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Michel A. Bouchard
PhD, McGill

Research interests and affiliations

Research interests
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Strategic Environmental Assessment
  • Environmental Governance Mining Sector
  • Mineral Resources and sustainable development
  • Armed conflicts and Environment
  • Climate change and adaptation, Developing countries
  • Geological Heritage and its protection


Recent publications


Dr Bouchard is an international expert in Environmental Management and Environmental Policies. He started his career as an Environmental Research Scientist, specialized in climate change and natural resources processes and management, and over the last 40 years, has been associated with the Environmental Assessment of mega projects first in Canada and since then in over thirty other countries. From 2000 to 2004, Dr Bouchard acted as Director General of the French Secretariat of the International Association of Impact Assessment. Since 2000, he has organized, conceived, and delivered training courses, seminars, workshops and international scientific meetings in Environmental Management and Assessment in more than forty countries. Consultant work has been in the field of Strategic Assessment, Resource management, including forestry and extractive industries (Mining in particular), Regional Development, Energy, Transport and Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment. From 2004 to 2008, Dr Bouchard resided in Tunisia, where he acted as Senior Research Associate with the International Technological Center of Tunisia and the World Bank METAP program aimed at technical assistance in Environmental sciences. He has led various assignments for the World Bank, the International Finance Corporation, and the African Development Bank. In 2009-2010, Dr Bouchard acted as collaborator and advisor to the UNEP Post-Conflict Environmental Assessment in DR Congo. He is currently affiliated to the McGill-UNEP Collaborative Centre for Environmental Assessment while being associated to the civil engineering department of the École Polytechnique de Montréal. He has acted as  member of the Strategic Advisory Committee of the Sahara and Sahel Observatory. Dr Bouchard has authored more than a hundred publications, reports, papers and communications in the field of Environmental management and assessment. He is generally recognized as a leading expert in the field of Strategic and Integrated Environmental Assessment. He is currently member of the Advisory Committee for the Environmental Assessment of Free-Trade Agreements with External Affairs Canada.


CIV 6205. Impact des projets d’Ingénierie

Supervision at Polytechnique


Press review about Michel A. Bouchard

February 7, 2023, ICI Radio-Canada Première, Radiojournal du 7 février 17 h Michel André Bouchard, professeur associé au Département des génies civil, géologique et des mines, commente la situation en Turquie et en Syrie à la suite des séismes ayant secoué ces pays.  
March 2, 2022, ICI Radio-Canada | Le café show, L'impact environnemental de la guerre Michel A. Bouchard, professeur associé au Département des génies civil, géologique et des mines à Polytechnique Montréal, partage son expertise sur l'impact environnemental que peuvent avoir les guerres.