Civil engineers awarded CFI leadership grants

August 15th, 2017

Civil Engineering professors head two of five UVic projects receiving funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation’s (CFI) John R. Evans Leadership Fund, announced today as part of a federal investment of more than $52 million in new infrastructure projects at universities across Canada. These grants allow a select number of researchers from around the country to carry out ground-breaking research in world-class facilities.

Hydrologist Tom Gleeson will receive $100,000 to establish a field and computer laboratory for studying groundwater science and sustainability around geological fault zones. Research will provide evidence to BC decision makers and provide solutions to BC companies related to groundwater resources, geothermal energy and shale gas development.

Media contact: Tom Gleeson (Civil Engineering) at 250-853-3934 or

Environmental engineer Caetano Dorea will receive $60,000 to establish a lab to work on solutions to address the global need for improved water, sanitation and wastewater infrastructure, especially in remote communities. It will also develop potentially commercial methodologies and tools for BC companies and products.

Media contact: Caetano Dorea (Civil Engineering) at 250-472-5844 or