Scientific Advisory Committee


The scientific advisory committee provides multidisciplinary scientific and technical insight into the issue of the impacts of the presence of asbestos in the natural or occupational environment on the health of populations and workers. The committee :

  • Informs the NAO of existing knowledge and data regarding the health, environmental, social or economic impacts of the valorization of RMA. It identifies opportunities for innovation and development of best practices.
  • Advises the NAO on the research directions and methodologies to be favored to develop the knowledge and missing data regarding the impacts of the valorization of RMA and their presence in the environment.
  • Advises the NAO on the means to mobilize the research community when launching projects or research activities, when organizing conferences or forums, etc.
  • Comments on the documents produced by the NAO and validates them before distribution.

At all times, the scientific advisory committee ensures the scientific independence of the NAO as well as respect for the principles of ethics and responsible conduct in research.


Emmanuelle Bouchard-Bastien

Scientific advisor specializing

in social impacts

National Institute of Public Health

of Quebec (INSPQ)

Maximilien Debia


Full professor and vice dean

School of Public Health of the

University of Montreal (ESPUM)

Sébastien Garbarino

Director of Innovation and

Infrastructure PRIMA Québec

Jean-François Grenier


Geological engineer in charge of

projects Ministry of Natural Resources

and Forests (MRNF)

Yann Gunzburger



Georesources Laboratory

Nancy School of Mines

University of Lorraine (France)

Yona Jébrak



Heritage Institute

Department of Urban

and Tourism Studies

University of Quebec at

Montréal (UQAM)

Lily Lessard



Department of Health Sciences

University of Quebec at

Rimouski (UQAR)

Joannie Martin



Robert-Sauvé Research Institute

for Occupational Health

and Safety (IRSST)

Louis-Cesar Pasquier


Associate Professor

Research Center

Water Land Environment

National Institute of

Scientific Research (INRS)

Reinhard Pienitz


Full professor and director

master's degree in biogeosciences

of the environment

Department of Geography &

Center for Northern Studies

Laval University

Chantal Pilote


Director of Research and

of university education

CISSS de Chaudière-Appalaches

Cathy Vaillancourt



Center Armand-Frappier

Health Biotechnology

Intersectoral research network

in health from the University of

Québec (RISUQ)

National Institute of

Scientific Research (INRS)