May 27, 2005

David Schindler and David Suzuki join the IJC at its Great Lakes Conference

Dr. David Schindler, one of North America’s most respected and honored freshwater ecologists, and Dr. David Suzuki, world-renowned scientist, author and broadcaster, will be joining the International Joint Commission (IJC) at its 2005 Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting on the campus of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, on June 9–11, 2005.

"Science plays a critical role in setting policy in the Great Lakes," said Dennis Schornack, chair of the IJC’s U.S. Section. "Both Dr. Suzuki and Dr. Schindler bring science to the people," he added. "They have generated great interest and concern in both our countries," said Herb Gray, chair of the IJC’s Canadian Section. "And great interest and concern are exactly what the Great Lakes need."

Dr. Schindler will speak on Thursday, June 9 at 5:30 p.m. and Dr. Suzuki will speak on Friday, June 10 at 5:30 p.m. Both events are free and open to the public and will take place in Grant Hall on the Queen’s University campus. Seating is reserved for those who register for the conference in advance (register online before June 1 at; for those who are not registered, seating in the 700-capacity hall is available on a first-come, first-seated basis.

The IJC is calling on the public to join experts and citizens from the Great Lakes basin community at the Conference and Biennial Meeting where they can contribute to the review the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement by the Canadian and United States federal governments; the Agreement was last amended in 1987.

The public’s views on the future of the Agreement will help ensure that the Agreement continues to guide the governments’ clean-up and protection of the Great Lakes effectively.

A professor of ecology at the University of Alberta, Dr. Schindler specializes in land-water interactions and has studied the effects of climate warming, alien fish stocks, airborne contaminants and other human impacts on freshwaters. His work has been widely used in formulating ecologically sound management policy in Canada, the United States and Europe. Dr. Schindler has received numerous national and international research awards, including, in 2001, Canada's highest scientific honor, the NSERC Gerhard Herzberg Gold Medal for Science and Engineering.

Dr. David Suzuki, Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation, is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster, with influential series such as The Nature of Things for CBC Television, The Secret of Life for PBS, The Brain for the Discovery Channel, and Quirks and Quarks for CBC Radio. Dr. Suzuki has received a UNESCO prize for science, a United Nations Environment Program medal and the Order of Canada. He has 15 honorary doctorates from universities in Canada, the US and Australia. For his work in support of Canada's First Nations people, the Canadian scientist has received many tributes and has been honoured with five names and formal adoption by two tribes.

The Great Lakes Conference on June 9 is open to the public. The Biennial Meeting on June 10 and 11 is open to the public and is free of charge. Participants must register for both events by June 1.

For more information, visit (> 2005 Great Lakes Conference and Biennial Meeting) or

The International Joint Commission prevents and resolves disputes between the United States of America and Canada under the 1909 Boundary Waters Treaty and pursues the common good of both countries as an independent and objective advisor to the two governments.


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