Public Symposium— Letting in the Light: Science to Guide Public Water Policy in the 21st Century

October 31, 2013 - 3:00pm to 11:30pm

Free public symposium and concluding panel discussion

Science to Guide Public Water Policy in the 21st Century:
Canada's leading ecologists discuss how science can guide growth

These lectures will be live-streamed.

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Science’s luminaries in ecology gather to demonstrate how environmental policies based on sound, cutting-edge science can minimize the long-term damage to the environment. The series begins with a keynote session from internationally acclaimed scientist and media commentator Dr. John Smol, OC, PhD, FRSC, Herzberg gold medalist, and Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change.The sessions will culminate in a panel discussion in the afternoon.

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. “The past matters: retrospective studies of human influences on lake ecosystems.”
Dr. John Smol, OC, PhD, FRSC, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Change, Paleoecological Environmental Assessment and Research Lab (PEARL) Queen's University.  Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medalist, Steacie Prize, Killam Prize and Officer of the Order of Canada

10:00-10:45 a.m. “The threat of endocrine disruptors in freshwater: Is the birth control pill an effective form of contraception for wild fish?"
Dr. Karen Kidd, PhD, Professor and Canada Research Chair, Canadian Rivers Institute & Biology Department, University of New Brunswick, Canada

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. BREAK

11:15 – 12:00 p.m. “The continuing effects of acid rain in Canada – out of sight, out of mind.”
Dr. Peter Dillon, PhD, FRSC, Professor of Environmental & Resource Studies and Chemistry, Trent University

12:00 – 1:00 p.m. – LUNCH

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. “Why regulation of mercury emissions could not have happened without a whole- ecosystem experiment.”
Dr. John W.M. Rudd, PhD and Dr. Carol A. Kelly, PhD at the ELA

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. “Lake 227, the little lake that could (and did) provide the foundation for the Experimental Lakes Area and the basis for eutrophication management globally.”
Dr. Robert E. Hecky, PhD, FRSC,  Professor, Large Lakes Observatory, University of Minnesota 

2:45 – 3:15 BREAK

3:15 – 4:00 p.m. “Why simplifying landscapes is eroding the sustainability of fisheries and hampering the recovery of endangered aquatic species.” 
Dr. Daniel Schindler, PhD, Harriet Bullitt Chair in Conservation, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences, University of Washington.

4:15 – 5:30 p.m. All presenter panel  


Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA), University of Alberta
Edmonton , AB