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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.


Countering the hydrocarbon threat to Canada’s groundwater

with
Barbara Sherwood Lollar, University of Toronto

Hydrocarbon pollution of groundwater is a widespread problem in both rural and urban settings and a major concern for the millions of Canadians who rely on groundwater for their water supply. Key pollutants include oil and gas hydrocarbons from leaking underground storage tanks and pipelines, and chlorinated hydrocarbons, which are commonly used as manufacturing solvents, degreasing agents, and dry cleaning solutions.

Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar is internationally recognized for her research on the innovative use of natural isotope signatures to “fingerprint” and track contaminants, and measure the effectiveness of cleanup strategies. She will talk about her research and about the leading role that Canadian hydrogeologists are playing in finding ways to remove harmful chemicals from the water supply.

Dr. Barbara Sherwood Lollar, FRSC is a Professor in Geology, and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto, and Director of the Stable Isotope Laboratory. She has published extensively on geochemistry and environmental science and has earned numerous major research awards for her work. In 2000, she was profiled as one of TIME Canada’s “Leaders for the 21st Century” based on her research on innovative techniques for tracking organic contaminants in groundwater.

Simultaneous translation will be provided.

DATE: Thursday, May 5, 2005

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate, the Hon. Daniel Hays
--the Speaker of the House of Commons, the Hon. Peter Milliken
--Science and Engineering Research Canada (NSERC)