THE RIVER INSTITUTE PRESENTS
River Health: Past, Present & Future
27th Annual River Symposium | October 28 & 29 2020
Join Us Online | Live Streamed
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.
Past, Present, & Future
For the River Symposium 2020, all talks will be available online and 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.
Science Day- Thursday, October 29th
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!
Dr. Steven Cooke
Fish Ecology Expert
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne- Environment Program
Abraham Francis has a BS in Microbiology, 2014, and MS in Natural Resources, 2019, from Cornell University. His past experiences include community empowerment, engagement, and research with the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and a variety of other community-based organizations. His Masters’ Thesis focused on applied research to develop a biocultural land stewardship strategy for existing and newly settled Native American Land Claims on the St. Regis Mohawk Reservation, Akwesasne. Currently, he works as the Environmental Science Officer for the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne – Environment Program. The position allows him to develop and implement projects that are inspired and directed by community needs as well as influenced by his research interests. His research interests are at the intersection of environmental studies, Indigenous methodologies, community engagement, education, health, social services, law, and cultural foundations as a means for empowerment and healing within Indigenous Communities.
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.
Registration for both the Community Day and Science Day will be free this year.
A BIG thank you to our sponsors for making this possible.