March 14, 2016

MEDIA RELEASE: Inside Education inspires ripple effect of water leadership in Alberta’s youth

Students and teachers from 20 high schools across Alberta gathered in Canmore March 10-13, 2016 for Inside Education’s Navigate 2016 Youth Water and Environmental Leadership Summit. This unique three-day conference was an opportunity to examine Alberta’s water story and gain support towards making a valuable impact.

“The students we met will ultimately be the ones entrusted with the future of Alberta’s water,” said Jayme Nelson, Chair of Navigate 2016. “Navigate provides them with the multiple perspectives necessary to think critically about what they learn and the context to examine their own role in shaping this integral resource.”

During the conference, students and teachers heard from many of the province’s leading water experts and stakeholders. The program exposed delegates to the science, issues, innovations and careers related to Alberta’s water. Navigate was designed to advance literacy of the most pressing issues in water and this year’s event addressed climate change, species at risk and water management. Special guest speakers included National Geographic Adventurer of the Year” Julie Angus, Deputy Minister Alberta Agriculture & Forestry Beverly Yee and Google Science fair winner Hayley Todesco.

Teams of two teachers and four students from 20 high schools throughout the province were selected to attend the Summit with a full scholarship. Each team has started a practical Navigate Leadership Project, designed to advance water and environmental education in their schools and communities.

“We are confident these projects will continue to involve more young people with today’s water issues, long after the Summit,” said Steve McIsaac, Inside Education’s Executive Director. “These students are ambassadors, already stepping forward to apply their knowledge and passion for water conservation in a meaningful way. They will no doubt inspire others in their schools and communities to become leaders in water stewardship.”

Inside Education’s Navigate Summit was previously held in 2012 and 2014. Visit for more information.

Interviews can be arranged with students and teachers from your area, or with Navigate organizers. High-resolution photos are available. For more information, please contact:

Bekki Hall, Communications Manager

Inside Education is an award-winning charitable education society enabling Canadian teachers and students to experience the science, technology and issues related to natural resources and the environment. For over 30 years, Inside Education’s programs have engaged learners with multiple perspectives in order to inspire youth to think critically and become leaders in stewardship. 


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