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An Improved Environmental Footprint Methodology for Life Cycle Assessment

École Polytechnique de Montréal


Dr. Valérie Bécaert is a Research Officer at the École Polytechnique de Montréal. She holds a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and joined Interuniversity Research Centre for the Life Cycle of Products, Processes and Services (CIRAIG) in 2005. She has since held several positions within the centre as a research assistant and scientific coordinator, as the assistant director of the FQRNT/FQRSC network and now as the executive director. She has demonstrated her leadership and teambuilding skills and developed in-depth knowledge of academic research, specializing in contaminated site management and life cycle assessment. Ms. Bécaert manages the centre’s national and international outreach activities and daily operations, overseeing all private and institutional mandates. She also works to leverage the investments in LCA research development in Québec.

Dr. Cécile Bulle has worked at the CIRAIG as a Research Officer since 2007. She holds a diploma in chemical engineering (CPE Lyon), a DEA in environmental geosciences (CEREGE, Aix en Provence) as well as a PhD in chemical engineering (École Polytechnique, Montreal). Ms Bulle has 8 years experience in environmental modeling and in recent years she has focused her efforts on life cycle impact assessment. Her main research expertise is the impact modelling of complex mixtures (metals and organic contaminants such as petroleum products), the assessment of freshwater use in LCA and the issue of spatial differentiation. Ms Bulle is the Scientific Coordinator for the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment, a research unit of the CIRAIG. She is also project manager for the Impact World+ Project.

Louise Deschênes is a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of École Polytechnique de Montréal, the associate director of the CIRAIG and the co-chairholder of the International Chair in Life Cycle Assessment. She earned her Ph.D. in water sciences in 1995 from INRS-Eau in Québec. She received an FCAR scholarship for her work on the bioavailability of pollutants from biosurfactants in soils contaminated with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH). She also holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in biochemistry. Her expertise lies in the understanding of the ecotoxic effects of organic and inorganic pollutants in soils and, more recently, in the impacts of terrestrial ecotoxicity in life cycle impact assessment.

Manuele Margni is an environmental engineer and graduate of École Polytechnique Fédérale de Zürich (1996).  He earned a European master’s in environmental engineering and management from École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (ÉPFL). In September 2005, he joined the CIRAIG as a research officer, pursuing his research and teaching in LCA and environmental modeling and acting as a scientific advisor for LCAs. He is currently a Professor in the Chemical Engineering Department of École Polytechnique de Montréal. He has drafted some 20 LCAs and scientific articles and edited several international journals. He also supervises several Chair students and is an active member of the UNEPSETAC Life Cycle Initiative and the SETAC North America LCA Advisory Group.

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