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Outstanding Contribution Award

Established in 2017, the CEW Award for Outstanding Contribution to Canadian Ecotoxicology recognizes individuals who have made a significant and measurable contribution to the field of ecotoxicological science in Canada. To be eligible for the Award, the recipient will have made a significant, measurable contribution, or accomplished a remarkable achievement, in the field of ecotoxicology in Canada.

Any CEW member may nominate an individual to the CEW Board. The nominator will:


  • describe the person’s background and the significant contribution for which they are being recognized, and its’ relevance to Canada

  • enclose no more than three letters of support (maximum 2 pages in length each)

  • enclose the nominee’s Curriculum vitae which will not be used in the selection process but will provide some context regarding the candidate’s profile

Submit all required info to the CEW Awards Officer Natacha Hogan

Nominations due June 1st, 2024

Playle Award

At the annual meeting, award recipients will be presented with a commemorative plaque, plus a cheque in the amount of $300 for Honours BSc students and $700 for MSc students.


Award recipients are expected to give an oral presentation on the subject of their thesis dissertation. The next Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop will be held in Ottawa, ON on October 2-5, 2023.


In order to support recipient attendance at the meeting, the following costs will be reimbursed by CEW, up to a maximum of CAD $1,000:

  • Registration at CEW

  • Reasonable expenses for transportation at minimum rates

  • Accommodation (if required).


Dr. Richard Playle Awards

Nominations are currently being sought for the Dr. Richard C. Playle Awards for Outstanding Theses in Ecotoxicology. These awards (one each at the BSc and MSc levels) were established by the Aquatic Toxicity Workshop (ATW), the precursor to CEW, in memory of Dr. Richard Colin Playle, a Professor of Biology at Wilfrid Laurier University from 1992 to 2005, who was an enthusiastic supporter of ATW and whose original insight spawned what was essentially a new area of research in aquatic toxicology: Biotic Ligand Modeling.

Submit all required info to the CEW Awards Officer Natacha Hogan

Nominations due June 1st, 2024

Student Attendance Grant

The Canadian Ecotoxicity Workshop (CEW Board of Directors) has established an attendance grant program whereby up to ten (10) attendance grants of $400.00 each will be given to Canadian university students to facilitate, support and enhance student attendance and presentation at annual CEWs.



Eligibility Criteria

To be considered for a CEW Student Attendance Grant, the following criteria must be met:

  • The applicant is enrolled as a student in a Canadian university as of the application deadline.

  • The student will deliver a platform or a poster presentation on their research at CEW 2024. Note: if a successful applicant does not attend in person, the award will be considered forfeit. 

  • The student has not received a CEW attendance grant in the past.

  • The student is willing to volunteer for the CEW 2024 student program. 


In addition, priority may be given to students who meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • Does not currently hold a major award (e.g. NSERC, MITACS, FRQNT, OGS)

  • Self-identify as a member of underrepresented or disadvantages groups. 

See the following for more information: 

Government of Canada, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion: Dimensions-Charter 

Canadian Science Policy Centre: EDI at Every Level: Inequities and Under-Representation in STEM      



By 11:00 pm EDT on June 30, 2024, applicants must submit to Bonnie Lo (

  • a completed application form;

  • a statement of support from the student’s academic supervisor (reference letter and endorsement of student presentation); and

  • an abstract (Word or PDF file) for a poster or platform paper on the student’s research.


Please note that abstracts must also be submitted via CEW ’s online abstract submission process to be considered for inclusion in the scientific program.


Prior to the application deadline, please contact Bonnie Lo for more information.



A selection committee will review all eligible applications. Students will be informed by

July 30th as to whether they will receive a CEW attendance grant.

Student Presentation Awards

Volunteer judges evaluate all student poster and platform presentations entered in the competitions according to criteria identified by the CEW Board of Directors, with input from students and judges. On the final day of CEW, certificates and cash prizes are awarded to the top three presenters in both the poster and platform presentation categories. CEW judges and members alike are consistently impressed by the high quality of student presentations! 

Effective 2018, our awards have been dedicated to two prominent scientists who had a significant impact on the CEW community.


Peter Chapman Outstanding Student Platform Award

In 2018, the CEW Board of Directors decided to name the top student platform award, “The Peter Chapman Outstanding Student Platform Presentation Award”, in memory of Dr. Peter M. Chapman (1951-2017). Peter was a loyal supporter of CEW and its predecessor, the Aquatic Toxicity Workshop (ATW), for decades and founded the first ATW student presentation awards in 1990. Peter was a world-renowned environmental toxicologist, partner in EVS Environmental Consultants in Vancouver for 25 years, and a senior partner of Golder for 10 more years after EVS’s merger with Golder, before retiring to his own consulting practice in 2014.

Arthur J. Niimi Outstanding
Student Poster Award

Also in 2018, the Board of Directors decided to dedicate the best student poster award, “The Arthur J. Niimi Outstanding Student Poster Presentation Award”, to retired scientist Art Niimi. In addition to his research in ecotoxicology with Fisheries and Oceans Canada’s Great Lakes Laboratory for Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences in Burlington for several decades, Art was Chair of the ATW Board of Directors for 20 years (1986-2005) and has been passionate about the medium of communication that poster presentations represent.


CEW has a student presentation competition with monetary prizes for first, second, and third place. Students can enter a poster or platform presentation in this competition. Volunteer non-student attendees (judges) are needed to evaluate these presentations. Three judges are needed for each presentation, so please consider volunteering.

Students indicate their interest in participating in the competition during abstract submission. To become a judge, non-student attendees indicate their interest in evaluating student presentations during conference registration.


Prior to the conference, conflicts of interest (i.e. supervisors, co-authors) between judges and student presenters are identified to the best of the committee’s knowledge. Then, excluding conflicts of interest, judges are randomly assigned to student presentations. The judges are notified of their assigned student presentations ahead of the conference so there is time to indicate further conflict of interest. While judging assignments are organized by the student program sub-committee, these students are not involved in the actual judging or tallying of scores for presentations.

During the conference, standard forms are provided (choice of digital or physical) for judges to score student presentations. The forms are constructed based on input from previous students and judges and are intended to help standardize the evaluation of presentations by providing a detailed scoring guide. When judges have completed and submitted their forms, scores are tallied by designated non-student members of the organizing committee. Following the last student presentation, all student scores are tallied and the scores from multiple judges are averaged to tabulate a mean score for each student. The mean scores are used to determine a first, second, and third place for both poster and platform presentations. 

To be considered for a Student Presentation Award, submit an abstract and indicate your judging preference during registration.

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