Internationally recognized water-quality expert, Trent University’s own Dr. Chris Metcalfe is 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,” says Dr. Neil Emery, vice president of Research & Innovation at Trent University. “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.”
Prof. Metcalfe may be best known for his research on how contaminants, such as pharmaceuticals, pesticides, soaps, shampoo, cosmetics and fragrances, are flushed down drains, impacting waterways and aquatic life.
Prof. Metcalfe has also worked on watershed management projects in regions with emerging and developing economies, including countries in Latin America and the Caribbean, East Africa and Southeast Asia.
Prof. Metcalfe has also trained dozens of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows and is routinely asked to provide advice to government agencies in Canada and abroad.
The Water’s Next awards will be presented virtually this year at the 11th annual Canadian Water Summit on June 11.