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Learn how to apply Engineers Canada’s National guideline on sustainable development and environmental stewardship for professional engineers.

This course is a joint project between Engineers Canada (EC) and Polytechnique Montréal. It will show real case studies illustrating practical applications of the 10 guidelines contained in EC’s National guideline on sustainable development and environmental stewardship for professional engineers (2016). It will also suggest tools for engineers to apply these guidelines in their professional practice.

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This course is designed for all practising engineers in Canada, regardless of their discipline or their position, whether as employees, employers, researchers, academics, consultants, regulators or manager.

The course has no prerequisites.



Module 1: Sustainable Development, Environmental Stewardship, and Engineering

Introduction to the notions of sustainable development (SD) and environmental stewardship (ES). Environmental, social and economic challenges of SD. Overview of EC’s 10 guidelines.

Module 2: Improving Competencies: Available Tools for Engineers

Three case studies showing the importance of SD and ES, and illustrating the practical application of the guidelines. Tools and resources: social impact assessment, Global Reporting Initiative, life cycle assessment, environmental impact assessment, laws and regulations.

Module 3: Planning and Managing Risk in a Changing World

Three case studies showing the importance of SD and ES, and illustrating the practical application of the guidelines. Tools and resources: risk assessment and mitigation, biodiversity indicators, climate change adaptation and mitigation.

Module 4: The National Guideline: 10 Principles to Integrate SD and ES in Engineering

Summary review of the 10 guidelines and the importance of their implementation in the previously presented case studies. Recap matrix and complementary material, including links to relevant tools.



Presented by

Louise Millette
Louise Millette, P.Eng., FEC, Ph.D., is Director of the Department of Civil, Geological and Mining Engineering at Polytechnique Montréal and she is committed towards the implementation of sustainability principles in the engineering profession. She is Adjunct Director of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre on Operational Sustainable Development (CIRODD). Prof. Millette strongly believes in the importance of integrating these notions in engineering curricula, and she is chair of the academic committee of the Institute on the Environment, Sustainable Development and Circular Economy (Institut IEDDEC) of the University of Montreal Campus. She is also head of Polytechnique Montréal’s Sustainability Office.

David Lapp
David Lapp, FEC, P.Eng., IRP, is Manager, Globalization and Sustainable Development at Engineers Canada. A geological engineer, he is active in climate change, infrastructure, environment and sustainability issues as they affect the practice of engineering. His work includes the development of practice guidance in these areas which includes the development and application of an infrastructure climate risk assessment tool known as the PIEVC Protocol that is used in Canada and internationally.

Patrick Cigana
Patrick Cigana, P.Eng., M.Sc.A, has practiced engineering for over 15 years in the private and academic sectors. Through his subsequent involvement in active politics, he developed an acute awareness of the social aspects of sustainable development. He is currently Senior Advisor at Polytechnique Montréal’s Sustainability Office.

Shirley Fagnen
Shirley Fagnen, P.Eng., M.Sc.A., is also Sustainability Advisor at Polytechnique Montréal. Her previous experience includes work as life cycle analyst and as a sustainable development specialist in a consulting firm. She also has experience in developing MOOCs and will be animating and moderation the discussion forum.

Alexandre Courchesne
Alexandre Courchesne, P.Eng., M.Sc.A, is currently teaching sustainable development to future engineers at Polytechnique Montréal, where he is also responsible for the undegraduate sustainability thematic orientation. He has over 10 years experience in the field of sustainable development, mainly as a life cycle analyst.


Jean-François Verret, P.Eng.
Director - Projects, Geology and Exploration 

Amélie Rouleau
Director – Public Affairs, Communications and Community Engagement 

Denis Lefebvre, P.Eng.
Senior Associate 

Greg Laflamme, P.Eng.
Operations Manager 
Vestshell inc.

Matt Osler, P.Eng.
Project Engineer 
City of Surrey

Carrie Baron, P.Eng.
Drainage Manager 
City of Surrey

Anouk Desjardins, P.Eng.
Polytechnique Montréal

Alexandre Beaudoin
Biodiversity Advisor 
Université de Montréal


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Polytechnique Montréal

Polytechnique Montréal is an engineering college affiliated with the Université de Montréal, located in Montreal, Quebec, and founded in 1873. In addition to its bachelor's degree programs, Polytechnique Montréal offers graduate training and is of the largest engineering research institutions in Canada.




EDUlib was launched by HEC Montreal in October 2012 with the aim of making it available to as many people a high quality university education in French in the field of management. EDUlib is now a joint initiative of the University of Montreal and its two affiliated schools, HEC Montreal and Ecole Polytechnique Montreal. The goal remains to offer the greatest number of people a high quality university education in French but in different areas of knowledge of the three partners. EDUlib courses are modeled on those offered-face. They are taught by the same faculty and academic knowledge is transmitted caliber. Course format and frequency change, of course, but not the quality of teaching.

EDUlib is a public education initiative that does not lead to obtaining a university degree. However, it is expected that a statement will crown the efforts of participants who pass quizzes or tests covered in the course. The courses have been designed to be widely accessible, in a concerted effort to spread knowledge.

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