After 28 years on the faculty in
Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry at the University
of Toronto, Dr. Mackay moved in 1995 to Trent University in Peterborough
Ontario where, with support from a variety of chemical industries
and the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)
of the Canadian Federal Government, he established the Canadian
Enviornmental Modelling Centre. He is currently director. He
is also on the Trent faculty of Environmental and Resource Studies,
Chemistry and is a Fellow of Champlain College.
The objective of the Canadian Environmental
Modelling Centre (see www.trentu.ca/envmodel) is to contribute
to improved management of chemicals in our environment locally,
regionally, nationally and globally by acquiring and analyzing
information on chemical properties which influence their fate
in the environment, and developing, proving and distributing
computer-based mass balance models or budgets which describe
and predict the fate and effects of these chemicals in the environment.
These models essentially predict where
chemicals will go throughout the environment, how long they will
persist and how humans and other species become exposed to them.
This understanding can provide a sound foundation for managing
or regulating chemicals, and in some cases banning them completely.