2017 Program

The full 2017 QNRS program can be found below. 

We are excited to announce that our 2017 keynote speakers will be Dr. Colleen Davison from Queen’s University and Dr. Luke Copland from the University of Ottawa!


Dr. Colleen Davison is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed between the Department of Public Health Sciences and the Department of Emergency Medicine.  Her work in the Canadian North, first as a school teacher and then as a Research Scientist and Social Epidemiologist, has spanned two decades.  She studies macro-environmental change and how this influences northern communities, particularly the children and adolescents in these places.

Her talk will be titled: Understanding the wellness impacts of community-level trauma for Inuit in Nunavut’s Kivalliq Region

Inuit communities in the Eastern Arctic have been exposed to rapid and dramatic change over the past half century. These groups have experienced forced relocation and settlement, residential schooling, epidemic illness and poverty.  After reviewing components of this shared history as well as aspects of an Inuit perspective on individual and family wellness, Dr. Davison will discuss her research with community members in Nunavut’s Kivalliq Region to support positive wellness journeys. 


Dr. Luke Copland is a Professor and Director of the Laboratory for Cryospheric Research in the Department of Geography, Environment and Geomatics at the University of Ottawa.  His research is focused on understanding the dynamics and recent changes of ice shelves, glaciers and ice caps across northern Canada, and he currently runs field research programs in the Yukon and on Axel Heiberg and Ellesmere Islands.

His talk will be titled: Are Canadian Arctic glaciers speeding up or slowing down in warming climate?

To enable accurate predictions of the response of glaciers to a warming climate, an understanding of how glacier motion will change is critical. Surface melt rates on glaciers in the Canadian Arctic have increased rapidly over the past several decades, but current theories suggest two potential velocity responses: a net glacier speedup due to increased basal lubrication, or a net slowdown due to increased efficiency of the subglacial drainage system. In this talk, recent field and remote sensing measurements of the velocity of land-terminating glaciers on Baffin Island, Axel Heiberg Island and the Yukon are compared with measurements made 50+ years ago. These suggest that there has been an overall decrease in glacier velocity, but these patterns contrast strongly with the rapid recent speed-up of some ocean-terminating glaciers in this region. A discussion of the reasons for these patterns will be presented, as well as an assessment of the likely future evolution of Canadian Arctic glaciers.

April 10th 2017

Location: Lecture Hall 1103, Biosciences Complex, Queen’s University


9:00 – 9:20   Opening remarks in room 1103 (Biosciences complex)

9:20 – 10:0   Keynote address 1: Dr. Luke Copland – Are Canadian Arctic   glaciers speeding up or slowing down in warming climate?

10:00 – 11:00  Session 1 oral presentations (4) in room 1103

11:00 – 12:00  Poster session (with coffee) in Biosciences atrium

12:00 – 12:45  Lunch in Biosciences atrium

12:45 – 1:25   Keynote address 2: Dr. Coleen Davison – Understanding the   wellness impacts of community-level trauma for Inuit in   Nunavut’s Kivalliq Region.

1:25 – 2:40   Session 2 oral presentations (5) in room 1103

2:40 – 3:00   Coffee break in Biosciences atrium

3:00 – 4:15  Session 3 oral presentations (5) in room 1103

4:20 – 6:00  informal gathering at the Grad Club