Pascale Champagne

Network Director, PhD, PEng, DWRE, FASCE, FEWRI, F.CAE 

Dr. Pascale Champagne is the Network Director of the CEC-REN. She is also the Scientific Director at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS) and a Professor at Queen's University in the Department's of Civil and Chemical Engineering. Dr. Champagne's research focuses on the development of alternate water and waste management strategies and environmentally sustainable approaches with a focus on integrated bioresource management. Her research activities are interdisciplinary and have commonality with the fields of environmental and chemical engineering, biology and green chemistry; hence, she collaborates and has evolved synergistic relationships with a number of researchers in these fields to develop new integrated bioresource management practices, to introduce alternate aqueous and solid waste management approaches, and to create unique opportunities for the bioenergy and biproducts sectors.

Jyoti Kotecha

Director of Research Operations, MPA, MRSC, CChem   

Jyoti Kotecha is the Director of Research Operations for the CEC-REN and works with the research faculty, industry and community partners to support the growth of interdisciplinary research in the Network. Ms. Kotecha develops research partnerships, has oversight of the Network's finances, and supports graduate student success, through securing internships and mentoring them in research ethics, research proposal development, and knowledge translation activities. Ms. Kotecha was the former Director of the Queen's University International Centre, and the Assistant Director of the Centre for Studies in Primary Care, at Queen's University. Through these positions she has gained substantial experience in establishing research Centre's and national research networks. Ms. Kotecha is also an adjunct in the Department of Family Medicine and her research interests include, community based care research, participatory research and water & health.

Sophie Felleiter

Research & Program Coordinator, PhD Candidate 

Sophie Felleiter is the Research Coordinator for the CEC-REN as well as the Program Coordinator for the NSERC funded LEADERS CREATE Educational Program. She holds a B.Sc in Life Sciences and a M.Sc in Microbiology both from Queen's University. She has previously worked as a Research Technician and Research Assistant at Public Health Ontario and KFL&A Public Health in a number of environmental and health related research initiatives. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Civil Engineering regarding wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 as an early detection tool. Her research interests include the presence of enteric pathogens in private drinking wells of southern Ontario, microbial source tracking, quantitative PCR, metagenomics and antimicrobial susceptibility.