PEOPLE Newsletter – October 30, 2021

Member News

Dr. Pascale Champagne joined the NRC as the new Director General of the Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre

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On September 13, 2021, Dr. Pascale Champagne joined the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) as the new Director General (DG) of the Energy, Mining and Environment (EME) Research Centre. The NRC brings together the brightest minds to deliver tangible impacts on the lives of Canadians and people around the world. Its Energy, Mining and Environment Research Centre is at the forefront of delivering scientific excellence in Clean Technology and for the Resources sectors to grow and protect Canada’s future. In her role as DG, Dr. Champagne reports to the Vice-President of the NRC’s Engineering Division and oversees a highly-skilled multi-disciplinary research teams with expertise in the energy, mining, and environment sectors; 250 scientists, engineers, technicians and support staff working in Boucherville, Montréal, Ottawa, Mississauga and Vancouver. Dr. Champagne leads the research strategy, partnership development, stakeholder engagement and day-to-day operations. In her role, she continuously evaluates stakeholders’ needs by maintaining and further strengthening relationships with senior officials of industry, government, universities and other research organizations. Having an attuned sense of these dynamic requirements enables the alignment of EME’s activities to be at the forefront in addressing resource sector challenges advancing Canada’s climate action plan.



Dr. Rehan Sadiq named Engineers Canada Fellows

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Dr. Rehan Sadiq is named Engineers Canada Fellow for his noteworthy service to the profession. Dr. Sadiq is an internationally recognized authority on asset management and reliability of water supply systems and a leading expert in environmental risk analysis and lifecycle assessment of built environments. He is the Executive Associate Dean and a Professor at the School of Engineering on the Okanagan campus. As a leader, administrator, educator and researcher, Dr. Sadiq is an exceptional researcher who continues to make outstanding contributions in the field of environmental engineering.

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PEOPLE and Partner Events

2021 Virtual Atlantic and Eastern Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research, November 2-3


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The 2021 Virtual Atlantic and Eastern Canadian Symposium on Water Quality Research is taking place on November 2-3. The symposium is co-hosted by the Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ), PEOPLE Network, and CREATE-TEDGIEER.

Keynote speeches:

(1) Tuesday, November 2nd, 8:30-9:20 am EST

Dr. Joan Rose: From Polio to COVID: Environmental Virology at its Best

Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI

(2) Wednesday, November 3rd, 8:30-9:20 am EST

Dr. Pascale Champagne: Photosynthetically-Enhanced Eco-Engineered Treatment Systems

Director General, Energy, Mining and Environment, NRC; Adjunct Professor, Department of Chemistry, Queen’s University

Registration: (English) (French)

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Attached: Program book


ITAC-MPRI Workshop 2021, November 2-4

The joint MPRI – ITAC Research Forum will highlight some on the latest in science, technology, and operational advances in oil spill preparedness and response from ITAC and MPRI members. The Research Forum will feature a half day of presentations on ITAC supported initiatives, followed by two days of talks and panel discussions on MPRI-funded research progress, the significance and legacy of the MPRI, and next steps for oil spill response research and collaborations.


NORMAN General Assembly Meeting, December 1-2

The General Assembly meeting is NORMAN Association’s annual appointment to present the highlights of their collaborative activities and discuss new proposals for the Joint Programme of Activities 2022 and beyond, looking at the European and global ambitions for improvement of knowledge and actions on contaminants of emerging concern and emerging risks.


Spotlight on PEOPLE Members

PEOPLE Knowledge and Skills (KS) sets Co-Leads on “monitoring, sampling, and characterization of PEOPs and their transformation products, and database development”

Dr. Baiyu (Helen) Zhang, Memorial University

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Dr. Zhang joined the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science (FEAS) at Memorial University of Newfoundland (Memorial) as an assistant professor in March 2010. She received an early promotion (with tenure) to associate professor in September 2015. She was granted the award in 2017 for serving as Tier 2 Canadian Research Chair in Coastal Environmental Engineering. In 2019-2020, she served as associate dean, research (acting) of FEAS. In September 2020, she was promoted to professor. Dr. Zhang is an adjunct professor at the University of Regina and a registered professional engineer in the Province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.

Dr. Zhang’s research mainly focuses on environmental engineering, especially associated with the development of environmental technologies for pollution control and waste management in marine and coastal environments. Her research expertise and interests lie in the areas of marine oil spill response, transport, fate and toxicity of oil and emerging contaminants, coastal/inland site remediation, coastal wastewater treatment, offshore reservoir souring control, and fishery/municipal solid waste management. Dr. Zhang is the founder of the Coastal Environment Laboratory (CEL) and a key researcher of the Northern Region Persistent Organic Pollution (NRPOP) Control Laboratory at Memorial University.

Since joining Memorial, Dr. Zhang has led or co-led over 30 research grants/contracts. These include research funds with a total amount of more than 9 million Canadian dollars from diverse sources including federal and provincial agencies, such as Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Canada Research Chair (CRC) Program, Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC), and the NL Research & Development Corp. (RDC); industry sponsors, such as Petroleum Research NL (PRNL) and Suncor Energy; and other international organizations such as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). She has (co-)authored nearly 300 publications with over 120 peer-reviewed journal articles. Her research contributions have been widely recognized in newsletters and magazines such as Canadian Reclamation, Research Matters, Context Magazine (Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers), Genome Atlantic e-Bulletin, Natural Resources Magazine, and Gazette Magazine.

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Twitter: @Helen_MUN_Civil


Recent Representative Publications

Zhu, Z.W., Zhang, B.Y.*, Cai, Q.H., Cao, Y.Q., Ling, J.J., Lee, K. and Chen, B. (2021). A critical review on the environmental application of lipopeptide micelles. Bioresource Technology (Elsevier). 339: 125602. DOI: 10.1016/j.biortech.2021.125602

Cai, Q.H., Zhu, Z.W., Chen, B., Lee, K., Nedwed, T.J., Greer, C., and Zhang, B.Y.* (2021) A cross-comparison of biosurfactants as marine oil spill dispersants: governing factors, synergetic effects and fates. Journal of Hazardous Materials (Elsevier). 416: 126122. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2021.126122.

Yang, M., Chen, B., Xin, X.Y., Song, X., Liu, J.B., Dong, G.H., Lee, K., and Zhang, B.Y.* (2021) Interactions between microplastics and oil dispersion in the marine environment. Journal of Hazardous Materials (Elsevier). 403: 123944. DOI: 10.1016/j.jhazmat.2020.123944

Li, X.X., Zhao, Y.Y., Chen, B., Zhu, Z.W., Kang, Q., Husain, T., and Zhang, B.Y.* (2021) Inhalation and ingestion of synthetic musks in pregnant women: in silico spontaneous abortion risk evaluation and control. Environment International (Elsevier). 158: 106911.DOI: 10.1016/j.envint.2021.106911

Cao, Y.Q., Zhang, B.Y.*, Zhu, Z.W., Song, X., Cai, Q.H., Chen, B., Dong, G.H. and Ye, X.D. (2020) Microbial eco-physiological strategies for salinity-mediated crude oil biodegradation, Science and The Total Environment (Elsevier). 727, 138723. DOI: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2020. 138723


Dr. Manuel Rodriguez, Laval University

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Dr. Rodriguez, PhD in Civil Engineering, is professor of Université Laval, at the School of Urban and Regional Planning. He holds the NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Management and Surveillance of Drinking Water Quality. The expertise of Dr. Rodriguez revolves around a unique combination of water engineering, urban & regional planning and environmental modelling. He has published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals, presented more than 300 scientific presentations in conferences and made more than 40 talks as guest speaker. The value of Dr. Rodriguez’s research activities in drinking water quality management has been enhanced through his ability to cooperate with researchers in other disciplines such as urban planning, environmental health and epidemiology, toxicology, urban hydraulics, decision-making processes, environmental modeling, environmental engineering, spatial analysis with geographical information system, water economics, participatory processes and environmental legislation.

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Recent Representative Publications

Tardif F., St-Pierre F., Pelletier G., Rodriguez M.J., (2022). Comparison of methods to evaluate overland travel times for source water protection, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management (In Press).

Chhipi-Shrestha, G., Rodriguez M.J.., Behmel, S., Pulicharla, R., Proulx, F., Hewage, K., Sadiq, R. (2022). Probabilistic framework for assessing ecological risk of Contaminants of Emerging Concern: Application to a Canadian lake system. Chemosphere, 287, 131910.

Sérodes J. B., Behmel S., Simard S., Laflamme O., Grondin A., Beaulieu C., Proulx F., Rodriguez M.J. (2021). Tracking domestic wastewater and road de-icing salt in a municipal drinking water reservoir: acesulfame and chloride as co-tracers. Water Research, 117493.

Dou P., Zuo S., Ren Y., Rodriguez M.J., Dai S. (2021). Refined water security assessment for sustainable water management: A case study of 15 key cities in the Yangtze River Delta, China. Journal of Environmental Management, 290: 112588

Pulicharla R., Proulx F., Behmel S., Sérodes J.B., Rodriguez M.J. (2021). Occurrence and seasonality of raw and drinking water contaminants of emerging interest in five water facilities, Science of The Total Environment, 751, 141748.

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