Learn first-hand the key issues in our region by participating on policy tours in the greater Saskatoon area.
Sign up for policy tours during registration; more tours will be announced in the lead up to the Summit.
If already registered, you can still go back and edit your registration. Call PNWER at (206) 443-7723 with questions.
Policy tours are not refundable on or after July 1
Wednesday, July 24 2:30pm -5:30pm
Meewasin Valley Authority and Wanuskewin
Planting the Future: How Conservation Protects More Than the Land
On this interactive tour you can participate in maintaining biodiversity at an active conservation site by planting native vegetation and experience live Indigenous performances at Wanuskewin Heritage Park, the longest active archeological dig site in Canada. Meewasin protects ecological, historical, and cultural aspects of the Saskatchewan River Valley through active conservation. There will be opportunities to learn about the importance of these areas to the economy, education, culture, and the environment. Meewasin is a conservation organization that specializes in partnerships with government, business, and public to protect natural habitat within an urban setting.
Participants will be doing a moderate amount of walking (approximately 1.5 km total over the afternoon) and should dress for the weather. A hat, sunscreen and sensible closed walking shoes are recommended.
Wednesday, July 24 2:30pm -5:30pm
Canadian Light Source
Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac)
The University of Saskatchewan has built an international reputation in many areas of innovative health, agriculture, environment, and advanced materials research. On this tour participants will get a first hand look at two of the world renown research facilities located on the University of Saskatchewan campus.
The Canadian Light Source (CLS) is a national research facility of the University of Saskatchewan and one of the largest science projects in Canada's history, producing the brightest light in the country- millions of times brighter than the sun. More than 1,000 academic, government, and industry scientists from around the world use the CLS every year. This tour will showcase the world-leading science conducted at CLS, ranging from mine tailing remediation, food security, and cancer research, to drug development and cutting-edge materials, like semiconductors and future battery technology.
The University of Saskatchewan’s VIDO-InterVac is dedicated to human and animal infectious disease research and vaccine development. The organization is home to some of the world’s most advanced vaccine research infrastructure including one of the largest biocontainment level 3Ag facilities. VIDO-InterVac’s more than 150 personnel come from over 25 countries and are committed to the investigation of infectious diseases and the development of effective disease mitigation strategies. In its four decades of experience, the organization has developed several world’s first vaccines, adjuvants and delivery technologies which have been successfully commercialized by industry. VIDO-InterVac’s collaborative culture enables swift responses to the challenges that infectious diseases pose to humans and animals.
Tour participants will get a first hand look at how researchers are developing innovative treatments for diseases in both humans and animals.
The 64-metre tall, 5,000-metre long dam along with the Qu’Appelle River Dam opened in 1967, as part of Canada's Centennial celebrations. Both dams created what we know as Lake Diefenbaker, a 225 kilometre long reservoir. In today’s dollars, the dam would cost more than $1 billon to build.
More than 60 per cent of the province’s population depends on the South Saskatchewan River and Lake Diefenbaker for their water supply. Gardiner Dam is a multi-use structure that supports renewable energy that helps reduce SaskPower’s greenhouse gas emissions, irrigation, recreation, municipal and industrial use, as well as flood control. The dam also feeds the Coteau Creek Hydroelectric Station. Launched in 1969, SaskPower’s Coteau Creek provides up to 186 megawatts of electricity, or enough to power more than 100,000 homes every year. The station, and hydro power in general, are contributing to SaskPower’s goal to reach 50 per cent renewable power generation by 2030. Participants would also visit SaskPower's hydro generating station.
Closed toe shoes required. Hard hats and protective gear will be provided.