Sonja Fransen, M.Sc., P.Eng

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Water Management Engineer

Research and development engineer in the area of agricultural water management

Current research and/or projects

Water quality and edge-of-field studies looking at field scale effectiveness of best management practices. Specifically looking at nutrient loading, especially nitrogen (N) and phosphorous (P), where the impact on water quality is a major concern

Research and/or project statements

  • Generating, enhancing and transferring production system and field-scale BMP data in support of Canadian agriculture in the Lake Erie basin

  • Integrated nutrient management and multi-scale BMP assessment for priority Canadian agricultural landscapes

  • Developing AAFC research on the use of coagulants and UV light to treat surface water use in dairy operations

  • Mitigating nutrient losses through tile drainage by developing and transferring AAFC’s research in Control Drainage and Sub-Irrigation

  • Developing and Transferring AAFC research on Plant-Available Water Capacity and Soil Air Capacity to increase water use efficiency and improve the productivity and profitability of the Canadian Horticulture Sector

Professional activities / interests

  • Research and synthesize knowledge about soil, water and nutrient management practices and adoption

  • Member of Huronview Innovative Tile Drainage Project Steering Committee

Education and awards

Bachelor of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, 2007

Masters of Science in Biosystems Engineering, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 2020

AAFC Gold Harvest Award - Innovation, Collaboration and Service Excellence - Leamington Drip Irrigation Project (2009)

Research facility

2585 County Road 20
Harrow, ON N0R 1G0


P.Eng. Association of Professional Engineers Ontario