11th Annual World Wetlands Day Research Symposium at the University of Waterloo

WWD 2023 Poster

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. To learn more about the Convention, visit: https://www.ramsar.org/.

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.

Distinguished Public Lecture and Panel Registration Here.

The proposed schedule for this event is:

Time Event
5:00 - 5:10 Introduction and Land Acknowledgment
5:10 - 6:45 Poster Session and Reception
7:00 - 7:45 Distinguished Public 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 (https://www.gret-perg.ulaval.ca/team/)

Image of Dr. Line Rochefort in the field Line Rochefort is a professor in the Department of Plant Sciences at Université Laval since 1991. She is the leader in peatland ecological restoration in Canada and one of the world's pioneers in this field. She has nearly 170 peer-reviewed scientific papers to her credit.

In 1992-1993 Line Rochefort founded the Peatland Ecology Research Group (PERG). This group brings together researchers from several universities, industrial partners and federal and provincial government agencies, creating a fertile and stimulating field of exchange for students and researchers. Line Rochefort has been the instigator of a new field of research in Canada's peat industry, namely the development of peatland restoration techniques after peat extraction. Sphagnum peatland restoration is now used not only in North America, but also in South America, Japan, Australia and Europe. Line Rochefort is also the instigator of Sphagnum farming projects in Canada. Her professional and academic career led her to visit and evaluate, as an expert, a wide range of wetland restoration projects in more than 40 countries.

From 2003 to 2018, Ms. Rochefort has worked closely with the Canadian peat industry as the NSERC Industrial Chair in Peatland Management. Since 2010, wetland restoration types and approaches have diversified to include fens, peatlands degraded by mineral-based road construction, winter roads, drill rigs for oil sands and seismic lines.

Line Rochefort is the national correspondent for Canada for the Scientific and Technical Review Panel (STRP) of the Ramsar Convention since April 2019, and participates as a contributing lead author for North America of the Global Peatland Assessment since 2021.


Dianna Kopansky (United Nations Environment Programme), Marie-Claire Leblanc (Canadian Sphagnum Peat Moss Association), Kristyn Mayner (Ducks Unlimited Canada), Line Rochefort (Université Laval), Rebecca Rooney (University of Waterloo)