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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Crude oil on water - an expert perspective on spills, their impacts and remediation


Kenneth Lee

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

Even with a concerted global effort to replace carbon fuels with other energy sources, oil continues to be used widely around the world and will be transported by pipeline, rail, tanker trucks and ship for decades to come. Despite advances in technologies and safety protocols, future spills are inevitable and may have profound effects on aquatic ecosystems. The Royal Society of Canada invited Dr. Kenneth Lee and six other experts to conduct one of the most comprehensive investigations ever undertaken into spill impacts and response measures. In this talk, Dr. Lee will discuss their findings.

Dr. Lee is the Director of Oceans and Atmosphere at the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia’s national science organization. He is the author of more than 400 academic and technical publications. In 2010, identified him as one of the top 10 scientists in oil spill research during the previous decade. Prior to joining CSIRO in 2013, he was the founding Executive Director of the Centre for Offshore Oil, Gas and Energy Research, Fisheries and Oceans Canada. He has been awarded the “Prix d’Excellence” for exemplary contributions in science (Fisheries and Oceans Canada) and the Government of Canada’s “Federal Partners in Technology Transfer - Leadership Award.”

Presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, June 9, 2016, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after June 6, 2016

Contact information: Donna Boag,, 613-991-6369