Ensuring access to a sufficient supply of high-quality water is a growing challenge as pollution and climate change take their toll. Deterioration of water quality is a direct consequence of anthropogenic pollution, mainly attributable to intense industrialization.

To support sustainable development and meet increasingly stringent environmental regulations, the next generation of engineers, scientists, and environmental managers will have to develop new environmentally responsible approaches to the management of wastewater.

The CREATE Program in Environmental Decontamination Technologies and Integrated Water and Wastewater Management (TEDGIEER) was established to train that new generation of professionals.

The CREATE–TEDGIEER training program operates at the university–industry interface, integrating efforts at seven Canadian universities with the work of research centres and other academic and industrial collaborators.

Objectives of the CREATE–TEDGIEER training program

  • To train a new generation of students at the university–industry interface through the development of fundamental and applied research skills to solve real industrial problems (B.Sc, M.Sc, and Ph.D)
  • To expand the students’ professional networks to help them connect with the new generation of Canadian innovators
  • To create a Canadian and international network of student, academic, and industrial collaborators specialized in environmental decontamination technologies and integrated water and wastewater management

Students enrolled in the CREATE–TEDGIEER program must spend at least 20% of their time in the program in an industrial environment. These industrial internships will give the students the opportunity to apply their theoretical knowledge to the resolution of real industrial problems.

Internship duration:

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s degree : 4 months
  • Ph.D :  8 months

Professional competencies acquired by the student

  • Awareness of current environmental issues
  • Advanced knowledge and expertise, and development of a critical point of view on environmental technologies
  • Capacity to adapt to changing markets and R&D topics in the field of environmental technologies
  • Ability to easily adapt from the academic to the industrial research environment
  • Development of scientific and public outreach communication skills
  • Development of leadership and project management skills