This webinar presents findings from the 2022 Royal Society of Canada policy brief on wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 RNA in Canada. This report summarizes pan-Canadian wastewater surveillance approaches adopted across jurisdictions in Canada and the usefulness of this innovative technology as an early detection method for SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens. During the webinar, a public health discussant will further elaborate on the application of this scientific method in the Canadian public health landscape.
By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to:
• Learn about Canada’s wastewater surveillance system for SARS-CoV-2 and other pathogens.
• Understand the latest technologies and methods identified across jurisdictions (on and off-reserves) to inform public health decision-making.
• Identify public health implications in the context of infectious diseases, and how these might apply to other public health threats including antimicrobial resistance (AMR) linked to antibiotics in wastewater.
This webinar will be delivered in English with simultaneous interpretation available in French. The presentation will be followed by a discussion session. At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to ask questions during a dedicated Q&A period in English.
Registrants are encouraged to submit questions of interest prior to the webinar to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Margaret Haworth-Brockman, Senior Program Manager NCCID
Dr. Steve E. Hrudey
Dr. Hrudey is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He was the 97th President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in 2016-17. Dr. Hrudey has been engaged in environmental and public health risk research for 50 years and has published extensively (>200 refereed journal articles, 28 expert panel reports, 10 books, 29 book chapters, 20 commentaries, and over 80 conference proceedings) in this field. His co-authored 2004 book, Safe Drinking Water – Lessons from Recent Outbreaks in Affluent Nations, has been an all-time best seller for International Water Association Publishing. Dr. Hrudey was recognized with Alberta’s highest civilian honour, the Alberta Order of Excellence, in October 2017 and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2019. He was also recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta in 2022, with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Royal Society of Canada for service to scholarship in science in 2013, the 2013 APEGA Research Excellence Summit Award, the top research award (2012 A.P. Black Award) of the American Water Works Association and an honorary DSc from the University of Alberta (2012). He has served on 28 expert panels that have dealt with high-profile environmental health issues, including: the Walkerton Inquiry (2000-2002), the Expert Panel on Safe Drinking Water for First Nations in Canada (2006), Chair of the Water Research Foundation Expert Panel on drinking water disinfection by-products and bladder cancer (Washington, D.C., 2014-2015).