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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.


How Did that Chemical from My TV End Up in Me and an Arctic Fish?

Miriam Diamond, University of Toronto

We are exposed to thousands of chemicals, some of which are or could be of concern for our health. In this talk, we follow the journey of flame retardants that are commonly used in, for example, electrical and electronic products, from their source to final destination in people and the environment far from their point of use. The journey illustrates the complexities and challenges of understanding and effectively managing chemicals in today's fast-paced consumer world. Ensuring that legislative reform keeps pace with these challenges is key to ensuring the long term effectiveness of Canada's Chemical Management Plan.

Miriam Diamond is an internationally-recognized expert on toxic chemicals. She is a Professor at University of Toronto and co-chair of the Canadian Chemical Management Plan Science Committee. In 2007, she was named Environmental Scientist of the Year by the Royal Geographic Society of Canada. She sits on the boards or advisory committees of the International Panel on Chemical Pollution, San Francisco Estuary Institute Emerging Chemicals Working Group, and the Canadian Environmental Law Association.

The 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 Canadian Museum of Nature and many other sponsors.

Patrons:
The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, September 27, 2018, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7:15am)
**New Location: Sir John A. Macdonald (SJAM) Building - Room 100
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. Others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after September 24, 2018.

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Contact information: Meghan Johnson - mjohnson@nature.ca - 613-868-7437