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


Laurentian SETAC Chapter Breakfast @ SETAC Toronto @ Sunset Grill
Nov 5 @ 7:30 am – 9:00 am

Join us at SETAC Toronto for our annual chapter breakfast on Tuesday, November 5, 7:30 a.m at the Sunset Grill (~5 minute walk from convention centre).

Please drop by (no RSVP necessary) to grab a coffee and something to eat on your way to hearing about the great science that the SETAC community is conducting.

Feel free to bring your friends and colleagues that are interested in finding out about Laurentian SETAC, we are always happy to make new members and friends!

51st Annual Symposium of the Society of Toxicology of Canada @ SHAW CENTRE
Dec 2 – Dec 4 all-day
Ottawa Pub Night @ Clock Tower Brew Pub,
Jan 29 @ 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for an engaging talk, good eats and fine brew at the first Ottawa Pub Night of 2020. Dr. Morris will discuss his research on the effects of contaminants and climate change on Hudson Bay polar bears. Socializing, food and drink orders begin at 5:00 pm, the talk begins at 6:00 pm.

Title: Contaminants, Climate Change and Time: Observations on Hudson Bay Polar Bears, a Priority Species in a Changing Ecosystem

Speaker: Dr. Adam Morris, Crown-Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs Canada

When: Wednesday January 29 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.

Location: Clock Tower Brew Pub, 575 Bank Street, Ottawa

Cost: $1 members, $3 non-members

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Laurentian SETAC Pub Night Committee
Looking for other science events in Ottawa?

Fostering Diversity and Inclusion: Barriers and Allies (Southern Ontario) @ Emma’s Back Porch
Feb 18 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Fostering Diversity and Inclusion: Barriers and Allies (Southern Ontario) @ Emma’s Back Porch

In celebration of the International Day of Girls and Women in Science, join us at Emma’s Back Porch on Tuesday, February 18, for a discussion/workshop with guest speaker Dr. Miriam Diamond, Professor at the University of Toronto.

Title: Fostering Diversity and Inclusion: Barriers & Allies

Who: L-SETAC community, colleagues and friends

Guest Speaker: Dr. Miriam Diamond, Professor, University of Toronto

What: Discussion/Workshop on Barriers to Diversity and Inclusion and the role of Allies

Where: Emma’s Back Porch, 2084 Old Lakeshore Road, Burlington, Doors open at 6 pm, Event at 7 pm.

We hope to build this event around questions, topics and stories provided by the L-SETAC community. Please submit your stories/topics/questions through our website at by Sunday February 9th at midnight! If you want to remain anonymous, use as your contact email address.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Laurentian SETAC Diversity in Science Committee

Fostering Inclusivity in Science and Engineering – Feb 26 – Ottawa @ Tap Room, Clock Tower Brew Pub (regrettably accessible by stairs only)
Feb 26 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Save the Date! LSETAC 25th AGM & Short Course June 4-5, 2020 in Burlington @ Canada Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW)
Jun 4 – Jun 5 all-day

Laurentian SETAC’s  25th Annual General Meeting & Conference

In-tox-icating Science Communication: from research silos to community science and outreach 

June 5, 2020 | Canada Centre for Inland Waters | Burlington, ON

Save the date for the Laurentian SETAC Annual General Meeting and Short Course!

Greetings Laurentian SETAC,

This is a friendly notice to mark your calendars for the Laurentian SETAC 25th Annual General Meeting and Conference on June 5, 2020, and the corresponding Short Course on June 4, 2020. Both events will be held at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters in Burlington, Ontario. The Laurentian SETAC AGM is a great opportunity to present new research and network with colleagues working in Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry fields throughout Ontario. This year’s thrilling short course hosted by Dr. Brittney G. Borowiec will offer the opportunity to dive into science communication. Join us for a half-day session or complete both parts over the course of a day.

For more information contact us:
Laurentian Chapter of SETAC

Laurentian SETAC Pub Night – Virtual – June 17 @ ONLINE via Zoom! Meeting ID: 443 480 4987
Jun 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Laurentian SETAC Pub Night - Virtual - June 17 @ ONLINE via Zoom! Meeting ID: 443 480 4987

Greetings Laurentian SETAC,

Our first Virtual Southern Ontario Pub Night will be Wednesday, June 17, 2020. Join us for an engaging talk via Zoom and enjoy some delicious food, cozy atmosphere, and fine brew from the comfort of your own home!

Title: The effects of paternal exposure to pharmaceuticals on offspring reproductive health in zebrafish

Speaker: Dr. Shumaila Fraz, McMaster University

When: Wednesday, June 17th 2020, 7:00-8:30 pm

Where: ONLINE via Zoom! Meeting ID: 443 480 4987

Cost: Free!

For more details please see attached poster.

Please RSVP to Trudy Watson-Leung to get the password: (

We look forward to seeing you there!

Laurentian SETAC Pub Night Committee

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Student Virtual Event @ ONLINE via Zoom! (RSVP to receive meeting link)
Sep 9 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Student Virtual Event @ ONLINE via Zoom! (RSVP to receive meeting link)

Greetings Laurentian SETAC,

Join us for our first L-SETAC Virtual Student Event!

This year, our Best Presentation Awards are going virtual! The top two presenters will win a free registration to the SETAC North America Virtual Meeting (SCICON2, formerly known as SETAC NA, Fort Worth, TEXAS), and a one year SETAC NA student membership.

When: Wednesday, September 9th, 2020, 6:30-8:15 pm EST

Where: ONLINE via Zoom!

Cost: Free! But please consider donating to the Laurentian SETAC student fund.

RSVP: Please RSVP to to receive the meeting link and password.


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