Online Presentation

  • Cyanobacteria and their toxins in Canadian waters: guidelines from Health Canada

    • Presentation Date:  January 13, 2020 1:30pm EST
    • Total Presentations: 1
      • Summary
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      Cyanobacteria (sometimes called blue-green algae) are found naturally in marine and fresh waters. In the right conditions, they can rapidly bloom. Some cyanobacteria are able to produce potent toxins that can pose a threat to human health through drinking and recreational water exposure. This webinar will present the updated Guideline for Canadian Drinking Water Quality on cyanobacterial toxins. It will discuss the recommended approaches to responding to potential risk from these toxins in Canadian drinking water sources. Proposed updates to guidance on dealing with cyanobacteria in recreational water sources will also be presented. This webinar is presented by the Water Quality Division, Health Canada.

      Who should attend?
      Representatives of federal, provincial and territorial environment and health agencies, local governments, drinking water suppliers, recreational water managers and others interested in learning about cyanotoxins in drinking and recreational water.
      Teresa Brooks, MSc.
      Senior Evaluator, Microbiological Assessment
      Water Quality Program, Health Canada

      Teresa Brooks holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Guelph and a Master of Science in Microbiology from the University of Ottawa. Teresa has been working as a senior evaluator in the Water and Air Quality Bureau of Health Canada since 2008. Teresa’s primary role is to assess the human health risks from microbiological contaminants in drinking water in support of the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. She is also the current project lead for the revisions to the Guidelines for Canadian Recreational Water Quality.

      Richard Charron , MSc.
      Senior Evaluator, Chemical Assessment
      Water Quality Program, Health Canada

      Richard Charron holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Chemical and Environmental Toxicology from the University of Ottawa. Richard has been working as a senior evaluator in the Water and Air Quality Bureau of Health Canada since 2004. Richard’s primary role is to assess the human health risks of chemical and radiological parameters in drinking water in support of developing the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. Published Guidelines that Richard has worked on include arsenic, the BTEX chemicals, carbon tetrachloride, vinyl chloride, and cyanobacterial toxins.

      Andrea Cherry, MSc.
      Senior Water Quality Engineer, Standards and Treatment
      Water Quality Program, Health Canada

      Andrea Cherry holds a Bachelor of Engineering from McGill University and Master of Science in Earth Sciences from the University of Ottawa. She has been working as a water quality engineer in the Water and Air Quality Bureau of Health Canada since 2004. Her primary role is to assess analytical methods and treatment technologies in the development of the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. She has worked on the development of a variety of chemical and microbiological drinking water guidelines including cyanotoxins, turbidity, nitrate/nitrite, manganese and viruses.

      Session moderator

      Stéphanie McFadyen
      Head, Microbiological Assessment
      Water Quality Program
      Health Canada
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