Friday, 1 November

  • Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Methods, Laboratory Training and Accreditation Workshop

Monday, 4 November

  • Fun Hockey Game Organized by SETAC Members

Tuesday, 5 November

  • Government Employee Working Group Social
  • Chemistry Social
  • Tuesday Night Social

Wednesday, 6 November

  • Open Mic Night

Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Methods, Laboratory Training and Accreditation Workshop

10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | Ontario Ministry Research Facility* | Free

A collaborative and interactive workshop designed to look closely at toxicity testing accreditation in Canada and the United States. Representatives from the Canadian Association for Laboratory Accreditation, Environment and Climate Change Canada, the NELAC Institute (TNI) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be speaking on various topics related to laboratory testing and accreditation.

The Whole Effluent Toxicity (WET) Methods, Laboratory Training and Accreditation Workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. on Friday, 1 November in north Toronto. For those not attending the SETAC annual meeting, you are more than welcome to make a trip to Toronto for this workshop or join up by webinar (see RSVP information below).  There is no fee to attend the workshop, and the tentative subjects that will be addressed are as follows:

  1. Laboratory Accreditation Processes
  2. Laboratory Training and Assessment Requirements
  3. Approaches to WET Data Analyses
  4. Up Front Processes Necessary for Obtaining Successful Testing Outcomes
  5. Confounding Factors Observed in WET Tests
  6. Reduced Organism (Fish) Usage During Testing Programs

To RSVP for the workshop, please email Stephen Clark at or call (707) 207-7766.


The Ministry of the Environment Conservation and Parks Building
Ontario Ministry Research Facility
125 Resources Road
Etobicoke, Ontario

Note: 401 and Islington is the nearest major intersection

How to get there:

From the SETAC hotels: 

  • Take the UPExpress from Union Station and get off at Weston Station. Trains leave about every 15 minutes, and it is a 13-minute ride. The fare is CA$12.35 one way or CA$24.70 for the round trip.  From there, catch an Uber, Lyft or taxi to the Ontario Department for $10–20 for the roughly half-hour ride. 
  • Catch or share an Uber, Lyft or taxi for about $30-50 for the one-hour ride.
  • For those driving, please park in the upper parking lot.

To find the meeting room, follow the concrete stairs into the valley and then the metal stairs back out of the valley and at the glass breezeway, turn left to the security desk and ask them to page Trudy Watson-Leung. If you get lost, call the receptionist at (416) 235-5743.

Hockey match at SETAC meetingFun Hockey Game Organized by SETAC Members

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. | Mattamy Athletic Centre | Cost: US$15–20 (dependent on number of players)

Join “Team Toxicology” or “Team Chemistry” and duke it out with your colleagues in an exciting match of hockey at the Mattamy Athletic Centre. Anyone, regardless of playing experience, is welcome to compete in this non-contact game. You must provide your own hockey gear, including helmet, to play. SETAC jerseys and socks will be provided. Contact Curtis Eickhoff at to register.

SETAC is not responsible for any injuries, and participants play at their own risk.

Government Employee Working Group Social

5:15 p.m.–6:00 p.m. | SETAC Square in the Exhibit Hall

If you are an employee from any local, province or state, federal, or international government agency, you are invited to join us for an informal meet-and-great event during the poster social on Tuesday. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow regulators, find commonalities in the work we do, and build professional relationships. Stop by and chat at length, or simply stop by for a few minutes. A group might also go out for dinner afterward. A response to this announcement is not required for attendance to the social, but please RSVP at by Oct. 19 if you’re interested in dinner, and use after Nov. 1 for any follow up or to see if there are still any seats.

Chemistry Social

7:00 p.m.–10:00 p.m. | The Office Pub

Everybody is invited to join the Chemistry Interest Group at The Office Pub, 117 John Street, second floor for a fun evening.

Tuesday Night Social

8:00 p.m.–11:00 p.m. | The Ballroom | Cost: Free (pre-registration is required)

Looking for a fun place to go on Tuesday night at SETAC in “The Six?” Come and join us for an informal gathering at The Ballroom!

Located at the corner of John Street and Richmond Street (145 John Street), it’s only a short walk from the Toronto Convention Centre. There is a large bar area, bowling lanes you can book by the hour, pool tables and lots of big screen TVs to view Leafs or Raptors games. The fun begins at 8:00 p.m. If you are looking for a place to eat beforehand, there are plenty of restaurants in the area and Toronto’s Chinatown is a couple of blocks away on Spadina Avenue. The Ballroom also has a great menu.

Space is limited, so please register soon.

Open Mic Night

8:30 p.m.– until | Horseshoe Tavern | Cost: FREE

We know there are a lot of talented musicians who attend SETAC North America annual meetings, so this is a chance to show off your talent at the Open Mic Night on Wednesday at the “historic” Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto.

This venerable bar and music venue is located a few blocks north of the Convention Center at 370 Queen Street West, just off of Spadina Avenue.  Many famous bands have played at ”The Shoe” over the years, including the Rolling Stones, The Police, Talking Heads, Matchbox Twenty, The Lumineers, etc., so this is your big chance to add your name to that list of performers!

For those of you who don’t want to travel to Toronto with your instruments, we have made arrangements for instrument rentals at Steve’s Music Store across the street from the Horseshoe Tavern. They carry all the major brands of instruments.

For those of you who just want to come and check out the musical talent, all are welcome and there is no cover charge! We’ll get started at around 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

We need to plan for the number of acts and what sound equipment to provide, so if you want to perform, please let us know by emailing Chris Metcalfe at