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Kerry McPhedran MSc, PhD, PEng Saskatchewan Centennial Enhancement Chair & Professor, Civil Geological and Environmental Engineering

Room 1A13 Engineering Building
57 Campus Drive
Saskatoon, SK
S7N 5A9

Research Area(s)

  • Indigenous water and environmental related projects
  • Municipal and environmental engineering
  • Municipal wastewater
  • Partitioning to organic matter
  • Recreational water quality
  • Stormwater runoff



PhD, Environmental Engineering, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, 2006-2012
BASc, Environmental Engineering, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, 2002-2005
MSc, Biology, University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, 1999-2001
BSc, Biology (Honour’s), University of Windsor, Windsor, ON, 1994-1999
BSc, Biology, University of Western Ontario, London, ON, 1995-1996 


2020 Research Areas

Municipal Engineering

My research team’s municipal engineering projects include research in the areas of stormwater/snowmelt management, municipal wastewater treatment, and landfill energy recovery. Over the past 5 years, stormwater has become a major area of my team’s research with primary focus on the City of Saskatoon inputs into the South Saskatchewan River (SSR). My PhD research was in the municipal wastewater treatment area, thus, my NSERC Discovery Grant has been focused in this area. My team has a number of municipal wastewater projects including drinking water plant evaporative pond assessment; municipal wastewater gases; fate and transport chemical modeling; and landfill gas and geothermal.

Industrial Wastewater

After completing my PhD, I ventured into the area of industrial wastewater treatment as a PDF, followed by Program Manager, for Dr. Mohamed Gamal El-Din’s research lab at the University of Alberta from which I co-authored 23 high quality journal publications in the area of oil sands process-affected water (OSPW). Although I no longer pursue OSPW research, my research team’s current industrial wastewater projects include research in the areas of bioremediation of arsenic from mine waste rock water; BioLargo’s AOS reactor treatment technology; and environmentally-friendly gold beneficiation.

Indigenous Research and Outreach

I first started research with Indigenous partners and communities soon after joining the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. Since this time, my research and partnerships have continued to grow in this area resulting in a Centennial Enhancement Chair in Water Stewardship for Indigenous Communities in 2018. My research team’s Indigenous projects have moved beyond only water with areas including indoor radon gas exposures; water and wastewater; community co-design; and engineering infrastructure assessment and ACRS reporting.