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2008 — Economic

Céddi-Al 2007: aluminum the order of the day

The Baie-Comeau Smelter joined the Ministry of Economic Development, Innovation and Export Trade, the City of Baie-Comeau, the Manicouagan Chambre of Commerce, the Centre de développement de Manicouagan, the Service d’actions entrepreneuriales Manicouagan and Entrepac to present the first Québec edition of the Conférence sur l’énergie et le développement durable dans l’industrie de l’aluminium (Céddi-Al).  This province-wide event was held from September 19-21, 2007 in Baie-Comeau, where Alcoa Canada Primary Metals operates its largest smelter.
The conference had three main objectives: 1) analyze the progression of the aluminum industry, its life cycle and impact on the environment; 2) measure and assess the industry’s efforts to support an approach aimed at reducing the overall environmental imprint in the regions it which it operates; and 3) evaluate the opportunities in the regions that rely on the aluminum industry given the current global context for energy costs and raw materials supply.
Close to 140 participants from across Québec were able to benefit from the experience and expertise of nearly a dozen renowned speakers, whose presentations dealt with themes that were both varied and relevant to the issues faced by the aluminum industry.  These included a presentation by Daniel Normandin, Executive Director of the Centre interuniversitaire de l’anayse, l’interpretation et la gestion du cycle de vie des products et services (CIRAIG), who spoke about aluminum’s life cycle and its environmental impact.  Also presenting was Andrée-Lise Méthot, Founder and Senior Partner of Cycle Capital, who spoke on “Renewable Technologies and Energies:  Investing in a More Sustainable World”, and Claude Nicolas Gentaz, Engineering Consultant from the University of Lausanne in Switzerland, who discussed “Sustainable Development and Energy: Issues Surrounding the Recycling of Aluminium.”
Line Beauchamp, Québec Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and Parks, was among the distinguished guests.  During the gala dinner, she spoke to attendees about greenhouse gases, the Kyoto Accord, and sustainable development.
Later that night, it was announced that UNESCO had granted World Biosphere Reserve status on a 55,000 km2 area of Québec’s North Shore, which encompasses the city of Baie-Comeau.  Creation of the Manicouagan-Uapishka Biosphere Reserve is the result of five years of sustained effort by a network of partners from the region to have the area recognized as a model of sustainable development.
Jean-Pierre Gilardeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Alcoa Canada, closed the event, which received high praise from participants.  The Céddi-Al 2007 organizing committee hopes to make this a biennial event – so, see you in 2009!