Monday, September 16th, 2019 

Forward Water Technologies open first commercial scale pilot plant

Forward Water Technologies (FWT), a Canadian corporation founded in 2012, has now started operating their first commercial scale pilot plant, in Alberta. The revolutionary wastewater cleanup technology that forms the foundation of FWT was invented at Queen’s University at the lab of BWRC affiliated faculty, Philip Jessop, with assistance from Stephen Brown, and further developed by GreenCentre Canada. The technology allows FWT to treat highly contaminated wastewater streams at low cost, with low energy inputs and make fresh water available for re-use.



Friday, September 13th, 2019 

Queen’s researchers recognized by Governor General

Wendy Craig (Psychology) was named an Officer of the Order of Canada, Heather Stuart (Public Health Sciences) was named a Member of the Order of Canada, while John Smol was honoured with the Polar Medal. The Polar Medal is awarded to persons who have rendered extraordinary services in the polar regions and Canada’s North.

“Drs. Craig, Stuart and Smol are working in three important research areas that are making a difference to people across the country and around the world...



Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 

Queen's professor tracks waves and storm surges caused by hurricanes

A Queen’s University researcher is keeping a close eye on hurricane Dorian this week as it creeps up the East Coast of the southern United States.

Ryan Mulligan, an associate professor of civil engineering, is studying waves, also referred to as storm surge, that come as a result of hurricanes, and the damage they cause...

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019 

BWRC and LEADERS Seminar Series

After a successful Winter/Spring Seminar Series, the Beaty Water Research Centre and LEaders in wAter anD watERshed Sustainability (the LEADERS) programs Fall Series is starting back up September 11th.

We have planned a great line up of National and International speakers from Macadamia, Government and Industry.

Seminars generally take place on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 PM. Light refreshments provided!

Monday, August 12th, 2019 

Investing in cutting-edge tools and infrastructure for research

The Canada Foundation for Innovation’s John R. Evans Leaders Fund awards $2.65 million to advance research projects at Queen’s.

Sixteen researchers at Queen’s University have secured $2.65 million in funding in the latest round of the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leaders Fund (JELF). At an event at the University of Alberta, the Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, announced over $61 million in funding for state-of-the-art research labs and equipment nationwide.


Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 

MPP Jim McDonell visit

Jim McDonell, MPP for Stormont-Dundas-SouthGlengary and Queen's Engineering Alumnus (BSc'77), stopped by to visit and learn about a number of Queen's facilities including the Beaty Water Research Centre.

Wednesday, July 17th, 2019 

LEADERS CREATE Summer Symposium

The LEaders in wAter anD watERshed Sustainability (the LEADERS) program hosted by the Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC) is lead by Dr. Stephen Brown, Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry & School of Environmental Studies. The program is funded ($1.65M over six years) through the NSERC Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) and was...

Monday, June 24th, 2019 

New fellows recognized for research and leadership in engineering

Two faculty members from Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Pascale Champagne (Civil Engineering) and Kevin Deluzio (Dean; Mechanical and Materials Engineering), were inducted as fellows of the Canadian Academy of Engineering at its annual...


Monday, June 17th, 2019 

Why we spilled oil for science

It’s an overcast spring day in northwestern Ontario and myself and a crew of students and scientists are getting ready to transform a freshwater lake into a science experiment.

I have been dreaming about this day for almost five years now and am over the moon to see it materialize. Preparations have been taking place in...

Friday,  June 14th, 2019 

Sammi Cheng Receives Paul Semple Scholarship


Sammi Cheng, a graduate student in Chemical Engineering at Queen's and BWRC affilaited student, was awarded the Paul Semple Scholarship for Innovative Mines this morning.

One of the trustees of this award, Mark Baker, came to Kingston to meet Sammi and to personally deliver a scholarship cheque ($2000)...

Friday, June 7th, 2019 

Great Lake Water Festival 2019

The 2019 Great Lake Water Festival took place on Thursday June 6th in Lake Ontario Park. Approximately 350 Grade 4 students attended the day run by 90 volunteers! This annual festival is designed to motivate students to become water stewards in their homes, classroom, and community. Activity stations combine interactive, hands-on learning opportunities for students to ‘soak up’ knowledge on water conservation and protection, water health and safety, water science and technology, water and society , and indigenous...


Thursday, May 16th, 2019 

Supporting the Future of Research

The Honourable Kirsty Duncan, Minister of Science and Sport, visited Queen’s University to talk about the promising future of university research across the country. At a special event, inside the newly-opened Mitchell Hall, the minister officially announced more than $35 million in funding for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships (166 in total) and the Banting Post-Doctoral Fellowships (70 in total). This includes support for four Queen’s researchers who have earned Canada’s most-coveted prizes for PhD and...

Monday, May 6th, 2019 

The Interdisciplinary Green Team 

Engineering a sustainable future requires input from multiple approaches and perspectives. Four leading Canadian researchers from Queen’s University have been awarded the NSERC Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering for their work in enhancing the value and sustainability of our natural renewable resources though...  

Wednesday, May 1st, 2019 

Beaty Water Research Centre Featured Facility 

The Cape Bounty Arctic Watershed Observatory has joined the BWRC as a research facility! We look forward to working with co-directors Dr. Melissa Lafreniere and Dr. Scott Lamoureux. For more information check out their website


Thursday, April 18th, 2019 

Cities and countries aim to slash plastic waste within a decade

If all goes well, 2030 will be quite a special year.

Global and local community leaders from more than 170 countries have pledged to “significantly reduce” the amount of single-use plastic products by 2030. Success would result in significantly less plastic pollution...

Monday, April 8th, 2019 

Water and Human Health Diploma Launches

The Beaty Water Research Centre has launched an online interdisciplinary graduate diploma program in Water & Human Health. Registration for May 2019 start is now open! 

Monday, April 1st, 2019 

Grand Opening packs Mitchell Hall 

Roaring applause and celebratory streamers filled the grand central atrium at Mitchell Hall this past weekend, marking the official opening of Queen’s University’s newest building. With a little help from a robot named Ibex, Principal and Vice-Chancellor Daniel Woolf and lead donor Bruce Mitchell made the announcement to an audience of several hundred guests – including...

Thursday, March 28th, 2019 

Minister Bains tours Mitchell Hall ahead of opening

Principal Daniel Woolf welcomed Innovation, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains and Kingston and the Islands MP Mark Gerretsen for a tour of the newly-renovated Mitchell Hall, on Thursday March 28. Joined by...


Thursday, March 28th, 2019 

Putting a focus on water-related issues 

Water-related issues are increasingly becoming a driving force for economic growth, social well-being, and a healthy population in Canada and around the world. This critical interest is reflected in the diversity of water-related research and education initiatives at the Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC), which recently moved... 

Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 

Last night Queen's University Teaching Awards Civil Engineering Professor and Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC) Director, Pascale Champagne received the Undergraduate Research Mentorship Award. Queen's Chemical Engineering Assistant Professor and BWRC affiliated faculty, Louise Meunier earned honourable mention Frank Knox Award for Excellence in Teaching

Thursday, March 21st, 2019 

March BWRC Student Profile- Nicole Woodcock

"Since I was a kid, I've always loved reading, learning, and science. When I came out of high school, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do (and still am not completely sure) but knew I wanted to get into something that had an environmental aspect..."


Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 

Hurricanes to deliver a bigger punch to coasts

When tropical cyclone Idai made landfall near Beira, Mozambique on March 14, a spokesperson for the UN World Meteorological Organization called it possibly the worst weather-related disaster to hit the southern hemisphere. The massive...


Monday, March 11th, 2019 

Partnership provides interns real-world experience

The Beaty Water Research Centre (BWRC) encourages collaborative interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach, spanning traditional water-related disciplines, as well as non-traditional and emerging disciplines. “One of the goals of the BWRC is...

Tuesday, December 4th, 2018 

Bridging the gap between art and science

Dr. Kevin Mumford's Research Group

A recent creative collaboration at a lab affiliated with the Beaty Water Research Centre is showing that when art meets science, good things happen. Earlier this year, Kevin Mumford, an associate professor and researcher in the Department of Civil Engineering, hosted artist, geophysicist, and...


Thursday, November 29th, 2018 

Mitchell Hall ready to open its doors

Mitchell Hall's central atrium.

The Queen’s community will have its first look inside the newest building on campus next week, as parts of Mitchell Hall begin to open. Doors will open on Monday, Dec. 3, granting access to the central atriums and a new Starbucks location. Three gymnasiums, two multi-purpose classrooms, and the new Examination Centre...

October 25th, 2018 

Queen's University team "SWIM" takes 5th place in AquaHacking Finals 

SWIM Aquahacking finals

The team, which included current and former Beaty Water Research Centre students was made up of David Blair, Maralika DeGroot, Shuang Liang and Alexander Rey. They developed a decentralized sewage overflow detection, thanks to a drone-assisted infrared camera. 


October 18th, 2018

Putting the final touches on Mitchell Hall

[photo of the new signage at Mitchell Hall]

This fall, Mitchell Hall, formerly known as the Innovation and Wellness centre, opens its doors, offering up new and refreshed resources to the Queen’s community.

“We are looking forward to the opening of Mitchell Hall, as this will be a signature building for Queen’s...

July 24th, 2018

Creating the future workforce 

Two Queen’s University researchers are leading groups that have been awarded a combined $3.3 million in funding from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) as part of their Collaborative Research and Training Experience (CREATE) Program to provide innovative training to...

July 23rd, 2018
1st International WDSA/CCWI Joint Conference

The International Water System Distribution Analysis (WDSA)/ Computing and Control for the Water Industry conference brought together professionals and researchers from around the world to solve problems in the field of urban water systems, modelling, and control. It was jointly hosted by Queen's University and the Royal Military College through Co-chairs Dr. Yves... 

February 24th, 2017
$5-million gift supports water research

Ross J. Beaty talks about the reasons that he and his family have presented Queen's University with a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources during the announcement event Friday at Beamish-Munro Hall. (University Communications)

Geologist and entrepreneur Ross J. Beaty has provided Queen's University with a $5-million gift to support collaborative research and education in the field of freshwater resources.

In recognition of the gift, the interdisciplinary research initiative has been renamed the Beaty Water Research Centre...