One Health at UCalgary Past Events
One Health Circle is a virtual webinar series open to the public. Our speakers address global problems from multiple perspectives; questions from the audience are encouraged.
One Health at UCalgary, Genome Alberta, the University of Alberta School of Public Health, Alberta Veterinary Medical Association, and AMR-One Health Consortium, hosted a multidisciplinary, cross-sectoral workshop series around issues that are threatening human, animal, and environmental health, and the sustainability of Alberta's livestock industry. The workshop series were opened to public and brought together stakeholders from the private sector, academia, and government for presentations and panel discussions.
We are proud to partner with faculties and research centres across UCalgary and with organizations from around the world, to offer training and live sessions related to One Health.
One Health Day: Dogs are awesome!
November 2, 2023
In-person event at Four Dogs Brewing Company (1205 1 St SW, Calgary, AB)
Dogs are a man's best friend, but have you ever thought of why? Not only are they one of the most loyal animals on earth providing humans with endless love and entertainment, they have some pretty incredible other roles as well! To celebrate One Health Day, we invited dog lovers to Four Dogs Brewing Company to learn about the important services dogs provide to people including those with disabilities, seniors, and in northern communities, and put their knowledge to the test with doggie trivia!
Madeline Kapiczowski (Volunteer Puppy Raiser, PADS & Interim Manager, UCVM) discussed what makes a service dog and her experience raising them, Dr. Ann Toohey (Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Community Health Sciences) talked about the importance and benefits of dog ownership and their relevance to seniors, and Dr. Tessa Baker (Postdoc, UCVM) spoke about the importance and role of dogs in remote northern Indigenous communities.
Smoothing Canada’s Clean Energy Transition
Webinar #28: November 29, 2023
To meet its decarbonization goals, Canada must reduce its use of fossil fuels to generate power and transition to clean electricity. Developing a flexible, resilient, and reliable electrical infrastructure is essential to this shift. Learn about technology changes, challenges to renewable energy integration, and how new approaches and policies can support Canada in meeting its net zero targets.
Dr. Sara Hastings-Simon (Associate Professor, Dept. of Science and School of Public Policy & Director, MSc Sustainable Energy Development Program, UCalgary) explain the factors driving the energy transition in the power sector, and the scope of the challenge for increasing renewable energy integration.
Dr. Blake Shaffer (Associate Professor, Dept. of Economics and School of Public Policy. UCalgary) discuss exciting innovations on the demand side of electricity markets, whereby flexible demand can enable grid decarbonization and improve affordability for consumers in the energy transition.
Building without waste: The circular economy in construction
Webinar #27: October 25, 2023
All of the materials that went into the construction of your house are part of an unsustainable linear economy that is reaching its environmental, economic, and social limits. Learn about how a circular economy in construction could design waste out of its systems leading to a more prosperous and less resource-exploitive economy while providing for healthier and more sustainable indoor environments.
Joshua Taron (Associate Professor, School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape, UCalgary) introduces how the circular economy in building construction will change practices. As an example of circularity, he describes his collaborative and transdisciplinary approach to revitalizing and sustaining the already-built environment. Dr. Shajay Bhooshan (Associate Director, Zaha Hadid Architects) speaks about the importance of architecture and urbanism to the health and wealth of cities.
Climate Change: Still an inconvenient truth?
Webinar #26: September 20, 2023
It’s been 17 years since Vice-President Al Gore released the original documentary highlighting the growing threat of global climate change. What have we learned since then? In this session you will be introduced to the challenges in predicting change in complex terrestrial and freshwater systems and the interpretation of uncertainty. We also discuss how climate change is increasingly driving other existential threats and the ongoing challenges we face in implementing science-informed actions.
Dr. Martyn Clark (Professor of Hydrology and Schulich Research Chair in Environmental Prediction, Schulich School of Engineering, UCalgary) presents on the transdisciplinary challenges of Earth System prediction and explains how the science information can be used to mitigate and manage climate threats.
Dr. Frederick Wrona (Svare Research Chair in Integrated Watershed Processes, UNESCO Chair in Mountain Water Sustainability & Professor, Dept. of Biological Sciences, UCalgary) shares information on growing observed consequences such as biodiversity loss, water availability, landscape degradation, and ocean acidification. He also discusses the ongoing challenges in developing climate science policy
Bugs, drugs, and your pet
Webinar #25: May 17, 2023
Antibiotics save pet lives but anytime they are used, antimicrobial resistance (AMR) can develop making infections more difficult, sometimes impossible, to treat. These infections can also be passed to other pets or people in the home. Frequent or inappropriate use of antibiotics may promote the development of AMR. Learn how companion animal veterinarians are working to improve antimicrobial stewardship in their practices and about the app that helps with that.
Dr. Shane Renwick (Manager, National Issues, Canadian Veterinary Medical Association), explains how AMR develops and why it matters to your pet. He describes the Stewardship of Antimicrobials by Veterinarians Initiative and the Firstline Antimicrobial Stewardship Mobile App co- developed with UCalgary. Dr. Ian Sandler (Chief Veterinary Medical Officer and Founder, Grey Wolf Animal Health) speaks to his experience using the Firstline App and the benefits of rethinking old protocols.
The answer to homelessness
Webinar #24: April 19, 2023
Canadians are seeing increasing numbers of people experiencing homelessness in their communities. Learn about the different faces of homelessness and the intersecting issues driving the problem.
Dr. Alison Grittner (Assistant Professor, Social Work, Cape Breton University) discusses her research with older persons experiencing homelessness.
Dr. Byron Miller (Professor, Dept. of Geography, UCalgary) focuses on the policy issues and gentrification that have contributed to increasing homelessness.
Nitrate pollution in groundwater and aquatic ecosystems: Causes, consequences & solutions
Webinar #23: March 15, 2023
Nitrate is often one the main pollutants in agriculturally impacted groundwater systems. Excess nitrate in water can cause algal blooms that harm water quality and threaten ecosystem health and drinking water sources. Learn how better land-use practices can protect water for future generations.
Dr. Bernhard Mayer (Professor, Dept. of Geoscience, UCalgary) describes nitrate pollution arising from agricultural activities, how the research team traces contaminants such as nitrate in the environment, and its impacts on groundwater and freshwater ecosystems.
Dr. Nandita Basu (Professor & CRC in Global Water Sustainability and Ecohydrology, UWaterloo) discusses how we can better protect our freshwater systems.
A One Health approach to sustainable wildlife health surveillance
Webinar #22: February 15, 2023
Cross-sectoral and transdisciplinary approaches are needed to implement effective and sustainable wildlife health surveillance systems at global scale. We are excited to welcome Drs. Mathieu Pruvot and Sarah Olson speak about WildHealthNet, an initiative led by the Wildlife Conservation Society, and how it responds to the global needs for wildlife health surveillance.
Dr. Sarah Olson (Director, Health Research, WCS Health Program) gives an overview of wildlife health surveillance at global scale, the needs, the current state of things and challenges, on-going efforts, and the role of international and conservation organization.
Dr. Mathieu Pruvot (Assistant Professor, UCVM, UCalgary & Wildlife Epidemiologist, WCS Health Program) presents the WCS initiative WildHealthNet and specifically how it was implemented in Southeast Asia.
Breaking barriers to veterinary care
Webinar #21: November 30, 2022
Pet owners want to provide the best for their pets and veterinarians believe that all pets deserve some level of care. However, approximately 50% of pets do not receive even basic veterinary care. We examine the barriers to veterinary care and the changes we can make to better serve pets and their families.
Kate Atema (Director of Community Grants & Initiatives, PetSmart Charities) and Dr. Robyn Jaynes (Director of Veterinary Affairs, PetSmart Charities) speaks to their work examining the barriers facing some pet owners looking for veterinary care
Dr. Serge Chalhoub (Associate Professor (Teaching), Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, UCalgary) talks about his work as the coordinator of a community outreach-service learning program (UCVM-CUPS Pet Health Clinic) for disadvantaged Calgarians.
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