Who We Are - Network for Risk Assessment & Management

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c/o Dr. John Shorteed
Institute for Risk Research
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1
Tel : (519) 888-4567, ext. 35527
Fax : (519) 725-4834
Email: shortree@uwaterloo.ca



Western Node

Director: Dr. Cindy Jardine
Dept. of Human Ecology
302 Human Ecology Bldg.
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 2N1
Tel.: (780) 492-2626
Fax: (780) 492-4821
Email: cindy.jardine@ualberta.ca
Webpage: www.re.ualberta.ca/People/Index

Associate Director: Dr. Steve Hrudey
Faculty of Medicine
Professor of Environmental Health
Public Health Sciences
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB
Tel.: (780) 492-6807
Fax: (780) 492-0364
Email: steve.hrudey@ualberta.ca
Webpage: www.publichealth.ualberta.ca/steve_hrudey.cfm

Middle Node

Director: Dr. George Dixon
Department of Biology
University of Waterloo
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Tel.: (519) 888-4567, ext. 32531
Fax: (519) 746-0614
Email: dgdixon@sciborg.uwaterloo.ca
Webpage: www.biology.uwaterloo.ca/people/gdixon

Eastern Node


Ottawa Node

Director: Dr. Dan Krewski
McLaughlin Centre for Population Health Risk Assessment Inst. of Population Health
University of Ottawa
451 Smyth Road
Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5
Tel: (613) 562-5800, ext. 8261
Fax: (613) 562-5465
Email: dkrewski@uottawa.ca
Webpage: lrsp.carleton.ca:16080/directors/krewski

Risk Communication Node

Director: Dr. William Leiss
NSERC/SSHRC Research Chair
University of Calgary
2500 University Drive NW
Calgary, AB T2N 1N4
Tel: (403) 220-8579
Fax: (403) 282-0095
Email: wleiss@uottawa.ca
Webpage: www.leiss.ca


NERAM Members are researchers primarily (but not necessarily) from the university sector.

Pierre Ayotte
Social & Preventive Medicine/CNTC
Université Laval
Tel: (418) 666-7000, ext. 245
Email: pierre.ayotte@inspq.qc.ca

Janice Bailey
Animal Science
Centre of Research in Biology of Reproduction (CRBR)
Université Laval
Tel: (418) 656-2131, ext. 3354
Email: janice.bailey@crbr.ulaval.ca
Expertise: reproduction, sperm, andrology
David Barton
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4567, ext. 32559
Email: drbarton@sciborg.uwaterloo.ca
Webpage: www.biology.uwaterloo.ca/people/barton/index.html

Steven M. Becker
School of Public Health
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Tel: (205) 934-6089
Email: smbecker@uab.edu
Webpage: www.soph.uab.edu/default.aspx

Leah Bendell-Young
Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Tel: (604) 291-5621
Email: bendell@sfu.ca
Webpage: www.sfu.ca/biology/faculty/bendell
Expertise: ecotoxicology, aquatic & terrestrial ecosystems

Niels Bols
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4567, ext. 33993
Email: ncbols.sciborg.uwaterloo.ca
Webpage: www.science.uwaterloo.ca/departments/biology/people/bols/index.html

Kevin P. Brand
Institute of Population Health
University of Ottawa
Tel: (613) 562-5257
Email: kbrand@uottawa.ca
Webpage: www.research.uottawa.ca/researcher_kbrand.html
Expertise: human health risk assessment, regulatory toxicology, uncertainty analysis, burden of disease assessment, and risk management

Michael Brauer

School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
University of British Columbia
Tel: (604) 822-9585
Email: brauer@interchange.ubc.ca
Webpage: www.bridge.ubc.ca/directory/faculty
Expertise: environmental and occupational exposure assessment, air pollution health effects, air quality, transportation and air quality, vegetation fires and air quality, indoor air pollution, development of sampling and analysis for air pollutants

Gaetan Carrier
Médecine du travail et d'hygiène du milieu
University of Montreal
Tel: (514) 343-6111, ext. 3108
Email: carriega@ere.umontreal.ca
Expertise: Modélisation et prédiction du sort de certains toxiques chez l'être humain: BPC, polychloro-dibenzo-p-dioxines, polychlorodibenzo-furannes, plomb, mercure, HA

Jan Ciborowski
Biological Sciences
University of Windsor
Tel: (519) 253-4232, ext. 2725
Email: cibor@uwindsor.ca
Webpage: cronus.uwindsor.ca/units/biosci/BiologyFaculty.nsf
Expertise: aquaticecology, ecotoxicology, experimental design

Donald Cole
Public Health Sciences, University of Toronto and Institute for Work and Health
Email: donald.cole@utoronto.ca and dcole@iwh.on.ca
Webpage: http://www.phs.utoronto.ca/faculty
Expertise: Global occupational/environmental health, particularly urban agriculture & human health and pesticides & human health, workplace interventions for musculoskeletal health, evaluation of environmental health interventions

Ray Copes
Health Care & Epidemiology/Environmental Health
University of British Columbia/BC Centre for Disease Control
Tel: (604) 660-1409
Email: ray.copes@bccdc.ca

Expertise: Risk assessment, management and communication, impacts on human health of environmental pollutants

William Cullen
University of British Columbia
Tel: (604) 822-4435
Email: wrc@chem.ubc.ca
Webpage: www.chem.ubc.ca/personnel/faculty/cullen
Expertise: biogeochemistry; metal biotransformation, environment, bioremediation, PAH and PCB metabolism, analysis, and degradation

Éric Dewailly
Institut national de santé publique
Université Laval
Tel: (418) 650-5115, 5250
Email: eric.dewailly@inspq.qc.ca
Webpage: www.chuq.qc.ca/oms/en/direct/dewailly.htm

Expertise: impact of oceans on human health: contamination of marine food chain and exposure of fishing communities to heavy metals and organochlorines; the effect of these contaminants on the reproductive, immune, and neurological systems; nutrition and fish in the diet; microbiological contamination; marine toxins

D. George Dixon
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4567, ext. 32531
Email: dgdixon@sciborg.uwaterloo.ca
Webpage: www.biology.uwaterloo.ca/people/gdixon
Expertise: effects of toxic chemicals, including metals and oilsands process water, on aquatic organisms, principally fish; biotic modifying factors of toxicity; development of methods for environmental effects monitoring. Physiologically based pharmacokinetic modelling of contaminant levels in fish


Leonard Eckel
School of Accountancy
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4567, ext. 36523
Email: leckel@uwaterloo.ca
Webpage: accounting.uwaterloo.ca/alumni/fellowships/LeonardEckel.htm

Expertise: discounted liabilities, including environmental obligations

John Eyles
McMaster Institute of Environment and Health
McMaster University
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 23152
Email: eyles@mcmail.mcmaster.ca
Webpage: www.science.mcmaster.ca/geo/faculty/eyles_j
Expertise: evidence-based decision-making, environment-health connections

Chris Furgal

Indigenous Studies Department
Trent University

Tel: (705) 748-1101 ext 7953
Email: chrisfurgal@trentu.ca
Website: www.trentu.ca/academic/ers/faculty_staff.shtml
Expertise: environmental health risk assessment, management and communication with specific expertise in Aboriginal and Arctic populations; recent research include contaminants, food security and climate change and the health of Aboriginal communities

Vince Gagner
Environment, Health & Safety
Sunoco Inc. Sarnia Refinery
Tel: (519) 3873-3606
Email: VGagner@Suncor.com
Expertise: environmental and occupational health issues relating to risk to human health

William (Bill) Goodman
Faculty of School of Business and Information Technology
University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Tel: (905) 721-3111 ext 2639
Email: bill.goodman@uoit.ca
Webpage: www.businessandit.uoit.ca
Expertise: statistical consulting and risk analysis, severity distributions, decision theory and logic modeling

Bruce Greenberg
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4567, ext. 33209
Email: greenber@sciborg.uwaterloo.ca
Webpage: www.biology.uwaterloo.ca/people/greenberg/index.html
Expertise: photochemistry and photobiology of xenobiotic contamination and ultraviolet radiation

Judith Guernsey

Community Health and Epidemiology
Dalhousie University
Tel: (902) 494-1767
Email: j.r.guernsey@dal.ca
Webpage: che.medicine.dal.ca/FullTimeFacultyJudy.htm or www.theruralcentre.com/judy_guernsey.htm
Expertise: spatial analysis and exposure assessment strategies in occupational and environmental health; population health dimensions and research strategies to support health of rural and remote populations; agricultural health and safety international policy; global ecosystem health

John F. Hicks
Engineering and Applied Science
Continuing Education Division
Ryerson University
Tel: (416) 979-5000, ext. 6672
Email: jhicks@acs.ryerson.ca
Expertise: air dispersion, exposure assessment

Stephen Hill

Environmental and Resource Studies
Trent University
Tel: (705) 748-1011 ext 7368
Email: stephenhill@trentu.ca
Webpage: people.trentu.ca/stephenhill
Expertise: climate change policy and management; energy science, technology & policy; environmental risk management and policy; application of environmental management tools such as impact assessment, environmental accounting, life-cycle assessment, economic instruments, environmental indicators, and environmental auditing; relationship between science and environmental policy

Steve E. Hrudey
Environmental Health Sciences
University of Alberta
Tel: (780) 492-6807
Email: steve.hrudey@ualberta.ca
Webpage: www.publichealth.ualberta.ca/steve_hrudey.cfm
Expertise: drinking water safety, environmental contaminant exposure assessment, approaches for health risk assessment, risk management and risk communication

Cindy Jardine
Rural Economy
University of Alberta
Tel.: (780) 492-2626
Email: cindy.jardine@ualberta.ca
Webpage: www.re.ualberta.ca/People/Index
Expertise: environmental health risk communication, risk perception and risk assessment

Susan Kennedy
School of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene
University of British Columbia
Tel: (604) 822-9577
Email: kennedy@interchange.ubc.ca
Webpage: www.bridge.ubc.ca/directory/faculty
Expertise: natural history of occupational asthma and work-related COPD; impact of workplace and environmental exposures on the lungs; gender determinants of chronic obstructive lung disease; knowledge transfer / risk communication in occupational health

Warren B. Kindzierski
Environmental Engineering
University of Alberta
Tel: (403) 492-0247
Email: warren.kindzierski@ualberta.ca
Webpage: www.enveng.ualberta.ca/people/kindzierski.html
Expertise: human exposure assessment; health impact and risk assessment; assessment of indoor air quality; comparative risk assessment for environmental and health riskdecision-making

Caroline King
Project Officer
United Nations University
International Network on Water, Environment and Health
Tel: (905) 525-9140 ext 27754
Email: cking@inweh.unu.edu
Website: www.inweh.unu.edu/inweh
Expertise: water, environment and health, organic pollutants, dryland management

Jim Kramer
Environmental Geochemistry Group
School of Geography and Geology
McMaster University
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 28612
Email: kramer@mcmaster.ca
Expertise: geochemistry and toxicity of metals; risk/sensitivity analysis

Dan Krewski

Epidemiology and Community Medicine
University of Ottawa
Tel: 613) 562-5800, ext. 8261
Email: dkrewski@uottawa.ca
Webpage: lrsp.carleton.ca:16080/directors/krewski
Expertise: risk assessment and risk management; biostatistics; epidemiology

Jean-Paul Laforest
Animal Science
Centre of Research in Biology of Reprodcution (CRBR)
Université Laval
Tel: (418) 656-2131 ext. 3496
Email: Jean-Paul.Laforest@fsaa.ulaval.ca
Webpage: www.vrr.ulaval.ca/bd
Expertise: food and nutrition; phytotechny; public health; food, science and technology

Pierre Lajoie
Medecine social et preventive
Université Laval
Tel: (418) 656-2131, ext. 5139
Email: pierre.lajoie@inspq.qc.ca
Webpage: www.crchul.ulaval.ca/fr/www.crchul
Expertise: environmental epidemiology; preventative medicine; respiratory ailments, asthma; indoor/outdoor air pollution

Chris Le
Public Health Sciences
University of Alberta
Tel: (403) 492-6416
Email: xcle@ualberta.ca
Webpage: www.ualberta.ca/~xcle/home.html
Expertise: analytical chemistry, environmental chemistry, biomarkers

William Leiss

NSERC/SSHRC Research Chair
University of Calgary
Tel: (403) 220-8579
Email: wleiss@uottawa.ca
Webpage: www.leiss.ca
Expertise: risk communication, risk management re: pesticides, environmental controversies

Patrick Levallois
Social & Preventive Medicine/RCCH
Université Laval
Tel: (418) 650-5115 ext. 5216
Email: patrick.levallois@msp.ulaval.ca
Webpage: www.vrr.ulaval.ca/bd/chercheur/fiche/203646.html
Expertise: epidemiology, water quality, electromagnetic fields

Benoit Levesque
Medical Advisor in Environmental Health
Centre de santé publique de Québec (CSPQ)
Université Laval
Tel: (418) 666-7000
Email: Benoit.Levesque@inspq.qc.ca
Expertise: indoor air quality, radon, environmental microbiology

Jason Levy
Associate Professor, Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness
Faculty Associate, National Homeland Security Project
L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs
Virginia Commonwealth University

Tel: (804) 828-8040
Website: http://www.vcu.edu/homeland/disaster

Expertise: Emergency management, environmental planning, hazard mitigation

Brian McCarry
McMaster University
Tel: (905) 525-9140, ext. 24504
Email: mccarry@mcmail.cis.mcmaster.ca
Webpage: www.chemistry.mcmaster.ca/mccarry
Expertise: environmental toxicology, polymer membranes, radionuclides in nuclear medicine

R. Stephen McColl
Health Studies
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4567, ext. 32720
Email: mccoll@healthy.uwaterloo.ca
Webpage: www.ahs.uwaterloo.ca/hsg/research/McColl.html

Expertise: health effects of air pollution, health effects of water pollution, environmental health risk assessment, cancer prevention, health risk appraisal, risk communication

Tim McDaniels
School of Planning
University of British Columbia
Tel: (604) 822-9288
Email: timmcd@unixg.ubc.ca
Expertise: decision analysis, valuation, judgment


Mashesh Pandey
Civil Engineering
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4567, ext. 35858
Email: mdpandey@sunburn.uwaterloo.ca
Webpage: www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/mdpandey
Expertise: socio-economic indicators

Aine Plant
Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Tel: (604) 291-4461
Email: aplant@sfu.ca
Webpage: www.sfu.ca/biology/faculty/plant
Expertise: root specific gene expression, modulation by ABA, osmotica

Doug Powell
Food Science
University of Guelph
Tel: (519) 824-4120
Email: dpowell@uoguelph.ca or dpowell@ksu.edu
Webpage: www.plant.uoguelph.ca/faculty/dpowell

Expertise: food safety

Jorge Prieto Salazar
Geophysical Institute
Javeriana University
Tel: 57 1 320 8320, ext. 4731
Email: j.prieto@javeriana.edu.co

Webpage: fing.javeriana.edu.co/geofisico/PRIETO.htm
Expertise: natural risks assessment, quantitative risk models for complex systems, loss estimation methodologies, insurance products, geotechnical and earthquake engineering risk

Ronald Pushchak
School of Environmental Health
Ryerson University
Tel: (416) 979-5000, ext. 7049
Email: pushchak@ryerson.ca
Expertise: facility siting, environmental assessment and risk

Kenneth J. Reimer
Environmental Sciences Group
Royal Military College of Canada
Tel: (613) 541-6000, ext. 6161
Email: reimer-k@rmc.ca
Website: www.rmc.ca/academic/gradrech/esg/index_e.html


Erin Rogozinski
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4545 ext. 84545
Email: earogozi@fes.uwaterloo.ca

Marc Saner
Ethics & Policy Issues Centre
Carleton University
Tel: (613) 520-3942
Email: saner@magma.ca
Webpage: www.carleton.ca/cove/cv/Saner
Expertise: values, ethics, and policy

Rajesh Seth
Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Windsor
Tel: (519) 253-3000 ext. 2553
Email: rseth@uwindsor.ca

Expertise: wastewater treatment, multimedia mass balance modelling, contaminant fate and transport, metal and organic pollutants, environment and health
Judy Sheeshka
Family Relations & Applied Nutrition
University of Guelph
Tel: (519) 824-4120, ext. 4479
Email: jsheeshk@uoguelph.ca
Webpage: www.family.uoguelph.ca/page
Expertise: psycho-social determinants of eating behaviours; communications related to food safety; consumer perceptions of new food technologies such as genetically-modified crops and food, and nutraceuticals and functional foods

John Shortreed
Institute for Risk Research
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4567, ext. 35527
Email: shortree@uwaterloo.ca
Webpage: www.civil.uwaterloo.ca/our_people
Expertise: risk management and risk assessment of hazardous industries, dangerous goods transport risks

Marc-André Sirard
Animal Science
Centre of Research in Biology of Reproduction (CRBR)
Université Laval
Tel: (418) 656-3486
Email: Marc-Andre.Sirard@vrr.ulavel.ca
Webpage: www.vrr.ulaval.ca/bd/chercheur/fiche/16444.html
Expertise: reproduction, fertility, animal model

Audrey Smargiassi
Montreal Department of Public Health
CINBIOSE (Centre for studies in Health and Environment)
Tel: (514) 528-2400 ext. 3226
Email: asmargia@santepub-mtl.qc.ca
Webpage: www.santepop.qc.ca/formation/formation_old/Mentors/Smargiassi_Audrey
Expertise: indoor, outdoor and personal exposure assessment, biological monitoring of exposure and effects in populations exposed to toxic chemicals, risk assessment

Ralph Smith
University of Waterloo
Tel: (519) 888-4567, ext. 32468
Email: rsmith@biology.watstar.uwaterloo.ca
Webpage: www.biology.uwaterloo.ca/people/smith
Expertise: freshwater ecology, with emphasis on primary producers and their interactions with natural and anthropogenic environmental factors; role of metals, organics, and ultraviolet radiation in aquatic systems; application of plankton studies to problems of environmental assessment; ecology of the Laurentian Great Lakes

Robert Sullivan
Animal Science
Centre of Research in Biology of Reproduction (CRBR)
Université Laval
Tel: (418) 656-4141, ext. 6104
Email: robert.sullivan@crchol.ulaval.ca
Webpage: www.vrr.ulaval.ca/bd/chercheur/fiche/358895
Expertise: reproduction, fertility, reproductive tract

Lee Chong Theng
Environmental Sciences
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Tel: (603) 89486101
Email: lctheng@tm.net.my

Ross Upshur
Family & Community Medicine
Sunnybrook Health Science Centre
Tel: (416) 480--6199, ext. 1691
Email: rupshur@idirect.com
Webpage: www.sunnybrook.ca/research/scientists/StoZ/upshur
Expertise: environmental health and human ecology; environmental epidemiology

Glen Van Der Kraak
University of Guelph
Tel: (519) 824-4120, ext. 53424
Email: gvanderk@uoguelph.ca
Webpage: www.uoguelph.ca/ib/faculty/faculty_vanderkraak
Expertise: reproductive physiology, endocrine disruptors

Jean-Phillippe Weber
Quebec Toxicology Centre
Tel: (418) 650-5115 x4026
Email: jpweber@inspq.qc.ca
Webpage: www.chuq.qc.ca/oms/en/direct/weber
Expertise: human toxicology - quality assurance and toxicological analyses; health and environment

Tony Williams
Biological Sciences
Simon Fraser University
Tel: (604) 291-4982
Email: tdwillia@sfu.ca
Webpage: www.sfu.ca/biology/faculty/williams
Expertise: avian ecophysiologist

Joseph Zayed
Environnement et Prévention
Médicine du travail et d'hygiène du milieu
Université de Montréal
Tel: (514) 343-5912
Email: joseph.zayed@umontreal.ca
Webpage: www.medsp.umontreal.ca/gris/personnel2
Expertise: evaluation of exposure to environmental contaminants and estimate of risk on public health; evaluation of certain potential indicators of the environmental contamination and the exposure to metals


Become a Member or Partner

Individual membership is free to University researchers.

Benefits of Partnership:

NERAM provides value-added services in the following areas:

• improved networking between science disciplines, stakeholders and policy makers
• resources for best practice in environmental risk assessment and management
• multi- stakeholder, peer reviewed publications
• access to current initiatives in environmental risk management

Examples include:

• Coordination of expert panels on air quality science and policy issues
• NERAM Primer On Environmental Risk Management
• NERAM report on Current Directions in Environmental Risk Assessment and Management
• Options Paper for Environment Canada on Managing Climate Change Risk

To join the Network, please click here or email irr-neram@uwaterloo.ca

Partnership Fee Schedule:  
Number of Employees
Annual Fee
over 250
100 to 250
50 to 100
20 to 50
$ 500
less than 20
$ 250
John Shortreed 519-885-4027 irr-neram@uwaterloo.ca
Last Updated: January 13, 2009
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