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About Senator Rosa Galvez

Province: Quebec (Bedford)
AffiliationIndependent Senators Group
Telephone: 613-996-2210

Rosa Galvez, originally from Peru, is one of Canada’s leading experts in pollution control and its effect on human health. She has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering from McGill University and has been a professor at Université Laval à Québec since 1994, heading the Civil and Water Engineering Department from 2010 to 2016. She specializes in water and soil decontamination, waste management and residues, and environmental impact and risk assessment.

Senator Galvez is a member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec and Canadian Society for Civil Engineering. Her research has led her around the world to countries such as France, Italy, Belgium, Japan and China.

Senator Galvez was appointed to the Senate of Canada on December 6, 2016, representing Québec (Bedford).

Curriculum Vitae

Professor, Ph.D., P. Eng. Department of Civil and Water Engineering

Laval University, Quebec, Quebec G1K 7P4
Tel. (418) 656-2045
Email: rosa.galvez@gci.ulaval.ca
Web: http://www.gci.ulaval.ca/rgalvez/



  • Senate procedures – Parliamentary affairs, Senate of Canada (2016-2017)
  • Certificate – Gestion pour fonctionnaires de haute administration universitaire, U. Laval (2012-2013)
  • Ph.D. Environmental Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1994)
  • Master in Environmental Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Canada (1988)
  • Bachelor in Civil Engineering, Universidad Nacional de Ingeniería, Lima – Peru (training @ CEPIS-WHO/UN Program) (1985)
  • Member of Independent Senators Group
  • Member of the Standing Senate Committee on Energy, the Environment and Natural Resources (2017-present)
    • Chair of the committee (2017-2019)
  • Member of the Standing Senate Committee on National Finance (2019-present)
  • Vice-Chair of the Canadian Section of ParlAmericas
  • Treasurer of ParlAmericas
  • President of the Parliamentary Network on Climate Change of ParlAmericas
  • Member of the Standing Senate Committee on Transport and Communications (2016-2019)
  • Member of the Special Senate Committee on the Arctic (2017-2018)
  • Member of ten Parliamentary Associations

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  • Full professor - Department of Civil and Water Engineering, Laval University, Quebec, Canada (1994-présent)
    • Director, Department of Civil and Water Engineering (2010 to 2016)
    • Full Professor (2003-present)
    • Associate Professor (1999-2003)
    • Assistant Professor (1994-1999)
  • Teaching: Water treatment process, solid waste management, treatment of hazardous waste, site characterization and restoration, environmental impact assessments, contaminant transport processes, unit treatment processes, water distribution networks, environmental geotechnics, mitigation and adaptation measures in relation to climate change
  • Research supervision: Provided direction for over 80 graduate students, presently supervising 2 graduate students
  • Management: Manager of the Environmental laboratory (equipped with up to date analytical instruments)
  • Research Associate and Lecturer at the Geotechnical Research Centre, McGill University (1985-1994)

I have held and presently hold individual research contracts, grants and subventions for more than $20 million (recent and ongoing projects listed below). I am the principal author of more than 80 peer-reviewed articles in journals and proceedings (a list of recent publications is shown at the end of the CV).

  • Lac Megantic event; emergency, contaminated site and Chaudière River contamination
  • Advanced Characterization of unconventional petroleum and their environmental fate
  • Environmental Impacts of the Illumination of Jacques Cartier Bridge
  • Boating activities and its potential impacts on inland waters
  • Impacts environnementaux potentiels de l’utilisation des fondants routiers et abrasifs
  • Lands sustainability strategy and indicators in the North West Territories
  • Eco-processes development for the treatment of salted runoff for Vinci Highways in France
  • Knowledge Network on Mining Encounters and Indigenous Sustainable Livelihoods (MinEral Network)
  • Environmental Applications of high purity Dolomite (e.g. acid mine drainage neutralisation, P precipitation methods
  • Cumulative impact assessment for Site C a BC hydroelectric project – requested by the government of NWT
  • Leader of an Academic Mobility program funded by Canada and Europe (including Ireland, Scotland and Italy)
  • Waste-recycling research center in Cairo, Egypt Use of aid decision methods in civil engineering projects
  • Method of restoration for eutrophic lakes (enhanced coagulation, active capping)
  • Scientific Board - Institituto Madrileno de Estudios Avanzados (IMDEA) (2016-2020)
  • Jury for the ‘Scientist of the year - 2016’ Reseaux des universités du Québec.
  • Comité d’experts Communauté Métropolitaine de Québec – Évaluation du projet de Pipeline TC Est. (2016)
  • Engineers of Canada. Program visitor/evaluator (2012-2013)
  • Int. Evaluation Board. Glasgow Research Partnership, British Research Council (2007-2013)
  • Canada foundation for Innovation, evaluation committee (2011-2012)
  • Canadian Society Civil Eng. Member of selection committee for the annual Keefer Medal award (1999-2010)
  • Quebec Research Funds FQRNT - external evaluator (1999-present)
  • Commission for Environmental Cooperation – NAFTA, External adviser (1995-2015)
  • Member of Canadian Research Council/Strategic Panel on Sustainable Development (2004-2007)
  • Civil engineer at the Pan-American Office of Sanitary Engineering - WHO, Lima, Peru (1983-1984)
  • Expert panel Communauté Métropolitaine de Québec (2015-2016) Projet Pipeline TransCanada
  • Association Québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (2013) et Greenpeace Canada (2013): Expertise sur les risques de transport du pétrole lourd par de pipelines à gaz
  • Government of Northwest Territories (Canada): Environmental Impacts to the McKenzie River Delta (2011-2012)
  • Ville de Gatineau (Canada): used snow treatment unit (2010-present)
  • Petrobras (Brazil): reservoir eutrophication (2008-2010)
  • 2018 Premio Iberoamericano Asociación Iberoamericana de la Comunicación (ASICOM) -Universidad de Oviedo
  • 2018 Engineers Canada: Meritorious Service Award for Professional Service
  • 2018 Distinction Arnold Drapeau - article scientifique Vecteur Environnement avec C. Jacob-Vaillancourt
  • 2017-2018 Canadian Society of Civil Engineering. National Tour Lecture
  • 2016 Latin America Chamber of Commerce (Canada) - Recognition
  • 2016 Sociedad Peruana de Ingenieria Sanitaria, succesful career recognition
  • 2016 Colegio de Ingenieros del Peru, successful career recognition
  • 2015 Prix d’excellence en enseignement U. Laval (online course) Fondements du développement durable.
  • 2014 Finalist ‘Femme d’affaires du Québec’, Quebec’s business women network
  • 2013 ‘Excellence en Environnement’, Association Québécoise de Transport & Société d’assurance automobile - 6ième Gala de Grands Prix d’Éxcellence en Transport. Quebec, Canada.
  • 2012 ‘Professionnel de l’année’, Chambre de Commerce LA, Montréal, Canada.
  • 2009 ‘Proud to be Peruvian’ Award to successful professionals around the world – Peruvian Congress, Peru.
  • 2008 ‘Immigrant notable’ 400e Anniversaire de la Ville de Québec, Canada
  • 2008 ‘Femmes en sciences’, 400e Anniversaire de la Ville de Québec, Canada
  • 2006 ‘Prix Fernand Seguin’ best scientific article, Réseau Environnement, Québec, Canada
  • 2004 ‘Excellence in Teaching and International Cooperation’ Guanajuato University, Mexico
  • 2004 ‘Technical Editor Award’ – ASTM International, USA.

Fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

  • International Workshop – UNI Lima, Peru Infrastructure in the face of Climate Change; Circular Economy as lever for Sustainable development (2008-2018).
  • Keynote Lecture: National Canadian Tour CSCE Lac Mégantic’s human and environmental disaster: the event, the impacts and the lessons to be learned (2017-2018) Twenty two cities from Vancouver to Charlottetown.
  • Invited speaker: American Society of Civil Engineers. Public-Private Partnerships for Sustainable Infrastructure: the Canadian Experience. New York City, October 26-28, 2017.
  • Keynote speaker (2016). Restauration du lac St-Augustin – Contrôle de la pollution par des éco-procédés. Association canadienne de réhabilitation des sites dégradés – chapitre Québec, Shawinigan, Canada.
  • Keynote speaker: The human and environmental disaster at Lac Mégantic: the event, the impacts and the lessons to be learned. 14th Global Joint Seminar on Geo-Environmental Engineering. Montreal CSCE, CGS. 21-22 May 2015.
  • Invited speaker and panelist: The need of Genomic tools in environmental restoration. Workshop organized by Génome Québec (Montréal, Mars 2015).
  • Invited speaker: Le transport du pétrole non-conventionnel et les impacts potentiels sur l’environnement. Conference organized by the Conférence des Élues et le Conseil Régional de l’environnement du Bas St-Laurent (Rivière du Loup, 28 Août 2014)
  • Invited speaker: Le transport du pétrole non-conventionnel et les impacts potentiels sur l’environnement. Série des conférences présentées à: Saint-Honoré, Cap Saint-Ignace, St-Eugene, St-Honoré, Cap St-Ignace, St-Eugene, Maskinongé, Rigaud, Lanoraie, Quebec, Canada (2014-2015)
  • Invited speaker: Canadian Society of Civil Engineers – Quebec, Sherbrooke, Montreal — Lac Mégantic’s human and environmental disaster: the event, the impacts and the lessons to be learned. (2014-2015).
  • Invited speaker: Impact des changements climatiques sur les infrastructures et la planification communautaire, Forum organisé par l’institut du développement durable des Premières Nations du Québec et du Labrador (IDDPNQL) et l’Association québécoise de lutte contre la pollution atmosphérique (AQLPA) 25 février 2015 à Québec.
  • Invited speaker: MRC de Sources – Université Rurale de Québec : La restauration de lacs, l’approche intégrée par bassin versant, les techniques disponibles de restoration et le cas du Lac Saint-Augustin. St-Camille, Québec. Septembre, 2013.
  • Keynote lecture: Eco-process applied the restoration of water and sediments: watershed integrated approach. BIT 2nd Annual World Congress Taiyuan, China. (September, 2012)
  • United Nations – Interchimie Workshop on the Analysis, methods of treatment and restoration of polluted soils (09/1999) Paris, France. ‘Heavy Metal Partitioning by SSE and SEM as Analytical Tools for Soil Remediation’.
  • Chair Forum Lac Mégantic : les lessons à tirer. Frontenac (Octobre 2017)
  • Co-Chair, Integrated and Sustainable Environmental Remediation. American Chemical Society. Environmental Chemistry Division. 253th National Meeting. San Francisco, California, USA, Conference (April 2017)
  • Chair, 5th International ECO-SUMMIT. Ecological sustainability and Engineering change. Montpellier France, Conference, (August 2016)
  • Chair Lac-Mégantic: quand l'improbable devient réalité - Salon de techn. environnementales de Québec (mars, 2014)
  • Chair 2e atelier MDDEP sur les Projets de restaurations de lacs (14 Juin 2013)
  • Chair de session ASLO (Int. Science Association on Oceans and Limnology) Biwa, Japan (2012)
  • Co-Chair of 1st (1994, Montreal), 2nd (2003, Quebec) and 4th (2009, Dublin) International Symposiums on Contaminated Sediments sponsored by ASTM and CSCE
  • Chair 1er atelier MDDEP sur les Projets de restaurations de lacs (2009)
  • Organisation and participation : 8e Colloque Annuel Chapitre St-Laurent (2004)
  • Organisation and participation: Conférence Annuelle GÉOINGENIERIE (2004)
  • Organisation and participation: 2e, 3e, 4e and 5e Symposium International de l’Eau, sponsored by UNESCO Chair on Mediterranean Water Resources, United Nations University, World Bank and European Council. I edited the proceedings of the 2nd and 5th Symposiums.
  • (09/2016) The impact of road de-icing salts on the environment and its potential solutions, La Facture, Radio Canada http://ici.radio-canada.ca/tele/la-facture/2016-2017/segments/reportage/10983/sel-agent-fondant-deglacage-eau-contamination
  • Waste water engineer on the city's plan to dump 8 billion liters of waste into the St Lawrence River., Aaron Rand Show, CJAD 800
  • (04/2015) Découvrir le Magazine de l’ACFAS. Quatre questions pour une experte de l’or noir. Interview Link
  • (11/2014) Journal Les Affaires Rosa Galvez-Cloutier : innover en environnement
  • (07/2014) The Globe and Mail, Le Devoir, Presse Canadienne - Expert says no plans and equipment in place to deal with another Lac-Megantic-type disaster
  • (11/2013) Canadian Water Magazine: The Lac-Megantic tragedy highlights the environmental risks of transporting oil. Interview Link
  • (11/2013) The Gazette: Water near Lac-Mégantic tainted: Interview Link
  • (10/2013) Radio Ville Marie, La Grande Équation : Prendre la mesure de nos impacts environnementaux. Interview Link

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  1. Maiti, S., Gallastegui, G., Suresh, G., Pachapur, V. L., Brar, S. K., Le Bihan, Y., Drogui P., Buelna, G., Verma, M. & Galvez, R. (2018). Microwave-assisted one-pot conversion of agro-industrial wastes into levulinic acid: An alternate approach. Bioresource Technology.
  2. Kumar, P., Hegde, K., Brar, S. K., Cledon, M., Kermanshahi-pour, A., Roy-Lachapelle, A., & Galvez-Cloutier, R. (2018). Biodegradation of microcystin-LR using acclimatized bacteria isolated from different units of the drinking water treatment plant. Environmental Pollution.
  3. Laadila M, Hegde K, Rouissi T, Brar S, Galvez R, Sorelli R, Cheikh R, Paiva M, Abokitse K. (2017) Green synthesis of novel biocomposites from treated cellulosic fibers and recycled bio-plastic polylactic acid. Journal of Cleaner Production 164: 565-586.
  4. Saint-Laurent, D., Galvez-Cloutier, R., Raymond, S., De-Santiago-Martin, A., & Guesdon, G. (2018). Assessment of Hydrocarbons (C10-C50), Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs), and Trace Metals (TMs) Contamination in the Riverbanks of the Chaudière River Three Years after the Lac-Mégantic Railway Disaster (Southern Québec, Canada). Soil and Sediment Contamination: An International Journal, 27(2), 98-119.
  5. Guesdon G, de Santiago-Martín A, Galvez-Cloutier R. (2016). Phytodesalinization potential of Typha angustifolia, Juncus maritimus, and Eleocharis palustris for removal of de-icing salts runoff water. Environmental Science and Pollution Research. 23(19): 19634-19644.
  6. Guesdon, de Santiago-Martín, S. Raymond, H. Messaoud, A. Michaux, S. Roy, R. Galvez. (2016). Impacts of salinity on Saint-Augustin Lake, Canada: remediation measures at watershed scale. Water. 8(7): 285-304.
  7. de Santiago-Martín, A.; Michaux, A., Guesdon, G.; Constantin, B.; Galvez-Cloutier, R. (2016). Potential of anthracite, dolomite, limestone and pozzolan as reactive media for de-icing salt removal from road runoff. International Journal Environmental Sciences and Technology. 13 (10): 2313-2324.
  8. Pulicharla R*, Galvez-Cloutier R, Verma M, Surampalli RY. (2016). Comparison of carbamazepine and bisphenol A degradation in water and soil byextracellular laccases of T. versicolor: Kinetics, by-products and toxicity assessment. International Biodeterioration & Biodegradation. Under revision.
  9. B. Morteau, G. Triffault-Bouchet, R. Galvez-Cloutier, and L. Martel (submitted to ASCE J. of Env. Eng.) Constructed wetland treating de-icing salts contaminated road runoff with halophytic plants (Typha angustifolia, Salicornia europaea, and Atriplex patula), a pilot study. ASCE J. of Env. Eng.
  10. Galvez-Cloutier, Rosa; de Santiago-Martín, Ana; Guesdon, Gaëlle; Michaux, Arthur; Constantin, Boris (submitted to Environmental Geochemistry and Health) Potential of anthracite coal, dolomite, urgonian limestone and pozzolan as filter bed for the removal of salted road runoff.
  11. N. Kagambega, R. Galvez-Cloutier, A. Ouattara and M. Laflamme. 2014. Assessment of the Neutralizing Capacity of High Purity Dolomite on the Highly Polluted Acid Mine Drainage. International Journal of Environmental Engineering and Natural Resources. Volume 1, Number 3, 2014, pp. 120-129
  12. A., De Santiago Martín, B. Constantin, G. Guesdon, N. Kagambega, S. Raymond, R. Galvez-Cloutier. 2014. Bioavailability of engineered nanoparticles in soil systems. Journal of Hazardous, Toxic, and Radioactive Waste. Special Issue Nanomaterials: Measurements, fate and future. doi: 10.1061/(ASCE)HZ.2153-5515.0000263
  13. R. Galvez-Cloutier, G. Guesdon et A. Fonchain (2014) Lac-Mégantic : analyse de l’urgence environnementale, bilan et évaluation des impacts Rev. can. génie civ. 41: 531–539 (2014) dx.doi.org/10.1139/cjce-2014-0011. http://www.nrcresearchpress.com/doi/abs/10.1139/cjce-2014-0011#.WNbp0eSguUk
  14. N. Kamal, R. Galvez and G. Buelna (2014) Application of a solid phase extraction-HPLC method to quantify phenolic compounds in woodwaste leachate. Water Quality Research Journal of Canada. 49.3 :210-222
  15. Conference Proceedings with review committee
  16. Galvez et al. (2017). Remediation measures in view of rehabilitation: Case of Lac Mégantic Bakken oil spill. Welcome ENVR Symposium Organizers, 253rd ACS National Meeting, San-Francisco, United States.
  17. Galvez et al. (2016). Adapted constructed wetland and reactive filtering bed as an ecological engineering solution to manage road de-icing salt pollution. EcoSummit 2016, Montpellier, France.
  18. R. Galvez, A. Santiago, G. Guesdon. (2016). Lac-Mégantic oil spill and disaster Quality and Toxicity Assessment concerns and difficultie. 7th SETAC World Congress: Fosterning Environmental Science for an Ever-Changing World, Orlando, United States
  19. Galvez et al. (2016). Minería y Desarrollo Sostenible (Mining and Sustainable Development). Seminario en el cuadro de la maestria en Ingenieria Ambientale, Lima, Peru.
  20. B. Constantin and R. Galvez (2015) Phosphorus retention by fine-grained dolomite for eutrophic waters remediation. 14th Global Joint Seminar on Geo-Environmental Engineering. May 21st—22nd, Montreal.
  21. N. Kagambega, A. Ouattara and R. Galvez (2015) De-icing salt and mobilization of metals. 14th Global Joint Seminar on Geo-Environmental Engineering. May 21st—22nd, Montreal.
  22. R. Galvez-Cloutier, G. Triffaut-Bouchet and B. Constantin (2012) Pilot test and eco-compatibility of various in-lake restoration techniques for the rehabilitation of eutrophic lakes. ASLO, Biwa, Japan.
  23. R. Galvez, S. Leroueil, G. Triffault-Bouchet, L. Martel (2011) Étude pilote pour le traitement du ruissellement routier par éco-procédés. Revue Routes et Transports, Publiée par l’AQTR. Pp 15-18.
  24. Galvez-Cloutier, R., R. Hebert, A. Gauthier, E. Talla and X. Cherrai (2011) Geochemical Considerations for the Restoration of Contaminated Sediments in Aylmer Lake: An Inheritance of a Mining Past. ICOBTE, Florence, Italie 2011.
  25. R. Galvez, Leroueil, S., Triffault-Bouchet, G., Martel. L., Morteau, B. (2011) A Geo-Filter Bed and Halophyte Wetland: an Eco-Engineering System for the Treatment of Saline Highway Runoff. WCEB, Dalian, China.
  26. R. Galvez-Cloutier, Leroueil, S., Triffault-Bouchet, G., Martel. L., Morteau, B. (2010) Natural Geo-filter bed and Halophyte Wetland: An Eco-Engineering System to Mitigate Saline Highway Runoff Impacts, IASTED Technology Conference, Banff, Alberta July 2010.
  27. Galvez-Cloutier R., S. Leroueil, L. Martel et G.Triffault-Bouchet (2010) ‘Essais pilotes et évaluation écotoxicologique de deux méthodes de contrôle in-situ du Phosphore au lac Saint-Augustin’ 14th Colloque annuel Chapitre Saint-Laurent SRA- SETAC.
  1. Associate editor for the International Journal of Limnology. Impact factor 2.5
  2. Ecological Eng. J. – Guest editor.
  3. Associate editor for the International Journal of Water and Wastewater Treatment. Sci. Forschen Inc.
  4. Dyer, M. and Galvez-Cloutier, R. (2010) Contaminated Sediments: Sustainable Management and Remediation. ASTM Int. STP 1518. ISBN 978-0-8031-7504-4.
  5. Locat, J., Galvez-Cloutier, R., Chaney, R. and K. Demars (2003) Editors. ‘Contaminated Sediments: Characterization, Evaluation, Mitigation, Restoration and Strategy Performance’. ASTM Int. 327 pp.
  • Galvez-Cloutier R, de Santiago Martín A, Uribe Martin E. (2017). Impact of Mining on Environment and Human Health. Surampalli RY, Brar SK, Zhang TC, Hegde K, Pulicharla R. Handbook of Environmental Engineering. Mc Graw Hill Education.
  • de Santiago Martín A, Guesdon G, Galvez-Cloutier R. (2017). Soil–Major sink for contaminants. Surampalli RY, Brar SK, Zhang TC, Hegde K, Pulicharl R. Handbook of Environmental Engineering. McGraw-Hill Education.
  • de Santiago-Martín, G. Guesdon, Galvez, R. (2016) Plants for Constructed Wetlands as an Ecological Engineering Alternative to Road Runoff Desalination. Part III of Volume 4 Phytoremediation. In: Management of Environmental contaminants. Springer. Abid A. Ansari · Sarvajeet Singh Gill Ritu Gill · Guy R. Lanza Lee Newman Editors.
  • N.T. Ellwood, R. Galvez, P. Albertano. E. Viaggiu and R. Mosello (2010) Physico-chemical and biological aspects of Lake Albano. From: Funiciello, R. and Giordano, G. (eds) The Colli Albano Volcano. Special publications of IAVCEI, 3, 269-277. Geological Society, London 1750-8202. IAVCEI 2010. ISBN 978-1-86239-307-3
  • Mulligan, C., Galvez-Cloutier, R. and Renaud, N. (1999). ‘Biological leaching of Cu mine residues by Aspergillus niger’ In: Biohydrometallurgy and the Enviroment towards the Mining of the 21st Century, R. Amils, and A. Ballester, Eds. Elsevier, Amsterdam, pp. 453-461.