The mission of the Canadian Association on Water Quality (CAWQ) is to create and foster a nationwide network of professionals dedicated to the development and communication of knowledge to preserve and enhance the water quality environment.

The Canadian Association on Water Quality is a non-governmental, non-profit organization for scientists, engineers, technologists, administrators, practitioners and students engaged in or interested in research on water quality or on the control or treatment of water pollution.

The objectives of the CAWQ are to:

  • promote research on the scientific, technological, legal, economic, and policy aspects of water quality and of the control and treatment of water pollution,
  • further the exchange of information and practical application of such research for the public benefit, and
  • promote the goals and objectives of the International Water Association (IWA) in Canada

The CAWQ welcomes membership applications from all persons in industry, academia, governmental and non-governmental organizations, public service, community groups, professional societies, and the general public, including private firms, who have an interest in water issues. Learn about the types of membership available.

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  • 2024 Water Canada Awards

    Nominations for the 2024 Water Canada Awards are now open. The awards and an improv show will take place on August 13, 2024 at The Second City (1 York St) in Toronto. Nomination Form: Registration Form:

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  • IWA inviting nominations for two vice presidents

    IWA is inviting nominations by the Canada National Committee for the election of two vice presidents of IWA for a two year term. If interested in serving in a leadership role of IWA, please contact us regarding nomination forms.

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Any organization or individual may elect to become a sustaining member of CAWQ. Benefits of sustaining member status include posting the organization’s logo and listing it as a sustaining member on the CAWQ website and in the Water Quality Research Journal (WQRJ) and their logo will be displayed at CAWQ conferences. Sustaining members receive WQRJ (4 issues per year) and are guaranteed an opportunity to exhibit at the CAWQ’s annual Central Symposium

If you would like to volunteer with CAWQ, please submit the following form:

    The Canadian Association on Water Quality is a volunteer organization governed by an Executive Committee and a group of Directors drawn from industry and academia from regions across Canada. All members are nominated by the nominating committee and confirmed at the Annual General Meeting that is held during the Central Regional Conference, the first week of February.

    In addition, the Canadian National Committee of the International Water Association (CNC/IWA) is comprised of the Executive Committee of the CAWQ and other additional members as may be required to comply with the Constitution of the IWA. Two members of the CAWQ represent Canadian interests on the Governing Board of the International Water Association.

    CAWQ Board of Directors

    Dr. Elsayed Elbeshbishy

    Department of Civil Engineering Ryerson University 350 Victoria St. Toronto, ON M5B 2K3 In his research, Dr. Elbeshbishy works to minimize the environmental impact of waste while recovering value-added products from it. For example, through a process called anaerobic digestion, green bin waste can produce hydrogen gas, methane, alcohols or chemicals for many uses. Similarly, […]

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    Mr. Mike Lywood

    Mike has over 40 years design, construction, and operations experience in the water and wastewater industry, in both the municipal and private sectors. Michael has directed numerous projects in Canada, the U.S., and the Caribbean and has developed strategic plans for the restructuring and reengineering of water and wastewater utilities. He holds a BSc in […]

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    Pierre Bérubé

    Dr. Pierre Bérubé is a Professor with the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of British Columbia. He has over 25 years of research and consulting experience dealing with the development and optimization of membrane technologies for water and wastewater treatment applications. Dr. Bérubé actively collaborates with researchers nationally and internationally on a number […]

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    Jan Oleszkiewicz

    Jan Oleszkiewicz is a professor at the University of Manitoba, teaching courses in wastewater treatment, solid waste management, and wastewater treatment plant design.

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    Banu Örmeci

    613-520-2600 x4144

    Banu Örmeci is a Canada Research Professor and Jarislowsky Chair in Water and Global Health in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and the Director of the Global Water Institute at Carleton Univeristy. Banu has been a faculty member at Carleton since 2005 and served in several administrative roles and on important committees over […]

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    Peter Vanrolleghem

    Peter Vanrolleghem holds the Canada Research Chair on Water Quality Modeling at Université Laval. modelEAU, his research group focuses on modeling, monitoring and control of urban wastewaters and receiving waters. Challenges tackled include nutrients (removal and recovery), fate of micropollutants and greenhouse gas emissions, by developing and using mathematical models, automated monitoring stations, process control […]

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    Dr. Hubert Cabana

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    Pr. Hubert Cabana holds a B. Sc. A. diploma in Chemical Engineering from the University of Sherbrooke (Canada). He received his Ph.D. in Biological and Environmental Engineering from the Catholic University of Louvain (Belgium) in 2008. Since February 2008, he’s professor of Environmental Engineering, Department of Civil and Building Engineering, University of Sherbrooke. Pr. Hubert […]

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    Past Officials of the CAWQ

    The CAWQ was formed in 1967 and, since that time, has attracted the involvement of many academic, industrial and public service personnel. Through their many hours of volunteer activities, these people have contributed in countless ways to the growth and stability of the association and to its prominence on the national and international stage.

    Complete list of past officials