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Drinking Water: AVIVE Water

Like so many other communities in Newfoundland and Labrador, Sunnyside had high levels of disinfectant byproducts (DBPs) that far exceeded Health Canada’s drinking water guidelines. The high levels of DBPs—produced when chlorine interacts with organics in the water—meant conventional chlorine water treatments were out of the question. Desperate for a cost-effective and unconventional solution for its drinking water challenges, Sunnyside sought the services of SanEcoTec Ltd. and obtained a hydrogen peroxide plant that utilized the company’s AVIVE [...]

Stormwater: Imbrium Systems’ Stormceptor MAX

When it came time for the aging Autoroute Felix-Leclerc highway to receive much-needed upgrades to its large stormwater drainage network, Imbrium Systems was there to provide a customized solution. Located on the northern shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, the highway sees an average of 140,000 cars a day, generating large amounts of potentially harmful pollutants. To comply with new Quebec stormwater treatment regulations, the highway needed to treat the heavily polluted water it was discharging back into the adjacent Orme River. But there was [...]

Wastewater: Pearl Nutrient Recovery Process

A shift is happening in the wastewater industry. No longer satisfied with being defined by just their treatment capabilities, wastewater treatment facilities are now dabbling—and succeeding—in recapturing and reusing resources like water, energy, and nutrients. Playing a key role in making this shift a reality is Ostara’s Pearl nutrient recovery process. The innovative closed-loop solution, which was developed at the University of British Columbia, recovers phosphorus and nitrogen at municipal and industrial wastewater treatment plants and transforms [...]

Water Resources: AQUARIUS

Aging environmental data management systems have struggled to keep up with modern-day realities: massive volumes of data, increasingly stringent guidelines, and demands for information to be fast and accurate. The AQUARIUS software platform by Aquatic Informatics has positioned itself as the solution to the problem, helping municipalities and agencies make sense of the overwhelming amounts of information, and streamlining the process along the way. “The integrated, transparent, and equitable use of water starts with information,” said Ed Quilty [...]

Academia/NGO: The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak

The troubling, persistent water issues that have plagued Canada’s First Nations communities weave a well-known tale of woe. But, emerging from Northwestern Ontario, is a story of hope, confidence, and empowerment that is ultimately yielding success. Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) is a non-political tribal council made up of the Chiefs of six First Nations communities: Roy Dale Meekis, Joseph Crow, Chris Kakegamic, Vontane Keno, Caroline Keesic, and Alice Sugashie. The Chiefs use their intimate knowledge of their communities to provide services in all areas [...]

Business: Pat Whalen, LuminUltra

As the son of a consulting chemical engineer, Pat Whalen developed his keen interest in water treatment at an early age. Now the president and CEO of Fredericton’s LuminUltra Technologies Ltd., Whalen has become a highly successful and sought after expert in the management and mitigation of microorganisms in water processes. His company offers solutions based on the real-time measurement of microorganisms in water and wastewater processes through their innovative second generation ATP test. “ solutions focus on the ability to proactively monitor microorganisms [...]

Government: François Soulard, Statistics Canada

François Soulard’s career has been defined by a number of ‘ah-ha!’ moments. One of the first occurred while working on his Ph.D. at the Chinese University of Hong Kong in the early1990s. “I began to really understand how statistics did not need to be overly complicated to provide powerful depictions of the world around us,” Soulard said. “The link to natural capital accounting (providing concrete data on the state of natural resources using statistical analysis) came to me intuitively when I saw the extent of the transformation of the landscape [...]

Young Professional: Christine Harries, SNC-Lavalin

Christine Harries is a young engineer who believes strongly in the value of networking and mentoring. Her ability to motivate, communicate, and collaborate with people from different fields, to contribute original ideas and to see the big picture permeates both her day-to-day work and the many professional volunteer activities in which she is involved. Harries studied building engineering in Concordia University’s co-op program, graduating in May 2013 with Great Distinction. During her final internship, the Quebec engineering firm SNC-Lavalin offered [...]
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