Engineering students show keen talent for sustainable development

1 February 2018

From January 25 to 28 in Sherbrooke, two representatives from The Jacques Cartier and Champlain Bridges Incorporated (JCCBI) attended the 34th Quebec Engineering Competition, whose theme this year was sustainable development. Every year, this competition gets engineering students from eleven Quebec universities to square off in one of eight categories.

The eleven teams that competed in the “Consulting” category got to look at a case study that JCCBI submitted on redeveloping the south approach of the Jacques Cartier Bridge in accordance with leading sustainable development practices. “The quality of the two solutions that each team submitted was exceptional, especially since they only had eight hours to come up with them. Everyone showed great sensitivity to sustainable development issues and explained the benefits and impacts of the social, environmental and economic aspects of their solutions,” explained Vincent Guimont-Hébert, the engineer in charge of JCCBI’s sustainable development program and jury president for this category of the competition.

The jury members were very impressed with the solutions of the McGill University team of Kerry Lawless, Guy Stysis, Rana Taher and Haylay Jacobs, who earned first place for their efforts. Anthony G.-Proulx, Pierre-Luc Bouillon, Simon Amiot and Anthony Bisson from Université du Québec à Rimouski won second-place honours. These two teams will represent Quebec at the Canadian Engineering Competition in Toronto in March. Abir Fakhreddine, Arielle Ashley Jaraba, Faddy Kamel and Sarah Chabli from Concordia University rounded off the podium in third place.

“We had great discussions with the competitors. They were all very interested in the projects at JCCBI and the challenges our teams tackle every day,” said Cathy Beauséjour, Communications Advisor.

See the photo album from the opening night on our Facebook page.