May 31 and June 1, 2017  held at Ontario Power Generation Visitor Center
The 2017 Assessing River Ecosystem Challenges in a Changing Environment Symposium hosted by the River Institute, Ottawa University and Blue Fish Canada. The event will provide a platform for researchers, educators, policy-makers, community leaders and citizens to share knowledge about the status of the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes and other freshwater ecosystems, and their responses to changing conditions.
A focus this year will be identifying and assessing challenges relating to fish health, contaminants and population changes in the light of a changing ecosystem.
View Full 2017 River Symposium Schedule (subject to changes) Here

Hey! Don't forget to Register. Deadline May 29th.

Seating is limited.

Schedule at a Glance 

Symposium Science Day May 31

8:00 am  – Registration Opens
8:30 am – Traditional Native Opening

8:45 am Keynote Speaker and Symposium Chair:
Dr. Laurie Chan, Canada Research Chair in Environmental Health and Toxicology, University of Ottawa
Title: Risks and Benefits of Fish Consumption
9:45 am Panel Discussion
Title: Angling and Fish Harvest Practices, Traditions, Research and Regulations, Chaired by Lawrence Gunther, President Blue Fish Canada
Description: Commercial, indigenous and sport fishing and the people who conduct these practices depend on fish health. At the same time, their rights to engage in the capture of fish means taking responsibility for the long-term sustainability of fish stocks. This session will bring together stakeholders to exchange information and identify opportunities for achieving synergies. Topic areas include community engagement, public education, citizen and indigenous knowledge, best practices, commercial and sport fishing research and regulations, and Fish habitat and health.
12:30 pm –  Lunch
1:15 pm Guest Speaker:
Dr. Satyendra Bhavsar is a Research Scientist with the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change.
Title: Safe eating of Ontario fish and assessing Fish Consumption Beneficial Use Impairment
Dr. Satyendra Bhavsar is a Research Scientist with the Fish Contaminant Monitoring Program of the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. He represents the Ministry at various provincial, national and international committees on contaminants.  He is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, University of Windsor and Ryerson University.  He is a Professional Engineer and received his Ph.D. in Chemical and Environmental Engineering from the University of Toronto. Dr. Bhavsar’s research focuses on studying contaminant fate‐transport, food web dynamics and exposure to humans through fish consumption. The overarching goal of his work is to guide policies and management actions regarding contaminants in environment.

Concurrent Afternoon Sessions

2:00 pm  – Concurrent Session –  Species at Risk – Chaired by Dr. Brian Hickey, River Institute
2:00 pm  – Concurrent Session – Land-Water Interface: The Importance of Natural and Anthropogenic Inputs to Nearshore Water Quality St. Lawrence River. Chaired by Chris Critoph, Raisin Region Conservation Authority
3:40 pm  – Plenary session  –Water Quality Indicators and Modelling Chaired by Dr. Geof Hall, Queen’s University
4:40  pm – Closing Panel discussion statement
4: 45 pm –Traditional Native Closing
5:00 pm  – Stomping Ground Bistro and Cafe – Social Mixer (110-705 Cotton Mill Street,  Cornwall)

Community Science Day (Free)

8:30 am  – Community Environmental Exhibitors

10:00 am Lawrence Gunther, President, Blue Fish Canada, will speak and inspire you about his documentary film “What Lies Below “.


Lawrence Gunther has a Masters in Environmental Studies, and is North America’s only blind professional tournament angler and outdoor writer.

Lawrence founded “Blue Fish Canada” in 2012, a charity dedicated to fish health and sustainable fishing.

His “Blue Fish Radio” podcasts and “Feel the Bite” videos are enjoyed by thousands, and his “Blind Fishing boat” blog has entertained and inspired people for over ten years.

The documentary “What Lies Below” features Lawrence as he meets people throughout Canada who live by and from the water.



Ontario Power Generation Visitor Center

2500B 2nd Street W, Cornwall, ON K6H 5R6

Free Parking

For more information contact: Christina Collard
Symposium Coordinator or Javeria Khan

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