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ENVIRONMENTAL MINDS:

The future of ecotoxicology and environmental regulation

Dr. Kelly Munkittrick | Thursday June 4, 2015 from 6:30-9:00 pm - Kilkenny Irish Pub, Calgary, AB

 

Ecotoxicology has advanced significantly over the last several decades, with many new tools having become available for use in environmental risk assessment and regulation, however the regulatory field has been slow to embrace these new technologies.  In the early 1990s, as the Canadian environmental effect monitoring requirements were developing, ecotoxicologists were met with a series of legal and regulatory hurdles that limited the monitoring requirements. Moving further has been limited by a small set of questions, easy to identify, difficult to answer, and impossible to get consensus on.  It is only by moving forward against these hurdles that scientists will be able to integrate the improvements in technology into monitoring and regulatory approaches. 

Dr. Kelly Munkittrick

 

Kelly has a varied background, starting work in environmental consulting, before moving to the Federal government for 11 years (6 in Fisheries and Oceans and 5 at Environment Canada), 15 years at the University of New Brunswick as a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair, and now 3 years working on the new environmental monitoring framework with the oil sands industry.  He is a co-founder of the Canadian Rivers Institute, was the Scientific Director of the Canadian Water Network, and has sat on panels for UNEP, OECD, and the Great Lakes Fisheries Commission. He has developed regional and national monitoring programs in South America, Asia and North America, and has worked with governments to improve environmental assessment models. 

Director, Environmental Monitoring and Risk Assessment, at Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA).

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