RIME

What we do

The RIME encompasses a major research program aimed at developing environmentally friendly, original, and practical solutions for the entire life cycle of a mine. Much of this work is accomplished while also training highly qualified personnel who represent the workforce of tomorrow.

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue (UQAT)

Polytechnique Montréal

Polytechnique Montréal

Polytechnique Montréal

Polytechnique Montréal

Our team

The RIME team includes approximately twenty researchers who are all respected specialists in their areas of expertise. They are supported by many research professionals, technicians, and administrative staff. Governance of the Institute is carried out by a Board of Directors that is composed of representatives from both universities as well as the industrial partners.

  • Administration
  • Executive board
  • Management
  • Researcher
Aubertin, Michel
Fields of specialization
  • Mining geotechnics
  • Mine wastes management
  • Environmental hydrology
  • Rock mechanics
  • Rock mass stability

Aubertin, Michel

Professor emeritus
RIME-Polytechnique
Awoh, Akué Sylvette

Awoh, Akué Sylvette

Research associate
RIME-UQAT
Beauregard, Joël

Beauregard, Joël

Assitant technique
IRME-UQAT
Bélanger, Mélanie

Bélanger, Mélanie

Technician
RIME-UQAT
Belem, Tikou
Fields of specialization
  • Composite materials
  • Physics of geomaterials
  • Paste rheology
  • Mine backfilling
  • Mining environment
  • Ground control
  • Rock mechanics
  • Ground mechanics

Belem, Tikou

Professor
RIME-UQAT
Benzaazoua, Mostafa
Fields of specialization
  • Applied mineralogy
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Integrated management of mine wastes: mine backfill, environmental desulfurization, etc.
  • Treatment and valorization of industrial and mine wastes
  • Mineral processing

Benzaazoua, Mostafa

Professor
RIME-UQAT
Blanchette, Daniel

Blanchette, Daniel

Boudoul, Diane

Boudoul, Diane

Bussière, Bruno
Fields of specialization
  • Mine wastes management
  • Mine sites reclamation in northern, temparate and semi-arid climates
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Passive treatment of mine drainage
  • Unsaturated hydrogeology

Bussière, Bruno

RIME-UQAT Scientific Director
Holder of the NSERC-UQAT industrial chair in mine site reclamation
Professor
RIME-UQAT
Carlos Ovalle
Fields of specialization
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Geology engineering
  • Mining engineering

Carlos Ovalle

Professor
RIME-Polytechnique
Chapuis, Robert P.
Fields of specialization
  • Groundwater engineering
  • Permeability tests
  • Pumping tests
  • Monitoring wells
  • Liners
  • Quality control of groundwater studies

Chapuis, Robert P.

Professor
RIME-Polytechnique
CHARRON, PATRICK

CHARRON, PATRICK

Coordinator
RIME UQAT-Polytechnique
CHENG, Li Zhen
Fields of specialization
  • Application of geophysics to natural ressources exploration and to the study of the earth crust

CHENG, Li Zhen

Professor
RIME-UQAT
CLOUTIER, VINCENT
Fields of specialization
  • Hydrogeology

CLOUTIER, VINCENT

GRES Director 
Professor
RIME-UQAT
Coudert, Lucie
Fields of specialization
  • Valorization of industrial ans mine wastes
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Treatment of contaminated mining effluents

Coudert, Lucie

Professor
RIME-UQAT
Dallaire, Pierre-Luc

Dallaire, Pierre-Luc

Research associate
Research and service unit in mineral technology (URSTM)
RIME-UQAT
Demers, Isabelle
Fields of specialization
  • Mine waste management
  • Mine site rehabilitation
  • Sustainable mining development
  • Gas movement within mine wastes
  • Numerical modeling
  • Environmental desulfurization

Demers, Isabelle

Holder of the Canada Research Chair on Integratiion of the Environment in the Mine Lige Cycle 
Professor
RIME-UQAT
El-Harrak, Noura

El-Harrak, Noura

Laboratory manager
RIME-Polytechnique
Foudil-Bey, Nacim

Foudil-Bey, Nacim

Research associate
RIME-UQAT
Gervais, Mélinda

Gervais, Mélinda

Technician
RIME-UQAT
Godbout, Jovette

Godbout, Jovette

RIME-UQAT executive director
GUITTONNY, MARIE
Fields of specialization
  • Vegetal ecophysiology
  • Soil-plant interaction
  • Fast-growing plantations
  • Fertilizing wastes
  • Mine reforestation and revegetalisation
  • Impacted site rehabilitation

GUITTONNY, MARIE

Professor
RIME-UQAT
Hane, Ibrahima

Hane, Ibrahima

Research associate
RIME-UQAT
Hayeur, Brigitte

Hayeur, Brigitte

Secretary , Mining Engineering Department
RIME Polytechnique
Jacques, Pierre-Alain

Jacques, Pierre-Alain

Technician
RIME-UQAT
Julien, Michel

Julien, Michel

President ex officio
Corporate Director Environment,
Agnico Eagle
Labbé, Louise

Labbé, Louise

Administrative assistant
RIME-UQAT
Labonté, Nancy

Labonté, Nancy

Executive secretary and advanced studies officer
RIME-UQAT
Laliberté, Geneviève

Laliberté, Geneviève

Administrative technician
RIME-UQAT
Lauzière, Catherine

Lauzière, Catherine

Coordinator, Engineering school
RIME-UQAT
Lavoie, Pascal

Lavoie, Pascal

President of the executive board
Director, Environmental management
Agnico Eagle
LI, LI
Fields of specialization
  • Geotechnical engineering (rock, soil and backfill mechanics; foundations)
  • Numerical modeling (mining and civil)
  • Analytical solution development (mining and civil)
  • Stability analysis of slopes
  • Stress estimation in backfilled openings (backfilled stope, civil trenches, powder silos)
  • Elasto-plastic analysis of underground structures (tunnels, boreholes, drifts and stopes)

LI, LI

Professor
RIME-Polytechnique
Maqsoud, Abdelkabir
Fields of specialization
  • Application of hydrogeology to mining environment
  • Hydrogeology and geochemistry
  • Mining environment and mine site rehabilitation
  • Hydrochemical modeling
  • Artificial chemical tracers
  • Hydraulics of sources and rivers

Maqsoud, Abdelkabir

Professor
RIME-UQAT
Martin, Vincent
Fields of specialization
  • Mine wastes management
  • Digital modeling
  • Hydrogeological characterization of tailings
  • Unsaturated hydrogeology
  • Soil-atmosphere interactions

Martin, Vincent

Researsh associate
RIME-Polytechnique
MBONIMPA, MAMERT
Fields of specialization
  • Environmental and mining geotechnics
  • Soil mechanics, including unsaturated soils
  • Classic and environmental hydrogeology
  • Rheology and transport of mine tailings
  • Environmental management of mine wastes
  • Acid generating mine site rehabilitation

MBONIMPA, MAMERT

Professor
RIME-UQAT
Monzon, Monica

Monzon, Monica

Liaison Officer, Mining Engineering program
RIME-Polytecnique
Nadeau, Simon

Nadeau, Simon

Neculita, Carmen-Mihaela
Fields of specialization
  • Environmental geochemistry of mine wates
  • Treatment of mine waters (including acid mine drainage – AMD)
  • Integrated management of tailings
  • Microbial fuel cell
  • CO2 sequestration by mineral carbonation

Neculita, Carmen-Mihaela

Holder of the Canada Research Chair on Treatment of Contaminated Mine Waters
Professor
RIME-UQAT
Paquin, Marc

Paquin, Marc

Chemist
RIME-UQAT
Perreault, Alain

Perreault, Alain

Technician
RIME-UQAT
Plante, Benoît
Fields of specialization
  • Environmental geochemistry of mine sites
  • Prediction of the geochemical behaviour of mine wastes
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Contaminated neutral drainage 

Plante, Benoît

Professor
RIME-UQAT
Poirier, Yvan

Poirier, Yvan

Technician
RIME-UQAT
Rosa, Éric
Fields of specialization

Regional hydrogeological characterization
Isotope geochemistry
Hydrogeology of wetlands
Applied Hydrogeology and Integrated Aquifer Characterization

 

Rosa, Éric

Professor
Groupe de recherche sur l’eau souterraine (GRES)
RIME-UQAT
Roussel, Martha

Roussel, Martha

Roy, Magalie

Roy, Magalie

Simon, Richard
Fields of specialization
  • Rock mechanics and ground control
  • Numerical modeling
  • Underground mining

Simon, Richard

RIME-Polytechnique excutive director
Professor
Tanguay, Sylvie

Tanguay, Sylvie

Secretary
RIME-UQAT
Thomas Pabst
Fields of specialization
  • Integraded mine waste management
  • Mine sites reclamation
  • Unsaturaded hydrogeology
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Numerical modeling 

Thomas Pabst

RIME-Polytechnique Scientific Director
Professor
RIME-Polytechnique
Villeneuve, Mathieu

Villeneuve, Mathieu

Chemist
RIME-UQAT
ZAGURY, GÉRALD J.
Fields of specialization
  • Speciation and fate of heavy metals (Mercury, Chrome, Copper, Arsenic)
  • Bioavailability and bioaccessibility of metals in soils
  • Ecotoxicity
  • Natural cyanide attenuation
  • Acid mine drainage treatment
  • Soil and groundwater treatment

ZAGURY, GÉRALD J.

Professor
RIME-Polytechnique