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Ryerson Urban Water

Three water experts will address the health and sustainability of urban watersheds, a crucial resource for supporting life within cities, by way of a panel discussion and question period.

Join us at the Peter Bronfman Learning Centre, 7th floor, Heaslip House, 297 Victoria Street, Ryerson University on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 3-6 pm.

Refreshments and networking to follow.


Dr. Carl Mitchell, University of Toronto (Scarborough)

Carl Mitchell is an Associate Professor of Environmental Science at the University of Toronto Scarborough, where he teaches hydrology and environmental science, and leads a research group focusing on topics in biogeochemistry and hydrology, especially as this relates to contaminants in the environment. Professor Mitchell completed his PhD in Physical Geography from the University of Toronto in 2007 and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland before joining UofT Scarborough in 2008.

Duncan Boyd, D.A. Boyd Associates, Former Supervisor, Great Lakes Monitoring, Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Duncan Boyd is currently Principal, D.A. Boyd Associates after retiring in 2016 after 35 years as a scientist and Supervisor with the Great Lakes group at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change. His applied scientific work focused on aquatic environmental conditions in the Great Lakes from Thunder Bay to Cornwall and has included assessing the effects of industrial and municipal discharges on the aquatic ecosystem as well as assessment of urban and rural landscapes as non-point source contributors of substances such as nutrients and in-use pesticides. Duncan has had considerable involvement with both the Toronto and Hamilton Harbour Remedial Action Plans where assessing the effects of urban landscapes on water quality plays an important part in restoration and recovery. Most recently, he has been working on updating Hamilton Harbour tributary loading estimates of nutrients and metals and collaborating with the Canadian Water Network on a project to assess the adequacy of urban non-point source nutrient load estimates. ‚Äč

Dr. Jennifer Bonnell, York University

Jennifer Bonnell is an Assistant Professor of History at York University, where she teaches courses in Canadian history and environmental history. She is the author of the award-winning book Reclaiming the Don: An Environmental History of Toronto's Don River Valley (University of Toronto Press, 2014) and has contributed to a variety of public history projects, including documentary film and television projects for the Evergreen Brick Works and Metal Dog Films, and research and public engagement work for Heritage Toronto and other community-based organizations. She is currently working on a new book about the history of beekeeping and environmental change in the Great Lakes Region.