CDA is pleased to offer special conference activities created by and targeted to Young Professionals. (CDA does not have a formal definition of a "young professional"; however, for guidance purposes, CDA notes that the International Commission of Large Dams uses an upper age limit of 35 as its definition of a young professional.)
Young Professionals Technical Session
Speaker: Michel Dolbec, P.Eng., M.B.A.
Presentation Title: Lessons Learned from the Saguenay Flood
Quebec's Dam Safety Act has its origins in the “Saguenay Flood” and reflects the lessons learned from that event.
The presentation offers a look back to July 1996 and you will become aware of the extent of damage that resulted. It is always interesting for those who work in the field of dam design, dam safety reviews, risk analysis or even the preparation of Emergency Measures Plans to understand and see how things went during the event.
Although 22 years have passed since the Saguenay Flood, the lessons learned are still relevant.
Michel Dolbec has been an engineer specializing in water engineering, dams and environment for 37 years and was responsible for dam operations and management for more than 10 years. Between 2001 and 2012, he was the Director of Dam Safety at the Centre d’expertise hydrique du Québec, which is responsible for the implementation of the Dam Safety Act covering 5,500 dams. He actively participated in the development of current Québec dam safety-related regulations.
He is the Canadian Dam Association’s Secretary-Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee. He was a member of the “Regulation of Dams & Public Safety” committee for several years and took part in the development of the latest Canadian guidelines (2007). He received the Peter Halliday Award from the CDA in 2013.
Mr. Dolbec has been working as a consulting engineer and sharing his vast know-how with the Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs since 2012.