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
Abdelkabir Maqsoud
Fields of specialization
  • Hydrology applied to the mining environment
  • Hydrogeology and hydrochemistry
  • Mining environment and mine site reclamation
  • Hydrochemical modeling
  • Artificial chemical tracing
  • Hydraulics of springs and rivers

Abdelkabir Maqsoud

Professor
UQAT
Alain Perreault

Alain Perreault

Technicien
UQAT
Benoît Plante
Fields of specialization
  • Environmental geochemistry in a mining context
  • Prediction of geochemical behaviour of mine waste
  • Acid mine drainage
  • Neutral mine drainag

Benoît Plante

Professor
UQAT
Bruno Bussière
Fields of specialization
  • Mine Waste Management
  • Rehabilitation of mine sites in northern, temperate and semi-arid climates
  • Environmental geochemistry
  • Passive treatment of mine effluents
  • Unsaturated hydrogeology

Bruno Bussière

Scientific Director at UQAT
Holder of the NSERC-UQAT Industrial Research Chair In Mine Site Reclamation
Professor at UQAT
Carlos Ovalle
Fields of specialization
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Geology engineering
  • Mining engineering

Carlos Ovalle

Professor
Polytechnique Montreal
Carmen Mihaela-Neculita
Fields of specialization
  • Géochimie environnementale associée aux rejets miniers
  • Traitement des eaux minières contaminées (y compris le drainage minier acide – DMA)
  • Gestion intégrée des rejets miniers
  • Génération d’énergie électrique par la pile à combustible microbienne
  • Séquestration du CO2 par carbonatation minérale

Carmen Mihaela-Neculita

Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur le traitement des eaux minières contaminées
Professeure à l'UQAT
Elvin Bastro

Elvin Bastro

Research agent
UQAT
Elvin Bastro

Elvin Bastro

Research agent
RIME-UQAT
Éric Rosa
Fields of specialization
  • Regional hydrogeological characterization
  • Isotopic geochemistry
  • Hydrogeology of wetlands
  • Applied hydrogeology and integrated characterization of aquifers

Éric Rosa

Professor
RIME-UQAT
Groupe de recherche sur l’eau souterraine (GRES)
Étienne Bélanger

Étienne Bélanger

Research agent
UQAT
Geneviève Pepin

Geneviève Pepin

Sustainability and External Relations Manager
Newmont Éléonore
Gérald J. Zagury
Fields of specialization
  • Spéciation et devenir des métaux lourds (mercure, chrome, cuivre, arsenic)
  • Biodisponibilité et bioaccessibilité des métaux dans les sols
  • Écotoxicité
  • Atténuation naturelle des cyanures
  • Traitement du drainage minier acide
  • Traitement des sols et des eaux souterraines

Gérald J. Zagury

Professeur
Polytechnique Montréal
Guillaume Noirant

Guillaume Noirant

Research agent
UQAT
Gwendoline Hotton

Gwendoline Hotton

Research agent
UQAT
Isabelle Deguise

Isabelle Deguise

Raglan Mine, a Glencore Company
Isabelle Demers
Fields of specialization
  • Gestion des rejets miniers
  • Restauration des sites miniers
  • Développement minier durable
  • Mouvement des gaz dans les rejets miniers
  • Modélisation numérique
  • Désulfuration environnementale

Isabelle Demers

Titulaire de la Chaire de recherche du Canada sur l'intégration de l'environnement dans le cylce de vie d'une mine
Professeure à l'UQAT
Jean-Christophe Turcotte

Jean-Christophe Turcotte

Research agent
UQAT
Jean-François Boulanger
Fields of specialization
  • Rare earth elements
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Separation of critical and strategic elements
  • Process optimization
  • Economic analysis of mineralogical processes

Jean-François Boulanger

Professor
UQAT
Joël Beauregard

Joël Beauregard

Technical assistant
UQAT
Jovette Godbout

Jovette Godbout

Administrative director
UQAT
Li Li
Fields of specialization
  • Geotechnics (rock, soil and fill mechanics; foundations)
  • Numerical modeling (mining and civil)
  • Development of analytical solutions (mining and civil)
  • Slope stability
  • Evaluation of pressures in backfilled openings (backfilled construction sites, underground pipe trenches, silos)
  • Elasto-plastic analysis of underground structures (tunnels, boreholes, galleries and construction sites)

Li Li

Professor
Polytechnique
Li Zhen Cheng
Fields of specialization
  • Géophysique appliquée à l’exploration des ressources naturelles et à la structure de la croûte terrestre.

Li Zhen Cheng

Professeure
UQAT
Lilas Côté

Lilas Côté

Technician
UQAT
Lincar Pedroni

Lincar Pedroni

Water & Tailings Management Specialist
IAMGOLD Corporation
Lucie Coudert
Fields of specialization
  • Recovery in industrial waste and mine tailings
  • Hydrometallurgy
  • Treatment of contaminated mining effluent

Lucie Coudert

Professor
UQAT
Mamert Mbonimpa
Fields of specialization
  • Environmental and mining geotechnics
  • Soil mechanics, including unsaturated soils
  • Classical and environmental hydrogeology
  • Rheology and transport of mine tailings
  • Environmental management of mine waste
  • Reclamation techniques for mining sites generating AMD

Mamert Mbonimpa

Professor
RIME-UQAT
Manon Champagne

Manon Champagne

Vice-Rector for Teaching, Research and Creation
UQAT
Marc Legault
Fields of specialization
  • Metallurgy

Marc Legault

Professor
UQAT
Marie Guittonny
Fields of specialization
  • Vegetal ecophysiology
  • Soil-plant system
  • Ligniculture
  • Fertilizing residual materials
  • Reforestation and mining revegetation
  • Mine sites reclamation

Marie Guittonny

Professor
RIME-UQAT
Mathieu Villeneuve

Mathieu Villeneuve

Chimiste
UQAT
Michel Aubertin
Fields of specialization
  • Mining geotechnics
  • Mine waste management
  • Environment and hydrogeology
  • Rock behaviour
  • Stability of excavations in rock masses

Michel Aubertin

Professor Emeritus
Polytechnique
Michel Julien

Michel Julien

Chairman of the Board
CORPORATE DIRECTOR ENVIRONMENT
Agnico Eagle Mines Limited
Monica Monzon

Monica Monzon

Coordinator
RIME-Polytechnique
Mostafa Benzaazoua
Fields of specialization
  • Minéralogie appliquée
  • Géochimie environnementale
  • Gestion intégrée des rejets miniers : remblayage minier, désulfuration environnementale, etc.
  • Traitement et valorisation des déchets industriels et miniers
  • Traitement des minerais

Mostafa Benzaazoua

Professeur
UQAT
Nathalie Tremblay

Nathalie Tremblay

Director of Environment and Sustainable Development
Canadian Malartic Mine
Noura El-Harrak

Noura El-Harrak

Responsable des laboratoires
Polytechnique Montréal
Oliverio Solano

Oliverio Solano

Technician
UQAT
Olivier Grenier

Olivier Grenier

Director of the Research Office and Technology Development Centre
Polytechnique Montreal
Patrick Bernèche

Patrick Bernèche

Technician
Polytechnique
Patrick Charron

Patrick Charron

Coordonnateur 
UQAT
Pierre-Alain Jacques

Pierre-Alain Jacques

Technicien
UQAT
Pierre-André Gignac

Pierre-André Gignac

Principal Advisor - Environment, Minerals
Rio Tinto
Pooneh Maghoul
Fields of specialization
  • Geotechnical engineering (including engineering geology)
  • Earthquake engineering
  • Solid mechanics
  • Plasticity, creep
  • Vibrations
  • Stress analysis
  • Modelling, simulation and finite element methods
  • Continuum mechanics
  • Wave propagation
  • Numerical analysis
  • Mathematical modelling
  • Acoustics
  • Applied geophysics

Pooneh Maghoul

Professor
Polytechnique Montreal
Richard Simon
Fields of specialization
  • Rock Mechanics and Terrain Control
  • Numerical modeling
  • Underground mining

Richard Simon

ADMINISTRATIVE DIRECTOR
Polytechnique Montreal
Roch Germain

Roch Germain

Technician
UQAT
Samuel Yniesta
Fields of specialization
  • Geotechnical earthquake engineering
  • Soil dynamics
  • Geomechanics
  • Constitutive modeling
  • Behavior of organic soils
  • Behavior of sensitive clays
  • Numerical simulations
  • Stability of levees
  • Centrifuge testing

Samuel Yniesta

Professor
Polytechnique
Sylvette Akué Awoh

Sylvette Akué Awoh

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

Thomas Pabst

Scientific Director at Polytechnique Montreal
Professor
RIME-Polytechnique
Tikou Belem
Fields of specialization
  • Matériaux composites
  • Physique des géomatériaux
  • Rhéologie des pâtes
  • Remblayage de mines
  • Environnement minier
  • Contrôle des terrains
  • Mécanique des roches
  • Mécanique des sols

Tikou Belem

Professeur
UQAT
Vincent Boulanger-Martel
Fields of specialization
  • Mine site reclamation in northern / arctic climate
  • Mining geotechnics in cold regions
  • Thermo-hydro-geotechnical behavior of mine wastes
  • Thermal and hydrogeological modeling

Vincent Boulanger-Martel

Professor
UQAT
Vincent Cloutier
Fields of specialization
  • Hydrogéologie

Vincent Cloutier

PROFESSEUR AU GROUPE DE RECHERCHE SUR L’EAU SOUTERRAINE (GRES)
UQAT
Violaine Houle

Violaine Houle

Administrative Assistant