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July 25, 2014
 
 
Canadian Excellence

World Water Day 2013


Graduate Research Symposium and Water Celebration

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Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Gail Krantzberg, McMaster University

"Great Lakes, Great Responsibilities"


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Dr. Krantzberg is Professor and Director of the Centre for Engineering and Public Policy in the School of Engineering at McMaster University offering Canada’s first Master’s Degree in Engineering and Public Policy. Gail completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in environmental science and freshwaters. She worked for the Ontario Ministry of Environment from 1988 to 2001, as Coordinator of Remedial Action Plan and Great Lakes Programs, and Senior Policy Advisor on Great Lakes. In her tenure there she was intensely engaged in binational Great Lakes science and policy venues, including direct interactions with the Great Lakes Commission, Board membership on the Great Lakes Observing system, president of the International Association of Great Lakes Research, The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Cities Initiative, Board Member of the Canadian Water Foundation, member of the International Joint Commission’s Water Quality Board, Sediment Priority Action Commitee, Indicators Implementation Task Force, and Council of Great Lakes Research Managers. Dr. Krantzberg was the Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the International Joint Commission from 2001 to 2005. In 2007 she was appointed as an adjunct faculty member of the United Nations University Institute for Water and Environmental Health and participated in the twinning of the Laurentian and African Great Lakes (principally Lake Victoria). She has authored 4 books and more than 130 scientific and policy articles on issues pertaining to ecosystem quality and sustainability and is a frequent speaker to media and the public.

Dr. Bruce Pardy, Queen's University

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  "Drowning in Confusion: The Debate over Water Rights"


Bruce Pardy is a professor of environmental law at Queen’s University. He has written extensively on environmental governance, ecosystem management, climate change, water policy and environmental liability, and has taught environmental law at law schools in Canada, the United States and New Zealand. Professor Pardy practiced litigation at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto, and sits on the Ontario Environmental Review Tribunal as an adjudicator and mediator.


Discussion and Viewing of the award winning documentary People of a Feather with Joel Heath, President and Co-Founder of the Arctic Eider Society.

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Synopsis: Featuring groundbreaking footage from seven winters in the Arctic, People of a Feather takes you through time into the world of Inuit on the Belcher Islands in Hudson Bay. Connecting past present and future is a unique cultural relationship with the eider duck. Eider down, the warmest feather in the world, allows both Inuit and bird to survive harsh Arctic winters. Recreations of traditional life are juxtaposed with modern life in Sanikiluaq, as both people and eiders face the challenges posed by changing sea ice and ocean currents disrupted by the massive hydroelectric dams powering eastern North America. The eyes of a remote subsistence culture challenge the world to find energy solutions that work with the seasons of our hydrological cycle.