Passport to Canada

Exploring by the Seat of Your Pants and Edwin Present:

A Passport to Canada

In Partnership With

Health Canada is coming to you live! Our mission is to protect the health of people in Canada by identifying the health risks in the environment and educating people on what they can do to live, work and play safely.

The presenters in this series work year-round on raising awareness of the health impacts of environmental hazards including chemicals, radiation and other contaminants. They often find themselves navigating the world between the science and the public, trying to make everything clear and encouraging people to take action to protect their health.

If you care about water and air quality, inside your home and in the outside in the world, then you are our kind of people. Our staff are excited to take you along with them on their adventures in environmental health.

Join With Your Class!

The events will be 45-50 minutes long and feature a 15-20 minute presentation from a speaker, followed by a live Kahoot! quiz and then Q&A with the speaker. These live events are free for classrooms to join and educators can choose to join in one of 3 ways:

1) Camera spot

Your class will appear on camera in the event and get a chance to interact directly with the speaker during the Q&A. There are a limited number of camera spots, 6 for each event.

2) Watch the live stream

Your class can tune in live via the YouTube stream during the event and still participate in the live Kahoot! quiz and send in some questions via the live chat.

3) Tune in later

These events will be recorded and placed in a playlist that can be viewed at anytime afterwards by the classrooms.

Check out the events below and use the links to register. We’ll reach out and set you up with all the details you need to join the live events!

Event #1: Western Canada

Chasing Mountain Lions with Siobhan Darlington

March 20th @ 1:00pm eastern

Siobhan Darlington is a Canadian wildlife researcher investigating the behaviour of elusive cougars in the southern interior of British Columbia. She is currently a PhD student at the University of British Columbia Okanagan leading the Southern BC Cougar Project ( and aims to understand what cougars are eating, where they eat them, and how climate and land-use change affect their behaviour and reproduction. Siobhan is a huge fan of National Parks and has visited 35 across Canada and the US for hiking, bird watching, and nature photography.


Event #2: Central Canada

Into the Planet with Jill Heinerth

March 29th @ 9:15am eastern

Inside a dark underwater cave in the Ottawa River, Canada, endangered bivalves are making a last stand against invasive species. Pioneering cave explorer, Jill Heinerth shares the science of cave diving and why it is important to study unique animals that never see the light of day. 

Cave diving explorer, Jill Heinerth shares remarkable images from submerged cave systems while illuminating the importance of protecting groundwater resources. Jill is a world class cave diver and water advocate, a veteran of over thirty years of filming, photography and exploration on projects in submerged caves around the world with National Geographic, NOAA, various educational institutions and television networks worldwide. She is the inaugural Explorer in Residence for the Royal Canadian Geographical Society, recipient of Canada’s prestigious Polar Medal and the diving world’s highest award from the Academy of Underwater Arts and Sciences, the NOGI.


Event #3: Central Canada

Studying Polar Bears with Alysa McCall

April 4th @ 1:00pm eastern

Alysa is a conservation biologist specializing in polar bears; she is based out of Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada but spends every fall and part of every summer in Churchill, Manitoba, sometimes called the Polar Bear Capital of the World. Alysa has been studying Canadian polar bears for seven years, focusing largely on the western Hudson Bay subpopulation, one of the first to show impacts of climate change. She currently works for Polar Bears International, supporting research and directing conservation outreach programs, all with a mission to protect the polar bear and its sea ice home for future generations. Alysa loves speaking to people across the world about polar bears and their unique lifestyle, and is passionate about helping students feel empowered to take action on climate change.


Event #4: The Arctic

Diving in the Arctic with Khashiff Miranda

April 12th @ 9:15am eastern

Join Khashiff Miranda as he shares his experiences exploring above and below the surface of the Canadian Arctic! Khashiff is a PhD student at Université Laval whose work focuses on drones, scuba diving, ice and kelp in the Arctic. One of his favourite ecosystems to explore is the kelp forests of the Arctic. His question: how will coastal environments change with the future of sea ice?


Event #5: Atlantic Coast

Studying Endangered North Atlantic Right Whales From Space with Cody Carlyle

April 14th @ 9:15am eastern

Cody has conducted research in all 3 of Canada’s oceans, including 5 visits to the Arctic along the way for fieldwork. His initial research looked at how sea ice impacts where ringed seals live and what they eat in the Canadian Arctic. This got him interested in what marine mammals can tell us about the health of our oceans and how we can better study these elusive animals. Currently, as a PhD student at the University of New Brunswick, Cody is studying how to use high resolution satellite images to find and count whales from space. He hopes this work can improve our knowledge on whale populations to better avoid human impacts on species like endangered North Atlantic right whales.


Event #6: The Prairies

Field Heroes in Canadian Farm Fields with Tyler Wist

April 18th @ 1:00pm eastern

Dr. Tyler Wist, a leading entomologist at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada based in Saskatchewan, studies the raging battle between good and bad insects that plays out in farmers’ fields across Canada. From building mobile apps to track pests and beneficial insects to answering why quinoa has trouble growing on the Canadian prairies, his research is based on some interesting insect relationships with each other and with plants. Join Dr. Wist on a visual odyssey as he takes you on a microscopic journey to solve macroscopic problems. This talk will inspire a new respect for the six-legged @Field Heroes that are protecting your favorite crops.