Towards Sustainable Transformation of Canadian Industries: Mining, Metallurgy and Ports

In a world where climate challenges are intensifying, we have limited time to act, and the private sector has a crucial role to play: all sectors and markets must transform. Canadian industries such as mining, metallurgy and ports play a central role in the transition to a more sustainable economy. Beyond their economic and strategic importance, these sectors have a significant impact on the environment and society, which is important to consider in the context of decarbonization.

The Digital Shift in Manufacturing 

Le secteur manufacturier est en constante évolution, et la transformation numérique joue un rôle essentiel dans ce changement. Les technologies présentes telles que l’automatisation, l’Internet des objets (IoT), l’intelligence artificielle (IA) et la réalité virtuelle (RV) transforment la façon dont les fabricants opèrent, créent de la valeur et interagissent avec leurs clients. Dans cet article, nous allons explorer ces différentes technologies de la transformation numérique dans le secteur manufacturier.

Ep01 – B Corp Certification

In this first episode, discover the journey of Norda Stelo, the first major engineering firm in Canada to receive B Corp certification. Alex Brisson, President and CEO, Jean-Philippe Couture, Director – Strategy and Culture, and Camille Wilhelmy, CSR and Continuous Improvement Partner, explain what is a B Corp certification and what it took to get it.

The Role of Engineering in ESG: Engineering the Future

While some of us must begrudgingly admit we have been working on ESG (Environmental Social and Governance) in all its forms for longer than we want to admit, until recently seeing any real progress has been far too slow. With climate change concerns now taking centre stage, by most accounts ESG has finally become “mainstream”. Ultimately, it will become just another term for doing good business.

This contemporary problem that threatens growth

According to a study by the Institut de la statistique du Québec, supported by data from Statistics Canada, there are more than 250,000 vacant positions throughout Quebec. The job market is increasingly under pressure. Since 2018, the demand for qualified workers is constantly increasing while the pool of resources is shrinking. A real scourge for the Quebec economy, the lack of personnel is a major barrier to the growth of SMEs in Quebec, particularly in the manufacturing sector, which represents 12.6% of Quebec’s GDP.

How to avoid replacing assets unnecessarily

Industry assets are at the heart of organizations’ production activities. The durability of both infrastructure and industrial assets (buildings, bridges, various networks, tanks, conveyors, crushers, lifting facilities, tailings ponds, etc.) is of paramount importance.

Managers must maintain the overall health of their asset inventory. Extending the life of assets allows to postpone direct investments in the most important ones. The financial pressure naturally decreases over time, thanks to the extension of their lifespan.

How does a mining company’s digital transformation contribute to better management of its assets?

The asset management stream of the mining sector’s digital transformation is well under way and very necessary. Whether we consider the issues of productivity, safety, the environment or competitiveness on global markets, several reasons motivate the search for sustainable asset lifecycle management solutions. Fortunately, the accessibility of modern technology performance tools now facilitates their adoption and the achievement of measurable and therefore useful results. This article provides an overview of what digitization represents in an effective asset durability management approach at a mining company.

What is the strategy for green hydrogen in Quebec?

From November 23 to 25, 2021, was held the 42nd edition of the Québec Mines + Energy Conference organized by the Ministère de l’Énergie et des Ressources naturelles du Québec (MERN). Several conferences featured important players in the Quebec and international energy sector. On the menu: energy transition, decarbonation, electrification, bioenergy and hydrogen. Many participants were intrigued by the comments and analyses on the latter, as hydrogen is on everyone’s lips these days.

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