Monique Simair

Monique Simair

Company: Maven Water & Environment

Job title: Founder & Principal Scientist


Dr. Monique Simair is recognized internationally as a disruptive technology innovator in the water treatment sector. A post-doctoral biogeochemist by training, she has developed semi-passive water treatment technologies that are used at mines globally. Some notable achievements include designing the first two full-scale gravel bed bioreactors (GBBR) in operation at a mine in Canada, and implementing the first constructed wetland treatment system (CWTS) demonstrations at mines in the Yukon and BC – operating since 2014. Monique has built two multimillion-dollar cleantech companies focussed on semi-passive mine water treatment (Contango Strategies, sold in 2018, and now Maven Water & Environment). Dr. Simair has been named as Canada’s 2021 Eco Impact Awardee by Eco Canada. She has also been named by Profit Magazine as one of Canada’s future entrepreneurial leaders, to Chatelaine’s W100 women entrepreneurs, the University of Saskatchewan Alumni of Influence, and multiple awards for technology innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship. She was also the youngest person appointed as an advisor to Canada’s Science, Technology, and Innovation Council, advising Canada’s Minister of Industry from 2014 – 2018. In her spare time, Dr. Simair volunteers as an Adjunct Professor in environmental engineering and as a mentor with various technology incubators.


Rethinking Water Management Practices to Improve Project Viability 3:35 pm

Unpacking the leading-edge water management practices helping mining companies achieve agility, avoid risk, and find success in a  modern investor and regulatory environment. Discover best practices in early strategic planning, avoid common mistakes through a modernized approach, and improve long-term mine value. Chaired by Lesley Warren, Director, Lassonde Institute of Mining Read more

day: 27 April 2023