The Society of Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry will recognize David Janz, Professor
at Western College of Veterinary Medicine at University of Saskatchewan, with the SETAC Regional Chapter Award
at the 7th SETAC World Congress/SETAC North America 37th Annual Meeting, 6-10 November in Orlando, Florida.
In 2009, Janz noticed a sizable gap in the SETAC regional chapter map and set out to establish what is today the
Prairie Northern Chapter (PNC). The PNC has the largest geographic region, which in its own right creates
challenges, but Janz was not discouraged. By 2010, he had established the chapter, written the constitution and
bylaws, and was well into planning its first annual meeting. His previous experience in the Ozark Prairie Chapter, as
member for five years and president for two, provided the necessary background for success.
Regional meetings are a good introduction to the society and a smaller, more relaxed environment in which students
can learn to present their research. He has said, “I am a firm believer that regional chapter meetings are of greatest
benefit to students. The smaller, informal nature of the meetings is conducive to students in early stages of their
research careers making a presentation prior to attending the "big show.”’ Janz regularly encourages his own students
to attend, and many have received awards for their efforts. He is being recognized for his efforts to grow regional
networks through the establishment of the chapter and his continuing dedication to fostering the growth of next