Sylvie Nadeau

École de technologie supérieure (ETS) de Montréal

Professor Nadeau holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering (1992, specialised in production) from École Polytechnique de Montréal (Poly). She also holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering (2001, specialised in human factor engineering) from the same institution. She began her career as an industrial engineer (1992-1994) in charge of installations and capacity in the sea-scooter factory at Bombardier recreational products. She was then an entrepreneur in real estate management and engineering projects (1994-2001) while occupying the position of research associate in the department of mathematics and industrial engineering at Poly.

Professor Nadeau began her academic career as a lecturer (1999-2000) in the department of operations management at École des Hautes Études Commerciales prior to joining the mechanical engineering department at École de technologie supérieure (ÉTS) in 2001 as a professor. She was co-founder and co-director (2002-2009) of the production technologies integration laboratory, which obtained major funding from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and from Siemens Canada. Since 2005, Professor Nadeau has directed the occupational safety research group at ÉTS (ÉREST-ÉTS). The largest research unit in North America in this sector, ÉREST obtained institutional accreditation in 2009 and continues to grow. This grouping of 18 researchers regularly obtains financing of $4.5–5 million per year and sees to the training of more than 70 highly qualified persons per year. ÉREST participated in the 2009–2012 action plan of the World Health Organisation and has been granted the prestigious Antoine Aumont prize in 2015 for its remarkable contribution to OHS.

From 2005 to 2009, Professor Nadeau was assistant director, interim director and finally director of the Quebec occupational health and safety research network (RRSSTQ). She is now co-chair of the “Improved Human Health” strategic theme of the NSERC Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation “Ultra-Deep Mining Network” with financing of $46 million over five years. She is active in several ergonomics societies (Iceland, UK, Germany, Australia, Canada), is co-chair of the large scale mining sub-committee of the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) Scientific Committee Mining Occupational Safety and Health (MinOSH) and has been co-director of a technical sub-committee of the “Human Factors and Sustainable Development” technical committee of the International Ergonomics Association (IEA) since 2009.

Full professor at ÉTS since 2011, Professor Nadeau is pursuing a decidedly interdisciplinary career in applied research currently involving about 30 industrial partners. She has also been a professor by cross-appointment in the department of environmental health and workplace health at the school of public health at Université de Montréal since 2011, and in the managerial sciences unit at Université du Québec en Abitibi-Témiscamingue since 2012, as well as associate researcher associated with the public health research institute at Université de Montréal since 2011 and fellow of the inter-university centre for the analysis of organisations since 2013.

The primary focus of the research and development activities of professor Nadeau is the management of occupational health and safety (OHS) risks and the integrated management of musculoskeletal injuries risks and prevention. An interdisciplinary approach, several models or analytical tools based on decision sciences (multi-criteria or meta-heuristic modelling), on economics (game theory) or on engineering (stochastic optimization, operational safety techniques, pressure vessel or composite materials theories) have been developed. The collaborative, business-oriented, inter-sector and creative research conducted by this candidate is widely recognized throughout the province and the country as well as internationally (Asia, Middle-East, North America, Europe, South Pacific) and has aroused keen interest in several fields (project management, product development, urban and public safety, law, human factor engineering) and in several industrial sectors (mining, construction, petrochemicals and natural gas, manufacturing, nanotechnology, automobiles, services). The majority of her results have been implemented with success in industry or by end-users.