Health and Safety
Robichaud Mine Rescue Olympics
The first ever Robichaud Mine Rescue Olympics were held on September 8th, honouring Claude Robichaud, one of our Goldex Mine Rescue team members who waged a valiant fight against cancer before passing away in January 2018.
According to Danny Plante, Mine General Supervisor at Goldex, “The man we lost was bigger than life. Claude was very proud to work for Agnico Eagle, and it showed. Until the very end, he insisted on being informed of the progress made on the Rail-Veyor at Goldex, which he was working on before the disease struck. And it was through Mine Rescue that we got a chance to discover Claude’s fun-loving side. His magical touch never failed to liven up any gathering.”
The Olympic event was held at the Canadian Malartic training site and was organized with the help of the Service de Sauvetage Minier Québec of CNESST. The goal was to give all members of the Goldex Mine Rescue team (not only the competition team) – along with members of the LaRonde and Lapa Mine Rescue teams – an opportunity to improve their knowledge and training in workshops and via realistic simulations that tested their skills in first aid, firefighting, finding victims in the smoke and rope and rescue. A total of 30 rescuers took part in the Robichaud Mine Rescue Olympics to enhance their mine rescue skills and honour the memory of their fellow team member. Claude would be proud.