CEW Outstanding Contribution Award

Honourees for 2017

Left to right: Rosalie Allen Jarvis, CEW Board of Directors presented the CEW Outstanding Contribution Award to Vance Trudeau, University of Ottawa; Dave Poirier, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change; Keith Solomon, University of Guelph


Dr. Vance Trudeau

Dr. Vance Trudeau is professor of neuroendocrinology at the University of Ottawa and the “Trudeau Family Tree” includes 50 Honours Bachelors of Science graduates, 14 Masters of Science graduates, 27 doctorate and 6 post-doctoral fellows; an incredible investment in the next generation of environmental scientists.   He has been at the leading edge of his discipline in terms of identifying and characterizing the neuroendocrine system as a target for the effects of chemicals in the environment and has published over 250 peer-reviewed journal articles.  Dr. Trudeau is considered a pioneer in using molecular biology techniques to study neuroendorcrine regulation in fish and frogs; these tools are now applied widely in the environmental arena.


David Poirier

Mr. David Poirier has been a senior scientist at the Laboratory Services Branch for the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change for the last 30 years, he is one reason to feel good about your tax dollars!  Mr. Poirier was instrumental during the initial days of effluent testing programs for regulatory purposes and withstood severe criticism from industry representatives in the defence of toxicity testing methodologies.  He has successfully defended those results in many pivotal court cases.  His perspective on ‘industry partnership with government’ supports the public’s goals of keeping water drinkable, swimmable and fishable.  He is also a Special Graduate Faculty at the University of Guelph and has directly mentored over 300 students and staff in projects that have led to the refinement and improvement of culturing and toxicity testing methods.


Dr. Keith Solomon

Dr. Keith Solomon has been professor at the University of Guelph since 1978 and has supervised 73 graduate students, 6 post-doctoral fellows, 24 research associates, 32 technicians, 30 summer students and countless undergrads in their research projects – many of whom have gone on to hold prominent positions in the ecotox community.   His research on the risk assessment of chemicals, the use of mesocosms to investigate the effects of chemicals, fate and effects of herbicides applied in forestry and the fate of contaminants in Canada’s arctic has resulted in 289 peer-reviewed journal publications. Keith Solomon is the Kevin Bacon of Canadian toxicology!  At some point in your career, you will have taken his course, read his paper, attended a meeting he hosted, or been mentored by or collaborated with Dr. Solomon.