protection of intellectual property.

  • Duration: 2 days
  • Date: Fall 2017
  • Eligible levels: MSc & PhD

Professional development webinar «How to read and understand a sustainable development and financial report », University of Montreal (also available by webinar)

Professional development webinar focused on understanding a company's sustainable development report.

  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Date: September 2017
  • Eligible levels: BSc, MSc, PhD & postdoctoral fellows

A tent on Mars – Viewing of the documentary and round table, University of Montreal (also available by webinar)

Film Synopsis: Thirty years after the closure of the Schefferville mining colony, the Innu, how have now taken possession of the abandoned town by the non-natives, face a new challenge: the reopening of the iron mines. Territory, identity and legitimacy nourish the dialogue between two peoples with the same fight, Quebecois and First Nations. Two groups that say they are colonized and the first sometimes behaves, paradoxically, as a colonizer. Who owns the territory? Are Aboriginal people entitled to self-determination on the same basis as Quebecois? A tent on Mars is a poetic charge in the face of this complex situation. There will be a short introduction to the film (10-15 minutes), the screening of the film and then a round table with several First Nations guests, people involved in politics in Schefferville and in the mining world.

Topics covered:

  1. Land use;
  2. Land Claims;
  3. Self-determination of Quebec vs. First Nations self-determination;
  4. Political and social (treaties / agreements).
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Date: October 2017
  • Eligible levels: BSc, MSc, PhD & postdoctoral fellows

Course on written communication, UQAM, Montreal

Intensive course on written communication. This course is a review of scientific writing, which is a skill that is already covered by programs in graduate studies. However, the course focuses more on drafting technical and scientific reports, on applying for funding, and on responding to proposal requests. The workshop includes a practical component where students can apply skills that they have learned. Course development and some of the teaching will be done by research scientists; the rest of the teaching load will be undertaken by professionals working in the field.

  • Duration: 3 days
  • Date: December 2-4, 2016 - offered in English
  • Eligible levels: MSc & PhD