McGill Concrete Canoe

Based in Montréal, QC

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About Us

McGill Concrete Canoe is a design team whose goal is to design, build and race a canoe made entirely out of concrete.

Since its 2012 revival, the team has rapidly grown into one of McGill's largest teams, harbouring more than 50 students each year.

  • Civil, Chemical, Materials and Mechanical engineering students make up the team.
  • The canoe is able to hold up to 300 kg while floating and can endure racing conditions.
  • A unique blend of materials is created to engineer a strong lightweight concrete.

Iterative design processes are necessary to minimize the overall density of the concrete and to test the canoe's resistance to different loading scenarios.

Be a part of the wave!

McGill Concrete Canoe needs your help to continue our activities throughout this season! From fiscal to material donations, we have interesting sponsorship opportunities for you that we would be happy to further discuss.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • Concrete floats when the cumulative sum of its materials' densities are lower than 1.0 and it has a shape that displaces water. At McGill Concrete Canoe, we've never failed the float test!

  • A float test is a part of the Canadian National Concrete Canoe Competition (CNCCC). Each team must submerge their canoe completely and wait for it to float up. There is a 2 minute time limit. If it does not float on its own, the team is allowed to add flotation aids in exchange for a points deduction. We're proud to say that we have not failed this test once!

  • Over 70% of the budget goes to the construction and mixing teams. The construction team needs wood, foam and glue to build the mould. The mixing team uses an iterative process to design the mix; they require aggregates, fibers, cement and admixtures to test precisely and effectively.

  • We recognize that creating a canoe is inherently unsustainable due to the waste produced and to the water and energy usage throughout its lifetime. However, McGill Concrete Canoe is the only team in the Canadian circuit that uses wooden cross-sections to build their mould. Where other teams use foam (unnatural polymers), our team is proud to use Canadian wood. Materials and water usage are rigorously tracked by members during their time in the lab.

  • Monetary donations are divided into three tiers: supporter, associate and partner. Sponsorship can also be done through material donations. Please contact us for further details; a sponsorship package will be sent to you.

Our Team

Meet our 2022-2023 executive team.

Oliver Cadrain

Co-Captain U5, Civil Engineering

Mark Hayden

Co-Captain U4, Chemical Engineering

Sophie McLean

Aesthetics Captain U4, Chemical Engineering

Ayda Asgari

Business Captain U2, Civil Engineering

Ryan Coultrip

Construction Captain U1, Civil Engineering

Graeme McDougall

HDSA Captain U3, Bioengineering

Tristan Beauchamp

Mixing Co-Captain U2, Civil Engineering

Michelle Pelletier

Mixing Co-Captain U4, Civil Engineering

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McGill Concrete Canoe

We would like to acknowledge that McGill University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather for our activities. Tiohtià:ke/Montréal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.

Department of Civil Engineering and Applied Mechanics
817 Sherbrooke West
Montréal, QC H3A 0C3
Anna Dinolfo's Office (Rm 496)

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