Canadian Environment Week

Canadian Environment Week

June 3rd – 7th

With Clean Air Day, Environment Day and Ocean Day all falling in the same week, we’ve decided to launch a yearly festival to celebrate the incredible environments that make Canada….Canada! When we think of the environment in Canada, 5 areas come to mind: Air, Ocean, Arctic, Freshwater and Forests. We are incredibly lucky in Canada, because we have all 5 of these things in abundance. These incredible natural resources are under threat from a variety of sources and if we’re not careful, we could lose a lot of what makes Canada such a safe, healthy and vibrant place to call home.

Lucky for us, there are incredible people, across the country, who have dedicated their lives to researching, documenting, conserving and protecting our wild environments. Join us all week long to hear their stories, to immerse yourself in our incredible environments and to ask the questions that our on your mind.


Counting Beluga Whales in the Arctic with Alexandra Mayette

June 3rd @ 3:00pm eastern

Join Alexandra as she wants to know how many belugas are in the Beaufort Sea, Northwest Territories. As we hop on a plane over the Arctic Ocean, she will explain how biologists count the number of whales in one of the largest beluga populations in the world! We will also learn interesting facts about the habitat, food, and predators of these special Arctic animals, as well as how they are affected by climate change.


Measuring Arctic Snow and Sea Ice with Chris Derksen

June 4th @ 1:00pm eastern

Chris is a research scientist with the Climate Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada. His research activities focus on the use of satellite data and climate models to understand climate change impacts on the Arctic. Chris’ favourite part of his job is getting out on the land for field research: he has participated in more than 25 snow and sea ice measurements campaigns across the Canadian Arctic.


Understanding Climate in the Arctic with Zen Mariani

June 6th @ 1:00pm eastern

Zen frequently travels to a remote high-Arctic site to conduct climate observations near the North Pole. He currently works as a research scientist in the meteorological research division at Environment and Climate Change Canada where he leads research projects which are aimed at improving weather observation and forecast capabilities in Canada, with a focus on Arctic weather. Recently Zen was one of the top 32 candidates to be one of Canada’s next astronauts and went through a very demanding testing and training process.




June 4th @ 11:00am eastern

Fire is Nature’s wild child. Chaotic, messy and often unpredictable. But, when the smoke clears, the landscape is better for it. Head to Jasper National Park to explore the impact that fires have on Canada’s forest ecosystems.


Can Plants Read Smoke Signals with Lauren Erland

June 5th @ 2:00pm eastern

Can plants in the forest react to approaching forest fires? Are they communicating with each other? Dive into the research with Lauren and explore what’s happening with plants in the forest during forest fires. 

Dr. Lauren Erland is an Assistant Professor, Canada Research Chair in Berry Horticulture and Explorer’s Club Term Member based at the University of the Fraser Valley in Chilliwack, BC, Canada. She runs the BERRi (Berry Environmental Resilience Research & Innovation) Research Centre which has the goal of enhancing sustainability and climate resilience of our berry-based ecosystems and horticulture systems. Lauren studies how plant perceive and respond to changes in their environments, through the language of plant hormones.

You can keep in touch and follow along with BERRi research at or on social media @plantdrlauren.


Forest Health Restoration in Gros Morne National Park

June 7th @ 1:00pm eastern

This past season,120 000 trees were planted in Gros Morne National Park in areas where the forest was impacted by prolonged over-browsing by moose. This forest restoration initiative is set to continue over a number of years, aiming at planting over 1 million trees in the park.

How are seeds collected? How are tree seedlings grown? How and where are trees being planted?
How does this forest restoration project contribute to the mitigation of the effects of climate change?



Rain, Snow or Sunshine? Tracking the Weather at Environment Canada

June 5th @ 1:00pm eastern

Ever wonder how we track the weather? How we know when there’s going to be snow, or a heatwave, or a thunderstorm? Charlotte, a scientist with Environment and Climate Change Canada is here to help show us! Her team is responsible for monitoring the weather all across Canada – from coast to coast to coast. While they do work across the country, a big part of the work focuses specifically on how to track weather over the oceans and in the Canadian High Arctic.



Two-eyed Seeing for Conservation with Kianna Bear-Hetherington

June 4th @ 12:00pm eastern

Kianna Bear-Hetherington is a proud Wolastoqey woman from the community of Sitansisk (St. Mary’s First Nation) and is the Fisheries Technician for the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick (WNNB). Being proudly of the Wolastoqiyik, she grew up with a special relationship to the land and all living things in it. She attended the University of New Brunswick where she obtained her BSc in Environmental and Natural Resources with a Major in Water Resource Management. In her role with WNNB, Kianna actively contributes to various fisheries files and environmental monitoring initiatives, playing a pivotal role in advancing Wolastoqey-led management practices in the province. She is passionate about exploring ways Indigenous and Western knowledge can be used for the benefit of all, known as Two-Eyed Seeing.


Jawsome! Sharks of Canada’s Coasts with Alanna Canaran

June 5th @ 12:00pm eastern

Alanna is a passionate science communicator, ocean educator, and PADI scuba diving and mermaid instructor. She recently was featured on CBC The Nature of Things episode Jawsome: Canada’s Great White Sharks. Alanna will be joining us from Nova Scotia to talk about the growing media and public interest surrounding the presence of great white sharks in Atlantic Canada. Alanna shares her unique perspectives on the joys and challenges of exploring the underwater world and showcases how diving and responsible science communication can foster a deeper appreciation for the ocean and its inhabitants.



Conserving Canada’s Freshwater Fish with Neil Mochnacz

June 4th @ 11:00am eastern

Neil is a research biologist with Fisheries and Oceans Canada in Winnipeg; he joined the department in 2003. His research focuses on understanding how physiology, landscape, climatic, and biophysical factors interact to shape how populations for of river fish grow and shrink in central and northern Canada. Neil conducts research to improve understanding and delivery of science to support monitoring, recovery, and threats assessment of threatened and endangered freshwater fish in Canada. His research will guide recovery efforts for endangered stream fishes along the east slopes of Alberta.


Climate Change and the Impacts on Freshwater Fish with Cindy Chu

June 7th @ 10:00am eastern

Dr. Cindy Chu works for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and studies fishes and their habitats in lakes and rivers. She focuses on how climate change and development such as docks, dams, and bridges can affect fishes. Her presentation will describe climate change and how it is affecting fishes and the places that they live. She will also walk us through one of her field studies in the Crow River Watershed of Algonquin Park, Ontario, Canada, that is aimed at improving our understanding of how fish movements and habitats can change through time.