Internationally recognized Trent University water-quality expert, Dr. Chris Metcalfe, has been announced as a finalist for a Water’s Next Award in recognition of his pioneering research into the effects of chemicals, such as pharmaceuticals, that are flushed into our waterways and become environmental contaminants.
“I nominated Professor Metcalfe for this award as he is one of a handful of leading international scientists who has shaped ongoing global research associated with urban water quality and contaminants of emerging concern,” Dr. Neil Emery, vice president of Research & Innovation at Trent University told us.
“Professor Metcalfe’s early recognition of the environmental fate and toxic effects of organic contaminants in the aquatic environment initiated a paradigm shift in understanding water-soluble contaminants.”
Water’s Next is a national awards program part of the annual Canadian Water Summit, which takes place in Ottawa (virtually this year) and brings together policymakers, researchers, industry representatives and others to discuss the biggest issues in the sector.
The Water’s Next awards feature six categories that honour the achievements and ideas of individuals and companies that successfully work to change the way we use and treat water in Canada.
A faculty member for more than 35 years in the Trent School of the Environment, Prof. Metcalfe is a finalist in the Water’s Next Academic Leader category.
“It is especially rewarding to be recognized for work that I am passionate about and that others see great value in the research I have been doing for over three decades,” Prof Metcalfe said about the nomination.
“I hope to continue my research and contribute more insights that lead to improved water quality in communities around the world.”