CEW 2019 Plenary Speakers

Senator Rosa Galvez

Topic of Plenary:

The place for science in the Senate and in politics in Canada

Dr. Vince Palace

Vince Palace is an aquatic toxicologist with 25 years of experience in determining exposure, evaluating potential impacts and developing mitigation strategies related to chemical and non-chemical aquatic stressors. Working with industry, government and community stakeholders, Vince has led projects on the impacts of agriculture, hydroelectric power, the oil and gas industry, and mining on aquatic ecosystems. Vince is currently the head scientist for IISD-Experimental Lakes Area and an active adjunct professor at the Universities of Manitoba and Saskatchewan. His expert opinion and testimony have been sought by national and international clients including the United Nations Environment Program, Environment Canada, Health Canada, Natural Resources Canada, the US EPA, and World Fisheries Trust.

Topic of Plenary: 

The International Institute for Sustainable Development Experimental Lakes Area, Canada’s ecosystem-laboratory

The IISD-Experimental Lakes Area (ELA) in Northwestern Ontario has been continuously operating as a freshwater aquatic research station for more than 50 years. Throughout its history, it has been threatened with closure several times but has survived because of its reputation, influence on the regulatory and scientific process and relevance to people around the world. Conducting science at the ecosystem scale and in a remote northern location requires unique approaches, ingenuity to develop adaptive sampling methods and a commitment by the study teams to share responsibilities and to coordinate analysis of the data. The ELA has served as an important training ground for many of Canada’s influential scientists and has also seen the development and refinement of some fundamental tools that are commonly applied to examine aquatic ecosystem processes today. Operating as a government research station for most of its existence, the largest threat of closure in 2012 marked an important turning point in ELA’s evolution. Rebranding under the IISD banner has facilitated the expansion of ELA’s applied goals and has paved the way for new training opportunities for Canada’s next generations of scientists who, even now, are developing new research tools that will continue to influence ecosystem science.