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Environmental Specialist

Water Quality – Toxic Chemicals & Contaminated Sites –

Environmental Health & Pollution – Vulnerable Communities

& Ecosystems


Miguel A. Madrid, Environmental Specialist

Inuksuk and Ottawa River

Professional Profile

I am an independent Environmental Specialist who examines environmental issues in both vulnerable communities and ecosystems. My work focuses on water quality, toxic chemicals and the management of contaminated sites, and also the link between pollution and health. My experience includes the management of projects associated with the administration of contaminated sites under the responsibility of Canada’s federal government; a few of these projects have been located in the Arctic. At the international level, I have participated in projects assessing the water quality conditions in the vicinity of mine sites in Latin America, and providing support to implement water quality modules in household surveys assisted by UNICEF/WHO. I have also contributed to the promotion of initiatives to manage contaminated sites and the associated human health risks in this region. Additionally, I am a permaculturalist, a traveler, and a certified English teacher.

My Skills

Technical, Knowledge and Language Skills

Featured Skills (years)

  • Technical Expertise
  • Project Management
  • Field Coordination
  • Research


  • Results-Based Management (RBM) Principles
  • Proposal & Technical Writing
  • Budget Creation & Management
  • Technical Support to Project Directors
  • Concept Development/Strategic Design
  • Project Planning
  • Preparation of Termination Reports

Language Skills

Spanish - Native
English - Fluent
French - Professional Proficiency
Portuguese - Professional Proficiency



My 15 years of experience include a combination of 9 years working in Canada and 6 years abroad, in both consulting and research.


2012 - 2017

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Supports the implementation of water quality modules in household surveys assisted by UNICEF. Provides technical advice on international projects, including water quality studies and environmental (contaminants) issues. Contributes to environmental health research in the management of human health risks. Effectively evaluates the water chemistry and reviews technical reports in the context of monitoring water conditions in mine settings.



2009 - 2012

(Formerly Franz Environmental)

Location: Ottawa, Canada

Managed investigation, risk assessment and remediation of contaminated sites, the majority of which were the responsibility of Canadian federal government departments, including industrial, commercial, and military facilities. Contaminants encountered at these sites typically included hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, heavy metals, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), pesticides and herbicides, among others. Drafted reports for clients to present scientific results and offer analysis of key issues for risk management and/or remedial action planning.



2007 - 2009

Location: Waterloo, Canada

Conducted hydrogeology field research for two years (December 2006 to December 2008): Hydrogeologic Study of High Altitude Peatlands in the Central Andes, Chile. Joint research between the University of Waterloo and Universidad de la Serena, Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Zonas Áridas (CEAZA), Chile. For this purpose several hydrogeological, isotopic and geochemical tools were used. A detailed evaluation of the water recharge mechanisms was performed during this period.



2005 - 2006

(Formerly Water Management Consultants)

Location: Santiago, Chile

Coordinated several hydrogeological studies at mine sites, including water supply, dewatering and water quality projects. Completed field activities such as drilling supervision, hydraulic testing and water sampling. Conducted analytical desktop work including data management and groundwater modeling. Wrote proposals and reports independently and in collaboration. Coordinated a groundwater study in northern Argentina and spent three months completing a secondment as a hydrogeologist at a mine site in northern Peru.




Location: Santiago, Chile

Coordinated hydrogeological and geophysical studies at mine sites and other facilities. Conducted site activities using both team work and problem solving skills. Conducted analytical desktop work including data management and geophysical interpretation. Provided support writing proposals and reports.




Location: Santiago, Chile

Processed and worked on the interpretation of surface geophysics data for the exploration of groundwater resources. Conducted the processing of Landsat satellite images in ArcGIS 8.x.




Location: Caracas, Venezuela

Worked on the acquisition, processing and interpretation of surface geophysics data for the exploration of groundwater as well as for contaminant plume mapping in the subsurface. Marketed mapping and spatial analysis tools including satellite image processing, environmental risk assessment, as well as geographic information systems (GIS) using strong interpersonal skills.



I’m a hybrid between an engineer and a scientist, with a strong connection to the earth (geo); however, I also have training in areas such as Urban Sustainability (Carleton University) and Management of International Projects (Université Laval). I believe in continuous learning and development, and in inter- and transdisciplinary practice.



June 2009

Location: Waterloo, Ontario

2-years program. Research areas include hydrogeology, environmental geochemistry, and remediation.



December 2001
Location: Caracas, Venezuela

5-years program. Research areas include oil & mining, groundwater, and engineering geophysics.

Selected Projects

Learn more about my projects


Water Quality Testing in Household Surveys

UNICEF/WHO Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) for Water Supply and Sanitation

Since February 2016, I have been supporting the implementation of water quality modules in household surveys assisted by UNICEF/WHO JMP. These surveys focus primarily on fecal contamination (E. coli) and include priority chemical parameters in agreement with government counterparts and in accordance with country needs. Assignments included the support to the Government of Ecuador for the inclusion of water quality testing in the ENEMDU (Encuesta de Empleo, Desempleo y Subempleo) pilot and survey in 2016.

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)

Sanitation & Water Quality

Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA)

As member of the SuSanA Working Group 11: Groundwater Protection, I have been exchanging experiences regarding the impacts of sanitation systems (pit latrines) on the groundwater with other professionals throughout several developing countries. Particular issues include the elevated concentrations of pathogens and nutrients (nitrate) in groundwater, causes, health implications, and management measures. I have emphasized the need to (seasonally) monitor the levels of nitrate in highly populated areas having a high latrine density, well-drained soil, a vulnerable unconfined aquifer, and low rainfall recharge. The primary aim of this working group is to create awareness and formulate recommendations for the protection of groundwater through sustainable sanitation.

Blood Test Kit

Global Environmental Health, Pollution, and Development

School of Public Health at Universidad de Chile

I have been collaborating with the School of Public Health at Universidad de Chile on environmental health research and the management of human health risks. Currently, our research focuses on the characterization of the vulnerability of communities exposed to heavy metals in Northern Chile. Other research interests include the communication of risks associated with pollution and the related public health policies.

Peasants in Sucre, Bolivia

Academic Assistance in Bolivia

University of Calgary

Assigned by the University of Calgary, I supervised the Master’s thesis for a Universidad de San Francisco Xavier de Chuquisaca (Sucre, Bolivia) student who was supported by the project “Water Management in Bolivia”, funded by the former Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA).


Management of Contaminated Sites in Latin America

Latin American Network for the Management and Prevention of Contaminated Sites (ReLASC)

I participated as an observer in a stakeholder meeting for ReLASC in Mexico City (2008 and 2011). I was also involved in the ReLASC website forum implementation in 2010, and participated in the round table of the Mesoamerica Project (Mexico City, 2011) held to provide support to Central American and Caribbean countries. In October 2010, I started an interdisciplinary networking group on LinkedIn to discuss aspects related to the prevention, management, and revitalization of contaminated sites in Latin America.


Arnprior airport

Former aerospace education and training facility, Ontario

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Investigation drilling supervision, groundwater monitoring, and forensic analysis of chlorinated solvents.

rusted drums

Harbour and former marina, Ontario.

Transport Canada

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), focused Phase I ESA and site characterization for the assessment of potential ammonia sources, ammonia natural attenuation feasibility study, remedial option analysis, development of a risk management plan, implementation design of a risk management plan based on a hybrid strategy including phytotechnologies (phytohydraulics/phytoextraction) and monitored natural attenuation (MNA) of ammonia in groundwater.

Former police detachment site in Manitoba

Former police detachment site, Manitoba

Royal Canadian Mounted Police

Supervision of a hollow auger drilling program and installation of monitoring wells, low flow groundwater sample collection, surface water collection, development of the human health and ecological problem formulation, and human health preliminary quantitative risk assessment.

Former municipal landfill in Ontario

Former municipal and special waste landfills, Ontario

Transport Canada

Trichloroethylene (TCE) plume delineation, evaluation of natural attenuation potential, screening of remedial/risk management options, sonic drilling program supervision, DNAPL (dense non-aqueous phase liquids) dye shake testing, soil sampling, and data interpretation.

High Arctic weather station in Nunavut

High Arctic weather station, Nunavut

Environment Canada

Phase III Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) including sediment sampling for eco-toxicity and benthic analyses, development of the human health and ecological problem formulation, human health preliminary quantitative risk assessment, and remedial option analysis.

Monitor station Cambridge Bay, Nunavut

Upper air monitoring station, Nunavut.

Environment Canada

Phase II/III Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), NCSCS (National Classification System for Contaminated Sites) scoring, and liability estimates.

Public wharf, Northwest Territories.

Public wharf, Northwest Territories

Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Supplemental Phase II Environmental Site Assessment (ESA) and NCSCS (National Classification System for Contaminated Sites) scoring.

Arctic airport Resolute Bay, Nunavut

Arctic airport, landfills, and former firefighting training area; Nunavut

Transport Canada

Phase II/III Environmental Site Assessment (ESA), development of a risk management priority ranking tool, and soil sample collection at land treatment units.

Dry cleaning in Ontario

Former dry cleaning facility, Ontario

Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Sampling monitoring wells and monitoring of geochemical parameters mostly for the purposes of evaluating the feasibility of monitored natural attenuation (MNA).

Edmonton International Airport

International airport, Alberta

Transport Canada

Identification of several non-ionic and anionic surfactants and co-solvents to be used for the remediation of petroleum hydrocarbons (PHCs) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

CFB Trenton

Canadian Forces Base (CFB) former firefighting training area and hazardous waste compound, Ontario

Department of National Defence

Delineation of contaminated areas; and detailed assessment of remedial options for soil, groundwater, and sediments.


Upper Andes, Chile

Upper Andes basin, Northern Chile

University of Waterloo

Regional groundwater and surface water quality assessment; chemical and isotopic interpretation, piezometric monitoring of high altitude peatlands.

Mine tailings, Northern Chile

Mine Tailings, Northern and Central Chile

Mining Industry

Analysis of the water chemistry (inorganics) and flow characteristics of downstream waters, field evaluation of geostructural features, analysis of climate by Gumbel distribution, and design of a geoelectric tomography survey for the detection of leakage.



Miguel Madrid
286 Hinchey Avenue, Ottawa, Ontario K1Y 1M2, Canada
Mobile Phone
+1 (613) 327-8559


“It is every man's obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” (Albert Einstein)