Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Harmful Algal Blooms and Impacts on the Ecosystem and Human Health

Thursday, November 30, 2023
8:45 AM–9:00 AM Pacific: Registration
9:00 AM–11:00 AM Pacific: Webinar
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Event Details


Katie Quinn

Event Description

Harmful algal blooms are a major global environmental problem. Red tides, blue-green algae, and cyanobacteria are examples of harmful algal blooms that can have severe impacts on human health, aquatic ecosystems, and the economy.

Event Presenter(s)

Dr. Saad Jasim, Professional Engineer registered in Ontario
President, SJ Environmental Consultants (Windsor) Inc.

About the Event


  • To enhance participant’s knowledge on the harmful algal blooms (HABs), the generation of cyanotoxins, and the impact of climate change and agricultural on the development of these serious challenges.
  • To learn about procedures, methods, and technologies to maintain the delivery of safe drinking water and reduce the impact of HABs on public health and recreational activities.

Who Should Attend

  • Professionals working in the water treatment industry (managers, engineers, consultants, operators, technologists, etc.) who are involved in water treatment processes.
  • Public health professionals working on maintaining and promoting health and wellness in the community as well as to hold the line against emerging challenges.
  • Professionals working in the water and wastewater treatment industry and want to learn about harmful algal blooms

Webinar Program

  • Climate change and impact on water sources
  • Harmful algal blooms (HABs)
  • Blue green algae-cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins
  • Occurrence in the environment
  • Impact on wild life
  • Impact on human health
  • Water systems management
  • To prevent the impact on drinking water


Dr. Saad Jasim, Professional Engineer Registered in Ontario

President, SJ Environmental Consultants (Windsor) Inc.

Dr. Jasim received his PhD and M.Sc., from University of Wales, Swansea, United Kingdom. He currently serves as President of the International Ozone Association, the first Canadian to lead the organization (2020–2022), and President at SJ Environmental Consultants (Windsor) Inc. He has solved many challenges in drinking water quality, the latest was solving the arsenic and manganese problem in drinking water in White Rock, BC.

While serving as the Acting Research Director and Principal Investigator at the Qatar Environment & Energy Research Institute, Hamad Bin Khalifah University, Qatar Foundation, he developed the project for the Reuse of Treated Sewage Effluent (TSE).

Dr. Jasim was the Director at Great Lakes Regional Office-International Joint Commission (IJC) for Canada and USA and is the founding CEO for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre following the outbreak tragedy.

He introduced ozone as primary disinfectant to the City of Windsor in 2001, which was followed by many other cities in Ontario. He designed and successfully implemented ozone application for water reuse for greenhouse operation in Canada in 2004. He is a member of the Editorial Board of Ozone Science & Engineering Journal, and the Editorial Board for Water Process Engineering.

He has received many awards for his work and was the past president of the Ontario Water Works Association, President the International Ozone Association-Pan American Group (IOA-PAG), member of the Board of Directors of the International Ozone Association.

Since 1996, Dr. Jasim has served as Adjunct Professor at the University of Windsor, Canada.