OBBN Training in Huntsville, ON @ Waterloo Summit Centre for the Environment
May 24 – May 26 all-day
AGM Short Course – Data Quality and Weight of Evidence: Making Your Ecotoxicology Matter @ Federation Hall, University of Waterloo
Jun 23 @ 8:00 am – 5:00 pm


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Dr. Mark Hanson, University of Manitoba
Dr. Keith Solomon, University of Guelph
Dr. Glen Van Der Kraak, University of Guelph

Description: This course is derived from the outcomes and recommendations of the SETAC Pellston Workshop conducted in the Fall 2015 on “Improving the Usability of Ecotoxicology Data in Risk Assessment”. The course will provide an overview on how to:

  1. Design and implement studies to assess for effects that are of value to regulators and decision-makers.
  2. Report those studies effectively in the peer reviewed literature so that the data that matter are front and center.
  3. Evaluate these papers for their strength and relevance to questions of interest for risk assessors.
  4. Use these evaluations in a weight of evidence approach to help assign causality.

Materials will be delivered through brief lectures, followed by exercises completed as individuals and small groups, as each of the four objectives above are examined. The material covered is relevant to all members of the Chapter, but especially for students so that they can learn how to do their science right early in their careers. Regardless of experience or position, anyone who conducts ecotoxicology studies or attempts to draw the data into the risk assessment process will benefit from a course of this nature. “This is the most important issue facing ecotoxicology at this time” – John Sumpter, Brunel University, UK

Registration: Registration for the Short Course is now open. Register for the Short Course on-line:

Fees for Short Course:

Short Course Registration Until May 27 Before June 10 After June 10
Member $85 $110 $135
Non-member $110 $135 $160
Student and Recent Graduate – Member $60 $80 $100
Student and Recent Graduate – Non-member $85 $105 $125


AGM Short Course – Computational Applications Using R-Studio for Biostatistics @ University of Ontario Institute of Technology
Jun 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Instructor: Dr. Lorna Deeth, University of Guelph, Department of Mathematics and Statistics

Participants learn the basic coding and applications of R and R-Studio for various statistical analyses relevant to biology and toxicology. This course will provide an overview on how to:

1) Utilize R/R-Studio, and gain familiarity with the program environments. This will include an overview of the functions available in the program environment, how to import/export data, how to access help files, etc.

2) Conduct various statistical analyses commonly used in biology and toxicology, ranging from basic statistical techniques through to an introduction in more complex model fitting approaches.

3) An introduction to the use of the R packages “mixtox” and “drc”.

Course content will be demonstrated through interactive demonstrations of relevant statistical analyses. Chapter members working with biological and toxicological assessments will benefit from this workshop.

Registration: Registration for the Short Course is now openRegister for the Short Course on-line.

Fees for Short Course:

Short Course Registration Until May 12 Before May 26 After May 26
Member $85 $110 $135
Non-member $110 $135 $160
Student and Recent Graduate – Member $60 $80 $100
Student and Recent Graduate – Non-member $85 $105 $125

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AGM Short Course
Jun 7 all-day









Introduction to Environmental Genomics for (Eco)Toxicology

Join us for this unique short course opportunity at the Queen’s University Biological Station (QUBS)! Dr. Robert Colautti will provide an introduction to environmental genomics including field sampling, laboratory techniques, and high-throughput sequencing applications in toxicology and ecotoxicology.


Rapid advances in high-throughput sequencing (HTS) and other ‘omics’ methods are transforming the biological sciences, but the pace of development of new technologies can make them difficult to follow. This 1-day intensive field course explores applications of HTS in (eco)toxicology. This ‘crash course’ introduces participants to new and emerging technologies and provides hands-on experience with standard field sampling; we focus on two relevant areas:

  1. Transcriptome sequencing (RNA) for comparing gene expression among organismal samples.
  2. Metabarcoding and metagenomic sequencing (DNA) for comparing species communities among environmental samples

This course is aimed at toxicologists and ecological toxicologists with little (if any) experience sequencing genomes or transcriptomes. After completing this course, participants should have a good understanding of (i) which projects are appropriate for HTS technologies, and (ii) how to collect samples for such a project.


This is an overnight short course with field, laboratory, and lecture components.

The course will start on Wednesday with a welcome dinner, followed by an opening seminar to prepare for Thursday’s field and lab work. Participants will arrive Wednesday evening and stay overnight at QUBS, which is located 45 minutes north of Kingston in Elgin, Ontario.

The course fee includes accommodations in cottages on the QUBS site, as well as dinner on Wednesday, and breakfast and lunch on Thursday.

Appropriate attire for field sampling and laboratory analysis will be required. A list of suggested items to bring will be provided to participants.

What: Introduction to environmental genomics, including field and laboratory techniques and applications in (eco)toxicology

Where: Queen’s University Biological Station, 280 Queen’s University Road, Elgin Ontario (

When: Arrive at QUBS evening of Wednesday June 6th, depart evening of Thursday June 7th

Instructor: Dr. Robert Colautti, CRC in Rapid Evolution, Queen’s University (

Fees for Short Course: $140.00

For questions about this course, please contact Katie Hill.

L-SETAC Short Course: Stream monitoring and assessment
Oct 12 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
L-SETAC Short Course: Stream monitoring and assessment @ Burlington | Ontario | Canada

Laurentian SETAC, in collaboration with Environment and Climate Change Canada, is pleased to offer a one-day non-certification Field Assistant course to our members. The course will be focused on stream monitoring and assessment, and it is offered by personnel trained in the Canadian Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) standards.

Title: Stream monitoring and assessment

Instructors: Tim Pascoe and Tana McDaniel, Environmental Scientists, Water Quality Monitoring and Surveillance, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Cost: $50 for regular members, $25 for student members

Date: Friday, October 12, 2018

Time: 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Location: Lowville Park, North Burlington, ON (halfway between Burlington and Campbellville)

Registration is now closed. Please contact Oana Birceanu, Laurentian SETAC president, at We will see if we can find you a spot!

SETAC North America 39th Annual Meeting
Nov 4 – Nov 8 all-day

Meeting theme: Bridging Divides Between Environmental Stewardship and Economic Development

More details available at:


AGM Short Course: Adverse Outcome Pathways @ University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON
Jun 6 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm



This course will provide a detailed description of the Adverse Outcome Pathway (AOP) framework, and guidance on best practices for contributing to the AOP knowledge base. It is intended primarily for researchers and risk assessors from academia, government, public, and private sectors who have an interest in contributing to the AOP knowledge base, or who are generating data that can be used to develop AOPs. This course will also be beneficial to those wanting to apply AOPs in risk assessment and research scenarios. Information from the lecture components will be reinforced with practical examples and in-class exercises.

Course Schedule:
1) History and Overview of AOPs
2) AOPs 101: Detailed description of AOP components
3) Best Practices for AOP Development
4) Let’s make an AOP! Practical AOP development exercises
5) Overview of AOP applications

About the instructor:

Jason O’Brien, Ph.D.
Research Scientist, Molecular Ecotoxicology
Wildlife Toxicology Research Section
Ecotoxicology and Wildlife Health Division
Environment and Climate Change Canada
Adjunct Research Professor – Department of Biology
Carleton University


I received my doctorate in biology with specialization in chemical and environmental toxicology from the University of Ottawa. Afterwards, I held a post-doctoral fellowship in the Genetic Toxicology Laboratory of Health Canada’s Environmental Health Centre. Currently, I manage Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Molecular Ecotoxicology Laboratory located at the National Wildlife Research Centre on Carleton University campus.



Registration: Registration for the Short Course is now openRegister for the Short Course on-line.

Fees for Short Course:

Short Course Registration

Until May 10

Before June 1

After June 1



$110 $150





Student and Recent Graduate – Member




Student and Recent Graduate – Non-member

$85 $105


Note that the Short Course fees are not included in the registration fee for the AGM.



Novotel Ottawa (,
33 Nicholas Street, Ottawa, ON K1N 9M7

Superior Room- 1 King Bed: $199.00/night + 4% municipal accommodation tax and 13% HST

Accommodations can be booked online at or by calling 1-855-677-3033 (request the Laurentian Chapter SETAC block or quote booking code 775952). Book early!  The block of rooms will be held until April 22, 2019.


University of Ottawa Residences (
Every May through August, the University of Ottawa opens its residences to groups and individuals, allowing them to enjoy convenient and affordable accommodations throughout the summer months. We deliver a unique, university-based experience in room types of 2-bedroom suites or rooms.

$130/night per room 
*Rate remains the same for single, double, triple or quadruple occupancy.
**Rate does not include applicable taxes.
***Rate excludes breakfast

Follow this link uOttawa summer accommodation to check for availability and to make your own reservation


Are you interested in becoming a sponsor? You can now submit an online sponsorship form through our website!

SETAC North America 40th Annual Meeting @ Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Nov 3 – Nov 7 all-day

SETAC Toronto is fast approaching and we hope to see you there. There is going to be so much amazing science and some great social and networking events too. Check out our recent post to find out more about the opportunities that you won’t want to miss:

SETAC Toronto Community Outreach – Don Mouth Naturalization Project Tour
Nov 3 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Community Engagement: A Growing Tradition at the SETAC North America Annual Meeting

Sunday | 12:45 p.m.–4:30 p.m. | Cost: US$15

Register at:
(registration cost includes transportation to and from the event and a SETAC Toronto t-shirt)

Join scientists and local community members for a tour of the Don Mouth Naturalization and Port Lands Flood Protection Project

What to Expect

  • Tour of one of Toronto’s biggest green infrastructure projects, a $1.2 billion remediation project.
  • Interact with local community groups and scientists and engineers involved in the project.
  • Discuss with researchers regarding what they’re learning about inputs of plastics in one of Canada’s most urbanized rivers.

In Toronto, we have planned a community engagement event that includes a tour of one of the biggest green infrastructure projects in Toronto’s history. Toronto is upgrading the connection of the highly urbanized Don River to Lake Ontario with the creation of a new naturalized river mouth. In addition to flood protection, this project also aims to rehabilitate the local aquatic ecosystem, which is part of the Toronto and Region Area of Concern, (a designation under the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement). A special session on the Toronto Flood Protection Project (TFPP) has been proposed for SETAC Toronto, so make sure to check for updates.

Bowl of plastic fragments

Photo credit: Chelsea Rochman

The Sunday afternoon, SETAC-sponsored engagement event allows a first-hand look at the scale and complexity of this $1.2 billion remediation project, and offers a chance for the public and SETAC members to interact with the scientists and engineers involved. In addition, the Don River (the river with the highest percentage of surrounding urban area of any river in Canada) is the site of a trash boom, which has been revealing a lot about the plastic debris that is entering our waterways. Representatives from the University of Toronto trash team will be at the event to answer questions about what they have been learning from the boom, operated by Ports Toronto, and discuss their research and programming.

If you have experience in remediation projects, groundwater and sediment toxicology, science communication, flood risk and hydraulic modeling, climate change resiliency, environmental engineering, or human health or ecological risk assessment, then please consider coming out to lend your expertise to answer questions from the participating citizens and local community organizations.


Event Schedule

*A shuttle bus will be available to SETAC attendees. Meet Waterfront Toronto representatives at the conference centre at 12:45 pm


Regional Chapters Mixers at SciCon2
Nov 17 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm



For those of you are registered for and attending the virtual SETAC NA SciCon2 this week, the Regional Chapters Committee Chairs have an assigned time slot for Regional Chapters to mix and mingle during SciCon2.

Our meeting slot is 3-4pm Central time (4-5pm Eastern time) on Tuesday, November 17 and can be viewed on the schedule grid under Tuesday here

It’s also part of the meeting platform system, where people can add the event to their itineraries.

This Mixer will have a quick mingle of all participating regional chapter members for about 15 minutes, followed by breakout “rooms” for each participating chapter for the remaining 45 minutes. During our allotted Laurentian SETAC breakout room we will have the opportunity to get to know each other, share our experiences to date of this year’s SciCon2 and an opportunity to bring up any questions you may have regarding our chapter.

Thanks all and we look forward to seeing you virtually at SciCon2!