Started in 2006, the Another Drop Lecture Series provides an opportunity to present research, policy, and case studies that aid in our understanding of linkages between water, environment, and health. The purpose is to provide the local academic and broader community with an insight into the many and varied challenges faced around the world. The lectures are held monthly on a Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm in September, November, January, February and March. Speakers tend to be recruited from local universities or Toronto-based NGOs.


Upcoming Lectures

Another Drop March 2015

Water & Energy for Societies, Equality & Sustainable Development

March 10, 2015

This Another Drop event will feature the launch of the UN report, Putting Water and Energy at the Heart of Sustainable Development, a reception announcing a new partnership between UNU-INWEH and EPCOR, and a seminar presentation on the importance of meeting water and energy targets post-2015.

To register your spot at the event, please fill out the form here.




Past Another Drop Lectures

JAN 2015: The China-Canada Three Gorges Water Science Centre’s Role In Addressing Sustainable Water Management Of The Three Gorges Reservoir

January 13, 2015

Another Drop_Ken Drouillard POSTERThe Three Gorges Dam is one of the world’s largest hydraulic engineering projects used to generate and supply electrical power, control flooding, and provide a source of water, via diversions, to the north of China where water is limited. Situated on the Yangtze River, the reservoir is the second largest in the world. The Yangtze River itself supports 33% of agricultural production in China and is a critical resource and component to China’s water security. The China-Canada Three Gorges Water Science Centre (CCTW) was created as a coalition between Chinese and Canadian universities to generate a watershed approach to address water quality issues within the reservoir. This seminar will provide an overview of two sponsored reservoir projects, the vision of CCTW, and its future strategy to increase its expertise base through Canadian and Chinese institutional partnerships.

To learn more, visit the lecture’s event page here.

NOV. 2014 The Global Water Crisis As A Governance Crisis 

November 18, 2014 (7pm)

Another Drop_Dustin Garrick POSTER

Water has been called blue gold and the new oil of the 21st century, raising the spectre of water wars between sovereign nations due to growing competition for clean freshwater. Climate variability and change are threat multipliers superimposed on connected food, energy and water security challenges. This presentation separates the rhetoric from the reality by framing the global water crisis as a crisis of governance. It identifies the drivers of the global water crisis and examines policy responses in large rivers of North America and Australia, closing with implications for Canada’s domestic and foreign policy.

To learn more, visit the lecture’s event page here.




OCT. 2014 Water, Climate & Society 

October 07, 2014 (6:30pm)

Another Drop Water Week PosterWhether through extreme events or sea-level rise, many of the impacts of climate change are delivered by water.The challenges are complex, and the need for science to inform decision-making has never been greater. This distinguished lecture hosts leading practitioners in Canada and the US to learn lessons from the frontlines of efforts to respond to climate change. The two lectures are complementary perspectives on the nature of the climate change challenges we face, and the policy options to adapt.

Attendees are also invited to the Philomathia Water Futures Wine & Cheese Reception proceeding this distinguished lecture beginning at 5:30pm. (RSVP by October 01, 2014 required.)

To learn more, visit the lecture’s event page here.


MARCH 2014 World Water Day 2014: The Water-Energy Nexus – From Global to Local

18 March 2014

Emma Quillerou

Emma Quillerou

WasteWater Emptiers Association

Michael Theodoulou
(Anaergia Inc.)

Dan McKinnon

Dan McKinnon
(City of Hamilton)

Water purification requires energy and energy production requires water. Water and energy are not only both closely interconnected and interdependent with choices and actions in one domain positively or negatively affecting the other, but combined together, they impact on sanitation and food production. As the “bottom billion” continue to urgently need access to water, electricity, sanitation and food, understanding the interlinkages and synergies between water and energy to alleviate poverty should be a priority. Water and energy is therefore the theme for this year’s World Water Day on March 22. This panel event will focus on the water-energy nexus and linkages to food security and health issues. Panelists will draw from examples from across the world to illustrate these linkages such as the current development of a Ugandan strategy for wastewater reuse and the City of Hamilton’s biogas initiative to achieve zero-net-energy use.

To learn more, visit the lecture’s event page here.

Forgot to take notes? Download each presenter’s powerpoint slides!

1) Emma Quillerou. 2) Michael Theodoulou. 3) Dan McKinnon.

FEB. 2014 Global Action, Local Impact: Mercury Contamination In Arctic Ecosystems

25 February 2014

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Igor Lehnherr, PhD

Northern ecosystems and peoples currently face a number of environmental challenges, including climate change and chemical contaminants. There has been increasing concern about mercury levels in marine and freshwater organisms in the Arctic, due to the importance of traditional country foods such as fish and marine mammals to the diet of Northern peoples. This talk will look at mercury in Arctic aquatic ecosystems, tracking its path from sources to animals and people, and answering questions such as “how can there be concern about mercury in a pristine region such as the Arctic?” This is a story that has chemical, ecological, and human aspects and is complicated by other issues such as climate change.

To learn more, visit the lecture’s event page here.


JAN. 2014 Sustainable Development Governance In The Post-2015 Development Era:
A Few Reflections

21 January 2014

Dr. Aslam Chaudhry

Dr. Aslam Chaudhry

In 2015, the Millennium Development Goals – a set of global targets ushered in with the new millennium designed to eradicate poverty around the world – will end. What will the global leaders choose as the next set of targets post-2015? With climate change, continued inequity in access to established human rights, and widespread conflict in parts of the world, these goals will be important for steering a future where change is the only certainty.What are the mechanisms for deciding these goals and targets? How does water fit in to sustainable development governance? Where does Canada fit in this process? This presentation will focus on the post-2015 agenda intergovernmental processes while reflecting on the lessons learned from the Millennium Development Goals and the broader role of water, especially with regard to agricultural management.

To learn more, visit the lecture’s event page here.

To print an event poster, download the seminar flyer here.


NOV. 2013 The Right to WaSH; the Right to Health

25 November 2013

Dr. Nancy Doubleday (McMaster University)

Dr. Nancy Doubleday,
McMaster University

Dr. Ross Pink (Global Water Rights)

Dr. Ross Pink, Global Water Rights

Mr. Pa ul General, Six Nations of the Grand River

Mr. Paul General, Six Nations of the Grand River

Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation

Catarina de Albuquerque, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to safe drinking water and sanitation

In 2010, the United Nations declared Access to water and sanitation a human right. Despite this declaration and the efforts of many NGOs and governments around the world, 780 million people remain without access to improved sources of drinking water, with 653 million of them living in rural areas; 2.5 billion are still without improved sanitation and nearly 1.2 billion people still practice open defecation (UNICEF/WHO, 2012). Water and sanitation are strongly linked to hygiene and together they comprise WaSH (water supply, sanitation, and hygiene). WaSH problems are especially acute in low and middle income countries, which often lack the financial, human, and infrastructure resources. There is a critical need, both in Canada and globally, to address the problem of inadequate supplies of clean, safe water in rural, remote communities in order to improve health and wellbeing.

To learn more, visit the lecture’s event page here.

To print an event poster, download the seminar flyer here.

Missed the event? Watch the video below! (Hint: skip to 17:02 mins. to see the start of the event)


OCT. 2013 The Aftermath Of Natural Disasters: Realities And Myths

08 October 2013

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Dr. Lynda Redwood-Campbell, Professor in the Department of Family Medicine, McMaster University

The number of people affected by natural disasters continues to increase. Examples of natural disasters include floods, volcanic eruptions, earthquakes and tsunamis. The media will often report on a natural disaster initially but the public interest soon fades. Dr. Redwood-Campbell will discuss the realities (and myths) of working in a post natural disaster setting. What is it like after the disaster? She will focus on the 2004 Asian tsunami response in Aceh Indonesia as an example. Dr. Redwood-Campbell will describe how the 2004 tsunami devastated the community, affected the health and wellbeing of individuals and how two medical universities are working together eight years later.

To learn more, download the seminar flyer here.

SEPT. 2013 ‘Wallace’s Dream Ponds’: The Malili Lakes of Sulawesi Island

10 September, 2013
Douglas Haffner, UNU-INWEH Another Drop Seminar Series

Douglas Haffner, Research Chair, Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research (GLIER), University of Windsor.

Sulawesi Island, Indonesia, has played a very important part in the history of evolution as the island’s biodiversity is very unique compared with other islands of Indonesia and their association with either the Asian or Australian flora and fauna.  Alfred Wallace spent most of his time trying to understand the evolutionary history on what he referred to as the ‘Ultimate Island’, before writing his famous letter to Charles Darwin.  This talk reviews the formation of Sulawesi, the creation and the biological evolution of the Malili Lakes, and explores why these lakes contain the highest percent of endemic species in the world.  This talk will also review how these lakes will contribute to our understanding of major climate events such long term variations in the Southern Oscillation.

To learn more, download the seminar flyer here.


FEB. 2013 Water is Life: Issues Facing Canada and China in the 21st Century

5 February, 2013
Harvey Shear

Dr. Harvey Shear, Professor, Geography Dept., University of Toronto

Canada and China each face major challenges in managing their water resources in the 21st Century (both quality and quantity). While one might think that such vast countries would not experience these problems, they both do, but for very different reasons. This seminar will examine the issues in each country and what, if anything, governments and citizens are doing to guard their water resources.

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View the video below to listen to Dr. Shear’s lecture.

JAN. 2013 Addressing Water Quantity and Quality Concerns in the Peace-Athabasca Delta, Northern Alberta, From Perspectives of the Past

8 January, 2013
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Dr. Brent Wolfe, Associate Professor, Geography and Environmental Studies Dept., Wilfrid Laurier University

Effective stewardship of floodplain landscapes requires knowledge of the relative roles of natural processes and upstream human activities on environmental flows. In floodplain landscapes, hydro-ecological conditions that develop from potentially competing drivers, such as climate change and industrial development, tend to be expressed at spatial and temporal scales that are often inadequately captured by existing monitoring datasets. Consequently, perceived cause – effect relations may be misunderstood, conflict can escalate among stakeholders, and effectiveness of surveillance systems, policies, and governance may be impaired. This is the context for the Peace-Athabasca Delta, an internationally-recognized water-rich floodplain landscape located in northern Alberta that has been subject to multiple stressors. Based on over a decade of research, this seminar will relay key findings from lake sediment records that have fostered an unparalleled window into the past to address water quantity and quality concerns of today.

To download the lecture flyer click here.
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