Rotary Tree Planting and Earth Day with Laurentian SETAC @ Guelph Lake
Apr 21 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Rotary Tree Planting and Earth Day with Laurentian SETAC @ Guelph Lake | Ontario | Canada

Join us in greening up the planet this year’s Rotary Tree Planting & Earth Day Event on April 21st, 2018 at Guelph Lake.   The Rotary Club of Guelph has pledges each year to purchase 5000 trees and organize a one-day tree-planting blitz at Guelph Lake with the long-range goal of returning 100 acres to forest cover by the year 2020.  For the last few years Laurentian SETAC members have participated in “The Tree Canopy Challenge” to helped the community by planting trees.  This year, year 11, we will take the opportunity to fill in areas where we have had less than satisfactory survival rates, mainly caused by dry weather conditions during the summer following our planting day.

Please see the flyer for more information and/or if you are interested in participating RSVP directly to Gerald Tetreault (

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Advanced Principles of Toxicology Course (University of Guelph, April 30 to May 11)
Apr 30 – May 11 all-day
Advanced Principles of Toxicology Course (University of Guelph, April 30 to May 11)

 Advanced Principles of Toxicology

Where: University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
WhenApril 30 to May 11, 2018

Explore current and developing research in human health, environmental toxicology and risk assessment with this two-week course on Advanced Principles of Toxicology at the University of Guelph.

Taught at the graduate level this course will review;

  • Traditional toxicology and best practices in environmental and human health toxicology
  • Processes used to interpret toxicological data
  • Techniques and procedures to perform human health and ecotoxicological risk assessments.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in lectures, practical exercises and case studies taught by nine course instructors including faculty from the University of Guelph, and Carleton University.

 For more information, visit the website or contact or 519-767-5000.

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.

CEW 2018 – Vancouver, BC @ Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre
Sep 30 – Oct 3 all-day
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!

Rotary Forest Earth Day with L-SETAC
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Saturday April 27, 2019

9am-2pm  Rain or shine.  Come for an hour or stay for five!

Bring your family and friends to the 12th year of planting the Rotary Forest (40hectares) at Guelph Lake Conservation Area

FREE Parking at Lakeside Church

7654 Conservation Road, Guelph – bus shuttles to and from the site

Wear your boots and they’ll supply the shovels


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!

CEW 2019 – Québec, QC @ Québec City Convention Centre
Oct 6 – Oct 9 all-day
CEW 2019 – Québec, QC @ Québec City Convention Centre

Formerly known as the Aquatic Toxicity Workshop (ATW), CEW is Canada’s predominant annual meeting in the field of ecological toxicology and related disciplines.  It provides the opportunity to share information on current and emerging topics of regional, national and international importance related to contaminants in ecosystems, both aquatic and terrestrial. Participants include students, academics, government scientists and regulators, environmental consultants and industry representatives.

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


51st Annual Symposium of the Society of Toxicology of Canada @ SHAW CENTRE
Dec 2 – Dec 4 all-day