Trent Press Release


October 31, 2001

Water: Who Owns It? Can You Trust it?

Herzberg Winner to Speak at Chancellor's Dialogues at Trent University: November 8, 2001

Trent University Chancellor Peter Gzowski will moderate a panel of experts addressing water, its quality and who owns it at Trent's annual Chancellor's Dialogue on Thursday, November 8th at 7:30 p.m. at Wenjack Theatre.

In what's sure to be a lively discussion of the pressing issues surrounding water today, Mr. Gzowski will host four renowned speakers, among them this week's winner of the $1 million Herzberg Award: David Schindler.

Professor Schindler, who began his career at Trent University in 1966 and received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Trent in 1995, was announced as winner of the Herzberg Award (created in honour of Nobel Prize winner Gerhard Herzberg) at a gala event held by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) on November 5th. Prof. Schindler is Killam Memorial Professor of Ecology at the University of Alberta, a Fellow of the Royal Society, founder of the Experimental Lakes Project of the Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans, a researcher on the effects of eutrophication, acid rain, radioactivity, and climate change on boreal ecosystems, and winner of many other awards. The Chancellor's Dialogues will be Prof. Schindler's first public appearance since winning the award Monday.

Joining Peter Gzowski and David Schindler at the Dialogues will be:

Richard Bocking: Award-winning BC filmmaker and author of Canada's Water-For Sale? and Mighty River: A Portrait of the Fraser. Mr. Bocking is also this year's Ashley Fellow at Trent.

Edwin E. Geldreich: A research microbiologist and consultant for the United Nations, World Health Organization, author of Microbial Quality Water Supply in Distribution Systems, and an expert asked by the Walkerton Inquiry to visit municipal water supply sites and submit a report.

Charles Caccia: MP for Davenport, former Minister of the Environment in 1983-84, recipient of the United Nations Global 500 Award, founder of the Parliamentary Centre for Environmentally Sustainable Development, Commission for the Wolrd Comission on Forests and Sustainable Development, and Chair of the Standing Committee on Environment and Sustainable Development.

(Original panelist Robin Harper is unable to attend for personal reasons.)

The Chancellor's Dialogues were created in honour of Peter Gzowski, whose term as Trent's Chancellor began July 1, 1999. Mr. Gzowski was the CBC radio host of Morningside from 1982 to 1997 and received an honorary degree from Trent in 1987 for public service and broadcasting.

Thursday's event will attract anyone interested the issues about a reliable and healthy water supply. All are welcome at this free event.

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Distribution: Peterborough, Regional


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