Dr. Edward McBean,Ph.D., P.Eng., P.E.

Professor of Engineering & Canada Research Chair in Water Supply Security Assistant Dean, College of Physical and Engineering Science

Professional Experiences
Honors and Awards
Scholarly and Professional Activities
Professional Society Membership
Current Research
Research Team
Research Contributions
Around the World


Ph.D. Civil Engineering 1973 Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Magna Cum Laude
C.E. Civil Engineering 1972 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
S.M. Civil Engineering 1970 Massachusetts Institute of Technology
B.A.Sc. Civil Engineering 1968 University of British Columbia



University of Guelph

Asst. Dean External Partnerships 2010 - present College of Physical and Engineering Science
Asst. Dean Research(acting) 2010 - 2012 College of Physical and Engineering Science
Professor 2003 - present Water Resources, School of Engineering
Canada Research Chair (Tier1) 2003 - present Canada Research Chair of Water Supply Security

Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

Vice President 1999- 2003 Conestoga-Rovers & Associates
Associate 1995- 1999 Conestoga-Rovers & Associates

CRA Engineering Inc.

President 1996- 2003 CRA Engineering Inc.

University of Waterloo

Professor 1981-19995 Department of Civil Engineering
Acting Director 1993-1993 Institute for Risk Research
Professor 1981- 1991 Department of Civil Engineering
Associate Professor 1977- 1981 Department of Civil Engineering
Assistant Professor 1974-1977 Department of Civil Engineering &Urban &Regional Planning

University of California at Davis

Professor of Water Resources 1991- 1992 Land, Air and Water Resources

Cornell University

Research Associate 1973-1974 Water Resources and Marine Sciences Center

Meta Systems Inc

Project Engineer 1972-1974 Cambridge Massachusetts

Acres Consulting Services

Engineer        1970-1971 Niagara Falls, Canada

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Visiting Engineer 1973-1974 Department of Civil Engineering
Graduate Assistant June 1972-September 1972 Department of Civil Engineering
Research Assistant 1968-1972 Department of Civil Engineering



Member Res'Eau Impact Management Committee and Theme 2 leader, Res'Eau, an NSERC National Centre of Excellence for Small Drinking Water Systems, 2013 - present
Member Landfill Gas Industry Alliance, an assembly of Canadian Industry Stakeholders in the Landfill Gas Industry 1997- 2004
Associate Editor American Society of Civil Engineers, Journal of the Environmental Engineering Division, 1996 - 1998
Associate Editor Water Resources Research, 1979-1987
Associate Editor Canadian Journal of Civil Engineering, 1989 -1997& 2004-2007
Life Member, Association of Global Groundwater Scientists, 2013-present
Editorial Board Member Journal of Advances in Environmental Research, 1996 - 2006
Member 00578670 American Water Works Association, 2003 - present
Member American Geophysical Union, 1968- present
Member International Water Association, 2014- present
Life Member Indian Association of Hydrologists, 1992- present
Life Member Scientific Advisory Committee, International Geoscientists Organization 2011- present
Member of Board of Directors Waterloo Centre for Groundwater Research, 1993 -1996
Member Institute for Risk Research, University of Waterloo, 1983-present
UNESCO/UNDP Consultant in water quality modeling in India, 1984, 1993, 1995
Director NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Remediation of Soil and Groundwater as a Technical Institutional and Socio-Economic Problem: Opportunities in Eastern Europe; Czech Republic, November 1995
International Editorial Committee Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, 1995 -1999
Member Environmental and Water Resources Institute of ASCE, 2009 -present




Recipient, Gold Medal from the Institution of Engineers (India), The Nawab Zain Yar Jung Bahadur Memorial Gold Medal for 1986 87
Erskine Fellow, University of Canterbury, New Zealand, 2001

Recipient, Japanese Promotion of Sciences Fellowship, 1987

Recipient, Camille A. Dagenais Award for outstanding contributions to the development and practice of hydrotechnical engineering in Canada. An award from the Canadian Society of Civil Engineers, 2009

Recipient, Research and Development Medal, Professional Engineers of Ontario and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, 2009

Canada Research Chair, Tier 1, Water Supply Security, 2003-2017

Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering
Fellow, Canadian Society of Civil Engineers
Fellow, Engineering Institute of Canada
Recipient, China Friendship Award, China’s highest honor for achievement by a foreigner, Nov 2014
Recipient of K. Y. Lo Award from the Engineering Institute of Canada, demonstrating to the world, Canadian expertise in water security



Adjunct Professor, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China, 2014—present
Adjunct Professor, Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur, India, 2011 - present, 2014—present
Expert Member of Selection Board for Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology, for the Department of Civil Engineering at BUET, 2011 – present
External Advisor on Water Security Issues for the Bangladesh University of Engineering Technology, 2009 to present
Principal Investigator on Advisory Panel for UNESCO on Desertification for the Middle Eastern Region, based out of UNESCO office in Tehran, Iran, 2009-present
State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA) – a member of an expert level panel working with SATEC in China, addressing issues of water security in China, 2009 –present. The report from this panel of eight was recently presented to Vice-Premier Mah of China, number two person in the Chinese governmental structure;
Member of International Academic Collaboration and Innovation Centre at Tianjin University, China , 2009 – present. Dr. McBean has been extensively involved in workshops and keynote papers at Tianjin University;
Member of Panel advising State Key Laboratory of Hydraulic Engineering, China, 2010 – present. Dr. McBean has been involved in a number of key investigations in cooperation with the State Key Laboratory, culminating in a number of technical papers;
Member of Experts Panel for Gulf of Khambhat Project in Gujarat, India, Selected as one of eight international experts by the State of Gujarat, India to assess the potential for the fifteen billion dollar, 5000 MW tidal power impoundment project, being considered for the Gulf of Khambhat, India
Leader of MEDI Mission to Brazil (Sao Paulo and Belo Horizonte), re Technology and Entrepreneurs, November 2013.



Abu Dhabi Grenada The Philippines
Argentina Hong Kong Portugal
Australia Hungary Qatar
Austria India St. Kitts-Nevis
The Bahamas Indonesia St. Lucia
Bangladesh Iran Saudi Arabia
The Barbados Ireland Serbia
Botswana Italy Singapore
Brazil Japan Slovakia
Cambodia Laos South Africa
Chile Latvia Spain
China Lithuania Sweden
Colombia Malaysia Switzerland
Croatia Mexico Russia
Cuba Morocco Taiwan
Czech Republic Nepal Thailand
Denmark The Netherlands Ukraine
Dubai New Zealand United Kingdom
Ecuador Nigeria United States
Egypt Norway Uruguay
France Oman USSR
Germany Pakistan Viet Nam
Ghana Peru Zambia



Names of Major Investigators PI first Agency, Support Type Project Title Amount ($) Held (H) or Applied For (A) Years of Tenure
McBean, PI Indo-Canada Low Tech Water Treatment (IC-Impacts NCE) 475K A 2015-2017
McBean Water Supply Security Canada Research Chair Tier 1 200K$/yr H 2003-2017
McBean RBC Blue Water Program – Youth Camps in First Nations in Northern Ontario 20K A 2015
Levison/McBean RBC Participatory Planning in First Nations 20K A 2015
McBean, Krantz (McMaster), Jamieson (Dal), Zizzo (UoT) Canadian Water Network, Integrated Risk Management for Canadian Municipalities 300K$ H 2014-2015
Gagnon (Dal)/McBean Mohseni (UBC) Canadian Water Network, Research Gaps Identification in Fracking 140K$ H 2014-2015
McBean NSERC Discovery 130K$ H 2012-2016
McBean (as part of SOWC) Wastewater Platform MEDI and Fed-Dev 6450K$ H 2012-2014
McBean (as part of National Centre of Excellence headed out of UBC) RES'EAU, NCE Theme 3.2, Water Systems Vulnerability 85k/yr H 2013-2017
McBean RES'EAU & Walkerton Clean Water Centre, Youth Camps First Nations Water Handling 16K H 2014
McBean (as part of SOWC) Wastewater Node Lead, Platform for Testing of Wastewater Innovative Technologies 2,300K$ H 2012-2014
McBean NSERC Engage (LuminUltra) – field evaluation for microbial growth 25K H 2014
McBean NSERC Engage - Mantech (PeCOD) 25K H 2013-14
McBean (with G. Huang) Western Canada Flood Risk Management & Risk Assessment, CFI 1,495K$ H 2013
McBean/Crolla/Kinsley OMAFRA –Dry Sludge Fermentation 100K H 2012-2014
McBean OCE –Astinco – Real-time Microbiological testing 165K H 2011-2013
McBean OCE – Luxadvance – Microbiological test evaluation 155k H 2011-2013
McBean PHAC – Development of Dose-Response Model for Canada 5K H 2013
McBean Asian Development Bank – training of water treatment operators for Afghanistan 25K H 2012
Bakker (UBC),McBean, Issac-Renton (BC Centre of Disease Control Canadian Water Network - Developing a Canadian Water Security Framework 95K$/yr H 2008-2010
McBean Method Quantifying Pathogens in Water & Food, Fed-Dev 50K H 2011
Zytner, McBean, Achari (Calgary) Maximize Methane Extraction from Landfills, NSERC Strategic 95K$/yr H 2008-2010
McBean, Gharabaghi MITACs and Imperial Tobacco, DDT Dechlorination 90K H 2009-2010
Parker (Wayne, UW) & 12 others Centre for Control of Emerging Contaminants 14,800K $ H 2008-2013
Gharabaghi, Rudra, McBean Compost Biofilter Study OCE 143K$ H 2009-2011
Gharabaghi & McBean Lake Simcoe Study, Ontario Ministry of Environment 242K$ H 2008-2010
Salsali/McBean Municipalities Hospital Wastes Management 75K$/yr H 2009-2011
McBean PI, & 5 others Protection of Water Consumers by In-Situ Monitoring, NSERC Strategic 300K$ H 2008-2010
McBean & Salsali Economics & Feasibility of Co-substrates Anaerobic Digestion, OMAFRA and OCE 158K H 2008-2010
Gharabaghi &McBean Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, Mississippi Valley Conservation Authority 35K H 2007/09
Gharabaghi, Rudra & McBean Stormwater Management, Ontario Ministry of Environment 50K H 2008-2009
McBean, Rudra, Gharabaghi NSERC & Infrastructure Canada Interdependence (as above) - joint/equal funding from both agencies 43K$/year H 2005-2007
Gharabaghi/Rudra/McBean CresTech - Advancing Sustainable Environmental Solutions 100K H 2006
Farabakshch/McBean/Van Heyst NSERC CRD - Siloxanes in Biogases 158K$ H 2006-2008
McBean Credit Valley Conservation Authority -Flood Vulnerability 25K$ H 2006
McBean CIDA - Assessment of Low Tech Treatment Options, Bangladesh 10K H 2007
McBean Knowledge Transfer of Water Risks Public Health Agency of Canada 9.95K $ H 2006
McBean Gharabaghi ITL Remediation of DDT-Contaminated Soils 97K$ H 2009
McBean, Hrudey(UofA),Huck (UW), Mills (UBC), Isaac-Renton (BC Centre of Disease Control) Knowledge Translation Workshops for Small Water Systems Canadian Water Network 145K$ H 2007-2009
Gharabaghi & McBean Indo-Canada Low Tech Water Treatment (IC-Impacts NCE) 475K A 2015-2017
McBean, PI Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation, Mississippi Valley Conservation MVCA 35K H 2007/09
Hipel (UW), McBean, Fang(Ryerson) NSERC Strategic Systems Engineering Approaches for Brownfield Redevelopment 140K$/year H 2007-2010
McBean/Huang(Regina)/Hayward/Farabakhsh, Gharabaghi/Lee NSERC Strategic Protection of Water Consumers by Development of In-situ Monitoring Capacity for Water Distribution Systems 132K$/year H 2007-2010
McBean DDT Dechlorination 5K H 2009/10
McBean MITACs, Greenhouse Gas Control Options 75K$ H 2008/2010
Rudra, Gharabaghi, McBean OMAF - Watershed System Capacity 142K$/year H 2005-2008
McBean CFI Equipment 315K$ H 2005-2006
McBean NSERC Discovery 60K H 2004-2006




  • Keynote presentation at North China Electric Power University
    McBean, E., "Water Security Research, Priority Needs and Opportunities", October, 2014

  • Keynote presentation at State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs (SAFEA)
    McBean, E., Zhang, C., and Wang, Y., "Water Security – Priority Needs in a Climate Changing World", 10th Workshop, Suzhou, China, Workshop May 25-31, 2014

  • Keynote presentation, presented at Stormwater and Urban Water Systems Modeling Conference
    McBean, E., and Wang, Y., "Insights for Assigning Precipitation Rates Pertinent to Buried Municipal Stormwater System Design in 2013 and Going Forward",Toronto, Feb 26-27, 2014

  • Keynote presentation at Surviving the Perfrect Storm- Managing your Water, Wastewater and Stormwater Risks in Light of Climate Change
    McBean, E., "Municipal Risk/Liability for Stormwater, Water, Wastewater", 21st River Symposium on the St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes Ecosystems, Belleville, Ontario, May 7-8, 2014.

  • Keynote Presentation at Use of Unconventional Water in Urban Water Management
    McBean, E., "Overview of Unconventional Water Uses in Canada – Future Opportunities and Directions", (a meeting organized by UNESCO), Muscat, Oman, 11-13 February, 2014

  • Keynote Presentation, Mine Water Solutions in Extreme Environments
    McBean, E., 2013. "Impacts of Climate Change, Insights to Extremes Precipitation in Mining Activities", Lima Peru, Apr 15-17, 2013

  • Keynote presentation, Stormwater and Urban Water Systems Modeling Conference
    McBean, E. , "Climate Change Impacts – Evidence and Projections", Toronto, Ontario, February 2013.

  • Keynote presentation at Advanced Workshop on Changing Hydrologic Cycle and Water Security
    McBean, E., "Water Security Research, Priority Needs and Opportunities", Tianjin University, November 3, 2012

  • Keynote Presentation, Fifth International Groundwater Conference
    McBean, E., "Improved Human Health Risk Characterization for Regions with Arsenic-Contaminated Groundwater", Maharashtra, India, presented Dec 18-21, 2012.

  • Keynote Paper, Computational Hydraulics Inc. Conference
    McBean, E., "Security Approaches o Water Distribution Systems in the Next Decade", Toronto, Ontario, Feb 22-23, 2012.

  • Keynote paper, Drought Management Strategies in Arid and Semi-Arid Regions
    McBean, E., and Motiee, H., "Estimation of Desertification Risk Potential Using Contributory Indices", Muscat, Oman, December 11-14 2011.

  • Keynote presentation, Ontario Water and Wastewater
    McBean, E., "Technologies For Water Treatment", razil, November 2011.

  • Keynote Paper, 2011 Chinese Hydraulic Engineering Society Annual Academic Conference
    McBean, E., "Groundwater: Assessments of Sustainability in a Climate Changing World",Beijing, China, October 11-12, 2011.

  • Keynote Paper State Key Laboratory of Simulation and Regulation of Water Cycle in River Basins
    McBean, E., "Groundwater In a Climate Changing World", Beijing, China October 10, 2011.
  • Keynote Paper, Intnl Conference on Drinking Water Safety, Security and Sustainability
    McBean, E., "Vulnerability Assessment Procedures for Small Water Supply Systems, In present Conditions and Under Climate Changing Conditions", presented, Hangzhou, China, Oct 9-12, 2011.

  • Keynote paper, Intnl Waterworks Symposium
    McBean, E., "Managing Security for Water Distribution Systems", Seoul, Korea, Sep 2011.

  • Keynote paper, IWA Groundwater Specialization Conference
    McBean, E., "Groundwater in the Developing World: An Assessment of Sustainability in a Climate Changing World", Belgrade, Serbia, Sep 8-11, 2011.

  • Keynote Presentation at International Conference on Water and Wastewater with Focus on Privatization and Benchmarking
    McBean, E., "Water, The Ultimate Recycled Good", Tehran, Iran, April 27-28, 2011.

  • Keynote Paper, Intnl Conference on Sustainable Water Resources Management and Climate Change Adaptation
    McBean, E., "Global Climate: Evidence of Climate Change and Potential Future Implications", National Institute of Technology, Durgapur, India, February 16-18, 2011.

  • Plenary Presentation at the International Conference on Environmental Health and Technology
    McBean, E., "Risk Management of Arsenic in Drinking Water for the Rural Poor in a Climate Changing World", Kanpur, India, March 15-17, 2010.

  • Keynote Presentation, International Conference of Science and Technology on Desertification Control
    McBean, E., "Climate Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones and Implications for Desertification", Wulanhoate, China, August 15-19, 2009.

  • Plenary Presentation, Watarid, 2nd International Conference on Water, Ecosystem, Sustainable Development in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones
    McBean, E., and Motiee, H., "Progress of Climate Change in Arid and Semi-Arid Zones and Utility of Meteorological Data", Yazd, Iran, May 5-7, 2009

  • Plenary Presentation, 3rd Iran Water Resources Management Conference
    McBean, E., "Impending Water Crises: Desertification and Climate Change", New Delhi, India, January 12-16, 2009.

  • Keynote paper, International Conference on Water, Environment, Energy and Society
    McBean, E. "Global Climate Change, Its Projected Impacts on Water Resources", Tabriz, Iran, October 21-24, 2008.

  • Plenary presentation, 6th International Conference on Environmental Informatics
    McBean, E., "Desertification Trends and Impending Water Crises", Bangkok, Thailand, November 2007.

  • Plenary Presentation, International Conference on Science and Technology for Desertification Control
    McBean, E., "Impending Water Crises: Desertification and Issues of Sustainability in the Global Context", Beijing, China, October 2006.

  • Keynote paper, NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Security of Water Supply Systems: From Source to Tap
    McBean, E., "Failure Mechanisms and Monitoring Methodologies Pertinent for Detention of Exposure Risks in Water Distribution Networks", Murter, Croatia, May 27-31, 2005.

  • Presented at Security and Emergency Preparedness for Water Systems
    McBean, E., " Vulnerabilities in Canada's Water Supply System Infrastructure", workshop organized by WCWC, Concord, ON Sep 19 2007.

  • Keynote presentation at APEC Meeting in Yinchuan, China
    McBean, E., "Trends and Constraints for Waste Recycling: A Comparison of Developed and Developing Countries", March 2005.

  • AwwaRF Invited Workshop
    McBean, E., "Strategies for Employment of Indicators for Monitoring Water Supplies", presented at Risk Analysis Strategies for Better and More Credible Decision-Making, (invited delegate), Banff, Alberta, April 6-8, 2005.

  • Keynote Presentation, ISEIS Conference
    McBean, E., "Statistical Evaluation Needs for Water Supply Exposure Assessments", Regina, Saskatchewan, August 2004

  • Invited delegate to AwwaRF meetings
    McBean, E., such as "Effects of Water on Water Distribution Infrastructure", Ottawa, 2006.

  • Additional keynote lectures
    Include for Asia-Pacific Economic Council (APEC) meetings in Mexico City, Taipei, and Yinchuan (China), and to the UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP10) in Buenos Aires and participated as a member of the Advisory Council for Sustainable Cities Initiative of Industry Canada. Invited to participate with the US Air Force for Environmental Excellence (AFCEE), and to provide peer review to Homeland Security of US EPA for their water security manual. Participates regularly in workshops dealing with water supply security issues including leading a session on behalf of the Walkerton Clean Water Centre.