59th Central Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research

Date:  April 9th, 2024

Location:  The Great Hall, Western University, London, Ontario

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Conference Program (Somerville House)
9:00 am Coffee (Great Hall)
9:30 am Conference chair remarks: Martha Dagnew (Great Hall)
9:35 am Western official: Dean Kenneth Coley (Great Hall)
9:40 am CAWQ official: Elsayed Elbeshbishy (Great Hall)
9:50 am Keynote: Monica Emelko at The Great Hall
10:30 am Technical Session-1 (Somerville House)
11:30 am Lunch (Great Hall)
12:30 pm Keynote: Steven Liss at The Great Hall
1:15 pm Technical Session-2 (Somerville House)
2:15 pm Intermission
2:30 pm Technical Session-3 (Somerville House)
3:30 pm Refreshments with poster session (Great Hall)
4:15 pm Three-minute thesis (Garden Room)
4:45 pm Awards Ceremony (Garden Room)

Technical Program CAWQ

Student Presentation Day: November 3, 2023

Title: WWC Student Presentation Competition

Format: 5 Minute Oral Presentation

Date and Time: November 3, 2023 from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Location: ACEB Atrium

Abstract Submission: submit abstract to WWC Program Coordinator, Erin Johnson,

First Prize: $200; Second Prize: $150; Third Prize $100

Agenda: Program

Time Presenter Description
9:00-9:20 am Coffee and snacks, meet and greet
9:20-9:30 am Dr. Madhumita Ray Welcome
9:30-10:30 am Student Presentations Hour of presentations in ACEB 1450
10:30-10:45 am Dr. Brian Petri Research Director, Trojan Technologies
10:45-12:00 pm Student Presentations Remaining presentations in ACEB 1450
12:00-12:15 pm Dr. Bill Trenouth Water Resources engineer and Project Manager, AECOM
12:15-12:45 pm Lunch
12:45-1:00 pm Competition Results and awards, closing remarks


    1.  Omar A. Shaker ($200)

    2.  Sabrina Javani & Arslan Tahir ($150)

    3.  Yunpeng Gao & Mohsen Sheikh Zadeh ($100)

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Workshop: October 18, 2023

WesternWater Centre, in collaboration with The Upper Thames River Conservation Authority (UTRCA) and the City of London

Title: Low Impact Development (LID) Operations & Maintenance Workshop

Date and Time: October 18, 2023 from 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Location: Watershed Conservation Centre, Fanshawe Conservation Area 1424 Clarke Road London, ON N5V 5B9

Tickets and Registration:


Time Item Speaker(s)
8:30-8:50 am (20 min) Welcome
Overview of Morning
Vanni Azzano, UTRCA
Dr. Madhumita Ray, Western
Water Centre
8:50-9:00 am (10 min) Refreshment / Washroom Break
Head to first station
9:00-10:20 am(80 min) Practical Approaches to LID Operations and
Maintenance (outside rotational stations, 20 minutes
each including travel time to next station)
LID Features:
1. Pervious Pavement/Infiltration Trenches
2. Green Roof
3. Rainwater Harvesting/SWM Pond
4. Swales
Imtiaz Shah, PhD, P. Eng,
10:20-10:30 am (10 min) Refreshment / Washroom Break
10:30-10:50 am (20 min) LID Operations and Maintenance - Design and
Maintenance Lessons Learned
Bill Trenouth, PhD, P. Eng,
10:50-11:20 am (30 min) LIDs in the City of London - Lessons Learned from an
Operations Perspective
Adrienne Sones, P. Eng,
Christina Liu, P. Eng,
City of London
11:20-11:40 am (20 min) How are LIDs Performing? Insights from Research
Monitoring Programs
Dr. Clare Robinson,
Department of Civil and
Environmental Engineering,
Western University
11:40-11:50 am (10 min) Wrap-up Q&A
Lunch - Sponsored by Western Water Centre
Vanni Azzano, UTRCA

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Workshop: March 28, 2023

WesternWater Centre, Western University, in collaboration with Western’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives

TitlePerspectives on drinking/ household water in Indigenous communities

Date and Time: March 28, 2023 from 11:00 AM to 3:00 PM ET 

Location: Faculty of Education, Room #1139, Western University

Workshop Agenda: 

Time Description
11:00 – 11:05 Land Acknowledgement
Dr. Ken Coley, Dean of Engineering
11:05 – 11:10 Welcome Address
Dr. Madhumita B Ray, Professor, Chemical and Biochemical Engineering, and Director, WesternWater Centre
11:10 – 11:50 Traditional Teaching on Water
Elders Dan & Mary Lou Smoke
11:50 – 12:00 Western’s Office of Indigenous Initiatives
Dr. Christy R. Bressette (Vice Provost and Associate Vice President, Indigenous Initiatives)
12:00 – 12:20 An Indigenous Perspective on First Nations Drinking Water
Cory Jones (President, Neegan Burnside Ltd., an Indigenous-owned Engineering and Environmental Consulting Company)
12:30 – 1:15 Lunch
1:15 – 1:45 Oneida water situation, what has happened, where are we now? Brandon Doxtator (Environmental Consultation Coordinator Oneida Nation of the Thames)
1:50 – 2:40 Round Table Discussion
·      Working together to rebuild trust and relationships
·      Integration of Western and Indigenous knowledges
2:40 – 3:00 ·    Summary of Roundtable discussions
·    Concluding remarks


Eighth Annual International (digital) Conference Joint SASA and CSIR (Ghana): November 11, 13, 14, 2021 Accra, Ghana

More information: events/SASA-GHANA-CONFERENCE---NOVEMBER-2021---PROGRAM-1.pdf


International week: November 15 to 19, 2021

More information: events/Invitation--Virtual-Presentation---Health-Profile-Challenges-in-Vietnam.pdf


Virtual Workshop: January 29, 2021

TitleAdvances and Direction of Future Regulations Governing Phosphorous Removal in Municipal Wastewater Treatment Plants 

Date and Time: January 29, 2021 from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM ET 

Speakers: please see below

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  1. “The ABC of Enhanced Biological Phosphorus Removal (EBPR)”--James L. Barnard, Ph.D.,D.Ing.h.c.,Pr.Eng. BCEE, WEF Fellow, Dist. MASCE-Global Practice & Technology Leader Advanced Biological Treatment , Black & Veatch Dr. Barnard developed the Bardenpho, MLE and Phoredox (aka AO, A2O) processes for biological nitrogen and phosphorus removal and designed more than 140 BNR plants including the first plants in North America at Palmetto FL and Kelowna BC. He received Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Johannesburg, Iowa State and Stellenbosch, the Lee Kuan Yew Singapore Water Prize in July 2011 and Dist. MASCE in 2013. Became a WEF Fellow in 2011.  His research into BPR has unveiled some new perspectives.  He is fascinated by the history of sanitation and especially biological nutrient removal.


  1. “Status of Global Phosphorus:  A Case for Recovery?”—Art Umble and Mehran Andalib, Stantec Consulting
Dr. Art Umble leads the Global Wastewater Treatment Sector and manages the Institute for Water Technology & Policy for Stantec Consulting. He provides technical leadership for new and rehabilitated wastewater treatment plants, with emphases on nutrient removal and recovery, process optimization for capacity and energy management, and water reuse. He serves on numerous national and local advisory boards and councils for environmental policy and technology for academia and professional organizations.  In addition to consulting, his career includes managing publicly owned water and wastewater utilities and university teaching.
Dr. Andalib leads the technology initiatives for Stantec’s Institute of Water Technology & Policy. Mehran is an expert in wastewater treatment, process engineering for municipal and industrial systems, specializing in technology research and application as well as mathematical modeling. His work is centered around finding sustainable solutions for the world’s environmental challenges by combining innovation, talent, and determination.


  1. “Modelling the many turns and twist phosphorus takes in wastewater treatment plants” Imre Takacs, Dynamita

Dr. Imre Takacs is a widely recognized expert on process modeling with 41 years of experience. He received his PhD in environmental sciences in Ghent, Belgium. He is active member of IWA and WEF, worked on the Good Modeling Practice STR, several books and many peer reviewed papers. He is founder and first director of the MEGA workgroup in MRRDC, WEF. Imre participated in and directed the development of process software that are widely used in the industry: GPS-X, BioWin and Sumo. He has also developed new concepts in process models that extend their applicability for real-world, whole plant applications: settling, chemical and biological phosphorus removal, side-stream treatment, carbon capture for energy recovery, biofilms, equilibrium chemistry, natural and engineered precipitation such as for nutrient recovery. Imre trained hundreds of companies around the world in the use of process modeling. He is currently CEO of Dynamita, a new kind of simulation company, makers of Sumo.


  1. “Phosphorus Management – A Utility’s Perspective”—Jigs Patel, City of Calgary
Jigs is the Sr. Asset Planning Engineer (Team Lead)-Infrastructure Planning  |  Water Resources
The City of Calgary. He is an experienced professional engineer with a demonstrated history of almost 20 years of progressive experience in the water industry. He has a unique blend of experience as a consulting engineer, a technology provider and more recently with the large water utility. All of this has allowed him to gain diverse knowledge and multiple perspectives as to how projects are planned, designed, developed and delivered. Currently he enjoys working with the City of Calgary with the focus on strategic planning of capital infrastructure, determining long term infrastructure investment requirements and asset management. He is skilled in all aspects of water and wastewater treatment, water quality management, regulations, innovative technologies and research.  His technical interests include municipal wastewater treatment, process intensification, reclaimed municipal wastewater reuse, residual biosolids management and resource recovery.


  1. “Management of Phosphorus from Wastewater Sources in Ontario” Michael Azulay, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and the Ministry of Infrastructure

Michael Azulay has worked for over 15 years with the Province of Ontario on water and wastewater infrastructure issues, splitting his time between the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks and the Ministry of Infrastructure. Michael holds an MBA in Water Management, a Masters of Law in Water Law and Policy and Bachelor in Environmental Science. Michael has also worked as an environmental consultant and for the United Nations. Michael guest lectures at various universities on international water law and the development of water and sewage systems in Ontario when his time permits.

Seminar: February 26, 2020

Title: Urban wastewater as a hot spot for the release of antibiotic resistance to the aquatic environment

Speaker: Professor Thomas Berendonk
Director of the Institute of Hydrobiology
Faculty of Environmental Science
Technische Universität Dresden, Germany

Host: Ed Topp

Location: AAFC London Research Centre, 1391 Sandford Street, N5X 1H1

Date and Time: February 26, 2020 at 11:00 AM


WesternWater Centre (WWC) Inauguration Opening Ceremony: January 16, 2020

The main research directions of WWC have been presented on January 16, 2020 during the opening ceremony.
Keynote speakers presentation slides by research themes:
1. Wastewater
2. Groundwater
3. Water Resources
4. Value Recovery

Pictures taken at the Inauguration Opening Ceremony can be found here.