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Jeff Ridal to receive Honorary Diploma at St. Lawrence College Convocation


(Cornwall, June 2, 2009) Over 420 students will be graduating from 33 programs at St. Lawrence College, Cornwall Campus, this Friday. During these ceremonies, an Honorary Diploma will be presented to Jeff Ridal, Executive Director of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. This prestigious award acknowledges Ridal’s long-standing and outstanding contributions to the College and the community.

Jeff Ridal is a graduate of CCVS in Cornwall and attended Trent University where he majored in chemistry. After completing his Masters degree at the University of Ottawa, he combined his interests in chemistry and the environment through a PhD in Oceanography at Dalhousie University in Halifax. Ridal’s post-doctoral appointments brought him to Canada’s Centre for Inland Waters (where he worked on the Great Lakes) and then at the University of Montreal where he conducted research on small Laurentian lakes.

He returned to Cornwall in 1995 where he turned his attention to rivers and the development of the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, serving as research scientist, manager and presently as Executive Director.

In 2004, Ridal helped initiate St. Lawrence College’s Environment Technician program and has taught several courses for the program. He is also an adjunct professor at both Queen’s University and the University of Ottawa, and has published widely on water quality and the sources and fates of contaminants in the environment. He is also a member of the Canada-US International Joint Commission’s Science Advisory Board.

In addition to his activities with the River Institute, his local contributions include serving as the Chair of the Clean Air Cornwall for the past 8 years, and he is a founding member of the Cornwall Carbon Reduction Initiative and the St Lawrence River Restoration Council.

"Jeff Ridal has been instrumental in the building of the College’s very important partnership with the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences," said Chris Whitaker, president and CEO of St. Lawrence College. "We are proud to acknowledge his achievements, his success and his role in enhancing the environment within our city and area. He is truly an inspiration for local youngsters, our students and our graduates."

Convocation Ceremonies will take place at Aultsville Theatre at 10am and 2pm on Friday, June 5, 2009.