Human Health and the Environment ESSE Symposium February 7th

Posted on Friday, January 30th, 2015

Speaker Spotlight

Adria Vasil  Author of Ecoholic

By Mark Mizzoni 

Through her accessible and comprehensive books, the popular green advice column she's been writing since 2004, her public lectures, her regular appearances on CBC News, CTV"s Canada AM, and many other programs, Vasil helps regular people decipher legitimately green products and choices from the marketing greenwash now flooding store shelves. (What, for instance, does "all-natural" even mean?) Her writing, grounded in everyday concerns and people, has won praise from consumers, corporate audiences, and environmentalists alike. David Suzuki says of Ecoholic: "This book is for people who want to do something to lighten their impact on the planet. The small steps cost us little in the way of effort, money or time, but the cumulative effects can be enormous."

When you can catch her: Saturday, February 7th 9:40am - 10:45am

Holly Dressel Best-selling author and researcher

By Christine Beaumaster

Best-selling author and researcher Holly Dressel has become one of Canada’s most recognized names in environmental studies,health care history and practices, economic
concerns and aboriginal issues.

Dressel is best known for her collaborations with celebrated environmentalist David Suzuki on film and radio programs and books. She was the producer, researcher and co-writer
with Dr. Suzuki of the eight-hour CBC radio special, From Naked Ape to Super-species, which sold more copies than any other series in CBC history.

Dressel and Suzuki then co-wrote a best-selling book by the same title, and followed up with another, widely acclaimed best-seller investigating how to achieve environmental
sustainability titled, Good News for a Change.

Dressel has been a writer, producer and broadcaster for CBC radio since the 1980s, and has gained prominence through her work, especially on television documentary. Her
production credits include several specials broadcast on CBC’s The Nature of Things, many other CBC and National Film Board works,  as well as programs and series broadcast
on the National Geographic Channel, CTV, PBS and Global television.

Dressel was a Board member of the Sierra Club of Canada until June of 2009, has written extensively for newspapers, magazines and is a contributing editor for the U.S.-based
Yes! magazine.

Dressel continues to offer her expertise and research abilities to draw attention to controversial, current issues. In addition to her extensive involvement with environmental subjects,
in 2008 Dressel published Who Killed the Queen? The Story of a Community Hospital and How to Fix Health Care for McGill-Queen’s University Press.

When you can catch her:Saturday, February 7th  4pm - 5pm

Where: OAC Centennial Arboretum  Centre, University of Guelph 9:00am - 5:00pm $15 Students: $10

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