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THE QUEBEC REGION BULLETIN
OCTOBER - NOVEMBER 2009/VOLUME 12/NUMBER 5
Recently, a new group was set up at the Regional Small Craft Harbours Branch (SCH). The new engineering service was created following a functional review of this Fisheries and Oceans Canada program.
The new unit aims first and foremost to carry out the technical component of the SCH program with increased effectiveness and efficiency. Consequently, more engineering projects can be carried out by the Branch, rather than by Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC), thus reducing the number of intermediaries.
Stéphane Dumont, regional engineer in charge of this unit, says now that the necessary expertise is available in-house and by respecting established budgetary limits, SCH will have the freedom to accomplish projects rather than having them accomplished by others. PWGSC engineering expertise, which in the future will focus on larger-scale projects, will be more efficient.
A growing team
The group will be composed of ten individuals: a regional engineer, three principal engineers, two principal technicians, a draughtsperson and three assistant technicians.
Two project engineers, Élisabeth Marceau and Yves Gingras, have already been hired, both were formerly employed at PWGSC. These two engineers are not just project managers; they also design several of the projects since their expertise is in the area of harbour and marine engineering.
For now, and until these positions are permanently filled, the principal technicians are Mario Nicol and Alex Harvey. The assistant technicians are based in three of the region’s sectors. Louis Bouffard is based on the Magdalen Islands, Étienne Bouchard in Sept-Îles and Frédérick Labrecque in Gaspé. The remaining positions will be filled during the course of fall 2009 and winter 2010.
The engineering group will be responsible for two kinds of projects:
The program’s budget has been increased temporarily to facilitate accelerated implementation of these two components over the next two years, which will increase the usual work load. Conclusion: A lot of projects on the drawing board for this new Small Craft Harbour engineering group!
Small Craft Harbours
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