University of Waterloo Ecohydrology Research Group World Wetlands Day Celebration


Waterloo ON

Event Date and Time
February 1st, 2023 at 5:00pm MST to February 1st, 2023 at 8:30pm MST

About World Wetlands Day

World Wetlands Day (WWD) is celebrated each year on February 2nd, which marks the day when the Convention on Wetlands was adopted in 1971 in Ramsar, Iran. The Convention is an international government agreement acknowledging the importance of wetlands and plays a central role in the wise use and conservation of these critical ecosystems.

The University of Waterloo’s WWD event is being held in person at Federation Hall on February 1st, 2023 at 5:00 pm until 8:30 pm EST.

The event will consist of a poster session and reception followed by a distinguished lecture by Dr. Line Rochefort and a panel discussion from wetland expert panelists on the topic of Wetland Restoration moderated by Dr. Rochefort.

Poster Session

There will be both an undergraduate and graduate level poster competition with prizes for first place! For those submitting poster titles after the poster session registration deadline of January 13, 2023, please email with your name and title.

The proposed schedule for this event is:

Time Event
5:00 - 5:10 Introduction and Land Acknowledgment
5:10 - 7:00 Poster Session and Reception
7:00 - 7:45 Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Line Rochefort
7:45 - 8:30 Panel Q&A: Wetland Restoration

The confirmed speakers for this event are as follows:

Distinguished Lecturer: Dr. Line Rochefort, Université Laval (

Dr. Line Rochefort, professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at Université Laval, is the leader in ecological peatland restoration in Canada and one of the world's pioneers in this field. In 2019, she was appointed as the Canadian National Focal Point for the Scientific and Technical Review Panel of the Ramsar Convention. Her professional and academic career has led her to visit and evaluate, as an expert, a wide range of wetland restoration projects in over 40 countries.

Panelists: To be announced