Conference Schedule

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

9:00 amWelcome & IntroductionsTed Nason
9:10 amEnvironmental Science Regarding Oil Sands DevelopmentDavid Beorner
9:30 amOil Sands Monitoring Program in 2016: Status and DirectionFred Wrona
10:00 - 10:20 amRefreshments and Networking Break
Session 1: Emission, Transportation and Transformation, and Deposition
Session Chairs: Stewart Cober and Colin Cooke
10:20 amDifferences between Measured and Reported Volatile Organic Compound Emissions from Oil Sands Facilities in Alberta, CanadaShao-Meng Li
10:40 amModeling and Network Analysis of the Oil SandsPaul Makar
11:00 amFort McKay’s Air Quality and Odour Concerns and the 2016 AER and Alberta Health “Recurrent Human Health Complaints Technical Information Synthesis: Fort McKay Area” reportAlvaro Pinto
11:20 amCritical Loads of Acidic Deposition for Ecosystems in Northern Alberta and SaskatchewanJulian Aherne
11:40 amSpatial and Temporal Patterns of Trace Metal Deposition in the Athabasca Oil Sands RegionColin Cooke
12:00 - 1:10 pmLunch
Keynote Address: Lessons learned from the science - policy interface
Dr. Jill Baron, Co-Director of the USGS John Wesley Powell Center for Analysis and Synthesis
Session 1 Continued: Emission, Transportation and Transformation, and Deposition
Session Chairs: Stewart Cober & Colin Cooke
1:10 pmReconstructing Histories of Environmental Contamination in Lakes Near in-situ operations at Cold Lake Using Sediment CoresJennifer Korosi
1:30 pmAtmospheric Deposition of Contaminants to the Athabasca Oil Sands RegionJane Kirk
1:50 pmAn Industry Perspective on Deposition Patterns, Potential Sources and Data Gaps from Recent Oil Sands StudiesKelly Munkittrick
2:10 pmUsing Epiphytic Lichens to Elucidate the Sources and Spatial Distribution of Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons (PAHs) from Air Pollution in the Athabasca Oil Sands RegionMatt Landis
2:30 pmUse of Lake Sediments to Establish Baseline and Evaluate for Pollution at the Peace-Athabasca DeltaRoland Hall
2:50 pmSpeakers Panel Q&A Papers 1 through 10
Networking Break
3:45 - 5:30 pmPoster SessionsAuthors Present

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

8:30 - 9:00 amKeynote Address: Indigenous Ways of Knowing – Blackfoot Metaphysics
Dr. Leroy Little Bear, Senior Advisor to the President, Aboriginal Initiatives, University of Lethbridge
Panel Discussion: Linking Indigenous and Western Knowledge Systems: Applying different worldviews in a scientific framework
Session Chairs: Tracy Howlett & Karin Smith-Fargey
Panel Moderator: Dr. Brenda Parlee

Panel Participants:
  • Janelle Baker & Cecilia Fitzpatrick – From Traditional Knowledge to Testing: The Fort McKay WBEA Berry Project
  • Ron Zurawell & Gilmen Cardinal – Wabasca Lake Monitoring Project – Integrating Local Knowledge and Science for Common Objectives
  • Philippe Thomas & Wayne Courchesne – Impacts of Priority Pollutants on Free-Ranging Furbearing Wildlife in the Peace-Athabasca Delta
  • Peter Fortna & Matthew Whitehead – An Indigenous Traditional Knowledge Framework (CEMA)
9:00 amIntroductionBrenda Parlee
9:10 amTheme 1: Importance of relationshipsAll
9:20 amTheme 2: Methods: Areas of synergyAll
9:30 amTheme 3: Connection of monitoring to resultsAll
10:00 amWrap up by ModeratorBrenda Parlee
10:30 - 10:45 amRefreshments and Networking Break
Session 2: Biotic Effects, Landscape Disturbance and Biodiversity
Session Chairs: Bruce Pauli (ECCC) & Dan Farr (AEP)
10:45 amAssessment of Biological Condition in the Lower Athabasca River Tributaries, Mainstem and Deltaic WetlandsJoseph Culp
11:05 amMonitoring the Impacts of Exposure to Alkylated-PAHs in a Bioindicator Species, the River Otter (Lontra canadensis) through Community-Based Monitoring ProgramsPhilippe Thomas
11:25 amMonitoring Movement, Habitat Use and Survival of Endangered Whooping Cranes in the Oil Sands Mining RegionMark Bidwell
11:45 amSpatial Modelling of Exposure of Non-Target Mammals to Anticoagulant Rodenticides Can Inform Mitigation Options for Mammalian Predators Inhabiting Areas Impacted by Oil and Gas developmentPhilippe Thomas
12:05 - 1:00pmLunch
Session 2 Continued: Biotic Effects, Landscape Disturbance and Biodiversity
Session Chairs: Bruce Pauli & Dan Farr
1:00 pmBog Responses to an Altered Atmospheric Deposition Regime in the Athabasca Oil Sands RegionKelman Wieder
1:20 pmHuman Footprint Mapping to Support Biodiversity Monitoring in AlbertaJahan Kariyeva
1:40 pmAvian Response to Energy Sector Impacts at Different Scales: Do local-scale control-impact models tell us everything we need to know about cumulative effects?Erin Bayne
2:00 pmOil Sands Effects on Boreal Bird Communities: Characterizing Niche, Quantifying Cumulative Effects, and Assessing Sector and Stressor EffectsJudith Toms, Lisa Mahon
2:20 pmRoads, Pipelines, and Seismic Lines…What Might They Mean for Western Boreal Ducks?Stuart Slattery
2:40 - 3:00 pmSpeaker Panel Q&A Papers 11 through 19
3:00 pmClosing RemarksDavid Boerner

Program Description

In 2012 the governments of Canada and Alberta agreed to work together to develop a better understanding of environmental conditions in and around Alberta’s oil sands region.  The three-year Joint Oil Sands Monitoring (JOSM) Implementation Plan and successor Oil Sands Monitoring program included monitoring of air, water, land and biodiversity in an attempt to describe and evaluate cumulative environmental effects of resource development in the region.   Now in its fifth year of operation, Canada and Alberta are assessing scientific progress from this monitoring and inviting other scientists active in the region to share their learnings.

This scientific forum will explore what’s been learned about physical and chemical stressors on the environment in the oil sands region, what they are, where they originate and at what rates, what are their pathways through different environmental compartments (air, water, biota), how they are transformed in the environment, how these stresses are propagated through the boreal ecosystems, the fate of contaminants, what effects are being observed in biota and on air quality health index.  Presenters will share information on distribution patterns for substances of concern (metals, PAHs/PACs, VOCs, particulate matter, ozone, acidic substances and their precursors) in air and water and changes to land cover/habitat from development activities.  Presenters will further look at the behaviour of substances during transport through air and water, secondary pollutants resulting from transformation, and deposition from those media, leading to accumulation in the ecosystems including sediments and biota.  At the close of each session presenters will form a panel to take questions from members of the audience.  Integration of information to inform an ecosystem perspective is a paramount objective.

While the focus of JOSM, and our last Symposium, has been on the application of typically “western” scientific approaches, this year we are introducing a thread of presentations about Indigenous science and ways that JOSM projects are using both western and Indigenous perspectives.  Not only will presentations be embedded in the key theme areas, but the symposium will also include a session focused on community and Indigenous science and opportunities to connect with western science.  Panelists will share experience in connecting these views on the environment and provide insight into opportunities in the oil sands region.