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The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to announce the 2014 winner of its annual Environmental Community Organizer (ECO) Award. After an extensive review process, and with unanimous and enthusiastic support, the 2014 winner of the ECO-Award is Mr. Dave Ireland, from Toronto, Ontario.

The award will be given out on May 27th, 2014 at 5:30pm during the annual Environmental Studies Association Conference as part of the Congress for Humanities and Social Sciences in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Each year, the ECO-Award honours an individual, team, or organization which has positively contributed to the field of environmental studies in Canada through community-building, research, knowledge-to-action, or innovations in practice or approaches.

The 2014 Winner of the ECO-Award 

Mr. Ireland is currently the Managing Director of the Centre of Biodiversity at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), where he unites his passion for conservation and biodiversity efforts with his commitment to public environmental awareness, launching well-received and powerful ROM exhibits such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year and the Carbon 14: Climate is Culture Exhibit and Program Festival. Before taking the position at the ROM in 2011, Mr. Ireland was the Curator of Conservation and the Environment at the Toronto Zoo, where he designed and delivered conservation education programs for the public. In addition to his professional positions, Mr. Ireland is also well-known and well-respected for his leadership in and founder of the Ontario Road Ecology Group (OREG), which he also Chairs, and for which this award honours him. The OREG works with multiple stakeholders to protect biodiversity from the threat of roads and traffic, and is a leader in bringing in ecological thinking to road design and management.

As his nomination form attested, “[Mr. Ireland’s] ability to bring the appropriate partners together to work towards a common goal makes him invaluable to the environmental community. His insight and foresight for big picture conservation initiatives and projects are matched by his ability and experience to develop them and see them come to fruition. In the field of environmental studies Dave is a leader and progresses the field by promoting and fostering partnerships that address important environmental issues at the government, academic and public level.”

This award was created by ESAC to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals or groups who are working together to build partnerships and networks within the field of environmental studies, who increase environmental awareness through education and outreach, and who promote the mobilization of knowledge and research into action and practice. Mr. Ireland is an excellent example of these criteria. “For the conservation of biodiversity to be truly successful, we have to fully involve our diverse communities,” says Mr. Ireland, “the problems we face are far too big for academics, governments, or businesses to manage on their own. I am honoured and flattered to receive the ECO-Award, but I certainly accept it on behalf of the hundreds, if not thousands, of dedicated professionals, educators, scientists and volunteers who make up the Ontario Road Ecology Group. I’m proud to lead this strong network, and am excited about our future plans in the national and international arena.”

Winners are given a cash award of $1000, a one-year membership to the Environmental Studies Association of Canada, including a subscription to Alternatives Journal, and are invited to be keynote speakers at the next year’s Environmental Studies Association of Canada’s conference.

“We are thrilled to announce Mr. Ireland as this year’s recipient,” states Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, ESAC Board Member and coordinator of the ECO-Award. “He embodies the criteria of this award, and stands as an inspiration for community-building, educational outreach, mobilizing research into advocacy, and environmental leadership. We were very impressed by the dedication that Mr. Ireland has shown to activities that support and perpetuate conservation initiatives across sectors, and by his commitment to public engagement and education. The Environmental Studies Association of Canada extends their sincerest congratulations to Mr. Dave Ireland!”

This year, given the quality of the nominations for this award, ESAC decided to create two honorary mentions to acknowledge the outstanding contributions of Mr. Don Wright, and Drs. Robert Boschman and Mario Trono. Don Wright of Lochlin, Ontario was hailed for his dedication to environmental education and public outreach through the conservation of his own property, and for his tireless work voluntarily educating youth on conservation and environmental issues in their own backyard. Robert Boschman and Mario Trono are being honoured for being the creators and driving forces behind the Under Western Skies conference, and are recognized for creating an engaging, diverse, and interdisciplinary gathering place for environmental studies professionals, scholars, activists, artists, communities, decision-makers, and students to engage in dialogue and promote environmental knowledge sharing and learning.

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As April comes to a close, it’s time to start getting excited for our annual conference at the end of May! Check out the updated full program: ESAC Program

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Meet the Keynotes!

Published on 03 April 2014 by in ESAC News

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This year’s conference keynote speakers address the multiple ways in which “Beyond Boundaries” thinking is being utilized in the environmental field. For full conference details and preliminary schedule, visit http://congress2014.ca/program/events/conference-esac-259

Dr_Vasseur_1Liette Vasseur

Breaking the Barriers: Valuing Sustainability Through Collaboration

Various environmental changes including climate has increased pressures on communities across the world to find solutions to better adapt to this new conditions. Solutions may not need to be only technical as often advocated but they can be of various nature. Through examples, I examine how it is possible to collaboratively find solutions and strategies that may help improve sustainability of communities not only in Canada but beyond our borders. These examples will make us travel to Africa and China to look at sustainable agriculture, food security, gender, climate change and how an ecosystem-based approach can be used to link communities and nature in adaptation.

Dr. Vasseur will be presenting her keynote address on Day 1 of the conference from 9:15-10:15am. For more information on her research, visit https://brocku.ca/environmental-sustainability-research-centre/who-s-involved-/members/liette-vasseur

 

DOUBLEDAY_NancyNancy Doubleday

Transdisciplinarity for Peace and Sustainability: Border-crossing Challenges for Global Citizens 

A provocative and wide-ranging exploration of our understanding of the transformatory power of transdisciplinary research in theory and practice, of making sense of change in social-cultural-ecological systems and of our attempts to situate our research, ethics, and relationships within the broader struggles for peace, health, sustainability and justice.

Dr. Doubleday will be presenting her keynote address on Day 2 of the conference from 9:15-10:15am. For more information on her research, visit: http://www.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~philos/people/profile_doubleday.php

 

OliverBrandesOliver Brandes

Fresh Thinking on our Water Future – Lessons from Law and Governance Reform

The topic will be emerging trends and opportunities in water law, policy and governance – with a focus BC’s Water Law Modernization process as a case study including implications and ramification for the future of Canada’s fresh water.

Mr. Brandes will be presenting his keynote address on Day 3 of the conference from 8:30-9:30am. For more information on his research, visit http://www.polisproject.org/people/rountable/brandes

 

 

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Ella Haley

Dr. Haley was the recipient of the 2013 ESAC ECO-Award, an award created to recognize the outstanding contributions of individuals or groups who are working together to build partnerships and networks within the field of environmental studies, who increase environmental awareness through education and outreach, and who promote the mobilization of knowledge and research into action and practice. Said to embody the criteria of this award, Dr. Haley is a founding member and Executive Director of Sustainable Brant, a founding Board member of the Langford Conservancy, and is a member of the National Farmers Union and the Ecological Farmers of Ontario. She is also an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Sciences at Athabasca University. Dr. Haley has worked tirelessly on land conservation issues, and has dedicated her career to bringing numerous stakeholders together for the betterment of community and environment.

Dr. Haley will be presenting her keynote address on Day 3 of the conference during the conference closing from 11:45am-12:45pm.

 

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Deadline Extended to Friday, April 4th, 2014 at Midnight, EST

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 ECO-AWARD

The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to extend a call for nominations for the annual Environmental Community’s Organizer (ECO-Award). Each year, the ECO-Award honours an individual, team, or organization which has positively contributed to the field of environmental studies in Canada through community-building, research, knowledge-to-action, or innovations in practice or approaches.

This award was created during ESAC’s 2012 annual meeting in Waterloo, Ontario, and has since had two recipients: Ms. Kira Jade Cooper (2012) and Dr. Ella Haley (2013).

The ECO-Award selection committee will evaluate nominees upon the following general criteria:
• Works within the field of environmental studies in Canada;
• Contributes to community-building within the field of environmental studies through the creation of partnerships, networks, relationships, and projects;
• Demonstrates collaborative and reciprocal relationships and partnerships to address issues of importance to the field of environmental studies;
• Increases environmental awareness through knowledge-sharing and outreach activities;
• Encourages environmental action and empowers and supports others to become involved in activities related to
the field of environmental studies;
• Promotes the mobilization of knowledge and research to action and practice.

Nominations for or applications from individuals, groups, or organizations who work in interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral teams to advance the field of environmental studies through the development, enhancement, or expansion of innovative collaborations and networks are particularly encouraged.
This award is made possible by a healthy level of participation and membership in the environmental studies community. All nominators and nominees are encouraged to participate in ESAC by maintaining their ESAC memberships or becoming members.

Nominations will be due electronically on Friday, April 4th by midnight (EST) to Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, ESAC Board Member, at ashlee_cunsolowillox@cbu.ca.

Selection for the award will be made by the ESAC Board. Winners will be notified by the end of April, 2013, and officially announced and honoured at the annual ESAC conference at Brock University, Ontario, as part of Congress 2014.

We are grateful to the media sponsorship for the ECO-Award kindly provided by Alternatives Journal.

To access the nomination form, please visit: http://www.esac.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/ECO-Award-Nomination-Form.pdf

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Banquet Information!

Published on 20 March 2014 by in ESAC News

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The conference is soon approaching! Don’t leave getting your Banquet ticket to the last minute; only a limited number are available and they are sure to sell out fast! This is going to be a great night in the heart of wine country!

Details
A fun, tasty evening out with the Canadian Association of Geographers and the Canadian Cartographic Association!
When: Thursday, May 29th 2014 6:30-10:30pm
Where: Ravine Vineyard Estate Winery
Price: $70

All fees include transportation by bus to/from Brock University.
Payment is required by May 1, 2014, otherwise space at the banquet cannot be assured.

ESAC Banquet Participation Form

Completed forms, along with your total payment (in Canadian dollars) by cheque (made payable to Brock University), may be sent to us by mail:

Attention: Virginia Wagg
Department of Geography
Brock University
500 Glenridge Avenue
St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada L2S 3A1

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Check out the preliminary ESAC Conference schedule to get a head start on planning your time at Congress 2014! And be sure to make time for our social events as well- after all, all work and no play make conferences a dull day! Highlights include:

-ESAC Annual General Meeting (Tuesday 4:30-5:00pm)
-ESAC’s Wine & Cheese Reception and Awards (Tuesday 5:00-6:30pm)
-President’s Reception (Wednesday 5:00-7:00pm)
-FIELD TRIPS!!! Winery Tour or Niagara Escarpment Hike (Thursday 1:15-4:30pm)
-Banquet Celebration at the Ravine Vineyard Winery Restaurant (Thursday 6:30-8:30pm)

Conference Schedule

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The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC.ca) is extending its deadline until March 31st, 2014 for CONFERENCE POSTER and PECHAKUCHA PRESENTATION submissions. Both the Poster Competition and the PechaKucha Night will be held at ESAC’s Annual Conference at Brock University as part of the Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences, May 27-29, 2014.

The ESAC Poster Competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Posters will be displayed and authors available for informal discussion during the ESAC Wine and Cheese Event on May 27th, 2014.

PechaKucha presentations are short academic talks of six minutes and 40 seconds. Open to graduate students and presented at the PechaKucha Night (in collaboration with CAG) on May 28th, 2014.

All Submissions should clearly state the type of submission (ie. individual paper, pre-organized session, conference poster, or PechaKucha presentation, etc.) and include an abstract of 300 words or less including:

-The object of study or theme of session
-Theoretical framework, concept or research question/objective
-Methodology or practice
-Main conclusions
-Relevance to the theme of Borders Without Boundaries
-At least three keywords to assist the conference committee in assigning your paper to an appropriate session if not a self-contained panel or workshop proposal
-The institutional affiliation and contact email of the contributor(s).

Submissions should be sent by email to ESAC2014@brocku.ca by March 31st, 2014.

For further details on the conference themes and to see the original call for papers, visit http://www.esac.ca/2013/11/call-for-papers-2014-annual-conference/

Please visit www.esac.ca for further information about the association or to become a member of Canada’s leading network of environmental researchers and scholars.

Further Information

You must be an ESAC member in good standing to present at the conference. Presenters not possessing membership will be removed from the program. Please visit http://www.esac.ca/join-esac/ for details on becoming a member of ESAC. All delegates must also register for both ESAC and Congress through the Congress registration website.

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ECO-Award nominations are now open!

Published on 20 February 2014 by in ESAC News

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CALL FOR NOMINATIONS FOR 2014 ECO-AWARD

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY APRIL 4th, 2014!

The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to announce a call for nominations for the annual Environmental Community’s Organizer (ECO-Award). Each year, the ECO-Award honours an individual, team, or organization which has positively contributed to the field of environmental studies in Canada through community-building, research, knowledge-to-action, or innovations in practice or approaches.

This award was created during ESAC’s 2012 annual meeting in Waterloo, Ontario, and has since had two recipients: Ms. Kira Jade Cooper (2012) and Dr. Ella Haley (2013).

The ECO-Award selection committee will evaluate nominees upon the following general criteria:
• Works within the field of environmental studies in Canada;
• Contributes to community-building within the field of environmental studies through the creation of partnerships, networks, relationships, and projects;
• Demonstrates collaborative and reciprocal relationships and partnerships to address issues of importance to the field of environmental studies;
• Increases environmental awareness through knowledge-sharing and outreach activities;
• Encourages environmental action and empowers and supports others to become involved in activities related to
the field of environmental studies;
• Promotes the mobilization of knowledge and research to action and practice.

Nominations for or applications from individuals, groups, or organizations who work in interdisciplinary and multi- sectoral teams to advance the field of environmental studies through the development, enhancement, or expansion of innovative collaborations and networks are particularly encouraged.
This award is made possible by a healthy level of participation and membership in the environmental studies community. All nominators and nominees are encouraged to participate in ESAC by maintaining their ESAC memberships or becoming members.

To nominate yourself or others, please see the attached nomination form. Nominations will be due electronically on Friday, April 4th, 2014 by midnight (EST) to Ashlee Cunsolo Willox, ESAC Board Member, at ashlee_cunsolowillox@cbu.ca. Selection for the award will be made by the ESAC Board. Winners will be notified by the end of April, 2013, and officially announced and honoured at the annual ESAC conference at Brock University, Ontario, as part of Congress 2014.
We are grateful to the media sponsorship for the ECO-Award kindly provided by Alternatives Journal.

ECO-Award Nomination Form

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ESAC | ACÉE

Published on 22 November 2013 by in ESAC News

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ESAC | ACÉE

ESAC | ACEE
A Brief History of ESAC
Board Members
What is a Learned Society?

 
 

Annual Conference

The ESAC 2014 Annual Conference is part of Congress 2014: “Borders Without Boundaries” hosted at Brock University. It will take place May 27 – May 29, 2014 in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Keynote speakers Dr. Ella Haley and Dr. Liette Vasseur have already been confirmed. Submissions for individual papers, pre-organized panel sessions, conference posters, or PechaKucha presentations are due December 20th, 2013. You can view the detailed Call For Papers here.

Conference updates can be found here.

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Brock University, St. Catharines, ON.
May 27 – May 29, 2014
Part of Congress 2014 “Borders Without Boundaries”

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Friday, January 24th, 2014.

The Environmental Studies Association of Canada (ESAC) is pleased to invite you to participate in its Annual Conference at Brock University as part of the Congress of the Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences 2014.

View the PDF.

As Canada’s leading association of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners involved in a diversity of environmental fields, ESAC facilitates networking and dialogue across environment-related fields and practices. The 2014 conference provides an excellent opportunity for delegates to take part in a lively exchange of ideas relating to the environment among students, researchers, members of NGOs, community groups, the public and private sector, academics, practitioners, policy makers, and activists. All are encouraged to make submissions on a broad range of issues and case studies including (but not limited to):

Knowledge and Environment Sustainable Livelihoods Climate Change
Environmental Education Resilience Community Sustainability
Politics of Environmental Knowledge Indigenous Peoples and Environment Environmental or Ecological Economics
Environmental Policy Sustainable Food Systems Gender and Environment
Marketing Sustainability Resource Management Environmental Psychology
Consumption/Production Political Ecology Sustainable Development

This year’s conference theme, “Borders Without Boundaries”, refers to the proximity of Brock University to the geopolitical border with the USA and primarily to the need to think, work and create beyond traditional disciplinary, historical, cultural and social boundaries.

We invite proposals for individual paper presentations, pre-organized panel sessions, poster presentations, or – new this year – PechaKucha talks!

Submission instructions – All proposals must be submitted by January 24th, 2014.

The conference organizing committee is accepting four distinct types of proposals:

  • Individual paper presentations of 15-20 minutes. Presenters will be placed in the most appropriate session available based on the topic or method.
  • Pre-Organized Panel Sessions of 1.5 hours. Sessions may include a series of papers (each 15-20 minutes long) on a single issue (with or without a discussion of the issue by a panel) or a workshop addressing a specific topic. Sessions must have a coordinator. The coordinator organizes the session, ensures their contributors are registered to the conference and are members of ESAC, and informs them of scheduling, etc. As part of the session proposal the coordinator should submit an abstract for the session along with the names of all contributors. Coordinators will then be required to follow up with a more detailed write-up including abstracts for each contribution by the end of March (to be used for the conference extended program).
  • Conference poster (and presentation). The ESAC Poster Competition is open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Posters will be displayed and authors available for informal  during the ESAC Wine and Cheese Event on May 27th, 2013.  For further details when available see www.esac.ca.
  • PechaKucha presentations of six minutes and 40 seconds. Open to graduate students and presented at the PechaKucha Night (in collaboration with CAG).

All Submissions should clearly state the type of submission (ie. individual paper, pre-organized session, conference poster, or PechaKucha presentation, etc.) and include an abstract of 300 words or less including:

  • The object of study or theme of session
  • Theoretical framework, concept or research question/objective
  • Methodology or practice
  • Main conclusions
  • Relevance to the theme of Borders Without Boundaries
  • At least three keywords to assist the conference committee in assigning your paper to an appropriate session if not a self-contained panel or workshop proposal
  • The institutional affiliation and contact email of the contributor(s).

Submissions should be sent by email to ESAC2014@brocku.ca by January 24th, 2014. Acceptance e-mails will be sent out in March, 2014.
Further Information

You must be an ESAC member in good standing to present at the conference. Presenters not possessing membership will be removed from the program. Please visit http://www.esac.ca/join-esac/ for details on becoming a member of ESAC. All delegates must also register for both ESAC and Congress through the Congress registration website.
May 27: ESAC Opening Plenary and Program, Poster Competition, Wine and Cheese, Eco-Award
May 28: ESAC Program, PechaKucha Night (in collaboration with CAG)
May 29: ESAC Program, Banquet (in collaboration with CAG and CCA)

Keynote speakers already confirmed include:

Dr. Ella Haley

Dr. Haley is a founding member and Executive Director of Sustainable Brant, a founding Board member of the Langford Conservancy, and is a member of the National Farmers Union and the Ecological Farmers of Ontario. She is also an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Environmental Sciences at Athabasca University. Dr. Haley has worked tirelessly on land conservation issues, and has dedicated her career to bringing numerous stakeholders together for the betterment of community and environment. In 2013 Dr. Haley won ESAC’s ECO-Award for her outstanding contributions within the field of environmental studies.

Dr. Liette Vasseur

Dr. Vasseur is a full professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Brock University where she is also a member of the Women and Gender Studies program and the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, one of the five transdisciplinary spaces at the University. She currently leads the thematic group on Climate Change Adaptation of the Commission for Ecosystem Management of the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Her research program is highly interdisciplinary and links issues such as community-based ecosystem management, climate change adaptation, resilience and sustainable agriculture. Her community-research work with the City of Greater Sudbury led her to receive in 2011 the Latornell Pioneers Award from Conservation Ontario. Her work focuses not only on Canada but also Africa and China, where she is a Minjiang Scholar at Fujian Agriculture and Forestry University.

Program and Local Coordinators: Ryan Plummer and Luaine Hathaway, Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, Brock University

ESAC Co-Presidents: Chris Ling and Shirley Thompson

Please visit www.esac.ca for further information and announcements or contact ESAC2014@brocku.ca if you have any questions.

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