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CSCE National Lecture Tour – Lac-Mégantic’s Human & Environmental Disaster

January 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC-6


Join CSCE Saskatoon as we host the CSCE National Lecture Tour this January! We are excited to welcome Dr. Rosa Galvez – Canadian senator for Québec (Bedford), professor at Université Laval à Québec, and one of Canada’s leading experts on environmental impact and pollution control – who will present about the events, impacts, and lessons to be learned from the Lac-Mégantic train derailment.

This special event will be held in the Quance Theatre of the Education Building at the University of Saskatchewan. Doors open at 6:30 pm; lecture will start at 7 pm. Coffee and light refreshments will be served before the lecture.

This event is open to the public – everyone is welcome to attend!

Presentation Summary:

The Lac-Mégantic train derailment and fire on July 6, 2013 was a human catastrophe and an environmental disaster. A runaway train containing 74 rail cars of light crude oil derailed and caught fire. The explosions and fire killed 47 residents and destroyed over 30 buildings. This was the deadliest rail accident in Canada since 1864. Approximately 6.3 million litres of oil were released into the environment, creating air, water, and soil contamination.

This presentation will describe what happened and outline the efforts made to remediate the impacts to this community and the environment.


Senator Professor Rosa Galvez is an expert in environmental impact and risk evaluation, contaminated site restoration and groundwater contaminant transport. She has served on the Canadian Senate since being appointed in December 2016, representing Québec (Bedford). She is also a professor in the Department of Civil and Water Engineering at Université Laval à Québec, having joined the department in 1994 and having headed the department since 2010. Senator Galvez is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, as well as a member of the Canadian Society for Civil Engineering and Engineers Without Borders.


The lecture will be held in the Quance Theatre (room 1003) in the Education Building at the University of Saskatchewan, 28 Campus Drive. This lecture theatre boasts comfortable seats, great audio-visual equipment, and great acoustics.


Parking is available near the Education Building – there is a paid parking lot (“Lot 4”) across from the Education Building, just off of Education Road. Parking in this lot is a flat rate of $4 after 6 pm; this parking lot is fully automated (pay-on-exit) and accepts cash and credit cards. There are also a limited number of metered parking spots available near the Education Building, along Education Road and Education Court.


January 17, 2018
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm UTC+0
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Education Building, University of Saskatchewan
28 Campus Drive
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