THE RIVER INSTITUTE PRESENTS
River Health: Past, Present & Future
27th Annual River Symposium | Fall 2020
Join us at the Ramada Inn | Cornwall, Ontario, Canada
For the past 27 years, the River Institute has hosted an annual Symposium to bring together researchers and stakeholders to explore issues and challenges facing large rivers and their watershed. This sharing of knowledge is powerful as it leads to a better understanding of fresh water resources and ecosystems, as well as the development of strategies for renewal and protection.
Thank you for your interest in the 2020 River Symposium.
Considering the current situation with the novel COVID-19 virus, the River Institute has decided to postpone the 27th Annual River Symposium and reschedule the event in the fall of 2020. The format for the event in the fall will remain unchanged, with a both a Community Day and a Science Day, providing a platform for researchers, educators, policy-makers, community leaders and citizens to discuss current ecological health of our freshwater ecosystems.
The Symposium committee would like to extend a thank you to those who have already submitted abstracts and look forward to seeing everyone in the fall. We will keep the abstract submission open and update the timeline of events on the website as they are established. We will continue to post updates on the website and via social media as we move forward.
Wishing you all the best in health and safety.
Past, Present, & Future
For the River Symposium 2020, we will focus on the health of our freshwater ecosystems. We will have both a Community and Science Day providing a platform for researchers, educators, policy-makers, community leaders and citizens to understand current ecological health as well as in-depth analysis of trends and future needs/actions.
The Symposium will share knowledge about the status of the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes and other freshwater ecosystems. The scientific presentations and community involvement sessions will address current topics important to all freshwater ecosystems and of immediate concern for the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes.
Join us for our Community Day. Engage with local scientists and community partners to learn about the challenges that face our freshwater ecosystems and the ways in which we are working towards finding solutions to these challenges.
Join us for our Science Day. For the River Symposium 2020, we will focus on the health of our freshwater ecsystems to coincide with our Great River Rapport – an ecosystem health report of the Upper St. Lawrence River. The Symposium will share knowledge about the status of the St. Lawrence River/Great Lakes and other freshwater ecosystems.
Join us this fall for another great symposium!
Project Director, Council of Canadian Academies
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne- Environment Program
Founder & Chair, Rivershed Society of British Columbia
Fin served as a member of Coquitlam City Council from 2002-2009 and as Member of Parliament for Port Moody-Coquitlam and New Westminster-Coquitlam from 2009-2019. While in the House of Commons he founded the All-Party Oceans Caucus.
As NDP Fisheries & Oceans critic, Fin introduced many bills to protect West Coast waters including legislation to ban oil tankers off BC’s north coast; transition West Coast open-net salmon farms to land-based, closed containment and ban the importation of shark fins to Canada, which became law in 2019.
Fin has a Philosophy degree from the University of Victoria. He grew up in Port Moody and lives in Coquitlam with his wife Lynda.