PEOPLE 2023 – Invited Speakers

Opening Speakers

Dr. Dominique Bérubé

Vice-President, Research and Graduate Studies

Concordia University, Canada

Ms. Wendy A. Jocko 

Indigenous Liaison of Innovation Seven (I7)

Dr. Graham Carr

President and Vice-Chancellor
Concordia University, Canada

Dr. Tana Allen

Acting Vice-President (Research)
Memorial University, Canada

Marie-Andrée Mauger

Borough Mayor, Executive committee member, Ville de Montréal, Canada

Hélène Fortier

Research Partnership Promotion Officer, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

Dr. Yanne Messi Ngabelinga

Director General, CanmetENERGY-Devon, Natural Resources Canada

Dr. Bing Chen

Director, PEOPLE Network; Conference Chair, PEOPLE 2023

Plenary Keynote Speakers*

Technical Keynote Speakers*

Dr. Howard Alper, OC, FRSC

Companion, Order of Canada; Fellow and former President, Royal Society of Canada; Distinguished University Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences, University of Ottawa, Canada

Speech Title: Shaping The Future of a Nation Through Science, Technology, and Innovation

Mr. Mark Biagi

Marine Division Manager Snuneymuxw First Nation, Nanaimo, British Columbia, Canada

Speech Title: Traditional Knowledge is the Aboriginal Peoples Key Contribution to Science and to Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Food Security

Dr. Ibrahim M. Banat, FRSB

Fellow, Royal Society of Biology; Professor, Life and Health Sciences, University of Ulster, UK

Speech Title: Biosurfactants: Promising Bioactive Molecules for Tackling Petroleum Related Environmental Contamination Challenges

Dr. James (Jim) Brydie

Director, Upstream & Environment, CanmetENERG, Natural Resources Canada, Canada

Speech Title: Environmental Organic Pollutants: An Overview of Natural Resources Canada Research and Opportunities

Dr. Rosa Galvez, FCAE

Honorary Fellow, Canadian Academy of Engineering
Senator, Senate of Canada
Professor, Department of Civil and Water Engineering, Université Laval, Canada

Dr. Saeid Eslamian

Professor, Department of Water Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Director of Center of Excellence in Risk Management and Natural Hazards, Iran

Speech Title: Climate Change and Socio-Hydrological Management

Dr. Jinren Ni, FCAS

Fellow, Chinese Academy of Sciences; Boya Chair Professor, Peking University; Director, State Environmental Protection Key Lab All Materials Fluxes in River Ecosystems, China

Speech Title: From Water-Sediment to All Material Fluxes in Large River EcoSystems

Dr. Jinhui (Jeanne) Huang

Professor, General Director of Sino-Canada Joint R&D Centre on Water and Environmental Safety, Nankai University, China 

Speech Title: Assessing Inland Lake Water Quality and Its Response to Climate and Anthropogenic Factors by AI Based Remote Sensing

Special Invited Speaker

Dr. Xing-Fang Li

Professor and Canada Research Chair (Tier 1)
Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
University of Alberta
Elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Academy of Science

Speech Title: Advanced Analytical Technologies and Water Research

Dr. Zhen (Jason) He

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Hazardous Materials
Laura & William Jens Professor
Department of Energy, Environmental & Chemical Engineering
Washington University in St. Louis, US

Dr. Jinxia Liu

Associate Professor, Associate Chair of Civil Engineering (Student Affairs), Director of Brace Water Center; Department of Civil Engineering, McGill University, Canada

Speech Title: Understudied Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the Environment

Dr. Yong Liu

Associate professor & Associate Dean, College of Environmental Sciences and Engineering, Peking University, China

Speech Title: Water Quality Restoration from Nutrients Enrichment: A Review of 30 Years’ Efforts for a Hyper-eutrophic Lake in China

Mr. Cameron McCartney

Senior Policy Advisor, National Research Council Canada, Canada

Dr. Xiangliang Pan

Professor, College of Environment, Zhejiang University of Technology, China

Speech Title: Biomineralization and Bioremediation

Dr. Arja Rautio

Vice-President Research, University of the Arctic; Professor of Arctic Research, Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland

Speech Title: Pollution and Community Health in The Arctic

Dr. Jennifer Spence

Senior Fellow, Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University, USA

Speech Title: Accelerating Arctic Resilience Through Permafrost Thaw: Needs, Opportunities and Approaches

Dr. Nathalie Tufenkji, FCAE

FCAE, Professor & Canada Research Chair (Tier 1), Department of Chemical Engineering; Associate Director, Brace Center for Water Resources Management, McGill University, Canada

Speech Title: New Technique to Detect and Image Nano-Sized Plastic Particles

Dr. Caterina Valeo

Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering,  University of Victoria, Canada
Adjunct Professor, Civil Engineering, University of Calgary, Canada

Speech Title: Quantifying Uncertainty in Nearshore Currents: Applications Using Fuzzy Mathematics

Dr. Katrin Vorkamp

Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Arctic Research Centre - Arctic Research Centre, Roskilde, Denmark

Speech Title: Arctic Pollution: The importance of long-term monitoring programmes

Dr. Dongxiao Wang

Professor & Dean, School of Marine Sciences, Sun Yat-Sen University, China

Speech Title: Early and Extreme Warming in the South China Sea During 2015/2016: Role of an Unusual Indian Ocean Dipole Event

Dr. Beidou Xi

Professor, Vice President of Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES)

Speech Title:Resourcelization of Organic Solid Waste and Cotreatment of Water and Soil in Danjiangkou Water Source Area

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