SETAC Globe - Environmental Quality Through Science
14 July 2016
Volume 17 Issue 7

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Laurentian Chapter of SETAC: Getting Involved in the Community

Ryan Prosser, President, SETAC Laurentian Chapter

Members of the Laurentian Chapter of SETAC (L-SETAC) have been involved in a number of community activities so far this year. Through generous funding from SETAC North America, we were able to present special awards in the field of environmental toxicology and chemistry at the Bay Area Science and Engineering Fair (BASEF) and the Ottawa Regional Science Fair (ORSF). A number of L-SETAC members were present at both fairs to evaluate students’ projects and
decide on winners at the middle or high school levels.

We wish to thank our great judges for taking time out of their busy schedules to attend BASEF and ORSF on behalf of L-SETAC. Our involvement in these science fairs would not be possible without L-SETAC members being so gracious with their time. More details on the students’ project can be found on the L-SETAC website.

Team SETAC Laurentian participating in the WWF CN Tower Climb
L-SETAC team at the CN Tower Climb for Nature: Mark Dahmer, Shari Dahmer, Scott Prosser, Ryan Prosser, Meghan Longley, Gerald Tetreault and Natalie Feisthauer

Members of the L-SETAC Board of Directors also formed a team to participate in the World Wildlife Foundation’s (WWF) CN Tower Climb for Nature. Team members climbed up the second tallest free-standing building in the world, which involved climbing 1,776 steps or a total of 144 flights. We were all up to the top in less than 25 minutes! Our team raised more than $2,000 for WWF, and the event raised more than $1 million for WWF conservation projects.

L-SETAC also sent a team of members and little future members to commemorate Earth Day by planting trees as part of the Rotary Club of Guelph and Grand River Conservation Authority’s Rotary Forest Project. The goal of the Rotary Forest Project is to plant 100 acres or 60,000 native trees by 2020.

L-SETAC also had a successful 21st Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Conference, which was held on Friday, June 24, at the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario. We had more than 100 attendees and 22 poster and 16 platform presentations. The plenary speakers from our tripartite membership, Deb MacLatchy, University of Waterloo, Neil Hutchinson, Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd., and Patricia Chambers, Environment and Climate Change Canada, provided insightful and interesting talks. Along with the AGM, Keith Solomon, Glen Van der Kraak and Mark Hanson presented a short course on Thursday, June 23, addressing “Data Quality and Weight of Evidence: Making Your Ecotoxicology Matter.” The instructors put together a great course, and we had more than 50 attendees.

SETAC Laurentian at Earth Day event
(Back left to right): Ovidiu Bistrian, Oana Birceanu, Ryan Prosser, Benjamin Hlina and Karen Bechard. Future L-SETAC members (front, left to right): Mathilda, Lucas, Thomas, Eleanor and Atticus; Benjamine Hlina planting a young white pine.

L-SETAC has had a great year so far, and we’re looking forward to more activities in the fall.

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