Annual Symposium of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River Ecosystem Traditional Ecological Knowledge and Ecosystem Science on the St. Lawrence River

In 2018, River Institute is celebrating its 25th Anniversary of our Annual Great Lakes/St. Lawrence River Ecosystem Symposium.

May 30 -31, 2018

Our symposium series began in 1993 (one year before River Institute was founded) as a means to bring scientists and communities together to discuss freshwater issues.  We will celebrate our 25th Anniversary with the original conference theme, ‘Sharing Knowledge ~ Linking Sciences’.  This theme celebrates our founding partners and neighbours, the Mohawks of Akwesasne, and will highlight projects and programs that link ecosystem science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK).  We seek to develop a heightened awareness of the value of TEK and the stories that define our history as important pathways to engage people in environmental issues and inspire scientific inquiry and research, as has been our experience at River Institute.
Full 2018 Symposium schedule coming soon. 

2018 Keynote Speaker


Educator, environmentalist and social entrepreneur, Geoff Green is a respected and trusted leader in the national and international Polar community. For the past 23 years Geoff has dedicated his career to raising awareness and understanding of the Arctic, the Antarctic and places in between. He is known as a connector and bridge builder with a visionary and creative spirit.

Geoff is the founder and president of the Students on Ice Foundation, an internationally renowned program that has taken more than 3,000 youth, educators, elders, experts, scientists, leaders and artists from around the world on educational journeys to the Arctic and Antarctic. www.studentsonice.com

Geoff was appointed to the Order of Canada in 2012. In 2015, he was selected as one of the top 100 Greatest Canadian Explorers. In 2010, Geoff was voted as one of the Top 25 Transformational Canadians. The Globe & Mail called Geoff “the man who revolutionized polar and environmental education”. He was bestowed the Inuktitut name “Pitsiulak” by the Commissioner of Nunavut in 2009 for his work with Inuit youth. In 2007, Geoff was awarded the Citation of Merit for outstanding feats of exploration and service by the prestigious Explorers Club in New York City.

Geoff’s experience working and traveling across the Circumpolar Arctic, the Antarctic, and across the global ocean is extensive and diverse. He has worked and collaborated on national and international projects in education, science, media and conservation. He has led over 125 expeditions to the Polar Regions.


In 2017, Geoff completed his most ambitious project to date – the Canada C3 expedition, a 150-day, 25,000 km sailing journey around Canada’s coastline to celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation. The expedition’s themes were youth engagement, environment, diversity & inclusion and reconciliation. The successful www.canadac3.ca journey reached an audience of over 20 million.

Geoff and his partner Dr. Lisa Glithero live with their two children in Chelsea, QC.


Ontario Power Generation Visitor Center

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

Free Parking

For more information contact: Christina Collard
Symposium Coordinator info[at]riverinstitute.ca

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