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Ryerson Urban Water

The Team

Imogen Coe

Imogen Coe, PhD

Dr. Imogen Coe is the founding Dean of the Faculty of Science at Ryerson University. She is internationally recognized for her pioneering research in membrane protein cell biology and biochemistry. Her research program has attracted numerous research grants and awards, providing a training ground for postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and undergraduate students from Canada, Brazil, Spain and Italy. As well, she is an Affiliate Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, Keenan

Research Centre, St. Michael’s Hospital. Dr. Coe is an experienced academic leader, working to support communities with diverse groups of stakeholders. As a Chair, Associate Dean and Dean, she understands the value and importance of disciplinary diversity in addressing complex issues and has worked to advance and support multi-­‐disciplinary, trans-­‐platform research, education and outreach in a number of contexts. She speaks and writes regularly about science and diversity and currently provides leadership and oversight as Academic Director of Ryerson Urban Water.


Angela Murphy, MSc

Angela Murphy is Manager of Research and Partnerships at Ryerson Urban Water where she manages impactful research projects, facilitates research contracts and funding proposals, and manages partnerships and activities that promote progressive and innovative approaches to managing our most precious resource.

Angela is originally from Ottawa where she was Senior Science Policy Advisor at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada for nearly a decade and advised the Minister’s Office and senior officials on strategic science and innovation advancements. Angela developed strong networks across federal and provincial governments and industry. Angela advised on the Canadian Science and Technology Strategy, Canadian Biotechnology Strategy, Canadian Regulatory Reform, and was on the Steering Committee of the International Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and published three policy papers on Biotechnology to 2030: Designing a Policy Agenda.

In addition, Angela led the print and web publication of biomedical journals at National Research Council of Canada for nearly a decade as Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Microbiology, the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology, and Genome. There she led a team of science editors and delivered seminars on Ethics in Research, Presentation of Data, Translation of Research, and Science Communication.

Earlier in career, Angela also worked as a science editor (as Assistant Managing Editor of the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Medicine and the Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research).  In this role she served as the national link between veterinarians, clinical best practice and public policy. Angela holds a Masters in Science and has published in the Canadian Journal of Botany and Ecological Monographs


Nicholas Reid

Nicholas Reid, BSc

Nick Reid is the Executive Director of RUW. Nick has a BSc Hon in Environmental Science & Biology from Trent University and has enjoyed a long career in the water and environmental sectors.

As an executive at the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA), he was general manager of the Region of Peel’s four main drinking water and wastewater plants, ensuring continuous service to 1.2 M residents under the largest operating contract in Ontario. One of Nick’s strengths is his collaborative work with a diverse network of stakeholders in organizations, municipalities, ministries, and industry, seeking opportunities to execute long‐term strategic initiatives fundamental to Ontario’s water sector. In his role with OCWA, he participated in several stakeholder consultations as the province developed the Water Opportunities Act and its Water Sector Strategy.

As an active member of the American Water Works Association (AWWA), Nick took over as chair of their Manufacturers and Associates Council Subcommittee on the Low Economic Value of Water.  In 2015 he became a Director of the Ontario Water Works Association and is also an active mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, helping highly skilled immigrants adapt to Canadian business practices.

Pinaz Mehta, BSc

Pinaz Mehta holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Ryerson University. Pinaz has been working for Ryerson Urban Water since September 2015 on industry outreach initiatives, project coordination of special events, and communications activities such as CQ coding of the Ryerson Urban Water website. Pinaz has been working with the City of Toronto on green infrastructure research, literature review, and engagement activities including coordination of events related to the Green Infrastructure Hackathon held in October 2016.

In her spare time, Pinaz volunteers in Dr. Kimberley Gilbride's molecular microbiology research lab at Ryerson University where she is studying the use of GelCompar II to analyze DGGE gels (DNA fragments) of organisms present in wastewater systems. Some of her previous volunteer experiences include public engagement at Ryerson’s Science Rendezvous, Canada’s largest science fair, and promoting science learning in the general public and at William Osler Health System working directly with patients and their families.

In future, Pinaz plans to pursue a Master of Science degree in fields of Molecular Sciences and Biotechnology.


Hiba El Chaarani, MSc

As a marketing and communications professional with six years of international experience, Hiba El Chaarani supports the marketing and communications initiatives of Ryerson Urban Water. Hiba has a Master’s Degree in International Business from the Grenoble Graduate School of Business. Hiba worked in multinational companies such as L’Oreal, Endeavor, and Ryerson University in France, Lebanon and Canada. She has a proven track record in project management and corporate event planning along with managing multiple stakeholders.