Réjean Samson

General Director and Full Professor

Polytechnique Montreal

Réjean Samson is Professor at the Department of Chemical Engineering at Polytechnique Montreal. He received his Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering in 1983 in the biofuel sector. He has extensive experience in managing teams of research and managing large research budgets.
His track record includes the position of director of the “Environmental Biotechnology” of the Biotechnology Research Institute (NRC-BRI) and, since his arrival at the Polytechnique Montreal in 1994, he is the main holder of four industrial chairs, two of which NSERC.
He is now the primary holder of one of the largest industrial chairs in Canada (the International Life Cycle Chair) consisting of 14 industrial partners. Since 2001 he is General Director of CIRAIG.
His research concerns the sophistication of the methodology of Life Cycle Analysis (LCA), particularly in terms of systems analysis. He is also interested in the integration of economic and social components in the context of LCA. He has published over 150 scientific articles, 120 research papers for private companies and governments, and is coauthor of three patents. He is also the author of over 300 scientific papers in various national and international symposia. He was also director and co-supervisor of 65 MSc students and PhD. He has received several awards including the Governor General’s Academic Medal for his contribution to the environmental sector, and in 2001 in the Phoenix environmental award in the area of innovation for sustainable development. In addition, he is responsible for courses in the Department of Chemical Engineering in the field of bioprocess design sanitation, environmental design and life cycle analysis.

Réjean Samson's Publications

M Agez, G Majeau‐Bettez, M Margni, A H Strømman, R Samson (2020) Lifting the veil on the correction of double counting incidents in hybrid life cycle assessment, Journal of Industrial Ecology, doi:

Maxime Agez, Richard Wood, Manuele Margni, Anders H. Strømman, Réjean Samson, Guillaume Majeau‐Bettez (2020) Hybridization of complete PLCA and MRIO databases for a comprehensive product system coverage, Journal of Industrial Ecology 24(4), p. 774-790, url, doi:10.1111/jiec.12979

Stéphanie Viau, Guillaume Majeau-Bettez, Laurent Spreutels, Robert Legros, Manuele Margni, Réjean Samson (2020) Substitution modelling in life cycle assessment of municipal solid waste management, Waste Management 102, p. 795-803, url, doi:10.1016/j.wasman.2019.11.042

H Elzein, T Dandres, A Levasseur, R Samson (2019) An optimized LCA approach to evaluate prospective grids, SAM13

J Walzberg, T Dandres, N Merveille, M Cheriet, R Samson (2019) Assessing behavioural change with agent-based life cycle assessment: Application to smart homes, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, p. 365-376, doi:

J Walzberg, T Dandres, N Merveille, M Cheriet, R Samson (2019) Accounting for fluctuating demand in the life cycle assessments of residential electricity consumption and demand-side management strategies, Journal of Cleaner Production 240, p. 118251, doi:https://10.1016/j.jclepro.2019.118251

H Elzein, T Dandres, A Levasseur, R Samson (2019) How can an optimized life cycle assessment method help evaluate the use phase of energy storage systems, Journal of Cleaner Production 209, p. 1624-1636, doi:

Stéphanie Muller, Christopher Mutel, Pascal Lesage, Réjean Samson (2018) Effects of Distribution Choice on the Modeling of Life Cycle Inventory Uncertainty: An Assessment on the Ecoinvent v2.2 Database, Journal of Industrial Ecology 22(2), p. 300-313, doi:10.1111/jiec.12574

Guillaume Majeau-Bettez, Laurent Spreutels, Fabrice Tanguay-Rioux, Stéphanie Viau, Réjean Samson, Robert Legros (2018) Toward a parametrized and modular framework based on the integration of MFA and LCA for optimization of municipal solid wastes management, 2nd Conference on Life Cycle Assessment of Waste 2018

Audrey Somé, Thomas Dandres, Caroline Gaudreault, Guillaume Majeau-Bettez, Richard Wood, Réjean Samson (2018) Coupling Input-Output Tables with Macro-Life Cycle Assessment to Assess Worldwide Impacts of Biofuels Transport Policies, Journal of Industrial Ecology 22(4), p. 634-655, url, doi:10.1111/jiec.12640

H Elzein, T Dandres, A Levasseur, R Samson (2018) Investigating energy storage systems use phase, SAM12

Alexandre Milovanoff, Thomas Dandres, Caroline Gaudreault, Mohamed Cheriet, Réjean Samson (2018) Real-time environmental assessment of electricity use: a tool for sustainable demand-side management programs, The International Journal of Life Cycle Assessment 23(10), p. 1981-1994, url, doi:10.1007/s11367-017-1428-2

Guillaume Majeau-Bettez, Maxime Agez, Richard Wood, Carl-Johan Södersten, Manuele Margni, Anders Hammer Strømman, Samson Réjean (2017) Streamlined Hybridization software: merging Ecoinvent and Exiobase, Biennial Conference of the International Society for Industrial Ecology, url

Guillaume Majeau-bettez, Francesco Cherubini, Anders Hammer Strømman, Réjean Samson (2017) Respecting material and energy balances in attributional LCA: reducing the influence of allocation, SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, pdf

J Walzberg, T Dandres, R Samson, N Merveille, M Cheriet (2017) An Agent-Based Model to Evaluate Smart Homes Sustainability Potential, IEEE 28th Annual International Symposium on Personal, Indoor, and Mobile Radio Communications (PIMRC)

Guillaume Majeau-Bettez, Thomas Dandres, Stefan Pauliuk, Richard Wood, Edgar Hertwich, Réjean Samson, Strømman Anders Hammer (2017) Choice of Allocations and Constructs for Attributional or Consequential Life Cycle Assessment and Input-Output Analysis, Journal of Industrial Ecology, p. 1-15, url, doi:10.1111/jiec.12604

H Elzein, T Dandres, A Levasseur, R Samson (2017) Combining optimization and consequentia l life cycle assessment to investigate energy storage systems, The McGill-Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal Chemical Engineering research day

Guillaume Majeau-bettez, Maxime Agez, Richard Wood, Manuele Margni, Anders Hammer Stromman, Samson Réjean (2017) Hybridizing Ecoinvent and Exiobase with streamlined methods and open-source software, SETAC Europe 27th Annual Meeting, url

Thomas Dandres, Reza Farrahi Moghaddam, Kim Khoa Nguyen, Yves Lemieux, Réjean Samson, Mohamed Cheriet (2017) Consideration of marginal electricity in real-time minimization of distributed data centre emissions, Journal of Cleaner Production 143, p. 116-124, url, doi:10.1016/j.jclepro.2016.12.143

H Elzein, T Dandres, A Levasseur, R Samson (2016) Development Of An Optimized-Consequential Life Cycle Assessment Methodology And Its Application To The Electricity Generation Sector, LCA XVI

H Elzein, T Dandres, A Levasseur, R Samson (2016) Optimized-consequential lifecycle assessment methodology: a new approach for time-dependent systems investigation, The 5th edition of the Internation Forum on the Life Cycle Management of Products and Services (CYCLE 2016)

J Walzberg, T Dandres, C Gaudreault, N Merveille, M Cheriet, R Samson (2016) Addressing use-phase issues in the life cycle assessment of complex systems using agent-based modeling, LCA XVI

H Elzein, T Dandres, A Levasseur, R Samson (2016) Development of an optimized-consequential Life Cycle Assessment method: Application to the electricity generation sector, The McGill-Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal Chemical Engineering research day

J Walzberg, T Dandres., M Cheriet., R Samson (2015) How to address behavioral issues in the environmental assessment of complex systems: case of a smart building, EAI International Conference on Smart Sustainable City Technologies