Golder Associates Wins Award for its Lac-Mégantic Site Characterization and Rehabilitation Project

MONTRÉAL, QC – Golder has been recognized by the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec (association of consulting engineers of Québec) during their Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois (consulting engineering award gala) and declared the winner in the Environment category, an honour that was conferred jointly with a Special Mention. This award recognized Golder’s work for the characterization and rehabilitation of Lac-Mégantic. The Léonards, awards that “symbolize the highest quality in engineering”, are presented annually by the Association des ingénieurs-conseils du Québec. This year, the event took place in Montréal on June 10.

Golder’s award-winning submission described the environmental work carried out by Golder following the derailment in Lac-Mégantic. More than 200 professionals were mobilized by Golder to conduct rehabilitation work in the downtown core and to assist in the water clean-up between July and December 2013. This highly collaborative effort, which was crucial in securing the area, was conducted on behalf of the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques (MDDELCC).

Golder is proud to be the recipient of not only the Environment award, but also the Special Mention. It was recognized by the jury for the exceptional management and mobilization of its human resources as well as the effectiveness of its interventions. Stéphane Bureau, the host of the award gala, summed up Golder’s involvement as follows: “When faced with this atypical project, the company was able to get involved without imposing itself and work in close collaboration with all stakeholders. Golder never forgot the human dimension of this catastrophe and took important decisions promptly.” During the award ceremony, Golder was also lauded for its ability to inject its values of teamwork, excellence and overall concern for well-being into the project.

The work, which aimed to secure the area affected by the spill prior to the winter season, would not have been successful without the valuable contribution of all Golder employees and its various stakeholders. “I want to sincerely thank the city of Lac-Mégantic, Urgence-Environnement (MDDELCC), the Direction régionale de la Montérégie (MDDELCC), the Ministère de la Sécurité publique, the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire, Pomerleau, and all the contractors and suppliers who contributed directly or indirectly to this project,” said Denis Millette, Principal and Project Director, who was visibly moved by this recognition.

This was Golder’s second participation in the Grands Prix du génie-conseil québécois. Golder hopes its ongoing pursuit of excellence will merit further recognition in the years to come.


For more information contact:

Tina Marano
Regional Marketing Manager, Eastern Canada
Golder Associates Ltd.
Tel: 905 567-4444

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