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Desjardins Financial Security Investments Inc. presents: Water Wednesdays with the Lake Winnipeg Foundation

Join us in Assiniboine Park this October for a three-part series featuring local experts talking local water: from algae blooms to zebra mussels and everything in between.

We’ve invited journalists, researchers, policy-makers, advocates and on-the-ground practitioners – an eclectic group of people with a diversity of experiences and perspectives. Over the course of three uniquely different nights, we’ll be picking their brains about the challenges facing our shared waters and the opportunities for solutions.

Three Wednesdays. Three themes. Three lively conversations.

  • When: Wed. Oct. 5, 12 and 19, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Where: The Qualico Family Centre (Tamarack Room)
  • Free admission

Oct. 5 – Frankly, Lake Winnipeg, no one gives a damn: Public perceptions and why they matter

With special guests:

  • Richard Cloutier, News Director, CJOB
  • Mary Agnes Welch, Research Associate, Probe Research, former Winnipeg Free Press policy reporter

Does Lake Winnipeg have a brand problem? How has social media changed the way water science is reported and understood? Do ordinary people have more power than they realize?

Oct. 12 – Creating smart water policy: Who gets to make the rules?

With special guests:

  • Gordon Goldsborough, Chair of the Manitoba Water Council, professor at the University of Manitoba (Department of Biological Sciences)
  • Matthew McCandless, Executive Director of IISD Experimental Lakes Area
  • Paul Vogt, President, Red River College, former Manitoba Cabinet Secretary

What’s the biggest obstacle to improving Manitoba’s water quality? Where should we start? How can we move forward if we disagree?

Oct. 19 – So now what: Water stewardship in the real world

With special guests:

  • Gordon Bluesky, Lands Manager with Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, south basin representative for the Lake Winnipeg Indigenous Collective (Update: due to unforeseen circumstances, Gordon will not be able to attend this event.)
  • Justin Reid, Manager, LaSalle Redboine Conservation District
  • Loren Remillard, President and CEO, The Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce
  • Francesco Zurzolo, Water and wastewater treatment systems designer, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Where are the opportunities for on-the-ground solutions? What does meaningful collaboration look like? How can we measure return on investment?

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