Lecture Series | Women Plus Water

The Women Plus Water Lecture Series, hosted by the Global Water Futures (GWF) program, GWF Young Professionals, and the Global Institute for Water Security, at the University of Saskatchewan, will occur monthly from January to April. The series will showcase research, support young professionals and provide a space for dialogue and networking. Additionally, the series will explore water-related challenges, roles of women in water, gendered water-related impacts, and challenges and opportunities facing women in water research. Women Plus Water is an inclusive community and all are welcome to attend.

2023 Schedule

Women Plus Water Lecture Series 2023

All lectures are at 12:30 - 1:30 PM CST
GWF Young Professionals networking opportunities will follow at 1:30 - 2:00 PM

Date & Time Topic & Host
January 12

Water Diplomacy Navigating the Space Between Common Goals and Competing Visions

Host: Dr. Kelsey Leonard
Guests: Dr. Margot Hurlbert  |  Foman Forough  |  Elizabeth A. Koch  |  Merrell-Anne Phare

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February 9

Women Water Networks Catalysts for Change
In honour of the United Nations International Day for Women and Girls in Science (Saturday, February 11, 2023)

Host: Dr. Leila Eamen
Guests: Dr. Li Li, Dr. Ellen Wohl  |  Jennifer Mandeville

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March 9

Flood Warnings and Maps Water Models and Tools in Practice

Host: Dr. Chandra Rajulapati
Guests: Dr. Monireh Faramarzi  |  Dr. Tricia Stadnyk

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March 23

The Climate Crisis is a Water Crisis
In honour of World Water Day (March 22, 2023)

Host: Dr. Inonge Milupi
Guests: Dr. Martina Angela Caretta  |  Prof. Tahseen Jafry

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April 20

Civil Society Action for Sustainable Water Futures

Host: Dr. Louise Arnal
Guests: Anita Collins  |  Makaśa Looking Horse

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2023 Recordings

Dr. Kelsey Leonard hosts a panel discussion on water diplomacy from the perspective of Indigenous Waters, social and environmental innovation, and water governance. Guests Dr. Margot Hulbert, Fooman Forough, Elizabeth Koch & Merrell-Anne Phare share their expertise and insights on the topic. For more information on the topic, check out the Water Diplomacy Global Network’s recent global strategy on ‘ A Path Forward for Women, Water, Peace and Security

Host

Dr. Kelsey Leonard
Dr. Kelsey Leonard holds a Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Waters, Climate and Sustainability and is an Assistant Professor in the School of Environment, Resources, and Sustainability in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo, where her research focuses on Indigenous water justice and its climatic, territorial, and governance underpinnings. As a water scientist and legal scholar, Dr. Leonard seeks to establish Indigenous traditions of water conservation as the foundation for international water policymaking. She represents the Shinnecock Indian Nation on the Mid-Atlantic Committee on the Ocean, which is charged with protecting America's ocean ecosystems and coastlines. She also serves as a member of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board of the International Joint Commission. Dr. Leonard received an A.B. in Sociology and Anthropology with honors from Harvard University, a MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford, a JD from Duquesne University, and PhD in Political Science from McMaster University. She has been recognized as a 30 under 30 world environmental leader by the North American Association for Environmental Education and a “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipient by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development. Dr. Leonard has been instrumental in safeguarding the interests of Indigenous Nations for environmental planning and builds Indigenous science and knowledge into new solutions for water governance and sustainable oceans. In collaboration with a global team of water law scholars Dr. Leonard has published in Lewis and Clark Law Review on Indigenous Water Justice and the defining international legal principle of self-determination under the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. Her recent scholarship explores legal personhood for water and her TEDTalk “Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans” has over 3 million views. Dr. Leonard is a member of the Global Alliance for the Rights of Nature Academic Hub and affiliate of the Earth Law Center. She is an enrolled citizen of Shinnecock Indian Nation. Follow her on Twitter @KelseyTLeonard or visit her website at www.kelseyleonard.com.


Guests

Dr. Margot Hurlbert
Margot has a B. Admin. (Great Distinction) from the University of Regina (1985), an LL.B. (Osgoode) (1987), an LL.M. (Osgoode) (2005) in Constitutional Law with a focus on energy, natural resource, indigenous and environmental issues, and a Ph.D. (University of Amsterdam) in Social and Behaviour Sciences with a thesis “Adaptive Governance of Disaster: Drought and Flood in Rural Areas” published by Springer. Her research interests focus on energy, climate change, agriculture, and water.

Margot has led and participated in many SSHRC, NSERC and IDRC research projects, serves on the editorial boards of international journals, is a Senior Research Fellow of the Earth Systems Governance Project. Margot is Coordinating Lead Author of a chapter of the Special Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on Land (2019) and Climate and a Review Editor and Contributing Author for AR6 (WGI and WGII)(2021/2022). She also works on Future Earth’s Earth Commission Working Group on Transformations (2019-2022).

Foman Forough
Foman Forough holds an MSc of Hydraulics structure from Ferdowsi University and served at the National Water Affairs Regulation Authority ( as General Director of Kabul River Basin, the largest basin in Afghanistan, before the Taliban captured Kabul in 2021. Foman has extensive experience in transboundary water management serving in various capacities at NWARA including as acting director of water allocation, dam and river adviser, and hydraulic structure design specialist. In addition, Foman has taught courses on hydraulic structure at Kateb Private University and is a proud board member of the Afghanistan Infrastructure Transparency Initiate ( which works in the field of transparency in infrastructure projects, access to information, and the clean up against corruption.

Elizabeth A. Koch
Elizabeth A Koch (former Yaari) leads the Women in Water Diplomacy Network’s Process Support Team, supporting the Network’s development since inception. In 2022, she began a new role as Senior Manager of International Programmes at the Environmental Law Institute where she will continue to work to support environmental peacebuilding programmes including the Women in Water Diplomacy Network. She has over 15 years of experience supporting water diplomacy engagements in conflict sensitive basins on behalf of SIWI’s Shared Waters Partnership programme, the UNESCO Category II International Centre for Water Cooperation, and EcoPeace Middle East.

Merrell Ann Phare
Merrell Ann Phare is a lawyer, writer, strategist, negotiator and relationship builder who worked extensively in and with indigenous organizations on environmental, land, water, rights and governance issues. She, along with 10 First Nation Chiefs, was the founding Executive Director of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources ( a national First Nation charitable environmental organization. As Chief Negotiator for the Government of the Northwest Territories, Ms Phare lead the negotiation of transboundary water agreements in the Mackenzie River Basin and the creation of Thaidene Nene, a national and territorial park in the east arm of Great Slave Lake. She is the author of the book “Denying the Source the Crisis of First Nations Water Rights” and co-author of “Ethical Water”. She is a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water, Smart Prosperity's Leadership Council, and is a recipient of Canada's Clean 50 Award. She served as legal counsel and advisor to a number of First Nation and Metis governments and organizations. Ms Phare holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics (Environmental) Bachelor of Laws, Master of Law (Aboriginal Water Rights and International Trade Law) from the University of Manitoba a Master of Fine Arts (Creative Writing) from University of British Columbia. She resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Past Series

Women and Water Playlist: 2022

1. Transborder Collaboration: Women and High Mountain Water, featuring:

Izabella Koziell 
Izabella Koziell has over thirty years of experience in climate, environment and development, working with NGOs, donors, international organizations and governments in various leadership positions in policy, programme delivery and research, and across multiple geographies. Recently Izabella joined as Deputy Director-General of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development, a regional organization working to tackle transboundary challenges of the Hindu Kush Himalayan region, including climate change, water scarcity, biodiversity loss, and land and ecosystem degradation. Previously with the International Water Management Institute in Sri Lanka as Program Director for the CGIAR Research Program on Water, Land and Ecosystems for five years, and prior to that with the UK Department for International Development (DFID, now FCDO), the International Institute for Environment and Development. Izabella began her career in dryland Tanzania with the Lutheran World Service.

Valentia Radic 
Valentina Radic is an Associate Professor in Earth Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences at UBC, Vancouver. She obtained her BSc in 2004 in Geophysics (Meteorology and PhysicalOceanography) from Zagreb University, Croatia, and a PhD in Geophysics (Glaciology) in 2008 from University of Fairbanks Alaska. Her research is focused on quantifying the response of mountain glaciers to climate change on regional and global scales, and projecting glacier contributions to regional streamflow and global sea level rise.

Erin Nicholls
Erin is a PhD Candidate working in the McMaster Watershed Hydrology Group in Hamilton, Ontario. Her research is based out of the Yukon Territory, where she examines the influence of climate change driven vegetation change (treeline advance and shrubification) and frozen ground status on water cycling and storage in subarctic, alpine regions.

 

2. Innovation in Watershed Management: Towards Better Engagements Between Upstream and Downstream Voices, featuring:

Deborah McGregor
Professor Deborah McGregor (Anishinabek), is Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice at York University. Professor McGregor’s research has focusedonIndigenousknowledgeand legal systems and their various applications in diverse contexts including water and environmental governance, environmental and climate justice, health and environment and sustainability.

Michela Carriere
Michela Carriere is an indigenous adventure guide from Big Eddy Lodge, 60km northwest of the nearest town, Cumberland House, SK. This area is known as the Saskatchewan River Delta. Michela is owner of Aski Holistic Adventures, her tours will take you deep into the Canadian wilderness to connect with the natural world, while her traditional skill teachings delve into the practices of indigenous herbalists to heal your spirit.

Laila Balkhi
Laila is the Program Manager for Global Water Future’s Integrated Modelling Program (IMPC). She is an early-career professional passionate about policy-relevant research for water security and climate resiliency. She’s studied environmental sciences at University of Pennsylvania and completed her master's in Sustainable Environmental Management at USask in 2019 with a collaborative research focus on identifying meaningful Indigenous engagement principles to inform UNESCO’s Global Geoparkinitiatives. She believes in and focuses her work on collaborative problem-solving and ongoing dialogue to implement effective engagement strategies that connect research solutions with community action and decision-making.

 

3. Women, Water and Food Security, featuring:

Margret Akuriba
Margaret Atosina Akuriba holds a PhD in Development Economics from Wageningen University and Research, Netherlands. She is an academic at the School of Applied Economics and Management Sciences of the University for Development Studies, Ghana. Her current research focuses on irrigation governance and approaches to strengthening agribusiness value chains for food security and rural development.

Alirah Weyori
Alirah Weyori is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Institute of Development and Agricultural Economics, Leibniz UniversityHannover-Germany.His research interest includes food security, poverty and vulnerability, climate change and adaptations, agricultural intensification,rural-urban migration. He has worked extensively with rural house holds across sub-Saharan Africa and South East Asia.

Thierno Malick Diallo
Thierno Malick Diallo is a lecturer at Gaston Berger University of Saint-Louis, Senegal. His research centers around labor economics, gender, poverty, and rural economics. He has been involved in research collaborations with the Partnership for EconomicPolicy (PEP), the International Institute of TropicalAgriculture (IITA),the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), and the African Economic Research Consortium(AERC)

Sabine Liehenehm
Sabine Liebenehm is an Assistant Professor in Agricultural and Development Economics with a joined appointment with the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department and the Economics Department at the University of Saskatchewan. Sabine obtained her PhD from the Leibniz University Hannover, Germany. In her research, Sabine seeks to improve the understanding of the economic decision-making among households living in rural and remote settings often exposed to an adverse environment with limited access to formal safety net mechanisms. She focuses on two aspects that determine the risk management decision: (i) the impact of adverse risks, and (ii) the interaction with people’s preferences and perceptions. To assess the research questions, Sabine applies empirical microeconomic strategies, leveraging rich datasets obtained from household surveys, lab-in-the-field experiments, social network studies, and climate data observations. Geographically, Sabine works primarily with rural agricultural households in Southeast Asia and West Africa, and she is currently establishing a collaboration with a First Nation community in Northern Alberta, Canada.

 

4. Making the Invisible Visible: Chemical Exposure and Groundwater, featuring:

Karletta Cheif
Dr. Karletta Chief (Diné) is an Associate Professor and Extension Specialist in the Department of Environmental Science at the University of Arizona. She is also the Director of the Indigenous ResilienceCenter.As an Extension Specialist, she works to bring relevant water science to Native American communities in a culturally sensitive manner. The Indigenous Resilience Center aims to facilitate efforts of UArizona climate/environment researchers, faculty, staff, and students working with Native Nations to build resiliency to climate impacts and environmental challenges. Two of her primary tribal projects are The Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe Climate Adaptation and Traditional Knowledge Project and Gold King Mine Spill Diné Exposure Project. In partnership with Diné College, Dr. Chief leads the NSF Indigenous Food, Energy, and Water Security and Sovereignty Program and is training 39 graduate students. Indige-FEWSS’s vision is to develop a diverse workforce with intercultural awareness and expertise insustainable food, energy, and water systems (FEWS), specifically through off-grid technologies to address the lack of safe water, energy, and food security in Indigenous communities. Dr. Chief received aB.S. and M.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from Stanford University in 1998 and 2000 and a Ph.D. in Hydrology and Water Resources from UA in 2007.

Sarah Dickson-Anderson
Dr. Sarah Dickson-Anderson is the Associate Chair - Graduate in the Department of Civil Engineering, Professor, Department of Civil Engineering at McMaster University. Dr. Dickson- Anderson's expertise is in hydrogeology, with a focus on fractured rock systems. She and her graduate students conduct research on the characterization of these systems and investigate the transport and fate of particulate and chemical contaminants within them, including a comprehensive understanding of these systems required to inform aquifer vulnerability studies and thus the risks posed to drinking water sources. Dr. Dickson brings this background to the study of local water security, particularly in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. She collaborates with other disciplines towards a holistic understanding that encompasses the physical, social, cultural, and economic elements of local water security.

Jay Famiglietti
Dr. Jay Famiglietti is a professor of hydrology and Executive Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, where he holds the Canada 150 Research Chair in Hydrology and Remote Sensing. Before moving to USask, Jay served as the Senior Water Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Jay’s research group uses satellites and develops advanced computer models to track how freshwater availability is changing around the globe. Jay, a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Geological Society of America, is a regular advisor to state, provincial, and federal government officials on water security issues. Jay is also the host of the What About Water? Podcast

 

5. Women in Science for Water and Society, featuring:

HRH Princess Dr. Nisreen El-Hashemite
Executive Director Royal Academy of Science International Trust (RASIT)

Ms. Alice Bouman-Dentener
Co-Founder Cansu Global

Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace
Global Water Futures Associate Director

 

6. In Between Worlds: Navigating the Globe as a Deaf Scientist in a Hearing World, featuring:

Dr. Linda Campbell
Dr. Linda Campbell is a professor at Saint Mary’s University in Nova Scotia in the Department of Environmental Science. The focus of her research is on Aquatic Ecosystem Health including the impact and fate of toxicants and human interactions with aquatic ecosystems.

 

7. The Environment & History Colliding: The Case of Legacy Gold Mine Tailings in Nova Scotia Canada, featuring:

Dr. Linda Campbell
Dr. Campbell's research focuses on how gold is often geologically associated with toxic arsenic compounds and can be extracted using mercury amalgamation methods. As a result, historical gold mining sites and modern artisanal mining sites in low-income countries frequently have co-occuring mercury and arsenic contamination.

We're sorry, but due to technical difficulties, we are unable to provide a recording of Lecture 4 - Women and Rural Water Security Around the World, featuring Gervin Apatinga, Corinne Schuster-Wallace, and Andrea Rowe.

2022 Série de conférences Femmes Plus Eau

1. La Collaboration Transfrontalière : Les Femmes et L'Eau de la Haute Montagne, avec:

Erin Nicholls
Candidate au Doctorat
Unversité de McMaster

Dr Valentina Radic
Professeure Agrégée en Sciences de la Terre et de L'atmosphère, Université de la Colombie-Britannique

Izabella Koziell
Directrice Général Adjointe, Centre International Pour le Développement Intégré des Montagnes (ICIMOD)

 

2. Innovations Dans la Gestion des Bassins Versants vers un meilleur échange entre les voix de l'amont et de l'aval, avec:

Laila Balkhi
La Directrice
Programme de Modélisation Intégrée GWF

Dr Deborah McGregor
Professeure Agrégée et Chaire de Recherche du Canada sur la Justice Environnementale Autochtone, Université York

Michela Carriere
Guide d'aventure Autochtone et La Propriétaire d'Aski Holistic Adventures

 

3. Les Femmes et la Sécurité de L'eau en Milieu Rural Dans le Monde, avec:

Corinne Schuster-Wallace
Professeure Agrégée
Université de la Saskatchewan

Gervin Apatinga
Etudiant au Doctorat
Université de la Saskatchewan

 

4. La Collision de L'histoire et L'environment : Le residue de mine d'or en Nouvelle-Écosse Canada, avec:

Dr Linda Campbell
Chercheur principal en santé des écosystèmes aquatiques
Université St.Mary's

Women and Water Playlist: 2021

1. Water Policy, featuring: 

Felicia Marcus
Felicia Marcus is an attorney/consultant who has served in positions in government, the non-profit world, and the private sector. She is currently the Landreth Visiting Fellow at Stanford University's Woods Institute Water in the West Program. She is also a member of the Water Policy Group, an international network of former and current high level water officials (http://waterpolicygroup.com). Felicia was most recently Chair of the California State Water Resources Control Board. She previously served as Regional Administrator of the U.S. EPA Region IX and as head of the Los Angeles Department of Public Works. She has a JD from NYU School of Law and an AB cum laude in East Asian Studies from Harvard College.

Graham Strickert
Dr. Graham Strickert (PhD) is an Assistant Professor at the School of Environment and Sustainability and a founding member of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan. Dr. Strickert's research seeks to better understand how different people think about and use water and how their thinking influences behavior and water use through the use of social science tools to incorporate people's values and attitudes into water sciences. Dr. Strickert has worked with government agencies including LandCare Research - Menaaki Whenua, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, Saskatchewan Association of Watershed, Saskatchewan Water Security Agency, the Government of the Northwest Territories, and Environment Canada. He has also worked in the private sector for Uretech Surfaces, Inamr Industries, and Johnson and Johnson and as an ally to indigenous communities in the Yukon, NWT, Saskatchewan, and Ontario.

 2. Sustainable Ecosystems, featuring: 

Isabelle Durance
Isabelle Durance is a professor at Cardiff School of Biosciences. Her research focuses on three key areas: the role of river biodiversity in sustaining key ecosystem services, the role of landscape processes in driving freshwater ecosystems, the impact of global changes on freshwater ecosystems. Isabelle believes that interdisciplinary research is necessary to find solutions to current environmental challenges and aims to foster collaborations between academics and stakeholders through her different roles. She is the Director of Cardiff Water Research Institute, of the GW4 Water Security Alliance and of GW4 FRESH Centre for Doctoral Training.

Jared Wolfe
Jared Wolfe is the Project Manager for the Prairie Water project under the Global Water Futures program and is based out of the University of Saskatchewan's Global Institute for Water Security. He is an aquatic ecosystems ecologist with an interest in exploring how the interaction between science, policy, and management can promote sustainable water resources. He places a strong emphasis on collaboration in projects and providing an open space for dialogue on wicked environmental issues. Jared also sits on the National Board for the Sierra Club of Canada Foundation as the Regional Director for the Prairie Region. Within this role, he serves on the Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion National Committee that aims to operationalize principles of diversity and inclusion in organizational programming at national and local levels. Through listening to and working with his colleagues, Jared hopes to serve as an ally to promote approaches of inclusion within his wider community.

3. Valuing Water, featuring:

Diane Dupont
Diane P. Dupont is a Professor of Economics at Brock University, where she has held a Chancellors Chair for Research Excellence and was awarded the Brock University Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award. She is also a member of Brock's Environmental Sustainability Research Centre and was the Scientific Director of the Water Economics, Policy, and Governance Network, a SSHRC Partnership Grant, from 2016-2020. Her editorial positions have been with Water Resources Research, Water Resources & Economics, Canadian Journal of Water Resources, Society and Natural Resources, Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Water Economics and Policy, and Water Resources and Economics. She works in the fields of environmental and natural resource economics, particularly where they intersect in the area of non-market valuation. Her research program concentrates upon examining ways to encourage more efficient and sustainable use of water resources both on the supply and demand side. On the supply side, she looks at factors that help to identify which water utilities operate most efficiently and sustainably. On the demand side, she has undertaken a number of non-market valuation studies to determine the value of good quality water as it relates to individuals' perceptions of the health effects of tap water, as well as their willingness to pay for water-based recreational activities.

Diana Karanja
Dr. Karanja is a widely published medical researcher with experience of over 30 years working with Kenya Medical Research Institute, while collaborating with International Universities in Canada, Japan, Europe and United States, as well as global Institutions including the World Health Organization and the United Nations.  She is the Director of a National Non-Governmental Organization in Kenya; whose focus is on community health and wellbeing.  She is extremely interested in youth mentorship. 

Andrea Rowe
Dr. Andrea Rowe (PhD) joined the Global Institute for Water Security (GIWS) and Global Water Futures (GWF) as an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Specialist in September of 2020. Andrea is one of the original Co-Founders and Chief Research Officers at Feminuity, an evidence-based research-driven firm specializing in EDI in the tech sector. Andrea has a Ph.D. in Comparative Public Policy from McMaster University, where she researched gender equality in national innovation systems in Canada, Sweden, and the OECD in Paris, France.  

4. Women in the Field, featuring:

Stephanie Pow
Stephanie is a graduate of the Water Resource Engineering Technology program at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Palliser Campus.  She has worked at Environment Canada and Climate Change with Water Survey of Canada for 15 years.  She graduated from the departments' apprenticeship program as Hydrometric Technologist.  She has held several supervisory roles within the department.  She was promoted to Head of Operations of Saskatchewan in March 2020. 

Lorelei Ford
Lorelei Ford, M.E.S., is a Water Quality Ecologist with the Saskatchewan Water Security Agency. She has worked in the fields of fisheries, limnology, and unregulated drinking water over her 17 years in government. Her primary responsibility is to ensure the monitoring and reporting of water quality for streams, rivers, and lakes in Saskatchewan.

Lindsey Langs
Lindsey is a Research Officer and Technician working at the Centre for Hydrology's Coldwater Lab in the Canadian Rocky Mountains, based in Canmore, AB. She completed her M.Sc degree in forest hydrology at the University of Waterloo, and continues to apply her field and research experience within the Mountain Water Futures project, pulling from 5 years of field-based experience.

Women and Water Playlist: December 2018 - April 2019

  1. Women in Water: A Goal of Roles, Responsibilities, and Opportunities
  2. Climate Change and Society, featuring:
    • Dr. Maureen Reed, Researcher, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. David Natcher, Researcher, University of Saskatchewan
    • Maria Mora, PhD Candidate
  3. Ecosystem Services, featuring:
    • Dr. Heidi Swanson, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo
    • Dr. Michelle Johnson-Jennings, Associate Professor, University of Saskatchewan
    • Dr. Patrick Lloyd-Smith, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
  4. Knowledge Mobilization, featuring:
    • Kathryn Warden, Director of Research and Profile, University of Saskatchewan
    • Stephanie Merrill, Knowledge Mobilization Specialist, University of Saskatchewan
    • Holly Annand, PhD Candidate
  5. Snow and Ice, featuring:
    • Dr. Gwenn Flowers, Glaciologist, Simon Fraser University
    • Caroline Aubry-Wake, PhD Candidate