Sharing the excitement of scientific discovery

River Institute is a non‐government organization established in 1994 as a unique community partnership among governments, educators, business and industry, and the Mohawks of Akwesasne.

With the St. Lawrence River as our natural laboratory, we have earned an international reputation for research excellence. Our scientific work contributes locally, nationally and internationally to the greater understanding of how large river ecosystems and their components function.

As a learning and discovery centre, we actively promote the value of scientific inquiry. Our education programs introduce thousands of students to the benefits of science and provide powerful role models for young people considering careers in science.

Our community programs help us connect with our neighbours and build a deeper local appreciation for the vital scientific, social, economic and spiritual importance of our river ecosystems.

Our Facilities

The River Institute is located next to the St. Lawrence River on the grounds of St. Lawrence College in Cornwall. Built in 2003, the 4500 sq. ft facility houses offices, laboratories, and a board room, plus a 2000 sq. ft outdoor shelter that is used as an outdoor classroom, field staging area, and multi-purpose gathering place. The River Institute maintains a nationally accredited testing laboratory through CALA; a Level II Biosafety laboratory licensed by the Public Health Agency of Canada; and is a certified member of the Canadian Association for Animal Care.


The River Institute laboratories are accredited by the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation Inc. (CALA) for specific test as described on our scope of testing in accordance with the recognized International Standards ISO/EIC 17025:2017. To retain this accreditation, staff must complete regular proficiency tests and audits to demonstrate analytical and procedural competence for dealing with a wide variety of environmental samples for regulatory, research and monitoring purposes. For more information contact Louis Savard, Program Leader River Labs.

Annual Reports

2020: A Year in Review

The 2020 Annual Report tells our stories of resilience and adaptation as we navigated our way through the challenges of Covid-19. Despite a few setbacks, we proudly carried on and managed to accomplish many milestones in our research, analytical services, education, and outreach programs. New technologies and online formats enabled us to interact with partners, volunteers, and followers worldwide. 2020 was a year to reconnect with nature, and the River Institute is committed to sharing its knowledge and encouraging citizens to protect the beauty all around us. Join our journey in the pages of this Annual Report.

Previous Years

  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012

Partners and Sponsors


CIBC Wood Gundy

Cornwall Rotary Club

Cornwall Electric

Crabtree Fundation

Eastern Ontario Training Board

Echo Foundation

Enbridge Inc.

Job Zone

Ingredion Inc.

Greenfield Ethanol – Johnstown Plant

GFL Environmental Inc.

TD Friends of the Environment

Tom and Gail Kaneb Foundation

Maurice Price Foundation


Ontario Power Generation-Ottawa/St. Lawrence Plant Group

Ontario Trillium Foundation

Port of Johnstown

Sunrise Rotary Club of Cornwall

St. Lawrence College

St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.

St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corp.

The Catherine and Maxwell Meighan Foundation

The Trottier Family Foundation

Township of Edwardsburgh/Cardinal

TransCanada Pipeline Ltd.


United Counties of Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry

Union Gas Ltd.

Uplands Charitable Foundation

WSP Canada Inc.


Akwesasne Mohawk Board of Education

Catholic District School Board of Eastern Ontario

Cornwall and Area Chamber of Commerce

Cornwall Lunker Club

Cornwall Dive Club

Cornwall Public Library

City of Cornwall

Conseil des écoles publiques de l’est de l’Ontario

Conseil scolaire de district catholique de l’Est ontarien

Cooper Marsh Conservators Inc.

Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Eastern Ontario Health Unit

Eastern Ontario Water Resources Committee

Job Zone d’emploi, Cornwall

Laflèche Leblanc Soil Recycling

McDonald Duncan Law Office

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Ottawa Stewardship Council

Parks of the St. Lawrence

Raisin Region Conservation Authority

Resource Stewardship Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Council

Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Science Fair

Seaway News

Service Canada

Standard Freeholder

Stormont Yacht Club

South Nation Conservation Authority

St. Lawrence College

St. Lawrence Parks Commission

St. Lawrence River Restoration Council

Township of South Stormont

United Counties of Prescott-Russell

United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry

Upper Canada District School Board



Blue Fish Canada

Bay of Quinte Restoration Council

Carleton University

Great Rivers Centre at Clarkson University

Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Environment Canada: Ontario Region and Quebec Region

International Joint Commission

Lower Trent Conservation Authority

Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture / Food and Rural Affairs

Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

International Joint Commission

Lower Trent Conservation Authority

Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture / Food and Rural Affairs

Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources

We are grateful to the organizations listed here for the vital financial support they provide. If your organization would like to support our work, please contact:

Christina Collard

Program Leader, Administration and Fundraising

+1 613-936-6620 ext 222