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Panel Discussion

PERSPECTIVES ON PESTICIDES: Challenges and achievements of pesticide use in the prairies

7:00 PM, Thursday 5 JUNE 2014 | HUDSON'S TAP HOUSE


Come join the discussion on pesticide use, development, and regulation facts and fictions from three experts in the field. This talk features speakers from academia (Dr. Christy Morrissey, U of S), government (Dr. Connie Moase, PMRA), and industry (Dr. Paul Hoekstra, Syngenta).


Dr. Christy Morrissey

Assistant Professor, Department of Biology and School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan


Dr. Morrissey is originally from Vancouver, BC, where she completed her B.Sc. at the University of British Columbia and her Ph.D. at Simon Fraser University. She has worked on pesticide and environmental contaminant issues in Canada and the UK for 15 years, including a study that resulted in the market removal of a forest pesticide used to control bark beetle infestations in BC. Her research expertise is in avian and freshwater ecotoxicology where she has broad interests in understanding how contaminants affect avian life cycles and aquatic communities. Her current research projects include assessments of wetland health, neonicotinoid insecticides, invertebrate and bird communities in the Canadian Prairies under increasing agricultural pressures.

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Dr. Connie Moase

Director, Health Effects Division II, Health Evaluation Directorate, Health Canada Pest Management Regulatory Agency


Dr. Moase has been a Federal Government scientist with Health Canada since 1995. She has held a number of positions within Health Canada and is currently Director within the Health Evaluation Directorate of Health Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency, providing operational oversight for human health evaluation of new pesticides, as well as for pesticides under re-evaluation. Education: Dr. Moase obtained her BSc Honours from Acadia University, Nova Scotia, and her MSc and PhD in Developmental Biology from McGill University. Prior to joining Health Canada, Dr. Moase was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Reproductive Biology Unit of the Ottawa Health Research Institute at the Ottawa Hospital


Dr. Paul Hoekstra

Manager, Regulatory and Science Stewardship, Syngenta Canada


Dr. Hoekstra oversees Syngenta’s various stewardship and related outreach activities, and is a member of Syngenta’s global pollinator and stewardship teams that assess the safety of products to honey bees and other pollinators. Dr. Hoekstra also represents Syngenta on several industry committees, including Crop Life Canada’s Pollinator Working Group, and leads various efforts in promoting a science-based approach to assess the risk of crop protection products and communicating the benefit of pesticides in providing a safe, sustainable and affordable food supply. Paul grew up on a small farm in eastern Ontario and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo and a Ph.D. from the University of Guelph’s Toxicology program. Prior to joining Syngenta, Paul held research positions with Environment Canada and Golder Associates.


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