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Dena McMartin - University of Regina. Saskatchewan, SK, CA

Dena McMartin

Associate Vice-President | University of Regina

Saskatchewan, SK, CANADA

Dena McMartin has developed and supported numerous academic and research partnerships within the university and with international partners.





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Dr. Dena McMartin assumed the role of Associate Vice-President (Academic and Research) on 1 January 2014. A full professor in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, McMartin served as chair of several faculty and campus committees prior to joining the President’s Office. She has developed and supported numerous academic and research partnerships within the University and with international partners.

McMartin’s national profile includes serving the University of Regina on committees of Engineers Canada and the Canadian Coalition for Women in Engineering, Science, Trades and Technology. She further champions the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science via the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan and as a member of the Canadian Engineering Education Association. In 2013, she was named a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC) in recognition of her contributions to the engineering profession.

McMartin’s applied research program is strongly associated with collaborations with private companies, government agencies, and academics both in Canada and internationally. She is currently focused on rural development needs in Canada and abroad, impacts of climate extremes on water availability and rural livelihoods in the Americas, and best agricultural practices for improved water quality and quantity management. She holds grants from the Tri-Council as well as federal and provincial agencies.

McMartin holds a Ph.D. and M.Sc. in environmental engineering and a B.E. in agricultural and bioresource engineering from the University of Saskatchewan.

Industry Expertise (4)



Environmental Services

Civil Engineering

Areas of Expertise (11)

Stormwater Quality

Agricultural Water and Environmental Performance Monitoring

Source Water Protection and Planning

Chemical-Free Water Treatment Solutions

Extreme Water Events & Climate

Women in Engineering

Water Resource Management

Academic and Research Partnerships

International Research Collaboration

Inclusive Campuses

Oilsands Water Treatment

Accomplishments (3)

McCannell Award (professional)


The McCannel Award was established in 1983 to honour service to the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan, and to the Professions as a whole. The McCannel Award is named after Roy McCannel, a founding member of the Association.

Volunteer Service Award: Regina Engineering Society (professional)

This award recognizes a Professional Engineer who is a member of the Regina Engineering Society and who shows a dedication to the improvement our society/community through their volunteer efforts.

YWCA Women of Distinction Award: Science, Technology and Environment


This recipient has achieved excellence and made significant contributions to a science related field, including pure and applied sciences, social sciences, engineering and life sciences, medicine, technology, agriculture or the environment. She is dedicated to the advancement of technological, scientific or industrial discovery through either research or application, or to the preservation or improvement of the environment.

Education (3)

University of Saskatchewan: Ph.D., Environmental Engineering

University of Saskatchewan: M.Sc., Environmental Engineering

University of Saskatchewan: B.E., Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering

Affiliations (1)

  • University of Regina : Professor Environmental Systems Engineering

Languages (1)

  • English

Media Appearances (17)

U of R strengthens partnership with Great Plains College in Swift Current

University of Regina  online

The University of Regina and Great Plains College are strengthening their long-standing partnership of delivering post-secondary education at the College in Swift Current.

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New Dean, Brighter Future?

Carillon (UofR student newspaper)  print

The Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science is one of the University of Regina’s most prominent faculties...

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Women in Science: Regina hosts CCWESTT conference

Leader Post  print

Chair of the national conference for Canadian Coalition for Women in Engineering, Science, Trades, and Technology introduces the conference to Regina.

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More than a rooftop garden

Leader Post and WD Newsletter  print

High profile building hosts research project into green roofing design and materials in Saskatchewan.

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Poop on the Roof

Radio Canada International,, CBC Radio, CBC The National  tv

Professor McMartin’s research involves taking cow manure from farms and studying its survivability in the winter in different conditions.

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A Wetter Tomorrow

Leader Post, Prairie Dog  print

An op-ed on flood planning and management issues.

Heavy rain and flooding could be new Saskatchewan norm

NewsTalk 980  radio

Discussion of potential climate change impacts on water

Fecal coliforms fate and transport in water

CBC Radio  radio

How coliforms may survive and be transported in spring melt water.

Plastic Bags Ban in Toronto

CTV Morning Live  tv

The trend toward banning plastic shopping bags

Students to find true story of recycling

Yorkton This Week, The New Review  print

UofR Students working with the City of Yorkton to design a better regional waste management system

Women in the Professions

APEGS The Professional Edge  print

A discussion of women in professional engineering and geosciences in Sask, Canada, and beyond.

Energy Futures: Transition Management for Sustainable Energy in Saskatchewan

APEGS The Professional Edge  print

Outlining prospects for a changing energy grid design and social acceptance for change.

UofR Students Study Recycling & Waste-to-Energy Technologies for City of Yorkton

CTV News  tv

TV story matching print media on students working on regional waste management solutions

Buffalo Pound Water Treatment Plant Failure and Boil Water Advisory

CBC Radio  radio

Review of the issues and emergence of water quality challenges that lead to a boil water advisory in Moose Jaw and Regina, SK.

Bale-grazing as a Best Management Practice (BMP): WEBs field day

CTV News and Farm Gate  tv

Field Day with agricultural producers and media highlight best management practices for protection of water resources

Water bottles in landfills

Global TV  tv

A review of how plastic (does not) degrades in landfills.

SK Flooding and Impacts on Rural and Agricultural Water

CKRM 620: Saskatchewan Agriculture Today  radio

A discussion of how agricultural practices can support farmer resiliency to potential flooding events

Event Appearances (6)

Art and Science of Setting and Achieving Goals

Women's Leadership Conference  Regina


Pink Tea and National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Nation Day of Remembrance and Action  Regina


Indigenous Health. Healthier Perspectives through Identities, Culture & Art.

5th Meeting of the Mexico-Canada Collaboration on Intercultural and Indigenous Post-Secondary Education  Tulancingo, Mexico


Indigenizing Learning in Social Work, Nursing and Education programs

5th Meeting of the Mexico-Canada Collaboration on Intercultural and Indigenous Post-Secondary Education  Tulancingo, Mexico


Strategic Directions for Indigenization at the University of Regina

Saskatchewan Post-Secondary Education Leadership Forum  Saskatoon


Teaching Methods & Retention of Women in the Engineering Classroom

UofR President's Teaching & Learning Scholars Showcase  Regina


Research Grants (5)

Strategic watershed cumulative effects management and treatment of rural and agricultural water

NSERC $100,000

5-year Discovery Grant

Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Extremes in the Americas (VACEA)

IRIACC (International Research Initiative on Adaptation to Climate Change) $2.5M

An international research collaboration of natural scientists, engineers, and social scientists in Canada, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, and Colombia.

Cumulative Effects Assessment for the future of clean energy development

Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment $10,000

Student funding to build momentum in lifecycle assessment for Saskatchewan's energy grid planning, in collaboration with Imperial College, London.

Evaluating Teaching Methods that Affect Recruitment and Retention of Female Students in Engineering

President's Teaching and Learning Scholars program (UofRegina) $3,000

Social sciences research into the unique systems engineering programs at UofRegina and how the design of the programs, experiential learning models, and social environment influence female students' recruitment and retention.

Technical evaluation and siting assessment for complex industrial technologies

Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian Centre for Nuclear Innovation $1.1M


The University of Regina team will be evaluating the water needs for various small reactor technology options. This will include options for the use of technologies that enhance both efficiency and benefit. The University of Saskatchewan contribution will look at contamination risks to water supplies from a spill of nuclear materials, delineating areas that are most suitable for a power plant from a groundwater perspective. “With the pace of economic development and growth of water‐intensive commercial and industrial projects in Saskatchewan and across the Prairies, and in the context of a changing climate that affects precipitation volumes, timing, and rates, there is significant need to quantify cumulative water requirements and availability, and to determine how our natural water resources may be impacted.”

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Partnerships (1)

Collaborative Research

John Headley Water Science and Technology Directorate, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Collaborative research programming related to oilsands produced water, pesticides, and other organic chemicals that may contaminate water resources.

Articles (5)

Salts Removal from Synthetic Solution-Potash Brine by Non-Planted Constructed Wetlands


2016 Four pilot-scale non-planted constructed wetlands (CWs) were employed to study the fate and transport of the two dominant chloride salts contained in brine resulting from solution mining activities in the potash industry. The simulated brine contained a 10: 1 ratio of NaCl: KCl based on authentic brine characteristics. The multi-layer soils functioned as a main salt filtering component comprising of Regina Clay, sand and gravels. The CW systems were operated in three batches of 16 days (experiments 1–3). K+ ions were removed by ...

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The Role of Inclusion Binding Contributions for β-Cyclodextrin Polymers Cross-Linked with Divinyl Sulfone?...


2016 This commentary reports on a recent scientific study reported in this journal (cf. Molecules 2015, 20 (3), 3565–3581). Some key scientific issues that require further explanation and clarification in the former article are as follows:(i) the relationship between the inclusion site accessibility and the level of cross-linking employed are brought into question for the case of α-CD and β-CD cross-linked adsorbent materials;(ii) the binding affinity of the CD/guest complexes were not related to the isotherm parameters for the CD- ...

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Effects of Extraction pH on the Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry Profiles of Athabasca Oil Sands Process Water

Energy & Fuels

2015 A comparison of the acidic and basic extracts of oil sands process water (OSPW) was performed using positive-and negative-ion electrospray ionization (ESI) and atmospheric pressure photoionization (APPI), coupled with a 12 T solariX Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometer (FTICR MS). In general, the acid-neutral extracts showed higher oxygen content within the negative-ion profiles (both APPI and ESI). The hydrocarbon class was readily observed in the base-neutral extract. Furthermore, a comparison of O2S ...

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The application of HPLC ESI MS in the investigation of the flavonoids and flavonoid glycosides of a Caribbean Lamiaceae plant with potential for bioaccumulation

Journal of Environmental Science and Health

2015 As part of an exchange technology program between the government of Barbados and Environment Canada, methanolic and aqueous extracts from the flavonoid-rich Lamiaceae family were characterized using negative-ion electrospray mass spectrometry. The species investigated is part of the Caribbean Pharmacopoeia, and is used for a variety of health issues, including colds, flu, diabetes, and hypertension. The extracts were investigated for structural elucidation of phenolics, identification of chemical taxonomic profile, and ...

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Fourier Transform Ion Cyclotron Resonance Mass Spectrometry Characterization of Treated Athabasca Oil Sands Processed Waters

Energy & Fuels

2014 Ultrahigh-resolution negative-ion electrospray ionization Fourier transform ion cyclotron resonance mass spectrometry (FT-ICR MS) was used to characterize Athabasca oil sands processed water (OSPW) treated by (A) coagulation flocculent with lime and bentonite,(B) coagulation flocculent with lime and bentonite followed by activated carbon, and (C) combined ozonation and ultrasonication. Treatment A was ineffective in reducing the level of total naphthenic acid fraction components [NAFCs, defined as the acid-extractable fraction ...

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