Atlantic DataStream Kickoff – Event Agenda

Join us in Halifax on June 5-6 for a two-day conference and celebration kicking off Atlantic DataStream.  The fun is just getting started. All day long we’ll have great resources to help you share your Atlantic DataStream Kickoff Experience on social media – updated hourly.

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Day One: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Kickoff Conference

Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 – Kenneth C. Rowe Hall (1055 Marginal Rd, Halifax)

9:30 a.m. – 10:25 a.m. Doors & Registration Open. Coffee and refreshments will be served.
10:25 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Conference Housekeeping.
10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Territory Acknowledgment & Opening Remarks

  •  Don Julian, Confederacy of Mainlaind Mi’kmaq
  •  Emma Wattie, Atlantic Water Network
11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Panel Discussion: The Partnership of DataStream

What is Atlantic DataStream? Learn the inside story behind DataStream from platform experts including: why Atlantic DataStream was developed; how it is changing the game; and the impact that Mackenzie DataStream is having in the Northwest Territories. Discussion followed by Q&A.

  •  Graeme Stewart-Robertson, ACAP Saint John (Moderator)
  •  Carolyn DuBois, The Gordon Foundation
  •  Emma Wattie, Atlantic Water Network
  •  Elizabeth Hendriks, WWF-Canada
  •  Gila Somers, Government of the Northwest Territories
12:15 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch & Networking
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Featured Presentations: Collaboration, Data & Action

  •  Arash Shahsavarani, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  •  Ken Paul, Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat
  • Aislin Livingstone, The Gordon Foundation
  • Kat Hartwig, Living Lakes Canada
2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Snack Break
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Showcasing Atlantic Canada

Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network rebranding

  •  Emma Wattie, Atlantic Water Network

 Pecha Kucha Storytelling – How does your work drive the data-to-policy cycle?

  •  Rémi Donelle, Shediac Bay Watershed Association
  •  Emma Kinley & Sarah MacLeod, Bluenose Coastal Action Foundation
  •  Angela Douglas, PEI Watershed Alliance
  •  Rebecca-Hersom Petersen, Abegweit Conservation Society
  •  Amy Weston, Adopt-a-Stream
  •  Donna Carroll, NunatuKavut
4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Wrap up & Closing Remarks


 Day One: Tuesday, June 5, 2018

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Evening Reception

Garrison Brewing Company (1055 Marginal Road, Halifax)


6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Kick back at a cocktail reception celebrating community water monitors (like yourself) who protect Atlantic Canada’s freshwater – non-alcoholic beverages, vegan and gluten free food options provided.

 Join our brand new Atlantic DataStreamers Stewards & Collaborators Facebook Group so that you can network online and off with conference attendees.

8:30 p.m. Last Call.
Day Two: Wednesday, June 6, 2018 (Waiting List Only)

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Water Monitoring Field Trip along The Shubenacadie River

Tidal Bore Rafting Lodge, 12215 NS-215, Urbania, NS)

Shuttle bus to and from Tidal Bore Rafting Lodge (departs from the Delta Barrington Hotel at 8:45 a.m. and returns to Halifax for approximately 6:00 p.m.)  Day two shuttle schedule and driving directions.

**Field Trip is “rain or shine” – come prepared for the weather**

9:45 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Welcome & Opening Remarks. Coffee and refreshments will be served.
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Featured Presentation: Mi’kmaw Conservation Group

Introduction and welcome to the river and background on its significance. Learn about Two-Eyed Seeing and participate in a case study about the Shubenacadie River Monitoring Program.

  • Alanna Syliboy, Confederacy of Mainland Mi’kmaw
10:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Snack Break
11:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Featured Presentation: Scientists’ Perspectives on DataStream

Experience the power of DataStream and explore the data that is currently available on this new platform

  •  Megan Thompson, Managment and Solutions in Environmental Science (MSES)
  •  Lindsay Day, The Gordon Foundation
11:30 a.m. – 12:50 p.m. Group Activities

 Group A: Hoskin Scientific Water Monitoring Equipment 101 Demonstration.

 Group B: Atlantic DataStream Data Blitz with Simon Mitchell (WWF-Canada)

12:50 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Group Photo & Lunch
2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m. Group Activities

 Group A: Atlantic DataStream Data Blitz with Simon Mitchell (WWF-Canada)

 Group B: Hoskin Scientific Water Monitoring Equipment 101 Demonstration.

3:45 -4:15 p.m. Closing Remarks & Send Off
4:45 p.m. Bus returns to Halifax
5:oo p.m. Optional: Rafting Tour on the Shubenacadie River

Return transportation to Halifax provided following excursion.