CEW Outstanding Contribution Award
Honourees for 2019
Clockwise from top: Rosalie Allen-Jarvis, Dr. Christian Blaise, Dr. Peter Campbell
Rosalie has been a pillar of CEW and an integral part of this community and we owe much of the success of CEW to Rosalie’s dedication and tireless commitment over the last 16 years. Her roles in CEW started back in 2003 when she was part of the Organising Committee for Charlottetown, PEI. Her role has changed and evolved over the years with her most significant contribution as President, Chair, Treasurer and Secretary (all at the same time) for the board of directors – don’t ever underestimate her dedication and multi-tasking abilities! CEW has undergone a number of changes and faced a number of challenges over the last few years, and as one of her nominators stated it was Rosalie’s dedication and organizational talent as President that CEW remains a successful Canadian Institution. It would be remiss to not mention her charismatic and engaging personality which is particularly evident in her ability to convince you to Chair a CEW; I think there are quite a few people who would agree it’s hard to say no to Rosalie! As some of you may be aware this is Rosalie’s last year on the Board of Directors, as she is stepping aside to focus on her new role in ECCC as Manager of Indigenous Engagement and Treaty Issues. Her diplomacy and wicked sense of humour will be missed at board meetings, it is no small task to keep a room full of scientists on point.
Dr. Christian Blaise
Dr Blaise has dedicated much of his research to developing micro-testing methods but that doesn’t mean his contribution to ecotoxicity is small! His commitment to improving the science of toxicity testing has vastly improved the understanding of multi-trophic, sub-lethal and genotoxic effects in environmental assessments. As head of the Aquatic Toxicology Unit, River Ecosystems Research Section at Environment and Climate Change Canada and later Emeritus scientist, Christian worked tirelessly to develop and improve bioassays and biomarkers to assess a multitude of contaminants. He has co-edited three major books in the field of ecotoxicology, co-authored over 220 scientific articles and was a member of the editorial Board for several scientific journals. In addition his commitment to knowledge transfer both nationally and internationally has facilitated decision making for environmental management around the world.
Dr. Peter Campbell
Peter Campbell has had a long and very distinguished career and has been described as “one of the most renowned biogeochemists in the world”. It is particularly poignant that he receives this award in Quebec as he was one of the founding researchers at the Water Research Centre at INRS when it opened in 1970 and where he remains Professor Emeritus to this day. Dr Campbell has made a significant contribution to the understanding of the bioavailability, biogeochemistry and ecotoxicology of metals in aquatic organisms and their ambient environment. It is evident from the many graduate students (48) and post-doctoral fellows (24) that he has supervised that he is a much-respected mentor and role model for the next generation of scientists. Of particular note is his service to communities and Canadian First Nations where he has worked for many years to address the practical issues of environmental assessment, preventative measures and remediation. With over 200 peer-reviewed publications, chairing and organising many symposia and conferences (including 3 CEWs), an invited member of numerous national and international committees and meetings, Dr Campbell’s commitment to disseminating and promoting the science of ecotoxicology both nationally and internationally is outstanding.