CWN Announces New Scientific Director

October 30, 2013

Waterloo, ON, October 30, 2013 - Canadian Water Network announces Dr. Simon Courtenay as Scientific Director

Simon Courtenay2Canadian Water Network (CWN) and its Board of Directors are pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Simon Courtenay as Scientific Director. His appointment will be effective in November of 2013.

As Scientific Director, Dr. Courtenay will lead the development of a network of innovative researchers, practitioners and implementers focused on providing clean, safe and sustainable water across Canada and internationally.

Dr. Courtenay succeeds Dr. Kelly Munkittrick, who as previous Scientific Director provided exemplary service and leadership to CWN since 2011. “I am honored to have been selected for the role of Scientific Director and look forward to working with the CWN team,” Dr. Courtenay said.

“Simon brings a wealth of experience from both government and academia” commented Peter Steblin, Chair of CWN’s Board of Directors. “He has been involved with CWN in many capacities, including serving on the Management Committee of the Canadian Watershed Research Consortium and as a principal researcher. I am very pleased to welcome Simon to the CWN team in the role of Scientific Director and look forward to working with him.”

Simon Courtenay will transition into a new role as Professor in the Department of Environment and Resource Studies at the University of Waterloo in late fall of 2013.  He spent the past 24 years as a DFO Research Scientist co-located at the Canadian Rivers Institute in the Biology Department of the University of New Brunswick Fredericton and the Gulf Fisheries Centre in Moncton, NB.  He is interested in the plants and animals found in estuaries and how human activities affect estuarine ecology. Dr. Courtenay’s group works with the Southern Gulf of St. Lawrence Coalition on Sustainability to manage the Community Aquatic Monitoring Program (CAMP), a beach seining program undertaken during the summer months by environmental groups in 35 estuaries and bays of the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.  Begun in 2003, CAMP has now become DFO’s major contribution to the Northumberland Strait – Environmental Monitoring Partnership, which is funded by the Canadian Water Network as one of several geographic nodes in the Canadian Watershed Research Consortium. 

Dr. Courtenay received a BSc in Zoology in 1980 and an MSc in Zoology in 1982, both from the University of Western Ontario. He completed a PhD in 1989 in Zoology at the University of British Columbia.

About Canadian Water Network

Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canadian Water Network ( was created in 2001 by the Networks of Centres of Excellence Program to connect international water researchers with decision-makers engaged in priority water management issues. Canadian Water Network works to harness the expertise of researchers to improve the ability of practitioners and implementers to respond to water challenges.

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