Register: World Wetlands Day 2019
World Wetlands Day Symposium

Join us in exploring the nexus of wetlands science, policy and sustainable use.

Feb. 1, 2019
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Ross Glen Hall
Roderick Mah Centre for Continuous Learning (EC Building)
Mount Royal University

Mount Royal University, through its Institute for Environmental Sustainability (IES), is pleased to offer this FREE event.

Please register by Jan. 23.

Wetlands are vital habitats that support ecological processes that sustain ecosystems’ health and a functional environment. World Wetlands Day (WWD) is celebrated annually on Feb. 2 with the aim of gathering stakeholders to discuss wetland protection. Mount Royal University is leading an initiative to create a hub for wetland sustainability in Alberta. Please join us at this symposium to hear from, and engage with, experts in wetland science, policy development and practice in Alberta and across Western Canada.

Keynote Speakers
Irena Creed, PhD. Executive Director and Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability (Morning Session)
Irena Creed is Executive Director of the School of Environment & Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan, and was the Canada Research Chair (Tier 2) in Watershed Sciences from 2007 to 2017. Irena's research group, together with collaborators from government, industry and an international network of scientists, study the impacts of global change (climate change, atmospheric pollution, and land use/land cover change) on ecosystem structure, function and services. She works at multiple scales using contemporary techniques to investigate how hydrology influences ecological processes in terrestrial (forest, agriculture) and aquatic ecosystems (streams, wetlands, lakes, rivers).
Thorsten Hebben. Director of Surface Water Policy at Alberta Environment and Parks (Afternoon Session)
In his eleven years with the provincial department, Thorsten has worked on long-term water quality monitoring programs, water quality trend assessment, emerging contaminants tracking, and water quality index reporting. For the past several years, Thorsten has been leading development and implementation of a new Wetland Policy for the Province of Alberta.
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