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Wetlands: Sustainability in Perspective

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Seneca College Newnham Campus

1750 Finch Avenue East

The Great Hall (Room A1531)

Toronto, ON M2J 2X5

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Wetlands are a valuable part of our natural environment, however they are largely misunderstood by the general public. For generations humans have altered, drained, and filled-in our wetland marshes, swamps, bogs, and fens destroying essential habitats that help keep our water clean and provide homes for many different species. It is essential that we recognize the importance of wetlands.

"Wetlands: Sustainability in Perspective" is a multi-disciplinary panel that aims to exchange views on preserving our rapidly disappearing wetland habitats, with a goal to raising awareness about their significance in Canada and the world. Topics will include wetland conservation, restoration, creation, and species at risk.

An expert panel will lead collaborative discussions regarding the issues affecting wetlands in Canada today. These ideas will then be discussed further during breakout sessions following the presentations.

Sponsored by: Engineers Canada, OACETT, National Engineering Month, Seneca Alumni Association, Seneca School of Environmental and Civil Engineering Technology, Seneca Student Federation

TENTATIVE SCHEDULE

9:00 - 9:45 am : Registration / Networking

9:45 - 10:00 am: Opening Remarks

10:00 - 10:30 am: Barry Warner, PhD, Applied Wetland Professor at University of Waterloo

10:30 - 11:00 am: Caroline Charbonneau, MASc, Water Resources EIT at WalterFedy and former graduate student at the University of Guelph

11:00 - 11:30 am: Sara Bowman, MEnvSc | Emily Gray, BA | Special guest "Hot Dog" the snapping turtle, Toronto Wildlife Centre Education Department

11:30 - 12:00 pm: Panel Q & A

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Lunch (provided) / Networking

1:00 - 1:45 pm: Wetland Case Studies in Perspective Breakaway Sessions Part I

1:45 - 2:00 pm: Coffee Break / Networking

2:00 - 2:45 pm: Wetland Case Studies in Perspective Breakaway Sessions Part II

2:45 - 3:00 pm: Closing Remarks


Speaker Bios:

Barry G. Warner, PhD

Barry G. Warner is a Professor at the University of Waterloo where he has taught a course on applied wetland science for nearly 30 years. Research has focused on aspects of wetland ecology and paleoecology of natural, restored and created wetlands. He has worked on wetlands in all parts of Canada and in many other countries around the world, most recently Chile and Iraq. He led the effort to design the wetland classification system in Canada and is currently working on a wetland classification system for Mexico. He is a Past President of the Society of Wetland Scientists and has served for more than 20 years on its Board of Directors. At present, he is Canada’s representative to the Scientific Technical Review Panel for RAMSAR, the international convention for the Conservation of Wetlands. He is a member of the Nation of Mohawks of Akwesasne, Turtle Clan and is working with them for the first time to have wetlands on First Nations Territorial Lands to be recognized as of International Importance by the RAMSAR Convention. He is a licensed Professional Wetland Scientist and certified for undertaking Ontario wetland evaluations and ecological land classifications. Current activities focus on more local wetland issues and raising greater awareness for wetland conservation and best practices for management of wetlands in Ontario.

Caroline Charbonneau, MASc, EIT

Caroline Charbonneau is a Water Resources Engineering-in-Training at WalterFedy, an engineering firm in Kitchener, Ontario. Caroline has been with WalterFedy since June 2015 and works on the Civil Engineering team on stormwater management for a range of projects. Caroline completed her Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Guelph. She also completed her Master of Applied Science at the University of Guelph under her advisor, Andrea Bradford, Ph.D., P.Eng. Her thesis, titled ‘Hydrologic Analysis for the Protection of Wetland in Urban Development’ focused on using data collected and simulation tools to understand wetland hydrology and analyze impacts of urbanization on wetland’s hydrology. Caroline has a passion for all things water, and in her spare time enjoys gardening, reading, swimming, and spending time outdoors.

Toronto Wildlife Centre

Toronto Wildlife Centre Toronto Wildlife Centre (TWC) focuses on rehabilitating and releasing sick, injured, and orphaned wild animals, and on educating the public to create a safe species for humans and our wild neighbours. TWC helps with species at risk conservation by helping to rehabilitate sick and injured individuals, and releasing them back into the environment where they can continue to breed and hopefully contribute to the continuation of their species.

Sara Bowman, MEnvsSc

Sara has worked at the Toronto Wildlife Centre since September 2016 in the Hotline Department, where they receive 30,000 calls annually from medical emergencies, wildlife conflicts to natural history. She also interchanchabily works in the Educational Department. She has her Masters from the University of Toronto in Environmental Science, specializing in Conservation Biology. She has a deep passion for conservation of flora and fauna at risk and has in her spare time, she is an avid bird watcher.

Emily Gray, BA

Emily has been with the Toronto Wildlife Centre since November 2015 working with the Hotline Department and as the current Environmental Coordinator in the Education Department. She has taught environmental education in both Canada and abroad and has previously worked as a Nature Interpreter at the High Park Nature Centre in Toronto Emily has a combined Bachelor's degree in Environmental Resource Studies and International Development Studies from Trent University. She is also passionate about eco-justice education and in her spare time she is an avid hiker and canoeist.

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