Stéphane Gagnon: a Man of Action Driven by Challenges

Pictured: Stéphane Gagnon, Coordinator, Bauxite Residue Disposal Site (SDRB).

Stéphane Gagnon puts his heart and soul into all the projects that he leads. What drives him most in his role as Coordinator of the Bauxite Residue Disposal Site (SDRB)? Being part of the action and taking on daily challenges! Mr. Gagnon’s expertise in the field of civil engineering has greatly contributed to the technological progress of the unit which has ensured the long-term viability of Vaudreuil Works. Mr. Gagnon is passionate, brings people together, and for 21 years already, has been sharing with his teams a work ethic of which he can be proud.

How would you describe your career at the SDRB?

I was fortunate from the start to be part of the integral team with whom I worked to improve techniques. Over the years, I have gained a great deal of experience handling bauxite residue by working with Andrée Ledoux (who is now Consultant, Bauxite Residue Management at Vaudreuil Works). The unit has seen three different technologies since my arrival: wet stacking, mud farming, and residue filtration. It is through these significant technological changes, to which we contributed, that we can continue to operate Vaudreuil Works today.

What does your role as coordinator involve?

What I like most about my job is that it is not routine. Every day brings its share of challenges and new developments, and that is what motivates me daily to invest myself fully in the various projects. The SDRB is a hive of activity, and I need to make sure it runs smoothly because there is a lot of coactivity going on. We work with several contractors and our relationships with them are important. The ongoing challenge of my job is also to make sure that we can continue to operate while adhering to best practices in terms of safety and environmental risks, particularly regarding noise and dust, which are our primary concerns. It is important for me to be respectful and diligent in dealing with any queries or complaints received by the community that is located near our facilities. As part of my role, I also participate in the Jonquière Complex Good Neighbourly Relations Committee. For me, this is a great opportunity to continue to work with our neighbours and understand their issues.

How are you an inspirational pioneer for your team?

People can see that I have very human values, and it goes without saying that this is reflected in my work. It is important for me to create a work environment that fosters communication and where everyone can be successful. The residue management model that we have implemented in our facilities is a good example of concerted effort and teamwork where communication was essential. The model that we have developed is unique in the world, and we can be proud to have been part of the efforts to ensure the long-term viability of Vaudreuil Works.