River Institute Receives Funding from Enbridge
Enbridge Pipelines Inc. has awarded a grant of $20,000 to be paid out over two years to the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences to support educational workshops: ‘Water Quality and its Importance’. “This funding from Enbridge enables us to reach more people at all learning levels”, stated Brian Hickey, River Institute Research Scientist and Education Program Leader, “We deliver Water Quality programs to high school kids as well as seniors groups, and we are expanding our reach every year.” Water Quality and its Importance is an interactive workshop for students and community groups. Participants take water samples from the St. Lawrence River and learn laboratory techniques that analyze indicators of water quality. These results are then linked to potential impacts on aquatic ecology and human health. Not only does the program raise awareness about water quality, it also gives young people a look at laboratory science and potential career options. For more information, follow this link http://riverinstitute.ca/programs-events/school-programs/
September 20, 2013
TD Canada Trust provides $90,000 to River Institute Programs for youth
TD Canada Trust representatives were at the River Institute recently to announce a $90,000 sponsorship of the River Institute’s youth programs for the next three years.
The TD Canada Trust sponsorship supports the River Institute’s Eco-Friends Summer Camp, Jr. Scientist Camp, Youth Internships, and Special Kids programs. These programs combine fun outdoor activities with themes that are based onactual scientific research at the River Institute.
2013 River Award Recipient
May 15, 2013
The River Institute’s Board of Directors has awarded the 2013 River Award to Dr. David Lean and Dr. Peter Hodson.
Dr. Lean initiated the very first research program at the River Institute in 1994 through a partnership with the University of Ottawa. The goal was to undertake a global assessment of the health of the St. Lawrence River, and it started a research program that the River Institute continues today. Over the years, Dr. Lean has published over 100 research articles about the St. Lawrence River, and supervised many students at the River Institute. Dr. Lean has participated in key programs and committees at the River Institute including management and fund-raising committees, the St. Lawrence River Restoration Council, and the Annual River Symposium.
Dr. Peter Hodson is another critical partner in the development of scientific research and training at the River Institute. As a professor at Queen’s University, one of Dr. Hodson’s first outreach initiatives with the River Institute was to develop a joint field course in Ecotoxicology. This course was the first in an ongoing series of extremely successful university field courses offered jointly by Queen’s University, Ottawa University, and the River Institute. Over the past decade, Dr. Hodson has been a member of the River Institute’s Research Advisory Committee; a special advisor to the St. Lawrence River Restoration Council; Guest Chair of the River Conference Series; and a highly valued collaborator and student advisor with the River Institute’s research programs. Both recipients have made a significant contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the St. Lawrence River ecosystem, and are equally deserving of the 2013 River Award.