NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Biography of Annemieke Farenhorst

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst is the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering in the Prairie Region. Dr. Farenhorst is a Professor of Soil Science in the Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences at the University of Manitoba.

Dr. Farenhorst was born in the Netherlands and holds a Doctorandus degree in Physical Geography and Soil Science from the University of Amsterdam. She earned a Doctoral degree in Geography from the University of Toronto in 1998. Dr. Farenhorst is a Registered Professional Agrologist.

Dr. Farenhorst conducts research on pesticides, natural steroid estrogens and antibiotics in soil and water, and on drinking water quality in First Nations communities. Her projects have involved research in Canada, Costa Rica, Honduras and Nicaragua. Dr. Farenhorst has authored or co-authored over 300 articles, abstracts and reports on chemical fate processes and water quality.

For the past 14 years, Dr. Farenhorst has been contributing to the National Agri-Environmental Health Analysis and Reporting Program of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada to develop and refine a pesticide indicator that consists of a stochastic model coupled to the Pesticide Root Zone Model. Such indicators are used by the Government of Canada to set agricultural policies and programs surrounding water resource management.

Dr. Farenhorst is the director of the NSERC CREATE H2O program for First Nations water and sanitation security, the first science-engineering research training program in Canada that combines technical water and wastewater management training with Indigenous theory, law and methodological skills training. Since 2013, the NSERC CREATE H2O program has included 84 trainees (of whom 33% are Indigenous and 63% are women), and 26 First Nations communities in Manitoba, Ontario and Saskatchewan. The program has generated 232 publications, conference presentations and other reports, and has led to improved water and sanitation security in some First Nation communities.

Dr. Farenhorst is the Canadian representative on the Division VI Chemistry and the Environment Committee of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and an associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B: Pesticides, Food Contaminants, and Agricultural Wastes. Dr. Farenhorst is on the Board of Directors of Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology, and a member of the Advisory Group Supporting the Advancement of Women in Agriculture, Canadian Agricultural Human Resource Council.

Dr. Farenhorst has earned a range of teaching, research and outreach awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for leadership in pesticide research, and she was named a WXN 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winner.