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B. Sc., UQAM 1984

M. Environmental Sc., UQAM 1988


Serge L'Italien

Water Quality Specialist - Water Quality Index Technical Support/Translation Support WQMSD

CURRENT S&T / RESEARCH - Water quality indicators development and applications, effective management of horizontal programs involving improved integration from field data collection, to data management QA/QC, to water quality analysis and reporting, and to support policy analysis

  • Validation of computations and data for the production of diffusion documents (including Website) linked to the content of  WQIDat (CESI-WQI) on an annual basis.
  • Ensure the consistency and comparability of data in order to produce studies of temporal changes  (link to the Water Quality Index - WQI).
  • Improving functions of the WQI calculator tool (work done in collaboration with CIOB and with the province of Newfoundland and Labrador)
  • QA/QC of  MSWQD data for Quebec and support of data formatting for CABIN and others.
  • Review of data within the framework for the diffusion of information and access to data for the transboundary rivers of the Hudson Bay watershed.
  • Support to presentations for conferences and workshops.
  • Translation of scientific documents (reports, PowerPoint presentations, meeting notes, WQMSD's Website content).


Great Lakes Surveillance Officer from 1991-2001

Collaboration in development of software used to compute annual concentrations and loadings in the Great Lakes Connecting Channels, and Upstream/Downstream differences using MLE procedure to replace censored data (SAS, SQL, Fortran)

Collaboration in customizing software RDMQ used for electronic QA of ENVIRODAT data (SAS, SQL) for Great Lakes Connecting Channels

Collaboration in the development of the WQIDat database, and of clustering procedures to optimize the national water quality network (CESI-WQI)

Experience with several field sampling methods (Great Lakes and Connecting Channels, lakes and rivers).  Experience in laboratory (liquid-liquid extractions).

Co-author of the recent National Nutrients Report of the DWQMS

Expertise Categories associated with this S&T Expert:

     Aquatic Ecosystems
          Canadian Environmental Protection Act (1999)
          Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement
     Ecosystems & Habitats
          Ecosystem health
          Great Lakes-St. Lawrence
          Hudson-James Bay
          Emerging chemicals
          Endocrine disruption
          Heavy metals
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
          Pesticides and herbicides
          Polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs)
          Persistent organic pollutants (POPs)
          Pesticides and herbicides
          Inland waters
     Great Lakes
          Water quality
     Water Quality
          Extraction techniques
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