New Collaboration Agreement Between Rio Tinto and the CEMR

Luc Cyrenne, Director, Regional Economic Development at Rio Tinto, and Pierre-Olivier Lussier, Executive Director at the CEMR.

Rio Tinto announced a new collaboration agreement with the Centre en entrepreneuriat multi-ressources (CEMR) in Dolbeau-Mistassini. Rio Tinto has been a partner of the CEMR since its inception and has decided to renew their partnership for another three years, thereby continuing to support the CEMR’s development.

Officially founded in 2018, the CEMR is still a very young business management training centre. The support of partners is therefore essential. Pierre-Olivier Lussier, Executive Director at the CEMR, stresses that the collaboration with Rio Tinto is among those that contributed greatly to the launch of this non-profit organisation.

“Our goal is to offer very high-quality training at a very affordable price,” Lussier said. “To do so, we need partners. We are very grateful that Rio Tinto has been involved with us since the beginning. By renewing our collaboration agreement, Rio Tinto is confirming that it made the right decision supporting us from the beginning.”

Luc Cyrenne, Project Director at Rio Tinto, said that it is important to continue to partner with the CEMR so as to further develop the region’s entrepreneurial fabric.

When we have the opportunity to help a Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean business or organisation grow, we want to get involved, and we are aware of the leverage that Rio Tinto represents,” Cyrenne said. “We have been with the CEMR since the beginning. Today, we can see it taking shape, and we can also see the impact it has had on entrepreneurs. The CEMR space is also very professional and adapted to entrepreneurs—you can feel that you are in an environment that fosters learning, support, and, of course, high performance.

The CEMR offers immersive programmes for entrepreneurs in sectors related to natural resources. Participants follow a variety of training courses and interact with other entrepreneurs who share a similar experience.

“For close to one week, participants live within the same walls and focus on management and skills development,” Lussier said. “There is much to be gained.”