29th Annual River Symposium Set For October 26 and 27

October 6, 2022
By Bob Peters

Cornwall Ontario –  The River Institute is pleased to host the 29th Annual River Symposium on October 26th & 27th, 2022.

2022 River Symposium

To encourage participation and access for everyone, this year’s symposium will include an in-person day on October 26th at the Ramada Inn in Cornwall, which will also be live streamed to virtual audiences, and a virtual day on October 27th.

This year’s theme is Ways of Knowing. Through presentations and discussions, participants will benefit from the perspectives and inspiration of a variety of voices, including those of Indigenous knowledge holders, artists, scientists, and community members. In keeping with the theme, the two-day symposium will bring together science and community in a unified format that covers a range of topics and acknowledges all ways of knowing.

The in-person day (October 26th) will include presentations and discussion by a diverse group of contributors. Session titles include:

  • It’s All Connected – Part 1, At the Cutting Edge
  • Nature Narratives, and Linking the Micro and Macro
  • Guest speakers include Henry Lickers (International Joint Commission), Jerome Marty (International Association of Great Lakes Research), and Jean-Louis Courteau (an experienced diver and accomplished painter)

October 27th is designated as the virtual day. Online session titles include:

  • Diving into Citizen Science, It’s All Connected – Part 2
  • Responding to Change
  • Inspiring the Next Generation
  • Guest speakers include Jessica Jock (Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe) and Dr. Kathleen Vaughan (Concordia University).


Everyone is welcome to participate in this FREE event! Participants looking to attend in-person are encouraged to register soon, as spaces are filling up. Registration deadline for in-person is on the October 14, 2022. Please register by visiting:

About the River Institute

The River Institute was established in 1994 as a unique community partnership involving government, education, business and industry, and the Mohawks of Akwesasne. Its mandate is to conduct environmental research, education, and outreach with a focus on the Great Lakes / St. Lawrence River ecosystem. The River Symposium provides a platform for researchers, educators, policy-makers, community leaders, and citizens to discuss the current ecological health of our freshwater ecosystems and explore issues and challenges facing large rivers and their watersheds. This sharing of knowledge is a powerful driver of change, leading to a better understanding of freshwater resources and ecosystems,
as well as the development of strategies for renewal and protection.

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