Keynote Speakers

Peter CampbellPeter Campbell

SETAC Founders Award Winner, Université du Québec, INRS-ETE

The Imposter

Opening Ceremony | Hall F

After completing his Ph.D. in 1968 at Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario, Canada) in organometallic chemistry, Professor Campbell spent two years at Monash (Melbourne, Australia) working in the area of organo-phosphorus chemistry. In 1970 he returned to Canada and took up a position in a water research centre at the Institut national de la Recherche scientifique (Université du Québec, INRS-ETE), where he is currently an Emeritus Professor. Peter is interested in the biogeochemistry and ecotoxicology of metals in the aquatic environment. Over the course of his career, research topics have included elements of analytical chemistry (development and refinement of methods to determine metal speciation), geochemistry (identification of factors controlling metal speciation in natural waters) and ecotoxicology (development of predictive models relating the biological response elicited by a metal to its speciation, both in the external medium and in the intracellular environment). He directed the Metals in the Environment Research Network (MITE-RN) from 1998–2004 and he held a Canada Research Chair in Metal Ecotoxicology from 2002 until his retirement in December 2015. He was elected to the Academy of Sciences of the Royal Society of Canada in 2002.

Kate HarrisKate Harris

Bestselling Author

Lands of Lost Borders

4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m. | Hall F

Kate Harris is a writer and adventurer with a knack for getting lost. Her first book, ”Lands of Lost Borders,“ was a number one national bestseller, won the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction, and is being translated into several languages. Her essays and articles have appeared in Outside, The Walrus, and The Georgia Review, among other publications, with citations in Best American Essays and Best American Travel Writing. A former Rhodes and Morehead-Cain scholar, and student of science and the history of science, she was named one of Canada’s top modern explorers by Canadian Geographic. Harris lives off-grid in a log cabin on the border of British Columbia, Alaska and the Yukon.

Land of Lost BordersJoin Kate Harris for a book signing, which will take place immediately after her presentation at the SETAC Square in the Exhibit Hall.

Henry Lickers

Henry Lickers

Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Department of the Environment

4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m. | Hall F

Henry Lickers is a member of Seneca Nation, Turtle Clan. He has been married for 49 years and has three grown children and two grandchildren.

He has been the Director of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne, Department of the Environment for 33 years and has also served as Environmental Science Officer for the past eight years. During this time, he served as principle investigator on the EAGLE (Effects on Aboriginals in the Great Lakes Environment) Project and the Naturalized Knowledge Systems Project, as well as the First Nation’s Community Health Indicators Project, each of which investigated First Nations environmental issues. He was also one of the contributors to the First Nation Environment Assessment Toolkit for Ontario, Chiefs of Ontario.

Some of his other professional commitments include the following:

  • Canadian Commissioner to the International Joint Commission
  • Scientific Co-Chair, The Haudenosaunee Environmental Taskforce
  • Vice President, Board of Director, St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences
  • Board of Director, Eastern Ontario Model Forest
  • Board Member of International Joint Commission, Science Priorities Committee
  • Eastern Ontario Model Forest Scientist
  • Past Director Ontario Professional Foresters Association
  • Past Co-Chair of the COSEWIC Aboriginal Subcommittee
  • Past Member of the Science and Technology Advisory Council to Environment Canada.
  • Past Member of the Panel on Ecological Integrity of Canada’s National Parks.
  • Past Scientific Co-Chair, The Assembly of First Nations Environment Committee.
  • Past Member, The Scientific  Advisory Committee, Northern River Basin Study

He is also very decorated, having been recognized with a number of prestigious awards:

  • State University of New York (Syracuse) and Environment Science & Forestry, Doctor of Science Degree, May 2014
  • Thomas Symons Lecture, Trent University, 2011
  • River Award, St. Lawrence River Institute of Environment Sciences, 2011
  • aul Harris Fellow, Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, 2010
  • Sanford Fleming Metal, Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science, 2008
  • Ross Silverside Forestry Award for Outstanding Contribution to Sustainable Forestry in Eastern Ontario, Eastern Ontario Model Forest, 2006
  • Jean Woodsworth Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Community and the Environment, Canadian Concerned Pensioners 2006
  • Eco Hero Award, International Environmental Film and Video Festival for Community Environmental Service, 2004
  • Honorary Director, Prevent Cancer Now, 2004
  • Eagle Feather from the Assembly of First Nations for Environmental Efforts, 1997
  • Eco-Citizens Award from the Windsor Citizens Alliance, 1986

Dianne SaxeDianne Saxe

Environmental Lawyer

How Much Does Science Affect Policy?

4:30 p.m.–5:15 p.m. | Hall F

Dianne Saxe is one of Canada’s most respected environmental lawyers, with 40 years of unparalleled experience writing, interpreting and litigating Ontario’s energy and environmental laws. She is a seasoned team leader with substantial board experience and a skilled communicator with broad strategic vision. Saxe boasts hard-won expertise in government relations, corporate governance and public consultation. She is a can-do person, always striving to make a difference. Currently, she is heading Saxe Facts, a business providing strategic advice and presentations on climate, energy and environment.

From 2015 to 2019, she was the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO). Saxe was appointed unanimously to report to the Legislature on Ontario’s environmental, energy and climate performance, and to be the guardian of the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR). During her term, she improved the effectiveness of the EBR, increased public understanding of the urgency of climate change and delivered 17 reports on environment, energy and climate.

Watch Videos of Last Year’s Keynote Presentations

As we prepare the program for the SETAC Toronto meeting, please enjoy free video recordings of the keynote presentations from the 2018 SETAC North America 39th Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California.

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Estelle Robichaux – Communicating Science in a Post-Truth World: How to Make Your Messages Stick

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Kim Stanley Robinson – Creating a Good Anthropocene

One of the great visionary science fiction writers and storytellers of our time, Kim Stanley Robinson addresses the relation of the scientific community to the general society, in particular concerning climate change during his keynote address on 7 November 2018 during the SETAC North America 39th Annual Meeting in Sacramento, California. Always “hoping for better and fearing for the worst,” as Robinson said, we live in a time where human activity significantly alters the natural environment, so how can we use our knowledge and take responsibility for what we are already doing to “unwreck biomes.”