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Engineering Water Systems a Virtual Symposium

Fri., Sep. 24, 2021 8:45 a.m. - Fri., Sep. 24, 2021 3:45 p.m.

Location: Zoom

Engineering Water Systems a Virtual Symposium
(Utilization, Purification & Treatment)
September 24, 2021
8:45am – 12:00pm (noon) & 1:00pm – 3:45pm



All are welcome and attendance is free but registration is required.


8:45-9:00am                Opening Remarks

9:00-9:30am                Shahid Azam (UofR/Eng) - Water management in Agriculture and Mining

9:30-10:00am              Ben Lichtenwald (UofR/Eng) - Saskatchewan Water Wastewater Operator Certification

10:00-10:30am            Stephanie Young (UofR/Eng) - Greywater /Waste Water treatment systems (developed)

10:30-11:00am            Jinkai Xue (UofR/Eng) - Sustainable Waste Water Treatment Systems (large and small)

11:00-11:30pm            Gordon Huang (UofR/Eng) - Water/wastewater treatment for rural and first-nation communities

11:30-11:45am            Open Discussion

12:00-1:00pm              Lunch Break

1:00-1:30pm                Blake Weiseth (SaskPoly) - Water runoff and containment

1:30-2:00pm                Dan Dietrich (SaskEnergy) - Protecting River Systems during Pipeline Construction

2:00-2:30pm                Kerri Finlay (UofR/Bio) – Landscape and climate impacts on water quality

2:30-3:00pm                Duane Hauve (Ag Prod Assoc) – Water utilization and conservation in Sask farming

3:00-3:30 pm               Jack Zhang (SRC) – Solution Mining in Saskatchewan

3:30-3:45pm                Closing remarks


Shahid Azam

Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Regina

Research interests
Characterization and Improvement of Geomaterials (Slurries, Soils, and Rocks), Sustainable Mine Waste Management (Tailings Dams and Waste Rock Dumps), Civil Infrastructure Systems (Constructed in, on, or with Marginal Soils)

Email: shahid.azam@uregina.ca

Website: http://uregina.ca/~azam200s/


Ben Lichtenwald

Ben Lichtenwald

M.Sc., P.Eng.
Lab Instructor, Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Regina

Ben has been at the U of R since 2019 as a lab instructor in the Environmental Systems Engineering program. Previously he was an instructor at Sask Polytechnic and before that he worked across Alberta and Saskatchewan in the water and wastewater sector. Relevant to this symposium Ben has been a board member of the Operator Certification Board for more than ten years and he will speak to that today.

Email: ben.lichtenwald@uregina.ca



Stephanie Young


Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Regina
Research interests
Municipal Engineering, specializing in water and wastewater treatment, Treatment and disposal of municipal and industrial wastewater particularly pulp mill effluent, wastewater from oil field: oil/water separation and reclamation of oily water and reuse, Advanced physical/chemical treatment, including membrane filtration and bioremediation, Water treatment process & facility design and modification, Collection and distribution systems design and analysis, Solid waste management including composting, sludge treatment and recycle, Hazardous waste management, Use of polymer materials for environmental engineering applications

Email: Stephanie.young@uregina.ca



Jinkai Xue

Jinkai Xue

Ph.D., E.I.T.
Assistant Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Regina

Dr. Jinkai Xue is assistant professor in Environmental Systems Engineering of the University of Regina. His research is focused on sustainable water and wastewater management technologies. His expertise includes membrane technology, biotechnology, ozonation, and more conventional processes. He has been working on the removal of recalcitrant hydrocarbons and microplastics from water and wastewater. Currently, Jinkai is leading two NSERC grants on sustainable wastewater treatment and reuse in cold regions. Jinkai earned his Bachelor’s degree at Tongji University, China, Master of Science at King Abdullah University of Science and Technology, Saudi Arabia, and Ph.D. at the University of Alberta. Prior to his appointment at the UofR, Jinkai performed research as a postdoctoral associate, NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, and associate professor at the University of Minnesota (U.S.A.), University of Waterloo (Canada), and Sun Yat-sen University (China), respectively.

Email: jinkai.xue@uregina.ca

Website: http://uregina.ca/~jxv982/


Gordon Huang


Ph.D., P.Eng.
Professor, Environmental Systems Engineering, University of Regina

Research interests
Waste management, site remediation, and risk assessment, Simulation and optimization of hydrological and environmental systems, Modeling of energy and environmental management systems, Climate modeling, impact assessment, and adaptation planning

Email: Gordon.huang@uregina.ca

Website: http://www.jeionline.org/huangg/


Blake Weiseth



Research Chair, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Applied Research Lead, Discovery Farm

Blake is the Glacier FarmMedia Discovery Farm Director of Research & Demonstration, where he oversees how field trials are designed and implemented. Every growing season presents new challenges and the Discovery Farm is the place to find practical solutions. “I grew up on a farm and I appreciate the real challenges farmers deal with,” Blake says. “At the Discovery Farm we can be very responsive to the prevailing issues farmers are facing. We can address all kinds of questions or practices across the crop production cycle.”

Blake is a Master’s graduate from the College of Agriculture, University of Saskatchewan and the Agriculture Research chair at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. Blake and his team always have the practical aspects of field trials in mind when conducting research. “When the farmer sees the results and it interests them, we encourage them to validate it on their farm,” Blake says. “Our trails are intentionally conducted at the field-scale using commercial equipment, so that the results are meaningful to producers and practices can be readily implemented.”

For Blake, the Discovery Farm is a place where novel practices or products are validated and results are meant to stimulate agronomic conversations. “We have the ability to absorb a greater amount of risk than the average producer might have,” Blake says. “While using good stewardship practices, farmers want to maximize their return on every acre of land. They don’t always have the ability to experiment on their farm. We have the ability to play around at the Discovery Farm. Farmers can take what we learn and test it out themselves.”

Email: bweiseth@aginmotion.ca


Dan Dietrich


MSc, PAg, EP

Dan grew up in rural Saskatchewan, always interested and involved in agriculture. Now, as a Professional Agrologist and Environmental Professional, he oversees the environmental assessment, environmental training/awareness, and reclamation areas of SaskEnergy Incorporated. Dan holds a BSc from the University of Lethbridge (Environmental Science) and a MSc from Royal Roads University (Environmental Practice).

Email: ddietrich@saskenergy.com


Kerri Finlay


Associate Professor, Department of Biology, University of Regina

Research Interests

Kerri’s research focuses on aquatic ecology and biogeochemistry. She is interested in the effects of environmental changes and industrial activities on fresh water systems. Kerri is interested in determining the role of human activities and climate change on the water quality of lakes, ponds, and wetlands in Saskatchewan, and how to develop ecologically-sound mitigation practices for water quality improvement to maximize the potential for recreational and agricultural use. Kerri’s research is also focused in carbon budgets in prairie lakes and ponds, and how carbon dynamics interact with climate change. 

Email: kerri.finlay@uregina.ca | Website: http://kerrifinlay.wixsite.com/kerri


Duane Haave


General Manager, Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan

General Manager, Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS)

APAS is Saskatchewan’s membership based general farm policy organization.

Duane Haave has been General Manager of APAS since September 2015

Prior to that he has served as General Manager of the Wascana and Upper Qu’Appelle watershed stewardship agency from 2008 to 2015, and for the Governments of Saskatchewan and Canada between 1989 and 2007.  Duane studied Geography at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon.

Email: dhaave@apas.ca


Jack Zhang


Director, Rare Earth Element Division and Manager, Mineral Processing

Jack Zhang manages SRC's Mineral Processing team and is the Director of SRC's Rare Earth Processing Facility. His areas of focus include applied R&D and process development for uranium, lithium, potash, rare earths, gold, base metals and mine water treatment. He previously served as a Plant Metallurgist at Cameco and as a Process Engineer at SINOPEC.

Email: Jack.zhang@src.sk.ca