Dr. Pascal LavoieDirector - Smelting Manufacturing Excellence, Alcoa
Pascal Lavoie holds a bachelor’s degree in Materials and Metallurgical Engineering from Université Laval, Québec and a PhD in Chemicals and Materials Engineering from the University of Auckland. Pascal Lavoie’s career is connected with light metals production from the very beginning, starting at Noranda’s Magnola magnesium smelter as Process Engineer. When Magnola was curtailed, he moved to Noranda New Madrid smelter as Metallurgical Process Engineer and obtained a Six Sigma black belt certification. In 2006, Pascal joined the Light Metals Research Centre of the University of Auckland (LMRC) as Manager – International projects and then Chief Engineer where he led teams conducting more than 40 industrially-based R&D projects. Returning to Canada as consultant in 2012, he provided support to smelting operations, engineering of reduction technologies, control and production systems. Pascal joined Alcoa in 2018, where he now leads technical support for all aspects of aluminum smelting across Alcoa’s global manufacturing footprint.