NEWS & EVENTS | February 25, 2020


A Strong Chemistry Between USB and Roquette

Chemistry professor François Gauving teaching a group of Roquette employees.

Chemistry professor François Gauvin training a group of Roquette employees.

From December 2 to 17, USB’s Continuing Education Division (CED) offered a specialized chemistry training program to employees from the company Roquette. Committed to promoting healthier lifestyles and nutrition, Roquette is a global leader in plant-based ingredients and a pioneer of new vegetal proteins.

This project is a first that Aileen Clark, Director of the CED, is delighted to see. “Our division has been working for several years on the development of a personal and professional enrichment program for employers. The chemistry training program for Roquette is consistent with this strategy. USB can create connections with industries; companies have a better understanding of our institution, and they get to know the profile of our students. It leads to interesting opportunities.”

How did this training program come about? Aileen Clark explains, “At the end of 2018, Roquette approached USB with a request that we create an approximately 80-hour specialized chemistry training program in English and French. We entrusted this project to François Gauvin, a professor at USB, and Anne-Marie Maupertuis, who works for the Language Enrichment Service, but also has a background in chemistry.” The training program includes basic concepts in chemistry and microbiology, concepts in organic chemistry as well as chemical processes. Throughout the design phase, USB collaborated closely with Grégory Coutelle, Director of Operations for Roquette in Canada.

In the fall of 2019, Roquette confirmed that USB would offer an initial training program in English to a dozen of the company’s supervisors at Roquette’s facilities in Southport. Aileen Clark notes, “François Gauvin, a university professor, travelled between Winnipeg and Southport to deliver the specialized chemistry course for the Continuing Education Division. We were thrilled that Professor Gauvin agreed to deliver the training program for us. He is highly skilled in his field and his passion for science is truly contagious.”

As a result of this pilot project, USB is in continued discussions with Roquette to proceed with adaptations and additions that will enable the CED to deliver a second training program for operators before summer 2020.

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