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Introduction to Passive and Semi-Passive Water Treatment for Mining Impacted Waters


Learn how passive and semi-passive water treatment systems (PTSs) can be effective technologies for treating mining impacted waters

Passive water treatment is now becoming a requirement for mine closure in many jurisdictions in Canada and globally. Understanding the current status of technology and application is critical to success for mine water management and permitting. Having a foundation of knowledge and understanding of terms, considerations, and applications is important to staying up to date with industry trends.

Passive and semi-passive water treatment systems (PTSs) can be effective technologies for treating mining impacted waters. Join us on July 16th at 11:00am MDT where our guest speaker Monique Simair from Maven Water & Environment we will discuss:

  • Why mines treat water (how and why is it impacted, and what do they need to treat for)
  • Technology types
  • Modern vs historical applications of technology
  • What can be treated
  • Inclusion in operations and closure planning
  • Expectations for performance and operation

This course is designed to provide regulators, owners, and operators with information about types of modern-day PTSs, their applications, strengths, weaknesses, and paths to implementation. The intention is to develop a common understanding and language around PTSs, how they work, and when they can be applied to treat mine impacted waters.

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Monique Simair

PhD, Pbiol, RPBio, EP

Maven Water & Environment

Dr. Simair holds a PhD in applied microbiology with certificates in bioinformatics, and post-doctoral specialization in industrial microbiology and biogeochemistry. Previously, Monique was the youngest serving advisor appointed to the Science, Technology and Innovation council of the Canadian Federal Government. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan in civil, geological and environmental engineering, and has previously been an adjunct professor at Clemson University and an Academic Lead for the University of the Arctic.

Dr. Monique Simair is a ground-breaking scientist and entrepreneur in the water treatment innovation sector, having successfully founded and grown Contango Strategies through to sale to a publicly traded company in 2018. She has now founded her next venture, Maven Water & Environment. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Simair developed the first commercial genomics services for environmental microbiology communities, revolutionizing the understanding of bioreactor processes and biological treatment mechanisms and opportunities. Monique is also a scientific leader in water treatment sciences for the mining, oil, and gas sectors, having designed and optimized biogeochemical water treatment systems world-wide.  Her approach to leadership is one of team building and collaboration, with on focus on bringing out the best in her collaborators and celebrating their individual skills and abilities, while fostering an environment where a questioning attitude is valued.

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Learn how passive and semi-passive water treatment systems (PTSs) can be effective technologies for treating mining impacted waters

Passive water treatment is now becoming a requirement for mine closure in many jurisdictions in Canada and globally. Understanding the current status of technology and application is critical to success for mine water management and permitting. Having a foundation of knowledge and understanding of terms, considerations, and applications is important to staying up to date with industry trends.

Passive and semi-passive water treatment systems (PTSs) can be effective technologies for treating mining impacted waters. Join us on July 16th at 11:00am MDT where our guest speaker Monique Simair from Maven Water & Environment we will discuss:

  • Why mines treat water (how and why is it impacted, and what do they need to treat for)
  • Technology types
  • Modern vs historical applications of technology
  • What can be treated
  • Inclusion in operations and closure planning
  • Expectations for performance and operation

This course is designed to provide regulators, owners, and operators with information about types of modern-day PTSs, their applications, strengths, weaknesses, and paths to implementation. The intention is to develop a common understanding and language around PTSs, how they work, and when they can be applied to treat mine impacted waters.

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Monique Simair

PhD, Pbiol, RPBio, EP

Maven Water & Environment

Dr. Simair holds a PhD in applied microbiology with certificates in bioinformatics, and post-doctoral specialization in industrial microbiology and biogeochemistry. Previously, Monique was the youngest serving advisor appointed to the Science, Technology and Innovation council of the Canadian Federal Government. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Saskatchewan in civil, geological and environmental engineering, and has previously been an adjunct professor at Clemson University and an Academic Lead for the University of the Arctic.

Dr. Monique Simair is a ground-breaking scientist and entrepreneur in the water treatment innovation sector, having successfully founded and grown Contango Strategies through to sale to a publicly traded company in 2018. She has now founded her next venture, Maven Water & Environment. Among her many accomplishments, Dr. Simair developed the first commercial genomics services for environmental microbiology communities, revolutionizing the understanding of bioreactor processes and biological treatment mechanisms and opportunities. Monique is also a scientific leader in water treatment sciences for the mining, oil, and gas sectors, having designed and optimized biogeochemical water treatment systems world-wide.  Her approach to leadership is one of team building and collaboration, with on focus on bringing out the best in her collaborators and celebrating their individual skills and abilities, while fostering an environment where a questioning attitude is valued.