The Loligo Systems Undergraduate Presentation Award Winners


Yamin Raza


Danielle Desrochers

Anna Shalin


Summer Selinger

The University of Manitoba Riddell Faculty MSc Presentation Award Winners


Shreya Jain


Chloe Devoy


Carmen Venier

Ellie Weir

Yaryna Kudla

The University of Saskatchewan Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) PhD Presentation Award Winners


Laura Gasque


Laiba Jamshed


Claire Bottini

Verena Sesin

The Hutchinson Environmental Sciences Ltd. Top Laurentian SETAC presenter

Best Overall: Shreya Jain

The IISD Experimental Lakes Area Top SETAC Prairie Northern Chapter presenter

Best Overall: Chloe Devoy


Most Engagement

Sally Ju

Best Overall

Carmen Venier

Greetings SETACers, this is a friendly notice to mark your calendars for the Laurentian & Prairie Northern SETAC Annual General Meeting and Conference the week of June 14-18, 2021 and the corresponding Short Course on June 17th, 2021. Both events will be VIRTUAL. The Laurentian & Prairie Northern SETAC AGM is a great opportunity to present new research, and network with colleagues working in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry fields throughout Canada. This year’s thrilling short course is hosted by Dr. Brittney G. Borowiec will offer the opportunity to dive into science communication.


Date Eastern Standard Time (EST) Program
All Week N/A Student Virtual Platform Competition (all week)
Twitter Poster Competition (all week):
Monday, June 14 1:00-3:00 p.m.

AGM Opening and Welcome

Plenary Speaker:

Gail Krantzberg, PhD (McMaster University)

Great Lakes Great Responsibility

LSETAC & PNC Chapter Activities and Business Meeting

Tuesday, June 15 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Plenary Speaker:

Chris McLaughlin, PhD (BARC)

Challenges in communicating progress: environmental quality and community engagement in Hamilton Harbour

Wednesday, June 16   *No Virtual Activities Schedule
Thursday, June 17 1:00-5:00 p.m.

Short Course:

Dr. Brittney G. Borowiec

Science Communication for Scientist and SciComm Clinic

Thursday, June 17 7:00-10:00 p.m. AGM Social
Friday, June 18 2:00pm-4:00 p.m.

Research Discussion Sessions (1hr)

AGM Student Award Presentations:
Closing Remarks

Plenary Speakers


Chris McLaughlin,  Bay Area Restoration Council

Chris McLaughlin has worked in the environmental sector since 1990 as an educator, author, researcher, consultant and chief executive. Chris is currently the executive director of the Bay Area Restoration Council, a non-profit corporation representing the public interest in the recovery of Hamilton Harbour. Chris holds a PhD from McMaster University for a study of Great Lakes policy and governance and an adjunct faculty appointment in its School of Geography & Earth Sciences, and also serves on the International Joint Commission’s Great Lakes Water Quality Board and the Canadian Environmental Law Association’s Healthy Great Lakes Advisory Committee.







Dr. Gail Krantzberg, McMaster University


Dr. Krantzberg is Professor of Engineering and Public Policy in the Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology at McMaster University offering Canada’s first Master’s Degree in Engineering and Public Policy. Gail completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University of Toronto in environmental science and freshwaters. She worked for the Ontario Ministry of Environment from 1988 to 2001, as Coordinator of Great Lakes Programs, and Senior Policy Advisor on Great Lakes. In her tenure there she was intensely engaged in binational Great Lakes science and policy venues, including direct interactions with the Great Lakes Commission, the Great Lakes Observing system, president of the International Association of Great Lakes Research, Board Member of the Canadian Water Foundation and Georgian Bay Forever, member of the International Joint Commission’s Water Quality Board, Sediment Priority Action Committee, Indicators Implementation Task Force, and Council of Great Lakes Research Managers. Dr. Krantzberg was the Director of the Great Lakes Regional Office of the International Joint Commission from 2001 to 2005. In 2007 she was appointed as an adjunct faculty member of the United Nations University Institute for Water and Environmental Health and participated in the twinning of the Laurentian and African Great Lakes (principally Lake Victoria). She has edited and co-authored 7 books and more than 160 scientific and policy articles on issues pertaining to ecosystem quality and sustainability and is a frequent speaker to media and the public. When not on the job, she enjoys family, photography, gardening and peace in the woods.

AGM Short Course

Course details

This year’s short course will be a 3-hour virtual workshop (“Science Communication for SETAC”), followed by a 1-h optional, unstructured “Scicomm Clinic.”

 The workshop will cover fundamental science communication skills, including how to define your audience, storytelling, and how to effectively communicate complex ideas. Participants will also learn how to avoid some common pitfalls of scientists engaging in science communication, including jargon and explainer-type pieces, and how to get started as a science writer or communicator. Other aspects of science communication of interest to specific participants may also be discussed, time permitting.

 The “SciComm Clinic” will provide a less formal space for participants to ask more in-depth questions and get advice about their specific science communication endeavors, similar to an “office hour” or consultation. Participants are encouraged to bring any science communication materials they have – ideas, research posters, drafts, etc. – to the clinic to facilitate discussion. 

Dr. Brittney G. Borowiec, PhD

Dr. Borowiec is a postdoctoral fellow at Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studies how lampricides affect the mitochondria of sea lamprey.  Since 2019, she has also served as an Editor at Massive Science, a popular media and content company that trains scientists how to write for non-expert audiences. Since 2015, she has also worked as a freelance science writer. Her bylines include Nature, the Canadian Science Publishing Blog, The Conservation, Massive Science, the Journal of Experimental Biology’s Outside JEB section, the PBS Eons series on YouTube, and elsewhere. Her work has won several awards, including the CSZ Public Awareness Award and Best Shortform Science Writing Awards, and been syndicated in outlets such as McMaster Daily News, Pacific Standard Magazine, Salon, and The National Post, and Science Friday.

Visit, or contact her via Twitter, handle @this_is_brit


Student Award Opportunities

The Laurentian and Prairie Northern SETAC AGM is a friendly venue for students to present and prepare for the larger conferences later in the year. We will be presenting student awards for best presentations at the undergraduate, MSc and PhD levels.

We are also excited to bring you a Twitter Poster Competition where students can share their research with the wider scientific community. To be in contention for awards associated with this competition, please indicate your submission to the competition (via the registration form), and you need to be a registered student member. Stay tuned for more details in the coming weeks and get ready to polish those science communication skills!

Twitter Research Campaign and Judging Form.

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Best Presentation Awards: Available to Student Members of the respective chapters in good standing. Confirm during registration process that you want to be considered. (Platform Judging Form).

Student Conference Awards: As travelling to conferences our beyond our control for 2021, we will be supporting as many students as we can by awarding Student Conference Awards.  Confirm during registration process that you want to be considered. Deadline May 21, 2021.


June 17, 2021

AGM Virtual Social Event We will be hosting an interactive virtual social event on the evening of June 17th during the AGM. Presenters and conference participants are invited to join. Details will be provided closer to the date.

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June 18, 2021

 Research Discussion Sessions Presenters and conference participants will be able to partake in facilitated discussions on topics related to chemistry, laboratory and field experimental eco-toxicology and policy (1hr). 

Post-AGM Social & Awards Ceremony