Niagara Parks and Brock University to Host Free Online Speaker Series on Environmental Stewardship

·   Free, interactive speaker series discusses the importance of environmental stewardship in the Niagara region and Ontario

·   Three unique sessions will feature fascinating keynote speakers

An Invite from Ontario’s Niagara Parks Commission and Brock University in St. Catharines/Niagara

Posted September 13th, 2021 on Niagara At Large

Niagara, Ontario – As part of the ongoing partnership between Niagara Parks and Brock University, the two organizations will be hosting a free, online speaker series held over three sessions on September 23, October 28 and November 25, discussing various topics related to environmental stewardship.

Environmental stewardship in Niagara, September 23, 7 p.m.

Join Niagara Parks’ Ellen Savoia, Senior Manager of Environmental Planning, and Corey Burant, Project Manager of Forest Health, as they discuss environmental stewardship in the Niagara Parks with Ryan Plummer, Professor and Director of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre at Brock University.

Brock Masters student Brooke Kapeller will discuss her research topic “Exploring environmental stewardship in the Niagara Region of Canada: How do elements of environmental stewardship relate to success?” This thesis research focuses on understanding local environmental stewardship efforts. Specifically, the investigation sought to illuminate elements of environmental stewardship initiatives and factors making for success.

Ecosystem restoration challenges faced by Parks Canada, October 28, 7 p.m.

Parks Canada’s Tammy Dobbie and Andrew Laforet discuss Parks Canada’s habitat restoration work and the science behind how the health of our natural areas is measured. Then, hear about methods used at Point Pelee National Park, such as the use of prescribed fire to mimic natural disturbances in savannah habitat, as well as targeted invasive species removal in the park’s marsh.

Brock University Masters student Angela Mallett will discuss her research topic “Understanding Perceptions of the State of the Environment in Relation to Ecological Measures”. Angela’s research was conducted at the Niagara Glen and involved an ecological integrity assessment as well as surveys administered to several groups on their perceptions of the state of the environment.

The evolution of the International Joint Commission, November 25, 7 p.m.

The Boundary Waters Treaty of 1909 established the International Joint Commission to oversee issues pertaining to shared waters across Canada and the U.S., including the Laurentian Great Lakes. The Niagara Peninsula Conservation Authority’s Natalie Green joins the International Joint Commission’s Rej Bejankiwar in discussing the evolution of the commission through the treaty, historic pollution problems that led to the creation of the Canada-U.S. Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, the need to clean-up specific Great Lakes’ degraded locations, and what collaborative actions are being taken to improve these sites—including the Niagara River.

Brock University undergraduate student Kassie Burns will discuss her research topic “The UN Sustainable Development Goals: From Local to Global.” Kassie will speak to an online toolbox that she assisted in creating where the Brock community can access information about all 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and how they are being tackled internationally.

Guests who would like to take part in the online speaker series are invited to register for free on Niagara Parks’ website here –

About Niagara Parks – Since its establishment in 1885, Niagara Parks has remained a self-financed agency of the Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism & Culture Industries, entrusted to preserve and protect the land surrounding Niagara Falls and the Niagara River. Today, Niagara Parks boasts gardens, a horticulture school, recreation, golf courses, restaurants, heritage and historic sites, gift shops and, of course, Niagara Falls. In short, natural landscapes, history, family fun, hiking, culinary delights, attractions and adventure.

For more information on Niagara Parks, please visit .

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