Dr. Steve E. Hrudey

Dr. Hrudey is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry. He was the 97th President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) in 2016-17. Dr. Hrudey has been engaged in environmental and public health risk research for 50 years and has published extensively (>200 refereed journal articles, 28 expert panel reports, 10 books, 29 book chapters, 20 commentaries, and over 80 conference proceedings) in this field. His co-authored 2004 book, Safe Drinking Water – Lessons from Recent Outbreaks in Affluent Nations, has been an all-time best seller for International Water Association Publishing. Dr. Hrudey was recognized with Alberta’s highest civilian honour, the Alberta Order of Excellence, in October 2017 and was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2019. He was also recognized with a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal by the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta in 2022, with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Royal Society of Canada for service to scholarship in science in 2013, the 2013 APEGA Research Excellence Summit Award, the top research award (2012 A.P. Black Award) of the American Water Works Association and an honorary DSc from the University of Alberta (2012). He has served on 28 expert panels that have dealt with high-profile environmental health issues, including: the Walkerton Inquiry (2000-2002), the Expert Panel on Safe Drinking Water for First Nations in Canada (2006), Chair of the Water Research Foundation Expert Panel on drinking water disinfection by-products and bladder cancer (Washington, D.C., 2014-2015). In 2022, Dr. Hrudey was appointed by the Royal Society of Canada as the chair of an expert panel to prepare a policy briefing on the applications, limitations and potential of wastewater surveillance for SARS-CoV-2 in Canada. The report was published in August 2022.