Technical Tours

Expand your knowledge and attend on site tours of Quebec City facilities on the cutting-edge of technology and environmental practices. 

Technological Park R & D Tour to INO, CRIQ, and INRS
Tuesday, June 25, 12:30 pm–4:30 pm 

This tour will include visiting three research and development facilities in Quebec’s Technological Park. Organizations include:  

INO: National Optics Institute 
INO is the largest centre of expertise in optics and photonics in Canada. For 30 years, it has been creating and developing customized solutions to meet the needs of companies in Quebec and throughout Canada in various sectors of activity. A leader in high technology, INO has implemented more than 6,500 solutions, carried out 72 technology transfers, and contributed to the creation of 34 new companies, which employ more than 2,000 people. The tour will include a visit of some of INO’s labs showing some of its environmental monitoring technologies.
CRIQ: Industrial Research Center of Quebec                                      
An expert in industrial productivity and competitiveness for 50 years, The Centre de recherche industrielle du Québec (CRIQ) provides the most extensive range of innovative services in Québec.
A Québec government corporation under Ministère de l’Économie et de l’Innovation (MEI), CRIQ is at the forefront of many R&D initiatives and is proud of its collaborations with innovation partners throughout Québec. CRIQ ensures a smooth transition for innovative manufactures by providing access to labs using state-of-the-art technologies and proven methodologies for experimentation, training, and project implementation. The visit will include the following laboratories: Analysis of industrial air and odours, Environmental biotechnologies, Extraction pilot plant, Cyber-physical factory, Additive manufacturing, and Advanced quality control. View their corporate video

INRS: National Institute for Scientific Research
The Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) (LISTE) is a graduate university composed of four research and teaching centers located in different cities (Montréal, Laval, Varennes and Quebec). INRS plays a key role in the advancement of scientific knowledge and the training of highly qualified workers in strategic sectors of research, both in Quebec and in the rest of the world.  Conducting applied and fundamental research essential to the advancement of science in Quebec and around the world, our research teams play a critical role in finding solutions to problems facing our society. For close to 50 years, INRS has contributed to science and the training of highly qualified students in sectors of great strategic importance for our society: water, earth, and environment; energy, materials, and telecommunications; human, animal, and environmental health; and urbanization, culture, and society.   

The Alcoa Deschambault aluminum smelter

Wednesday, June 26, 8:00 am–12:00 pm (SOLD OUT)
This guided tour will begin with an explanation of the electrolysis process and then take participants on a tour of the Alcoa Deschambault aluminum smelter, visiting all areas including the carbon sector, electrolysis sector, and the smelting sector. 

The Alcoa Deschambault aluminum smelter was built in 1991 and is located in the midst of agricultural land that has encouraged an environmental management program focused on prevention and control.  

The smelter was the first aluminum producer in Canada to receive ISO 14001 certification in 1997. Its environmental performance is a worldwide benchmark for water management due to its zero-wastewater discharge and its utilization of rainwater as the input water to be used in the process. Air emission control is also an important part of its environmental performance assessment, including GHG emission reduction, in accordance with Alcoa’s reduction objectives and provincial voluntary agreements. In 2017, the plant recycled or reused 98% of its by-products, excluding spent pot lining and aluminum dross. The Deschambault smelter is certified by the Québec standard “ICI on recycle” since 2003 and has reached level 3 (gold level).

Safety equipment will be provided on site. Maximum 20 people. Advance security clearance required.
Quebec City Municipal Waste Incinerator
Thursday, June 27, 1:30 pm–3:30 pm (SOLD OUT)
Attendees will tour the Quebec City Municipal Waste Incinerator and learn about their environmental practices. Burning annually about 250,000 tons of garbage, the incinerator of Quebec City is an alternative to landfilling. After dewatering, biosolids from municipal waste treatment plants are also eliminated through incineration, using hot incineration gases to dry and afterwards burn them in the ovens at a rate of 60 tons per day.
Recent investments contribute to the improved environmental performance status of the incinerator. For example, installation of natural gas burners and metal coating of the inside walls of the furnaces have had significant positive impacts on the temperature control and consequently the combustion process. Finally, new activated carbon units improve gas treatment. All the above investments contribute to comply with air quality environmental standards.

All half-day tours will include transportation to and from the Quebec Convention Centre. Tour cost:  $30.00 US. Advance registration required.