Toronto, Ontario – Humber College and Carleton University have received more than $95,000 through a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada’s (NSERC) College-University Idea to Innovation grant, which falls under the College and Community Innovation Program.

Humber’s Civil Engineering Technology professor Shawn Cleary will be collaborating with Onita Basu, a professor in Carleton’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, to investigate procedures involved in processing drinking water using biofiltration.

“Biofiltration is a method of processing drinking water that can reduce the chemical and energy requirements of treatment facilities, meaning that it has the potential to be more environmentally sustainable than current practices,” said Shawn Cleary. “We will be working to assess analytical methods that help improve monitoring and control tools, making biofiltration performance more predictable and consistent.”  

Cleary and Basu, who have been research collaborators for more than a decade, will be working with the City of Ottawa’s Drinking Water Services Department. As well as contributing to the overall knowledge base of biofiltration performance, the partnership is expected to enhance technical expertise for faculty and students at both institutions.

“Applied research connects faculty and students with industry or community partners to help solve a specific problem,” explains Darren Lawless, Dean of Applied Research and Innovation at Humber. “The support from NSERC’s College and Community Innovation program will allow this valuable partnership to continue to make important advances in water safety and environmental sustainability.”


About NSERC’s College and Community Innovation Program
The program is managed by NSERC in collaboration with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC). Since its launch in 2009, the program has invested $393.7 million in 2,035 projects at 105 postsecondary institutions across Canada.

The program has helped dozens of college researchers strengthen their collaborations with industry that lead to commercialization, technology transfer as well as the adaptation and adoption of new technologies

About Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
Established in 1967, Humber is one of Canada’s leading postsecondary institutions. Committed to student success through excellence in teaching and learning, Humber serves 29,200 full-time students and 23,000 part time and continuing education students. With an internationally recognized reputation for quality learning, Humber offers a wide-range of career-focused opportunities for students to personalize their educational path, including 160 full-time programs across more than 40 fields of study, 200 part-time and 400 online programs or courses. More than four out of five of Humber graduates are employed within six months of completing their studies. Visit

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