BWRC and LEADERS Seminar Series

The Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC) and LEADERS program began jointly hosting a Seminar Series in March 2019. Since its inception, the series has brought in a wide range of national and international professionals in academia, government and industry to speak on various water-related topics to our faculty and students. This includes 10 international speakers from the United States, Australia, France, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland and Hong Kong. We also encourage our new and junior affiliated faculty to present in the seminar series as a way of introducing themselves and their research to students and other researchers within the Centre to spark the beginnings of interdisciplinary collaboration.  

April 14, 2021 

Speaker: Dr. Bing Chen, Professor, Civil Engineering, Memorial University of Newfoundland 

Title: Marine Oil Spill Response and Cleanup: Review and Progress 

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March 17, 2021 

Speaker: Dr. Prameet Sheth, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Health Sciences, Queen's University 

Title: Sources of Multidrug Resistant Organisms - Throwing Everything at it Including the Kitchen Sink!

Speaker Bio and Abstract 


February 24, 2021 

Speaker: Dr. Graeme Howe, Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Queen's University 

Title: Fundamental enzymology as a driving force for sustainable biocatalysis 

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December 2, 2020 

Speaker: Dr. Satinder K. Brar, James and Joanne Love Chair in Environmental Engineering at York University 

Title: Antibiotics in Wastewaters/Waters: a Perplexed Complexity 

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November 18, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Laurence Yang, Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, Queen's University 

Title: Modeling microbial stress responses to protect water quality 

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September 23, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Sarah Jane Payne, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Queen's University

Title: You can manage what you cant measure - Addressing manganese detection limitations in drinking water distribution systems. 

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February 26, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Bas Vriens, Assistant Professor, Geological Sciences and Engineering, Queen's University 

Title: Stinking rich: gold-laden sewage 

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January 30, 2020

Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Speight, Professor, University of Sheffield 

Title: What is the future of sustainable water in cities?

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January 22, 2020

Speaker: Jamie Benidickson, Professor of Law, University of Ottawa

Title: Sewage and Society: From Public Health Challenges to Climate Change Opportunities 

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November 25, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Tissa Illangasekare, AMAX Distinguished Chair and Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering Director, Colorado School of Mines

Title: Multi-scale Experimentation for Improved Understanding of Energy, Mass and Momentum Transfer Across Interfaces in Natural Systems -   Challenges and Opportunities

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November 4, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Donatella Termini, Professor, Department of Engineering, University of Palermo, Italy

Title: River's evolution processes and Flow-Vegetation interactions 

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October 21, 2019

Speaker: Steve Usher, Senior Hydrogeologist

Title: Why a Geologic Framework Improves Engineering Performance: A British Columbia Case Study

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October 9, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Ted Mao, Chief Technology Officer, Trojan Technologies

Title: Removing Roadblocks between Scientific Discoveries and Commercial Implementation in Wastewater Innovation

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October 2, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Paul Hynds, Principal Investigator, Technological University Dublin.

Title: Random Forests and Kidney Failure: A statistical journey toward predicting pediatric Hemolytic Uremic Syndrome in the Republic of Ireland

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September 18, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Saifur Rahaman, Associate Professor, Concordia University

Title: Membrane distillation for water reclamation and reuse: Opportunities and challenges 

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September 13, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Mohamed S. Ghidaoui, Chinese Estates Professor of Engineering, Chair Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Title: Time reversal of waves and defect detection in underground water infrastructure

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September 11, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Davina Passeri, Research Civil Engineer, U.S. Geological Survey

Title: Integrated modeling of coastal processes in a changing environment

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July 30, 2019

Speaker: Dr. Vanessa Mann, BGC Engineering

Topic: Project share on the permeable reactive barrier design for the downstream toe of a tailings dam

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July 3, 2019 

Speaker: Dr. Hilmar Hofmann, Assistant Professor, Liminological Institute, University of Konstanz

Title: Effects of physical processes in lake ecosystems

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June 19, 2019 

Speaker: Dr. Lei Liu, Imperial Oil

Title: “More than Refining and Chemicals: an Overview of Imperial Environmental Research Program”

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May 8, 2019 

Speaker: Dr. Leigh McGaughey, Project Scientist, The River Institute

Title: “A finger on the pulse of the upper St. Lawrence River”

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May 8, 2019 

Speaker: Dr. Florent Chazarenc, Director of Research, IRSTEA

Title: “Towards the water resource recovery facility, ground breaking technologies and potential application in the French context”

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April 25, 2019 

Speaker: Dr. Elodie Passeport, Associate Professor, Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, University of Toronto

Title: “Processes governing the fate of pharmaceuticals and personal care products in constructed wetland systems”

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April 23, 2019 

Speaker: Dr. Cynthia Bluteau, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Quebec at Rimouski

Title: “Nutrient enrichment and ventilation during winter in the St. Lawrence Estuary”

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April 17, 2019 

Speaker: Dr. Christine Dow, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

Title: “The hidden world of subglacial hydrology”

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March 20, 2019 

Speaker: Dr. Joe Manous, Director of the Institute for Water Resources, US Army Corp of Engineers (USACE)

Title: “21st Century Water Decisions – New Ideas vs. Old Issues”

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