Over the last three and a half years, Catherine Creber has been a vital part of the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute. Since 2018, Catherine has played a key role on our Advisory Board, and we are proud of what has been accomplished with her guidance. Below, Catherine offers some reflections on her time with MG360 and what we have accomplished together:
“It was a genuine pleasure to be on the Advisory Board of the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute for the past several years. With a career in chemical production and environmental remediation, I have always been fascinated by groundwater research and its applications, from the very basic chemical transport mechanisms that were studied in the 80’s, to the discrete fracture mapping and sophisticated technologies such as oxidation, bioremediation, phytoremediation, and chemical fixation that are now indispensable tools for environmental scientists and engineers in our quest to solve real life problems.
The lead researchers at the Institute have been involved from the very beginning in this explosion in groundwater science. This gathering of multi disciplined professors, consultants and advanced degree students, with collaboration from industry and governments, is a powerhouse of intellect and skills. MG360 continues to provide insights into groundwater that Canadians and the world require to move forward with sustainable environmental practices. I will always take pride that I was associated in a small way with this wonderful group.”
Thank you Catherine for your eager participation, support, and insights during your time with Morwick G360. We wish you all the best!
Julie Zettl is this year’s recipient of the Thomas Krug Memorial Scholarship – congratulations!
Julie is a new PhD student with Dr. Beth Parker at the Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute. Dr. Parker’s high impact research over the last 35+ years has aided in building a framework for the scientific, private and publics sectors to inform their decision-making regarding groundwater contamination assessment, in-situ remediation of groundwater systems, and groundwater management. Julie is a welcome addition to the team, and we are excited to have her aboard and to celebrate her scholarship.
The Thomas Krug Memorial Scholarship was established in memory of Thomas Krug, who showed immense commitment to environmental stewardship through his 30-year career at Geosyntec applying novel approaches to environmental remediation. Geosyntec is multi-national civil and environmental engineering consulting firm serving clients from more than 80 offices in North America, Europe, and Australia. Thomas loved northern Canada and he inspired many of his friends and family to explore these beautiful lands. He passed away two years ago, survived by his loving wife Janet and his three adult children. Thomas’ family and the employees at Geosyntec were thrilled to award this scholarship again this year.
Julie’s research project reflects Thomas’ commitment to environmental stewardship in northern Canada. She will take part in a study of groundwater quality in the Liard Basin near the community of Fort Liard. Dr. Parker is the Principal Investigator of this multi-disciplinary, cross-institutional project. The project has many collaborators including Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute, Acho Dene Koe First Nation, the Hamlet of Fort Liard, Beaver Enterprises, the Government of the Northwest Territories (GNWT) and the National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada, with the aim of completing a baseline groundwater quality investigation in the Liard Basin.
A network of monitoring wells will be installed as part of the research project and later will be operated by the GNWT. The research will enable the development of a groundwater monitoring network that will support the NWT water stewardship strategy to ensure water remains clean, abundant and productive. This scholarship and research program are examples of the synergies the Morwick G360 Institute and Geosyntec have had here in Canada and in the USA over the years. It is suitable that the project involves water protection in Canada’s North, as this was a true passion of the late Thomas Krug.
Looking for a great place to work? Morwick G360 has two positions open right now! You can find application instructions and full details about the positions at the links below. Apply now!
- Groundwater Research Data Administrator: This role is ideal for graduates with a degree in science or engineering who have experience working with groundwater or other environmental datasets from field sites and laboratories. This position is an excellent opportunity to advance your skills in several widely used data management, processing, and visualization software tools and technologies that are highly relevant to industry, academia, and the public sector. Learn more about the position and how you can apply here. Application Deadline is August 11, 2021.
- Junior Digital Education Coordinator: In this role, you will support the Groundwater Project, a non-profit organization based within and administratively supported by Morwick G360 at the University of Guelph. The project is committed to providing accessible, engaging, high-quality, educational materials, free-of-charge online in many languages, to all who want to learn about groundwater, and how groundwater relates to and sustains ecological systems and humanity. To meet the requirements of the Federal Government Youth Employment Program which is providing funding for this job, the applicant must be 30 or under and either a Permanent Resident of Canada, a Canadian Citizen, or have refugee status. Learn more about the position and how you can apply here. Application Deadline is August 9, 2021.
On June 14th, the Canadian Academy of Engineering (CAE) announced its newly elected Fellows for 2021. Among them is Morwick G360’s founder and director, Dr. Beth Parker.
Founded in 1987, the CAE is an institution that enables skilled engineers to provide strategic advice for the benefit of Canada and Canadians. Each year, the CAE elects new Fellows through a vote of their peers. These Fellows are individuals who have made outstanding contributions to engineering in Canada and worldwide.
The CAE recognizes Dr. Parker for her achievements and service in the field of groundwater protection and contamination treatment:
“Dr. Parker is a global leader in fractured porous geologic media contamination, helping to protect water supplies in Guelph and many other communities. She pioneered new fractured bedrock characterisation methods (as of April 2021: 4 patents and more than 165 refereed papers, among other contributions), including novel downhole borehole devices and procedures for investigating contamination in bedrock aquifers. These methodologies have been used at complex contamination sites worldwide. Her paradigm-shifting contributions have changed how engineers can and should study contaminated sites to inform their remediation decisions. Her new technologies enable effective monitoring of bedrock aquifers.”
You can read the CAE’s full press release and learn about some of the other new Fellows here. Congratulations to Dr. Parker and the rest of the CAE’s new cohort of Fellows!
Stantec Waterloo is hiring a new full-time employee! They are looking for a Junior Hydrogeologist.
Anyone interested can find the full job description and application instructions here.