March 15, 2019
For Immediate Release
Waterloo – Water is essential to us all. To examine water issues in Ontario and the Northwest Territories, Wilfrid Laurier University is hosting a day and evening of public events for World Water Day on March 21-22.
Aligned with the United Nations World Water Day 2019 theme “Leaving no one behind,” the events include a talk by David Livingstone, a Yellowknife-based environmental stewardship expert, panel discussions on water as it relates to Waterloo Region and Canada’s First Nations, and a student poster session. The best student poster presentations will win prizes and all attendees can vote for the best poster.
“Water is a global issue and World Water Day events are being held around the world,” said Jonathan Mark Wilson, co-director of the Laurier Institute for Water Science (LIWS) and an associate professor of biology. “At Laurier, we are raising awareness and also highlighting some of the work that we are doing in this area.”
Livingstone’s talk on Thursday, March 21 at 7 p.m., at the Paul Martin Centre on Waterloo campus, will focus on water stewardship in the Northwest Territories. The talk will be preceded by a welcome reception at 6 p.m., open to all.
Livingstone, who has worked in the North for 40 years, spent 33 years with the federal government working on environmental and resource development issues. Since 2009, he has headed Holarctic Environmental Consulting, working across the North and internationally. Among other roles, he chairs the science committee of the Government of the Northwest Territories-Laurier Partnership and is a director of the Giant Mine Oversight Board.
Speakers for the Friday, March 22 events, which will be held in the Senate and Board Chambers, include:
A full schedule is available at the LIWS World Water Day webpage. All events are free and open to the public. Those who would like to take advantage of the complimentary lunch on Friday are asked to register on Eventbrite.
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