[AWARDS]: The W. Garfield Weston Foundation

Association of Canadian Universities for Northern Studies (ACUNS) with exciting award opportunities made possible by the generous support of The W. Garfield Weston Foundation.
The deadline to submit nominations and/or applications is January 31, 2018.
Call for Nominations – 2018 Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research
We are now accepting nominations for the Weston Family Prize, which celebrates extraordinary and inspiring individuals who have devoted their career to natural science research and have demonstrated leadership and mentorship in the Canadian North.
The award includes a prize of $50,000 cash and over $50,000 to support a postdoctoral fellow of the recipient’s choice. 
Full details on our website.
The W. Garfield Weston Awards for Northern Research and Northern Archaeological Research
Applications for the W. Garfield Weston Awards are now being accepted. 
Awards are available to postdoctoral fellows and graduate students (PhD and Masters) in northern science and northern archaeology whose research includes a fieldwork component. Curious to see if your research is considered “northern”? Have a look at our Northern Boundary Map.
Full details on our website.

[WEBALOGUE]: From Backyard to Mountain Meadow:  Exploring the Spiritual and Cultural Dimensions of Ecohealth

Just a friendly reminder that the next CoPEH-Can webalogue will be taking place on Wednesday Nov 22nd from 12:30-2:00pm PDT

Our topic will be: From Backyard to Mountain Meadow:  Exploring the Spiritual and Cultural Dimensions of Ecohealth

In his talk “Recovering the sacred in a broken place” Dr. Daniel Coleman will be looking at what would it mean to recover the sacred in a broken place such as the city of Hamilton, Ontario, where he lives, with its centuries of pollution and neglect? How might a desecrated land, a disrespected land, regain a sense of being “holy land”? “Holy” is a tricky word that can get us sidetracked with images of piety and self-righteousness, but it’s an important word for us to reconsider, because its root is the word for “hale”—meaning whole and healthy. So how might we regain a sense of the holy—this cosmic wholeness and health—in disrespected places and among their inhabitants, so that we can participate in the restoration of a holy, healthy land?

In her talk “Pilgrimage, sanctuary, and the place of parks and natural places in palliative care” Dr. Sonya Jakubec will focus on stories and lessons learned from research about parks experiences for people at end of life and experiencing palliative care. This talk will highlight accounts of pilgrimage and sanctuary – and the ways parks and nature teach us to grieve. Working in collaboration across health and parks sectors also pointed the way for an important professional practice pilgrimage – one returning palliative care back to social, public and natural places.

Our contributors will be:


Dr. Daniel Coleman is a settler scholar who lives in Hamilton, Ontario, and teaches at McMaster University where he studies and writes about Canadian Literature, whiteness, the literatures of Indigeneity and diaspora, and the cultural politics of reading. He has published numerous academic and creative non-fiction books as an author and as an editor. He is co-director, with his colleague Dr. Lorraine York, of McMaster’s Centre for Community-Engaged Narrative Arts.

Dr. Sonya L. Jakubec is a Registered Nurse, and an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Mount Royal University in Calgary, Alberta Canada. Her research is concerned with the interconnection of supportive environments and wellbeing across the lifespan

Moderator: Mary-Jane Yates, Program Lead, MPH, Health Promotion, School of Public Health

A session co-convened by CoPEH-Canada and EDGE (Ecological Determinants Group on Education)

You can REGISTER for this webalogue by clicking HERE
For more information on this event, past and future webalogues please visit: http://ecohealthkta.net/

[WEBINAR]: IAEH, Global Virome Project

IAEH Webinar Series

The Global Virome Project

Friday, November 17, 2017 at 12:00pm EST

Presented by Brooke Watson, EcoHealth Alliance
The incidence of emerging infectious disease events is on the rise, driven by expanding human populations, changes in land use, and interconnected global travel and trade. A large majority of these diseases, including SARS, MERS, Avian Influenza, and Ebola, are zoonoses caused by spillover from wildlife into human populations. These events can become pandemic and can devastate global networks and economies, but response strategies to novel viruses are necessarily reactive rather than preventative.

The Global Virome Project is an ambitious proposal to discover the majority of the world’s potential zoonoses before they spillover into humans by sampling and testing their mammalian and waterfowl host. In this webinar, we will discuss the rationale, mission, proof of concept, and strategy for the Global Virome Project.

This webinar is at 12pm Eastern Time (New York). For further time zone conversions, please use the time zone converter at this link: https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter-classic.html

REGISTER HERE: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/565687024594380545

[e-Dialogue]: With a view from local to global, Nature Canada

Nature Canada, in partnership with Changing the Conversation, launched Biodiversity Conversations: How important are the common loon and polar bears to Canadians? earlier this fall. This 4-part, real-time virtual conversation series explores biodiversity conservation in Canada with expert panelists from Nature Canada’s Women for Nature initiative.

This 2nd conversation, moderated by Professor Ann Dale, will use the Monarch Butterfly to illuminate the local to global interdependencies of biodiversity conservation. We hope to reveal the dynamic interconnections and the need for global governance systems essential to protecting critical habitats and migratory paths. Biodiversity, like climate change, does not respect political borders and requires a broader systems approach for its conservation.

To learn more about biodiversity, check out our resource library.

Date & Time

Join us on Tuesday, November 28th, at 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT /
10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT, to learn about biodiversity conservation.

Click here to join this e-Dialogue on Changing the Conversation.

Who Is Participating?

Professor Ann Dale, Co-Chair, Women for Nature
Dr. Valerie Behan-PelletierWomen for Nature e-Panelist; Honorary Research Associate, Invertebrate Biodiversity Program at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Holly Clermont, Doctoral Candidate, Royal Roads University
Michelle Corsi, Veterinary Science Assistant and H&S Lead, The Marine Mammal Center, San Francisco
Eleanor FastWomen for Nature e-Panelist; former Executive Director, Nature Canada
Sharolyn Mathieu VetteseWomen for Nature e-Panelist; President, SMV Energy Solutions; President and Inventor, Wind Simplicity Inc.; environmentalist
Laren StadelmanWomen for Nature e-Panelist; Management Consultant for not-for-profit and public sector clients; environmentalist

Click here to learn more about our expert panelists.


[JOB]: Post-doc with ILRI

Please see the vacancy below for a postdoc level job based in Kenya linked to a UK BBSRC funded project on zoonotic disease surveillance.
The International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) seeks to recruit a Post-Doctoral Fellow-Diagnostic Assays to support the diagnostic activities associated with the Zoolink project. These include both the analysis of samples collected during the life of the project and the conversion of selected assays into pen-side or high-throughput formats.
ILRI works to improve food and nutritional security and reduce poverty in developing countries through research for efficient, safe and sustainable use of livestock. It is the only one of 15 CGIAR research centres dedicated entirely to animal agriculture research for the developing world. Co-hosted by Kenya and Ethiopia, it has regional or country offices and projects in East, South and Southeast Asia as well as Central, East, Southern and West Africa. www.ilri.org
To source or develop and establish at ILRI the most appropriate assays for screening of human and animal samples for the targeted zoonotic diseases.To supervise the performance of the assays and interpret the resultsTo transfer the assays to suitable high-throughput and penside formats, and validate the performance of the new assaysContribute to resource mobilization and capacity buildingInteract with other members of the groupPublish results as peer-reviewed articles
PhD in Medical, Veterinary or Biological Sciences
Requisite and relevant publication record
2 to 5 years’ experience in relevant techniques in the development and performance of serological and nucleic acid–based diagnostic assays
Post location:  The research work will be undertaken in ILRI’s main laboratories in Nairobi and in the field laboratory in Busia, Kenya.
Position level: Post-doctoral level.
Duration: 3 years with the possibility of renewal, contingent upon individual performance and continued funding.
Benefits: ILRI offers a competitive salary and benefits package which includes medical insurance, life insurance and allowances for: education, housing, home leave, and annual holiday entitlement of 30 days + public holidays.
Applicants should send a cover letter and CV expressing their interest in the position, what they can bring to the role and the names and addresses (including telephone and email) of three referees who are knowledgeable about the candidate’s professional qualifications and work experience to the Director, People and Organizational Development through our recruitment portal http://ilri.simplicant.com/on or before 7 December 2017. The position title and reference number: PDDA/11/2017should be clearly marked on the subject line of the online application.

[JOB]: Hand Hygiene Coordinator at SickKids

Position Description

The Infection Prevention and Control Program is looking for a Hand Hygiene Coordinator who is accountable for and acts as the key resource person to provide coordination, organization, data collection, and support for the hospital’s hand hygiene program. Plans, develops, organizes and coordinates the operation of activities/events and communications as required. Responsible for maintaining professional relationships within SickKids as well as with external affiliates and organizations.

For full listing and job description, follow these instructions:

  1. Click this link: http://www.sickkids.ca/CareersVolunteering/careers/index.html
  2. Search for job posting “Hand Hygiene Coordinator – 8411”


The deadline to apply is fast approaching: November 17, 2017.