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University of Toronto, School of the Environment

University of Toronto, School of the Environment

Toronto: Certificate in Water Auditing

Course Dates
Toronto, Ontario: October 17-18,2013
Gravenhurst, Ontario: November 11-12,2013

Water Auditing

An expanding population, urbanization, escalating standards of living and climate change all place pressure on the world's water resources. Its treatment, distribution, usage and waste management are all key issues for both urban and rural populations. The ability to understand, manage and then reduce your water footprint will be key to the ability of your business to manage with these risks.

The Certificate in Water Auditing will provide a thorough background to understand and manage issues facing the world's water supply, including current best practices to manage and reduce a water footprint. 

In this 2 day course, you will learn best practices for water consumption management and related resource and waste management issues to ensure your organization is managing its water footprint effectively and economically.

Using case studies and participating in team audit work, we will explore:  

Macro issues affecting water consumption across the world
The economics and current best practices for water extraction, treatment, distribution, waste water treatment, cost recovery and storm water management
The cost of not providing safe water and sanitation services focusing on urban use in the developing world
Current best practices in water conservation in the major categories of water consumption: agriculture, industry, buildings. Particular focus will be on water conservation in the building sector, especially on the residential sector
Water sourcing and management in arid climates
The economic tools to limit water consumption: metering, incentives
Public vs. private ownership, distribution, management
How to generate a baseline of water consumption 
Economic assessment tools

Course Instructors

Ian Sinclair, P.Eng., EurIng, MEng&Man, LEEDAP

Ian has worked in the energy and water management field since immigrating to Canada from the UK in 1997, focusing on the built environment. He's worked in a full range of building types: industrial to commercial, campus-wide to multi-residential, in a wide range of service types. These have included energy and water audits, building retrofits, recommissioning, renewable energy studies, measurement and verification, green certification, engineering and project management.

He has worked in a variety of environments and jurisdictions. A small example of clients would include Parks Canada in Banff, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, University of Guelph, Government of Beijing, Oxford Properties, Hospital for Sick Children, Wawakapewin First Nation.

Ian is also an instructor with the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering at the University of Toronto, where he teaches Sustainable Buildings and Terrestrial Energy Systems Management courses in Civil Engineering.    

Ian has a broad personal and professional experience having worked in Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia and North America. He's worked in the not-for-profit sector, the development industry, mining, automotive and as a consultant.

Outside of work Ian is a competitive runner, a father and enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. 

Bryan Karney

Professor and Chair, Division of Environmental Engineering and Energy Systems, Univeristy of Toronto

Since 2006, Professor Bryan Karney has served as Chair, Division of Environmental Engineering and Energy Systems. In 2009, Professor Karney also became Associate Dean, Cross-Disciplinary Programs, and provides leadership to the newly formed Cross-Disciplinary Programs Office. He is also a professor in the Environmental Section of the Department of Civil Engineering at U of T.

Professor Karney's research interests reside in the design, analysis, operation and optimization of various water resource and energy systems. He is also a specialist in the design and analysis of water distribution systems, with interests in infrastructure renewal, transient and water hammer analysis and system optimization. Professor Karney also studies the implication of climate change to system design and performance, and particularly energy use.

Along with his passion for research, Professor Karney has a passion for teaching. Student support earned him a Faculty Teaching Award in 2001-2002, the highest teaching honour awarded by the Faculty. He was also one of 10 lecturers selected for Television Ontario's (TVO) Best Lecturer Competition in 2007—an annual contest that shines the spotlight on Ontario's most engaging and intellectually stimulating post-secondary lecturers.

Outside of the Faculty and University, Professor Karney provides his expertise as a consultant for several projects including inverse transient analysis of Toronto and Peel Region, hydraulic analysis of Western Beaches Project, hydraulic review of Pearson International Airport jet fuel distribution system, and many others. Professor Karney is also Associate Editor of the Journal of Hydraulic Engineering (American Society of Civil Engineers), and was Guest Editor for the Special issue of Transients in Distribution Systems for the Urban Water Journal.