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May 22, 2019

5:45 am - 10:00 pm

Experimental Lakes Area - Pre-conference Tour

Take a day-trip to the world-famous IISD Experimental Lakes Area—the only place in the world where you can experiment on whole lakes. ELA is east of Winnipeg in northwestern Ontario. Sign-up is closed

(@ TBC)

May 24th || May 25th

May 23, 2019

8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Winnipeg Science Tour - Pre-conference Tour

Stops include a behind-the-scenes tour of the National Microbiology Laboratory at the Canadian Science Centre for Human and Animal Health; hands-on demos of how virtual-reality, robots, sensors and other tech can help with at-home health care at the University of Manitoba's College of Rehabilitation Sciences; General Electric's jet-engine testing, research and development centre; and a Journey to Churchill (including polar bears) tour at Assiniboine Park Zoo. Sign-up is closed.

(@ MTYP Front Doors)

10:00 am or 11:00 am

Volunteer-led Museum Tours - Pre-conference Tour

Manitoba Museum - 10:00 am

Canadian Museum for Human Rights - 10:00 am

Winnipeg Art Gallery - 11:00 am

(@ Manitoba Theatre for Young People)

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Opening/Welcome Event

We gather at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights for food and drink, a short presentation on how the museum uses modern technology to boost the user experience, and a guided tour. Watch a video about the museum.

(@ Canadian Museum for Human Rights)

May 22nd || May 25th

May 24, 2019

8:00 am - 8:30 am



8:30 am - 9:20 am

Indigenous Knowledge Keynote

Wilfred Buck, Elder

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

9:25 am - 10:25 am

Indigenous Knowledge Panel

Myrle Ballard, Kevin Brownlee & Shailesh Shukla Read bios

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

10:25 am - 10:45 am

Coffee Break

10:45 am - 11:30 am

Northern Health Panel: Tuberculosis in the North and Remote Health Delivery

Catherine Yoshida & Reg Urbanowski Read bios

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

11:35 am - Noon

STEAM fun: Creative Science

Seema Goel Read Bios

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

Noon - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Concurrent Session - Developing Trust with Communities when Reporting on Indigenous Issues

David McLeod & Martha Troian Read bios

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

Concurrent Session - The A in STEAM: Exploring Creativity in Science Communication

Julia Krolik, Nikki Berreth, Michelle Trudel & Nicole Dorville Read bios

(@ MTYP Room 2)

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Coffee Break

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Concurrent Session - Using Technology to Improve Agriculture Sustainability

Teresa De Kievit, Steve Whyard, Jacqueline Keena Read bios

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

Concurrent Session - Satellites and Jet Engines

Philip Ferguson & Brent Ostermann Read bios

(@ MTYP Room 2)

Concurrent Session - Speed dating: Best Practices in Research Communication – Talking about Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) and Other Topics

Research Communications Summit

(@ Inn at the Forks)

3:35 pm - 4:20 pm

Rethinking what is “Good” Science to Boost the Power of Indigenous Knowledge

Amy Etherington Read Bios

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

4:25 pm - 5:10 pm

Closing Keynote

Loretta Todd Read Bios

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

6:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Dine Around Winnipeg 

Confirm at Registration Desk

May 22nd || May 23rd || May 24th

May 25, 2019

8:00 am - 8:30 am



8:30 am - 9:30 am

Arctic Research Panel

Marianne Marcoux, John Iacozza Read bios

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

9:35 am - 10:20 am

ELA Water Research and Discoveries

Vince Palace Read bio

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

10:20 am - 10:40 am

Coffee Break

10:40 am - 11:25 am

Future Trends in Research - Panel

Research Communications Summit Read Bios

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

11:30 am - Noon

Before and After: Easy Tips for Good Design to Improve Communication

Julia Krolik 

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

Noon - 1:15 pm


1:15 pm - 2:30 pm

Concurrent Session - Freelance Skill Share Extraordinaire (Read More)

Lesley Evans Ogden & Niki Wilson

(@ Inn at the Forks)

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Concurrent Session - What can Museums and Natural History Collections Tell us About the Arctic?

Paul Sokoloff, Mike Jensen, Bruce Ford & Diane Sawatsky

(@ MTYP Room 2)

Concurrent Session - How to Break Through to Consumers with Truth vs Myth on Science and Health

Trish Jordan, Michel Aliani & Jean-Eric Ghia Read bios

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

2:30 pm - 2:55 pm

Coffee Break

2:55 pm - 3:40 pm

Assiniboine Park Zoo, Polar Bears and the Arctic Ecosystem

Stephen Petersen Read bio

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

3:45 pm - 4:30 pm

Good Story, Good Story Teller

Bob McDonald Read bio

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

4:45 pm - 5:45 pm

SWCC Annual General Meeting

(@ MTYP Main Theatre)

May 22nd || May 23rd || May 24th || May 25th

Download the SWCC 2019 Conference Schedule here: Program.pdf


2019 Annual Conference

Heart & Head

Manitoba Theatre for Young People

Winnipeg, Manitoba

May 23-25, 2019

This year's annual conference takes place at The Forks in downtown Winnipeg. The Forks, where the waters of the Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet before continuing north toward Hudson Bay, is a historic meeting place and link to Canada’s north. If Manitoba is Canada’s heart, then the north is Canada’s brain. The theme of this year’s conference is Heart & Head, with explorations into Indigenous knowledge, the health of our waters and the North.

This is the first time in its 48 years that SWCC has held its conference in Winnipeg. The Forks puts you in the centre of this great Prairie city.


P.O. Box 75 Station A

Toronto, ON

M5W 1A2

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