The Abstract – Collaboration and Clean-Energy at Polytechnique

Can Quebec run on only clean energy?

At Polytechnique Montréal on a Tuesday night, four speakers from four institutions sought to provide some perspective on that question, if not outright answers, through individual presentations and a panel discussion: Hans Björn Püttgen of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Claude Villeneuve of the Université du Québec à Chicoutimi, Louise Millette from the host university, Polytechnique, and Jim Nicell from our own McGill University.

Education was not the only motivation behind this symposium, though.  Each speaker and representative from the universities took the time to thank Lorne Trottier (yes, that one), and the entire Trottier family for a donation that has made two new institutes possible – the Trottier Institute for Sustainability in Engineering and Design (TISED) at McGill and l’Institut de l’Énergie Trottier (IET) at Polytechnique.

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