CoPEH-Canada Course and Webinar Series

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2021 Hybrid, multi-site course on ecosystem approaches to health

May 2021


Fires, floods. Extinction, equity. Deforestation, disease. Climate change, crisis.

Are you preoccupied by complex issues influencing the health of ecosystems, communities, humans or animals?


beeTransition, regenerative practices, resilience, adaptation, decolonization

Looking for approaches that can help you and your research or practice contribute to regenerative processes healing people, animals, ecosystems and the planet?


Discover innovative and dynamic approaches for better understanding the multiple factors which influence health – ecosystem approaches to health – with an experienced, pan-Canadian team. During this intensive course, you will learn methods for carrying out research and interventions on issues at the confluence of health, the environment and society.

This part online, part face-to-face (this will depend on university directives in the context of the evolving COVID-19 crisis) graduate level course on ecosystem approaches to health will be held at three “sites” in May: Montréal (UQAM), Guelph (University of Guelph), and an online “site.” Seven two-hour sessions (eight in the case of the online group) are conducted as simultaneous webinars across the sites. The rest of the time for the two university groups will be locally run sessions, including field trips (conditions permitting). We offer a rigorous, hands-on pedagogical approach.

This course is available to graduate students from all disciplines and also to professionals interested in these themes. It is possible to register for the full course for credit at one of the participating universities or to follow the eight webinars only, on-line (a certificate of completion is provided).

  • For those interested in following the webinar series or for general information*, please contact us at copehcanada <at>
  • For those interested in the course in Montréal, contact Jena Webb at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • For those interested in the course at Guelph, contact Jane Parmley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In 2020, the schedule for the webinars was Tuesdays and Thursdays from May 5th (webinar-only participants)/May 7th (all participants start) to May 28th from 1:30 pm (EST), ending at 3:30 (EST). We will update the 2021 schedule early in the new year.

Date Topic Lead
May 5 (online "site" only) Orientation to Hybrid Course/Webinar Series: Introduction & History of Principles of Ecohealth Jena Webb, UQAM
May 7  Case study: Health across species  Margot Parkes, UNBC; Jane Parmley, UofGuelph
May 12 Complexity & Systems Thinking  Jane Parmley, UofGuelph
May 14 Sex, Gender, & Social Equity  Johanne Saint-Charles, UQAM; Jena Webb, UQAM
May 19 Knowledge Translation  Audrey Simon, UdM;André Ravel, UdM
May 21 Resilience & Sustainability Margot Parkes, UNBC;Sandra Harris
May 26  Transdisciplinarity & Knowledges Jane Parmley, UoGuelph; Chelsea Himsworth, UBC
May 28 *NEW* Synthesis with expert panel on pandemics Panel: Mélanie Lafrançois, UQAM; Samira Mubareka, Sunnybrook Research Institute; David Waltner-Toews, UofGuelph 

* Fees apply, please contact us for more details as wel have a sliding payscale 

Course participant Blogs


Demand for beer cans tied to ancestral bones washing ashore in BC

By Jenn Diederich 

Green as a colour-blind approach to ‘activism’

By Bianca Dreyer

Leaded blood: is the Cerro de Pasco community left out?

By Stefany Ildefonso


Three of the 2017 Hybrid course participants' Blogs

Girls Rock Camp North: An Ecosystems Approach to Summer Camp?

By Shayna Dolan 

An ounce of protection is worth a pound of cure

By Charles Paco

Canada 150: A Bitter Slice of Watermelon to Swallow

By Marlee Vinegar


2015 Intensive field school PARTICIPANTS' BLOGS

Three of the blogs written in the context of the 8th CoPEH-Canada field school (2015; Montréal) were published on the "Semaine du Saint-Laurent" website (French only), in conjunction with the the David Suzuki Foundation, in the lead up to their 4th edition of the Saint Lawrence River appreciation week. 

Écrit par Lauren Yee, Bénédicte Calvet, Marina Favrim Gasparin, Charles Cardinal et Jolène Santerre