Unique Wastewater Demonstration Facilities – City of Guelph & City of London

SOWC provides access to municipal wastewater flow at facilities in Guelph and London. These are designed to allow clients to install, test, demonstrate and validate new technology from small- to full-scale flows.

The Guelph Wastewater Facility is led by the University of Guelph and located adjacent to the City of Guelph’s Wastewater Treatment Plant. The London Wastewater Facility is led by Western University and the City of London, and located at London’s Greenway Pollution Control Plant. At each facility, technical staff and research knowledge is available to support users. The Guelph Facility also has affiliated biological and chemical laboratory space as well as on-site analytical equipment and Ecotoxicology Bioassay facilities.

Analytical Services Unit (ASU) – Queen’s University

ASU is accredited by CALA to the standards of ISO/IEC 17025.  The unit is available to assist industry, government, and the university community with analytical chemistry problems and analysis.  The unit accommodates the special needs of clients such as analytical method development and specific research projects, both large and small. The ASU also has expertise in remote on-site labs, environmental assessment and remediation of contaminated sites.

Contact: Alison Rutter (ruttera@queensu.ca)

BioZone – Centre for Applied Bioscience and Bioengineering –  University of Toronto

BioZone researchers leverage the dramatic progress in genome science and computational biology to discover, design, and develop biocatalysts and bioprocesses that improve industrial sustainability and reduce environmental impact. BioZone’s water related expertise includes anaerobic digestion, wastewater treatment, bioremediation, microbial community analysis, and the valorization of lignocellulosic waste streams. BioZone hosts several fee-for-service facilities that include mass spectrometry, bioreactors for fermentation scale-up, and screening samples for anaerobic biomethane potential.

Contact: Sean Caffrey (sean.caffrey@utoronto.ca)

Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory – Queen’s University

The Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed, the most comprehensive hydrological research facility in Arctic Canada, is located on the south-central coast of Melville Island, Nunavut.  The observatory utilizes an integrated interdisciplinary approach to determine the primary processes within permafrost watersheds and identify their cumulative effects on vegetation and downstream rivers and lakes at multiple spatial and temporal scales. The field program closely coordinates research in order to model watershed-biogeochemistry in changing permafrost landscapes.

Contact: Scott Lamoureux (scott.lamoureux@queensu.ca) or Melissa Lafrenière (melissa.lafreniere@queensu.ca)

CAWT On-site Facility – Fleming College

The CAWT’s accredited facility in Lindsay features two state-of-the-art analytical laboratories, including a biological laboratory for microbial analyses. The large indoor research facility provides space for projects ranging from small bench scale to full-scale verification trials. Equipped to handle varying electrical and plumbing needs, the facility has space for large storage tanks to hold influents for batch testing of technologies and features an environmental chamber that allows for controlled studies under specified conditions.

Contact: Barbara Siembida-Losch (barbara.siembida-losch@flemingcollege.ca)

CAWT Off-site Facility – Fleming College

The CAWT off-site testing facility in Haliburton County provides a service unique in Ontario: testing and certification for advanced residential wastewater treatment units to the CAN/BNQ 3680-600 and NSF/ANSI 40 standards. The facility provides space for the installation and year-round operation of technologies. In addition to certification services, this facility allows CAWT researchers to work with companies that want to ready their technology for future testing and certification.

Contact: Barbara Siembida-Losch (barbara.siembida-losch@flemingcollege.ca)

Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science – Wilfrid Laurier University

The Centre for Cold Regions and Water Science (CCRWS) is a collaborative research facility that houses four research centres/groups and a variety of state-of-the-art analytical equipment. The facility, which opened in 2013, is funded by Laurier, the Government of the Northwest Territories, the Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI), the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation (MRI), and the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).  The facility boasts a variety of analytical equipment, available to internal and external users.

Contact: Kelly Munkittick (kmunkittrick@wlu.ca )

Centre for Emerging Device Technologies (CEDT) – McMaster University

CEDT’s focus has been on photonics and optical materials & devices,with research interests for the development of lasers, MEMS, detectors, waveguide devices, and much more. Cleanroom facilities and equipment to study the optical, electrical, mechanical, and biological properties of semiconductors and related materials and promote the development of technology based on these materials.

Contact: Andy Knights (cedt@mcmaster.ca)

Coastal Engineering Laboratory (QCEL) – Queen’s University

QCEL is the largest university hydraulics laboratory in Canada.  It houses three 45 m long wave flumes, a large wave basin, three river simulator flumes, a rotating fluids table, a 20 m3 landslide flume and a large-scale, water distribution pipe simulation facility.  The QCEL is a state-of-the-art facility for research and teaching in a broad range of water areas, especially in the fields of River Engineering, Lake Dynamics, Coastal Engineering, Landslides and Water Supply Systems.

Contact: Yves Filion (yves.filion@queensu.ca)

Drinking Water Research Group Laboratory – University of Toronto

The Drinking Water Research Group laboratory includes a range of analytical equipment for water quality testing, as well as bench-scale devices to explore different forms of water treatment. Other resources for more specialized purposes are often available nearby within U of T. The laboratory also includes pilot-scale equipment used for field research. The facilities are regularly hired by outside organizations to perform water treatment studies that are not otherwise locally available through commercial laboratories.

Contact: Ron Hofmann (ron.hofmann@utoronto.ca)

GIS (Geographic Information Science) Laboratory – McMaster University

There are two updated GIS labs in the School Of Geography & Earth Sciences (SGES), managed by a dedicated GIS Specialist. In 2009, SGES became an Esri Development Centre (EDC) based on their expertise in developing GIS tools and software. In 2014, SGES was nominated as an Esri Canada Centre of Excellence for GIS, focusing on new and innovative aspects of GIS technology, including Web, mobile, and 3D components of the Esri platform.

Contact: Patrick DeLuca (delucapf@mcmaster.ca)

Kennedy Research Station – Queen’s University

The Kennedy Field Station is a 200-acre scientific hydrology research and education facility near Tamworth, Ontario. It is situated in a sensitive geological setting and is part of the Salmon River Watershed, a tributary of the Great Lakes. The station is the hub of an intensive ground and surface water monitoring and meteorological sensor network spread throughout the watershed. The station supports research and education into the hydrological cycle in freshwater watersheds.

Contact: Pascal Champagne (pascale.champagne@queensu.ca) or Geof Hall (geoffrey.hall@queensu.ca)

Mass Spectrometry Facility – University of Guelph

The Mass Spectrometry Facility (MSF) assists in method development, sample preparation, data handling and interpretation for large and small molecule analysis. MSF is capable of high-resolution accurate mass detection and MS/MS fragmentation for qualitative identification and quantitation of unknown analytes in complex mixtures. MSF is also equipped for the detection of volatile and semi-volatile analytes in simple to complex matrices. MSF is operated on a fee for service platform with training available.

Contact: Dyanne Brewer (dbrewer@uoguelph.ca)

Micro- and Nano-Systems Laboratory (MNSL) – McMaster University

MNSL is a unique in North America offering fabrication, characterization and integration of different materials, components and devices at multiple length scales. Research using MNSL infrastructure spans from fundamental areas such as molecular interactions during bonding to applies relating to miniaturization of emerging systems for health and environmental (water) applications. We have developed several sensing and imaging systems for these applications, especially for water quality monitoring, and some of these systems are used in industry. A unique aspect of our sensing systems work is the emphasis on low-cost technologies in a user-friendly and easy-to-use format (no special training required) that is suitable for Canada’s remote communities, especially first nations communities.

Contact: Jamal Deen (jamal@mcmaster.ca)

Mining, Water and Environment Facility – University of Toronto

This world class applied research facility houses infrastructure enabling sampling, surveying and analyses of environmental (i.e., wastewater, tailings) samples for geochemical (e.g. carbon, sulfur, nitrogen, metals) and microbiological (genomics and imaging) analyses, as well as the capacity for biogeochemical experimentation simulating environmental conditions. The dedicated infrastructure enables determination of important uncharacterized linkages amongst geochemistry, environmental microbiology and contaminants enabling new monitoring, management and treatment tools for the mining industry.

Contact: Lesley Warren (lesley.warren@utoronto.ca)

Ontario Tech Aquatic Facility – Ontario Tech University

This flow through facility consumes 65-100 L of processed water per minute, and in total the facility can hold up to 19.64 m3 of water.  There are 12-1000 L insulated tanks, 100-70 L glass tanks, and 64-10 L small glass tanks. Currently we maintain stocks of two small bodied fish species – Japanese medaka and Florida flagfish, and larger bodied fish (such as rainbow trout) on an occasional basis for research purposes.

Contact: Denina Simmons (denina.simmons@uoit.ca)

Pulp & Paper Centre – University of Toronto

A laboratory crystallizer with flow loop is being built and will be ready by January 2020. The crystallizer will primarily be used for solubility and dissolution studies up to 150 °C. The flow loop will allow for inclusion of a small scaling cell or an online viscometer. One important feature will be the capacity to introduce seed crystals while the system is above 100 °C.

Contact: Nikolai DeMartini (nikolai.demartini@utoronto.ca)

Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS) – Queen’s University

Situated within the Frontenac Axis, QUBS provides access to a wide variety of habitats, including lakes of various types and sizes. So, too, are landscapes with a range of human influence and alteration, varied topography, specialized environments, and high biodiversity. From the beginning, the Queen’s University Biological Station has had a dual mandate of teaching and research.  Research spans many disciplines including limnology (and paleolimnology), ecotoxicology, fisheries, conservation biology, ecology, remote sensing and evolutionary biology.

Contact: Stephen C. Lougheed (steve.lougheed@queensu.ca)

RUW Analytical Laboratory – Ryerson University

The RUW analytical lab is a 2000 sq. ft. space located on the ground floor of the newly constructed Centre for Urban Innovation. It includes a write-up space situated next to the lab which provides ample space for researchers. A microbiology lab is co-located adjacent to the analytical lab. Users of this space will have access to a wide variety of analytical equipment.

Contact: Angela Murphy (angela.murphy@ryerson.ca)

RUW AQUAbox Experimental Lab – Ryerson University

The RUW AQUAbox Experimental lab is located on the lower level of the Centre for Urban Innovation. With 2,500 sq. ft. it provides space for large scale reactors and equipment. Grow lamps, optimized for photosynthesis, are located throughout the lab and above including 8 independent growth cells (each over 40 sq. ft) for wetland simulation experiments. A separate culture holding room within the lab will soon be outfitted with aquaria and racks.

Contact: Angela Murphy (angela.murphy@ryerson.ca)

Small Fish Toxicology Testing Laboratory – University of Guelph

Located within the Hagen Aqualab at the University of Guelph, the SOWC Small Fish Toxicology Testing Laboratory provides the opportunity to assess the effects of chemicals and effluents on the growth, reproduction and development of aquatic animals. The facility can be configured for static or continuous flow testing, and offers full control of environmental conditions including temperature, photoperiod, salinity and oxygen availability.

Contact: Glen Van Der Kraak (gvanderk@uoguelph.ca)

Stable and radioisotope facilities –  University of Toronto

The Stable Isotope Facility has a gas chromatograph connected to an isotope ratio mass spectrometer (GC/IRMS) for stable carbon, nitrogen, and hydrogen isotope analysis at natural abundance, referred to as Compound Specific Isotope Analysis (CSIA).

The Radio Isotope Facility has an HPLC connected to a radioactivity flow detector, a liquid scintillation counter, and a Harvey oxidizer with radioactivity trap. These can be used for lab experiments using radiolabelled compounds.

Contact: Elodie Passeport (Elodie.passeport@utoronto.ca)

Tay River Field Site – Queen’s University

The Tay River Field Site is located near Perth, Ontario, and is a tributary of the UNESCO Heritage Rideau Canal System. The site contains a variety of natural and anthropogenic stressors and contains comprehensive groundwater instrumentation, weather stations and has been extensively mapped.  This site supports research into the impacts of agricultural activity, climate change and contaminant sensitivity in bedrock aquifers.

Contact: Pascal Champagne (pascale.champagne@queensu.ca) & Geof Hall (geoffrey.hall@queensu.ca)

Water and Energy Laboratory – University of Toronto

The WERL facility has a state-of-the-art reverse osmosis system with a custom-made pressure vessel with an in-situ viewing window. This system can test any type of flat-sheet membrane-based water treatment technology. The system is temperature controlled, pressure stabilized, automated and continuously monitored. Additionally, the lab has equipment for rapid prototyping various innovative technologies for the water industry. The most recent rapid prototyping projects have centered on energy recovery systems.

Contact: Amy Bilton (bilton@mie.utoronto.ca) or Marina Freire-Gormaly (m.freire.gormaly@utoronto.ca)