Young Professionals

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.

Young Professionals Social

Monday, October 15, 2018, beginning at 19:00

La Ninkasi, 811 Saint Jean Street

After networking at the Exhibitors Reception, Young Professionals are invited to continue networking with their peers.

Participants will be asked to form groups for games, so bring your problem-solving skills!

Appetizers will be served.

Participants are to meet at the main entrance of the Quebec City Convention Centre (Level 4 – 1000 Blvd. René-Lévesque) at 6 :30 pm for a short walk to the venue.

This activity is fully sponsored, so there is no registration fee, but registration is required for activity and refreshment planning purposes.

Support for the Young Professionals Technical Session and the Young Professionals Social has been provided by: