Dr. Gordon Balch

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Lab name

Centre for Advancement of Water and Wastewater Technologies

Website

cawt.ca

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Full name

Dr. Gordon Balch

Summary

Working with municipalities to design studies comparing different water and waste water treatment solutions

Type of researcher

Professor

Introduce yourself, your experience and your credentials

For over 25 years Dr. Gordon Balch had focused his efforts on the protection of water through the identification and analysis of excessive nutrients, legacy compounds and emerging chemicals of concern and the assessment of their impacts to receiving environments. He has worked in both the private and public sectors and has for the past decade been applying his broad base of knowledge and experience to supporting and enhancing the advancement of innovative wastewater technologies and the training of the next generation of water professionals. The breadth of his knowledge is evident in his several peer reviewed manuscripts, book chapters, and reports. Amongst many duties, Gord is responsible for study designs, scientist support to projects, data interpretation and providing independent third party validation.

Describe your research

The type of research that we do is one of a kind and something that I think is very interesting, very needed for our environment. We’re looking at new ways to treat our waste water. To find ways to better protect our environment.

Explain its significance

Part of my role is to look at the needs of different clients that we have. I help them to better define what types of things that they are looking for. Once we do that then we put our study plan into place. And after we develop that study plan and everybody is satisfied then we begin to set up the study and we begin to test the different designs that they have.

At the end we pull it all together and review our results to see what worked and what didn’t. All the time working with our clients modifying it and bringing it to a satisfactory conclusion for both the clients and I think the environment.

So this is a really exciting time for me, a wonderful place to work, and something that I’m very proud of.

Institution

Institution name

Fleming College

Address

Fleming College – Frost Campus, Albert Street South, Lindsay, ON, Canada

Type of institution

College

Industry

Utilities

Utilities

Construction

Construction of buildings

Administrative and support, waste management and remediation services

Waste management and remediation services