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Ryerson Urban Water

September 25, 2014

.. “Another take home message was the importance of proper protection of water bodies. Water is a very precious resource that most countries have issues with, both water quality and droughts. The Netherlands does a very good job in protecting their fresh water resources with regards to purification, treatment, management, and flood control. …. I believe that this event is trying to encourage governments, academia, and industries to move towards water management, sustainability, and raise awareness for water protection…”

Amir Tehrani is a Master’s student in molecular science at Ryerson University. His research topic is about the proliferation of antibiotic resistance genes amongst the bacterial communities in various water systems due to emerging contaminants. He also did his undergraduate at Ryerson University and has a BSc in Biology. Amir participated in Wetskills Canada 2014 hosted by Ryerson University and CanNorth and INCAS3invited the team to the Netherlands to present their solutions on heavy metals in mine water effluent.

How long were you in The Netherlands? 7 days

Was the Chamber of Commerce Meeting one day?   Yes

What did you do at the Meeting?

Amir TehraniThis event "Small Business, Big World" was held by the Netherlands Canadian Chamber of Commerce and INCAS3. The overall goal was to meet, discuss, and enable collaboration and business development between Canada and Netherlands. It was held on the Dutch Cruise Liner SS Rotterdam in Rotterdam. The event showcased successful partnerships between Canadian and Dutch SMEs including collaborations between government, academia, and industry.

For more information about Chamber of Commerce Meeting program,schedule, and pictures go to http://smallbusinessbigworld.eu/

Did you enjoy yourself?

Amir Tehrani: Yes, especially being there for the first time, I couldn't have had a better time. I only wish it lasted longer.

Were you part of the program?

Amir Tehrani: Yes, I was one of the Wetskills Canada 2014 student team members. Our team did a 5min presentation at the Event showcasing the monitoring of heavy metals in mine water effluent.     

Did INCAS3 introduce you around?

Amir Tehrani: Yes, INCAS3 kept us busy almost every day of the event.

One of the main events that I enjoyed a lot was being able to tour the Deltares Institution for Applied Research (Link to the Deltares institution is provided below).They had a giant facility that enabled them to perform a wide range of innovative/smart solution technologies for people, environment and society. During this visit, we were able to experience the importance of collaboration between business industries and academia and how well they can complement one another to improve research, application, compliance, and integration of different social/environmental systems.

Another key worthy event was that we were able to tour the purification plant for Amsterdam’s drinking water. My team and I also saw the pretreatment of the water before leading into the purification plant.

Deltares institution for applied research http://www.deltares.nl/en/about-deltares

What other companies or Universities were there? Did you meet anyone interesting?  

Amir Tehrani: Companies we saw other than CanNorth and INCAS3 included Deltares, NIOO, BlueLeg Monitoring, IISD, Algae Parc, and Air Canada (the sponsor). Universities included a tour of Wageningen University and meeting representatives from University of Manitoba. There were a lot of interesting people during my stay there, but one of the most interesting people was Canada's Ambassador to The Netherlands Mr. James Lambert.

What was a highlight of the Meeting?

Amir Tehrani: For me the highlight of the event was the jeopardy/trivia event between 2 groups of the presenters and officials. This was a score-based questionnaire of various categories about The Netherlands and Canada. It was very fun and entertaining.

What were the take home messages from the Meeting?

Amir Tehrani: To me the take home message was to show the importance of networking and collaborations between academia, industries, and government. Without the right partnership between one another; task of which either one wishes to accomplish becomes much harder. It is important to be able to communicate and network with people from various lines of work in order to be successful.

Another take home message was the importance of proper protection of water bodies. Water is a very precious resource that most countries have issues with water including water quality and droughts. The Netherlands does a very good job in protecting their fresh water resource with regards to purification, treatment, management, and flood control. The topic of the event was about water protection and specifically monitoring of various contaminants in water. I believe that this event is trying to encourage governments, academia, and industries to move towards water management, sustainability, and raise awareness for water protection.

What were your impressions of the Dutch expertise with respect to water?

Amir Tehrani: Living in the frontline between land and water in a low lying delta partly below sea level, water expertise has become part of the Dutch identity. The Dutch have been building dikes to reclaim land and prevent floods and erosion since the Middle Ages.