Doug Spry

Manager, National Guidelines and Standards Office

Oversee development of National (CCME) and Federal Environmental Quality Guidelines and provide advice on their implementation.

Current research and/or projects

Development of Environmental Quality Guidelines in support of the Chemicals Management Plan, Canadian Environmental Protection Act for water, sediment, soil and fish tissue

  • Using current science / toxicology to develop benchmarks / environmental quality guidelines for chemical substances in order to deliver on policy goals of protecting aquatic life
  • Ensure the development of Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines and other guidance to support Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan

Professional activities / interests

CCME Water Quality Guidelines Project Team - Departmental Representative

Education and awards

M.Sc., Ph.D. McMaster University

B.Sc., University of Guelph

Key publications

Gewurtz, S., S. Backus, S. Fraser, T. Harner, P. Martin, C. Marvin, D. McGoldrick, M. Pelletier, S.A. Smyth, D. Spry, J. Tessier and N. Khera. 2013. Perfluoroocotane sulfonate (PFOS) in the Canadian environment – Environmental monitoring and surveillance in support of the Chemicals Management Plan. Environment Canada

Backus, S., C. Banic, A. Berthiaume, N. Davidson, S. Fraser, J. Harris, M. King, P. Martin, C. Marvin, M. Neilson, M. Pelletier, S.A. Smyth and D. Spry. 2012. Polybrominated Diphenyl Ethers in the Canadian Environment: Environmental Monitoring and Surveillance in Support of the Chemicals Management Plan. Environment Canada.

Goulet, RR, Fortin, C and Spry, D J. 2011. Uranium bioavailability, bioaccumulation and toxicity to fish. Wood, C.M., A.P. Farrell and C.J. Brauner (ed.), Homeostasis and Toxicology of Non-Essential Metals (Fish Physiology Volume 31b), Elsevier Press. 31B:391-428

Sappington, K.G., T.S. Bridges, S.P. Bradbury, R.J. Erickson, A.J. Hendriks, R.P. Lanno, J.P. Meador, D.R. Mount, M.H. Salazar and D.J. Spry. 2011. Application of the tissue residue approach in ecological risk assessment. Integr. Environ. Assess. Manage. 7:116–140

Spry, D.J., K. Potter, S. Coad, C. Rowat and D. Bright. 2007. Canadian Soil Quality Guidelines for Polynuclear Aromatic Aromatic Hydrocarbons. Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry. Abstract.

Fletcher, T. and D.J. Spry. 2005. The Challenge of Developing Water Quality Criteria for Emerging Substances. Abstract. Aquatic Toxicity Workshop

Spry, D.J. and J.G. Wiener. 1991. Metal Bioavailability and Toxicity to Fish in Low-Alkalinity Lakes: A Critical Review. Environmental Pollution. 71(2/4):243-304.