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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 18, 2017
Canadian Excellence
Bill Quinton

Mr. William L. Quinton

Associate Professor and Director, Cold Regions Research Centre

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Phone: 519-884-0710 ext.3281   |  lab 3847

Office Location: Room 3C10A, Arts Building

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Academic Background

BA, Hon., University of Western Ontario, 1988.
MSc, York University, 1991.
PhD, University of Saskatchewan, 1997.


William L. (Bill) Quinton is an Associate Professor at Wilfrid Laurier University in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and the Director of the Cold Regions Research Centre. He lives in Waterloo, Ontario with his wife Helen, and their three children. Quinton received his Ph.D. from the University of Saskatchewan in 1997. He then served as an NSERC Post Doctoral Fellow, and later as a Research Scientist at the National Water Research Institute. In 2000, he accepted a faculty position at Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. In August 2005, he joined the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University, as a Canada Research Chair. This position was renewed in June, 2010 and concluded in Sept., 2015.

Quinton is the Past-President of the Canadian Geophysical Union, Hydrology Section; Director of the Scotty Creek Research Station (,  Director of the Cold Regions Research Centre (; Canadian National Correspondent for the International Association of Hydrological Scientists; and a founding member of the Laurier-GNWT Partnership Agreement (, Institute for Water Science, Centre for Cold Regions & Water Science (, and the Taiga Plains Research Network (

Quinton also plays a leading role in a variety of national research networks, including the: Changing Cold Regions Network, CCRN (Co-PI, NSERC-CCAR programme); Cluster for Subarctic Ecosystems in Transition (PI, Canadian Space Agency, Cluster Pilots programme); Canadian Aquatic Laboratory for Interdisciplinary Boreal Ecosystem Research, CALIBER (PI, Canada Foundation for Innovation); and the Water Knowledge Application Network, WatKAN (PI, Canadian Water Network). Quinton is also a collaborator with several other national and international research networks and projects.

More information on Quinton's activities can be found at: