Jacques Marchand, Eng. Ph.D
Dr. Jacques Marchand is an internationally recognized expert in durability modeling, cement chemistry, and degradation mechanism analysis. Dr. Marchand co-founded SIMCO Technologies Inc. in 1997. From 1993 to 2012, Dr. Marchand has been a tenured Professor at the Department of Civil Engineering at the Université Laval. He was also the Director and Senior Researcher at the Centre de recherche sur les infrastructures de béton (CRIB – Research Centre on Concrete Infrastructures), which brings together more than 200 researchers, research professionals, and graduate students from seven Quebec universities.
Dr. Marchand is currently the chairholder of the Canada Research Chair on Predicting Useful Life of Concrete Infrastructures and of the NSERC Industrial Chair on Durable Repair and Optimized Maintenance of Concrete Infrastructures. He is the author or coauthor of over 160 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is regularly invited by research groups, universities, companies, and industrial groups around the world to present his research or act as a consultant.
As an expert in the field of bridges and other concrete structures, he was appointed an expert for both the Auditor General of Alberta (2011), the Auditor General of Ontario (2009) and the Auditor General of Canada (2007) for their respective studies on bridge management systems; he was also a member of the Advisory Committee established by the Auditor General of Quebec for his resource optimization audit engagement on bridges and other structures in Quebec. Dr. Marchand also acted as an expert for the estimation of the level of degradation and the remaining service life of a building adjacent to the World Trade Center (New York), damaged following the events of September 11, 2001. Moreover, on numerous occasions since 1997, Dr. Marchand has acted as an expert witness in construction defect litigations in Canada and United States.
Jacques Marchand received in 2000 the Robert L’Hermite Medal from the International Union of Laboratories and Experts in Construction Materials, Systems and Structures (RILEM), awarded to the best young researcher working in the field of research on construction materials.
In 2003, the Alumni Association of the Université Laval awarded him the Raymond Blais Medal, marking the outstanding success and emergence of young graduates of the university. In 2005, Dr. Marchand received the Steacie Scholarship for outstanding achievement in research. This scholarship is awarded once a year by the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada to promising young researchers coming from all fields of science and engineering. In 2008, the American Concrete Institute awarded Dr. Marchand with an ACI fellowship.
Dr. Marchand is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (Quebec Order of Professional Engineers). He is also a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Concrete Institute, the American Ceramic Society, the Materials Research Society, and RILEM. He is an active member of several technical committees of these organizations.