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Sustainable Development in Engineering Projects

In most organizations, adherence to the principles of sustainable development has become a top priority. However, the processes involved in applying these principles are still not clearly understood by many engineers and project managers in a range of fields and disciplines. Most recently, sustainable development has been defined as “development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.  This course will provide engineers with a clear understanding of the principles of sustainable development and a task-related demonstration of how to integrate these principles into the planning and design of engineering projects.

Dates: TBA
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Location: 688 Sherbrooke Street West
Fee: $895 CAD plus applicable taxes


By definition, sustainable development (SD) involves the environmental, economic and social well-being for today and tomorrow. The present course will allow engineers and project managers to understand this principle and will teach them how to integrate it in their project planning.

In addition, it will provide the engineers with tools to apply SD in their designs and project implementation.

Who Should Attend

Engineers and Project Managers of all levels from all disciplines interested in sustainable development.


 At the end of this workshop the participants should be able to:

  • Understand sustainable development (SD)
  • Understand the role of engineers in SD
  • Integrate SD in the project lifecycle
  • Set environmental indicators and integrate them in their design
  • Understand and manage related risks and hazards
  • Understand the basics of environmental and social impact assessment, and environmental monitoring and management.

Topics Covered

  • What does Sustainable Development (SD) mean?
  • How does Corporate Social Responsibility link to SD?
  • Main challenges of SD
  • How does legislation play a role in sustainability
  • Stakeholder engagement and Social Licensing
  • Integrating SD globally in the project lifecycle
  • Environmental design criteria and engineering design
  • Risk and Hazard Assessment
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental monitoring and management


Dr. Joumana Abou-Nohra is an environmental engineer specialized in water resources management, river engineering, and hydrological modelling, with over 10 years of experience. Joumana completed her graduate studies at McGill University in 2007 and, thereafter, started her career at AECOM. For over three and a half years, she worked mainly as a project manager in West Africa and Haiti on flood control (structures and modelling), water resource optimization and water-quality related projects. In 2011, Joumana joined Hatch as a senior environmental engineer, specializing in environmental impact assessment studies for industrial/mining projects. Based on her experience in multi-disciplinary projects, Joumana has acquired profound knowledge in major environmental issues, allowing her to assess and solve complex environmental and water-related problems. Joumana has published several scientific papers in peer reviewed journals, such as Environmental Pollution and the Journal of Resources, Conservation, and Recycling.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellation & substitution requests must be made in writing. The following Cancellation Policy applies:

Up to 14 days prior to the start date: Full refund
7 days prior to the start date: Refund minus $100 Cancellation fee
Within 7 days of the start date: No Refund, however suitable participation substitution will be permitted

If no notice is given prior to the start of the event(s) and you fail to attend, you will be liable for the full course fee.

McGill SCS reserves the right to cancel an event up to 5 days prior to its start.

Contact Information

Telephone: 514-398-5454
E-mail: pd.conted [at]