Bruce Kilgour, Ph.D.

President / Project Director

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Dr. Kilgour is an aquatic ecotoxicologist and fisheries biologist, with a background in monitoring, study design, ecological inventory, and biological / environmental statistics.  With 25+ years of experience, he has worked with federal, provincial and municipal governments in developing and designing aquatic environment monitoring programs. Consulting since 1990, he has worked with offshore oil and gas, oil sands, metal mining, and pulp & paper companies to design and implement monitoring programs in freshwater streams, rivers and lakes, and for coastal environments.  He has worked across Canada and internationally.

Dr. Kilgour has a strong statistical background and a grounding in study design. He is recognized for his contributions to the Environmental Effects Monitoring (EEM) programs for the pulp & paper and metal mining sectors, and has led or completed hundreds of EEM programs in almost every province and territory in the country. Dr. Kilgour has peer-reviewed monitoring programs for the federal government (Fisheries and Oceans), Conservation Authorities, Water Boards, and for the Mining Association of Canada.  He has worked with Environment Canada on several assignments related to the development of protocols for deriving water quality guidelines, and approaches for interpreting metals concentration data. He has published more than 35 papers in peer-reviewed journals related to the design of monitoring programs, Canada’s Water Quality Index, and statistical approaches to testing for change in environmental media. He has been qualified as an expert witness and provided testimony in the ecotoxicology of metals, and as a fisheries biologist.

In addition to field programs, Dr. Kilgour is well-versed in aquatic toxicological methods, having developed standardized methods for testing with Zebra Mussels in the 1990’s. He has worked with Environment Canada in the development/refinement of protocols for deriving water quality guidelines, and has analyzed large data sets leading to the development of guidelines for nutrients in surface waters. He has been active in the last five years in the development of Best Management Practices for protecting fish and fish habitat during construction in or near water.