CWNSYP webinars

#CWNSYP webinars are organized by students and young professionals
for students and young professionals across Canada. 

Recent Webinar

Community Engagement: Ottawa River Watershed Study

Thursday, March 8 at 12:00 p.m. (EST)

Present and past #CWNSYP committee representatives Marina Steffensen and Oliver Dumville will discuss a federal watershed study of the Ottawa River watershed and its unique process of engagement, the scope of which includes a map-based digital platform, consultations with Indigenous communities, and broad engagement of other diverse groups. This study is being led by Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada, and is examining:

  • The natural, cultural, heritage and economic values associated with the watershed

  • Important indicators for assessing the health of the watershed

  • The potential creation of a watershed council

Learn how to participate in the Ottawa River watershed study and take away some innovative ideas on developing meaningful community watershed connections.

About the Speakers

Marina Steffenson

Marina Steffensen is a Policy Analyst with Environment and Climate Change Canada, working with the water policy team. She is also a representative on CWN’s Student and Young Professional Committee. Marina is passionate about helping to bridge the gap between scientific expertise and policy, making connections, educating, communicating and facilitating solutions. She recently finished a Master’s in Resource Management at Simon Fraser University and holds a Bachelor of Science in environmental science with a minor in biology, from Carleton University.


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Oliver Dumville is also a Policy Analyst with Environment and Climate Change, and was a regional representative on CWN’s Student and Young Professional Committee from 2015 to 2017. He holds a bachelor’s degree in ecology from Concordia University, a graduate diploma in integrated coastal and ocean management from the Marine Institute of Memorial University, and a master’s degree in public administration from Queen’s University. Previously, Oliver helped initiate small-scale aquaculture activities along the coast of Tanzania and contributed to fisheries research in the Philippines with the Canadian International Development Agency.


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