“Decision support system for conception and optimization of surface water quality monitoring strategies based on participatory approach”

Sonja Behmel

Passionate about water’s sciences and applied research, Sonja Behmel starts in 2005 an university career in environment and geography. The forward-looking nature of her Master’s thesis, which deals with the development of strategies and tools for the monitoring of water quality, bring her to be recruit by a major actor of the water at Quebec City. As part of her mandate, as project officer in limnology, she lead important scientific studies in collaboration with Quebec City and different universities. These experiences are used as the basis for the creation, in 2013, of her own company « WaterShed Monitoring », to develop and commercialize the first software-as-a-service made to stock and exploit all kind of data relating to the water’s quality. At the same time, she begin a PhD to further some technic-scientific aspects of the offer of her young company. Since, she multiplies awards and recognitions : Prize-winner of the Concours québécois en entrepreneuriat 2015 regional level, finalist of the Concours Bourses Créateurs d’entreprise 2015 of the Chamber of Commerce, winner of the Concours des entrepreneurs émergeants C2 Montreal 2016 and Canada Enactus provincial champion of student entrepreneurship 2016, to name a few.


“Potability: First conscience of water”

Normand Cazelais

Normand Capelais is geographer. He is an environmental specialist, retired from Hydro-Québec. In the field of journalism, he contributed to many print media (Perspectives, L’Actualité, Forces, Touring, La Presse) and electronic media (Radio-Canada, TVA, Télé-Québec, CKAC). Sought-after speaker, he had, in particular, a daily column about tourism on Devoir from 1991 to 2006. Author of nearly thirty works, he got several awards and distinctions. One of his recent writings, Vivre l’hiver au Québec, won the Grand prize of the book’s fair of Montreal in 2010. Mr. Cazelais is ambassador for the OBV Richelieu / Saint-Laurent (COVABAR) and he is, since 2009, the Director General of the North American Network of Basin Organizations (NANBO).


“Building from the Ground Up:  A Collaborative Approach to Municipal Source Protection Implementation.”

Kyle Davis

Kyle Davis is the Risk Management Official for Wellington Source Water Protection, a partnership between the 8 municipalities of Wellington County.  This includes 7 lower tier municipalities and the County. Prior to joining Wellington Source Water Protection, Kyle worked for 11 years at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment in a variety of roles including Senior Environmental Officer and Issues / Project Coordinator where Kyle was responsible for compliance with the Environmental Protection Act and Ontario Water Resources Act, in particular the inspection, abatement, assessment and clean-up of contaminated sites, active and closed landfills, PCB sites, waste transfer sites, industrial / commercial sites and municipal facilities. Prior to his time at MOE, Kyle worked as an environmental consultant in Ontario, Quebec, Alberta and the United States focused on compliance audits and the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites.


“How to pass from studies to actions? The case of the Saint-Charles river watershed”

Mélanie Deslongchamps

Mélanie Longchamps is graduated from Laval University in management of touristic development, and she is now continuing her formation in sustainable development. In 2000, Mrs. Deslongchamps is incurred as agent of promotion and development to lead the consolidation’s projets of the conservation site of the “Marais du Nord (northern marshes)”. Her recognized leadership and her excellent management capabilities quickly bring her at the post of general directive of the organization in 2001. Under her management, the APEL become an unavoidable actor of the region concerning the water management, the environment protection and the preservation of natural resources.


“Local Source Water Information Management System (LSWIMS) – A collaborative venture”

Martin Keller

Martin Keller has an extensive and diverse background with twenty years of experience in the areas of resource management, risk management, project management, and policy development. He is currently with the Grand River Conservation Authority as the Source Protection Program Manager where he oversees the implementation of the Ontario Clean Water Act for the Lake Erie Source Protection Region. Martin holds a Master of Science degree in Resource Management from Lincoln University (New Zealand), a Master of Science degree in Hydrobiology/Limnology from the University of Zürich (Switzerland) and a postgraduate Diploma in Management Studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.


“Challenges of the integration of groundwater in the territorial planning”

Roxane Lavoie

Roxane Lavoie is a teacher at the superior school of the territory management and regional development since 2015. She’s interesting in the tools supporting the territorial decision. The development of tools to make easier the consideration of complex environmental issues, particularly those related in water, into the territorial planning, constitues her main areas of interest. She holds a bachelor’s degree in environment and international studies of the Laval University. She also holds a professional master’s degree in land-use planning and regional development, during which she is particularly concerned with territorial decision support. She finished a PhD in the same field, under the theme « Strategies to facilitate the integration of groundwater in the decision making in territorial planning » under the direction of Manuel Rodriguez in 2013. Next she realized a postdoctoral fellowship at the Massachussett’s Institute of Technology (MIT). Roxane Lavoie had the opportunity to be involve in several research projets linked to the decision support tools. Her PhD these allowed her to take an interest in issues linked to the integration of groundwater in he territorial planning, main-fully in the goal to better protecting and concerning the resource.


“The management of river basins and territory planning, a sometimes difficult conciliation”

François Morneau

Mr. François Morneau holds a multidisciplinary bachelor’ degree in Earth’s science and ecology, and a Master’ degree in physical geography, specialized in ecogeomorphology from the Laval University. After working for more than 10 years in the field of environmental evaluation of road, maritime and aerial projects for the Ministère des Transports du Québec, he joins, in 2001, the security Ministry as specialist of the management of natural risks and coordinator of the scientific expertise in the general direction of Quebec City’s civil security. Since July 2015, Mr. Morneau is acting as special adviser and coordinator of the acting plan for the water sources protection at the Quebec City metropolitan community. Finally, since 2002, M. Morneau is associate at the consortium Ouranos as coordinator of the environmental program in the team « Vulnerability, impacts and adaptation ».


“Impact of recent knowledge and challenges of the Quebec groundwater network”

Alain Rouleau

Alain Rouleau is engineer, geologist and teacher at the Quebec University at Chicoutimi. He has around 40 years of experience in hydrogeology, leading education, research, and consultation activities, at Quebec, Canada and several other countries. His main expertise fields includes hydrogeology of jointed rocky environment, hydrology of mining operations, interactions between mechanical stresses and hydraulic properties of rock formations, the enhancement and the protection of groundwater. He has been coordinator of two projets recently realized for the acquisition program of knowledge on Quebec groundwater (PACES in french), one at Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean and the other in the Charlevoix and Haute-Côte-Nord region.


“Understanding the links between hydrology, land use, and water quality for a more sustainable development in a rural municipality”

Stephanie Shousha

Having graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree in biology and a concentration in aquatic ecology, Stephanie has always had a passion for water. Gaining knowledge on degrading ecosystems as well as hands on experience through field courses in Barbados and Quebec made her realize that she wants to protect our water, rivers and ecosystems at all cost. She therefore pursued her interests and is now finishing her graduate studies in the thought-provoking Integrated Water Resources Management Master’s program at McGill University. The program has improved her knowledge of watershed management, wetlands and their ecosystem values, deforestation and carbon sinks, and polished her technical GIS skills. In the last semester of her degree under the supervision of Professor Jean-François Lapierre at Université de Montréal, Stephanie is researching the interactions between surface and groundwater and looking at contamination using a rural Quebec municipality as a case study.


“Partnership, local, and public policies for the securing and the preservation of drinking water resources: exemple of the implementation of protecting programs of the food plot areas in Poitou-Charentes (France)”

Mohamed Taabni

Geography lecturer at the Poitiers University, PhD in geography empowered to lead researches, and former director of the RURALITES laboratory. Team of doctoral reception. Themes of researches: environmental dynamics and territory, impacts of global warming and adaptative strategies of territories, management of water resources. Places of studies: France and Maghreb. Current project: Observatory of the local public policies of attenuation and adaptation in Poitou-Charentes (France).

Closing conference

“Risk Management Plans in the City of Guelph”

Peter Rider

Peter G. Rider, P.Geo (City of Guelph) is a professional geoscientist and is the Risk Management Official for the City of Guelph. Peter holds an Honours degree in Earth Sciences from the University of Waterloo. He has 30 years of experience in groundwater supply, protection and monitoring and has participated as an expert witness at the Ontario Municipal Board in the field of hydrogeology. Peter’s public sector experience includes working as a Senior Drinking Water Advisor at the MOE’s Source Protection Programs Branch. During his 20+years in environmental consulting industry, Peter was involved in several regional scale groundwater characterization and vulnerability studies throughout Ontario. Peter’s international consulting experience includes developing an updated groundwater protection program for Barbados and completing a wellhead protection study for major US Air Force base in Japan.