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Following the molecules: the importance of water in Canada’s future

The success of Canada as a nation is directly tied to water. It is linked to our economy, society, and environment, so its protection and proper management is critical. With the future of this resource being threatened, careful consideration and planning will be required to ensure its future sustainability.

This latest ConocoPhillips IRIS seminar will outline how vital water is to our nation, and the role that industries, regulators, and citizens play in ensuring its sustainability.

Learn about:

  • Where and how much water we have (including groundwater – the overlooked resource).
  • How we are using it, and the effects (positive and negative).
  • Threats to its sustainability, both internally and from outside our borders.
  • Mitigation strategies to ensure its protection and proper management.

About the speaker:

Jon Fennell is a Principal Hydrogeologist at Integrated Sustainability Consultants Ltd. with over 28 years consulting experience in the natural resource sector.  He received his B.Sc. in Geology from the University of Saskatchewan in 1985, M.Sc. in Hydrogeology from the University of Calgary in 1994, and a Doctorate in Geochemistry from the University of Calgary in 2008.  He specializes in water supply, disposal, environmental forensics, climate impact analysis, risk assessment, and the development of mitigation and management strategies to facilitate sustainable solutions.  Fennell is active in the water community and is currently co-author on a manuscript to raise awareness of groundwater, its connectivity to the surface environment, and its importance to our future water security.  He is keen to share some of his knowledge and perspective on the water situation in Canada.

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The ConocoPhillips IRIS Seminar Series is proudly supported by ConocoPhillips and administered by the Centre for Corporate Sustainability at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary.


February 16, 2017


4:30 pm to 5:30 pm


BMO Financial Group Forum, Third Floor, Haskayne School of Business

University of Calgary Main Campus 2500 University Drive NW

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