Lt Cyrille Dufresne (Ret’d)

    • Lieutenant Cyrille Dufresne (Ret’d)
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    We regret to advise of the death of Lieutenant Cyrille Dufresne (Ret’d) in Westmount, QC on 12 August 2017 at the age of 97.  Cyrille was a Lieutenant in the Corps of Royal Canadian Engineers during the Second World War.

    Cyrille Dufresne graduated in mining engineering at Université Laval in 1943 and obtained his PhD in Geology from McGill University in 1952. His career started at Labrador Mining & Exploration Co in 1948. He later joined Iron Ore Company of Canada in 1950 as a geologist. He participated in the creation and construction of the town of Schefferville and, from 1958 to 1963, Cyrille played a key role in the development of the Carol Project in Labrador City as chief engineer of the Iron Ore Company of Canada. Having participated in the creation of la société d'État Sidbec in 1963, he held many executive positions between 1964 and 1976. He held the presidency of la société Sidbec Normines from 1976 to 1983. In 1983, Cyrille joined the Canadian Executive Service Overseas (CESO) as a member of the Board of Directors, becoming chairman of the board, and eventually a member of the Advisory Committee until 1994. In 1984, he became Director of Service–Évaluation au Centre d'innovation industrielle/Montréal (CIM) until 1985.

    Mr. Dufresne sat on many boards of directors; Vice-President of the administration council of Resources Nova-Cogesco (1984 to 1993), member of the administration council of Cangold Resources Inc (1994 to 1995) and member of the retirement committee of Hewitt Equipement Ltee (1991 to 2008). A socially involved man, he was the founding president of two school boards in Schefferville and Labrador City. Among his volunteer activities, Cyrille was president of the Montreal Chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association (1975-1981) and, in the early 1980s with his wife Mabel, was one of the founding parents of l'Association québécoise des parents et amis de la personne atteinte de maladie mentale.

    The family will receive condolences at the Complexe funéraire Alfred Dallaire Memoria at 1111 rue Laurier Ouest, in Montréal, on Friday, 18 August 2017 from 2-5 and 7-10 p.m. as well as on Saturday, 19 August at l'Église St-Viateur d'Outremont starting at 10 a.m., followed by the funeral service at 11 a.m. [Free valet service offered.] In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Alzheimer Society in your region would be appreciated. Condolences can be sent to the Funeral Home{khSep17} [zsd, zsp]