2016 Great Lakes Forum Schedule

The 2016 Great Lakes Public Forum will feature presentations by Canadian and American water experts responsible for leading efforts to restore and protect Great Lakes water quality and ecosystem health. Times listed are CT.

Tuesday, October 4  |  Wednesday, October 5
 

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Time Session Description Watch
8:45 a.m. Opening Michael Goffin, Regional Director General Ontario Region, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Cameron Davis, Senior Advisor to the Administrator, United States Environmental Protection Agency On demand
9:05 a.m. Welcome John Tory, Mayor of Toronto On demand
9:10 a.m. Keynote Address Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario On demand
9:30 a.m. How are the Great Lakes Doing? This session will report on the state of the Great Lakes using nine science-based ecosystem indicators. Session leaders: Nancy Stadler-Salt, Great Lakes Program Coordinator, Great Lakes Issue Management and Reporting Section, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Jacqueline Adams, Environmental Scientist, United States Environmental Protection Agency On demand
10:55 a.m. Restoring Great Lakes Areas of Concern This session will describe the considerable progress being made and priorities for restoring degraded conditions in Areas of Concern. Session leaders: Jon Gee, Manager, Great Lakes Areas of Concern, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Wendy Carney, Deputy Director, Great Lakes National Program Office, United States Environmental Protection Agency On demand
11:30 a.m. Question & Answer Moderator: TBD On demand
1:15 p.m. Great Lakes Celebration Speaker: Chief R. Stacey LaForme On demand
1:30 p.m. Reducing Risks from Harmful Chemicals This session will focus on past successes in addressing chemicals, Canadian and United States chemicals management programs, and recent experience in identifying and addressing chemicals of mutual concern under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. Session leaders: TBD, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Margaret Guerriero, Director,
Land and Chemical Division, United States Environmental Protection Agency
On demand
2:05 p.m. Understanding Groundwater Impacts to Great Lakes Water Quality and Ecosystem Health This session will focus on the findings of the first binational report on groundwater science relevant to Great Lakes water quality, including issues such as groundwater-surface water interaction; contaminants and nutrients in groundwater; the role of groundwater in aquatic habitats; and, urban development and climate change impacts on groundwater. Session leaders: Dale Van Stempvoort, Section Head, Groundwater, Environment and Climate Change
Canada and TBD.
On demand
2:50 p.m. Taking Action on a Lakewide Scale This session will focus on the identification of science priorities for each lake; an integrated framework to assess the cumulative impact of stressors on the health of nearshore waters in the Great Lakes; and, the recently finalized blueprint for action on Lake Superior. Session leaders: John Marsden, Manager, Great Lakes Issue Management and Reporting Section,
Environment and Climate Change Canada and Christopher Korleski, Director, Great Lakes National
Program Office, United States Environmental Protection Agency
On demand
3:25 p.m. Question & Answer Moderator: TBD On demand

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Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Time Session Description Watch
9:00 a.m. Tackling Algal Blooms in the Great Lakes This session will focus on the newly established binational phosphorus reduction targets for Lake Erie, as well as the action plans that are being developed domestically to meet them. Session leaders: Susan Humphrey, Associate Regional Director General, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Tinka Hyde, Division Director, Region 5 Water Division, United States Environmental Protection Agency On demand
9:40 a.m. Great Lakes Celebration Speaker: Mark Mattson, Founder and President, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper On demand
10:05 a.m. U.S. Tribal Government Representative Address Neil Patterson Jr., Director, Tuscarora Environment  On demand
10:20 a.m. Protecting and Restoring Native Species and their Habitats This session will focus on the actions being taken by Canada and the United States to protect native species and restore degraded habitats, recover populations of species at risk, and work towards the goal of a net habitat gain in the Great Lakes basin.

Session leaders: Susan Humphrey, Associate Regional Director General, Environment and Climate
Change Canada and TBD, United States Fish and Wildlife Service

On demand
10:55 a.m. Question & Answer Moderator: TBD On demand
12:45 p.m. Great Lakes Celebration Mark Fisher, Chief Executive Officer, Council of the Great Lakes Region On demand
1:00 p.m. Understanding the Impacts of Climate Change on the Great Lakes This session will share findings from the first State of Climate Change Impacts Report for the Great lakes basin, as well as information on efforts to better understand and predict the impacts of climate change. Session leaders: Tricia Mitchell, A/Manager, Regional Analysis and Relations, Environment and Climate
Change Canada and Doug Kluck, Director, Central Region Climate Service National Climatic Data
Centre, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On demand
1:30 p.m. Addressing the Threat of Aquatic Invasive Species to the Great Lakes This session will focus on efforts to minimize the risk of Aquatic Invasive Species to the Great Lakes, including the establishment of an early detection and rapid response initiative. Session leaders: Gavin Christie, Division Manager, Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Todd Turner, Assistant Regional Director, Aquatic Resources Program, Region 3, US Fish and Wildlife Service On demand
1:55 p.m. Preventing and Reducing Threats from Vessel Discharges to the Great Lakes This session will focus on Canada’s and United States’ continued efforts, through both domestic regulatory regimes and international conventions, to prevent and reduce threats to the Great Lakes from potentially harmful vessel discharges such as oil and other hazardous substances, garbage, wastewater and sewage, biofouling, antifouling systems, and ballast water. Session leaders: Chris Wiley, Manager, Technical Services, Marine Safety, Transport Canada and Lorne Thomas, Chief, External Affairs Division, United States Coast Guard, Ninth District On demand
2:40 p.m. Métis Nation of Ontario Address France Picotte, Chair, Métis Nation of Ontario On demand
2:55 p.m. The Importance of Science to the Protection of the Great Lakes This session will address current approaches to the coordination of Great Lakes science. Session leaders: Ram Yerubandi, Research Manager, Watershed Hydrology and Ecology Research Division, Water Science and Technology, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Todd Nettesheim, Environmental Engineer, United States Environmental Protection Agency On demand
3:25 p.m. Question & Answer Moderator: TBD On demand
4:15 p.m. Closing Speaker: TBD On demand
4:30 p.m. Public input to the International Joint Commission This session provides an opportunity for Forum participants to provide their comments to the International Joint Commission, on the Progress Report of the Parties and the governments’ actions to meet the objectives of the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement. On demand

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