Dr. Elaine Ho-Tassone
Postdoctoral Fellow and Part-time Faculty, Algoma University
Though I focus on fresh water and community-based projects, my path has taken me through a variety of focus areas – e.g., renewable energy, climate change, corporate sustainability, building material life cycle analysis, sustainable development goals, and social justice, to name a few. The diversity of my experiences enables me to bridge disciplines and cultures to implement highly collaborative projects that often result in long-last impacts.
Community-based monitoring pilot for Garden River and St. Marys River Area of Concern
2021-2022 | Advised by Dr. Istvan Imre
This project aims to bring Indigenous and Western ways of knowing together (i.e., “Two-Eyed Seeing”) to generate actionable community-based data and information to influence local and regional management and decisions related to the St. Marys River Area of Concern.
I live and work in Robinson-Huron Treaty territory and the traditional territories of Garden River First Nation, Batchewana First Nation, Métis Nation of Ontario, Missanabie Cree First Nation, and many others, including our friends across the present-day Canada-US border (e.g., The Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians and Bay Mills Indian Community).
I thank the Indigenous nations and their peoples in the Baawatigong (St. Marys River) area for their stewardship of the lands, waters, air, and everything within them, which settlers often benefited from at the expense of original peoples. I recognize the many injustices perpetuated by colonialization, which continue to impact individuals and societies across Nayaano-nibiimaang Gichigamiin (the Great Lakes region).
With these acknowledgements, I take seriously my role as an ally and I commit to pursuing efforts towards a more respectful and collaborative future for everyone.
Events and updates
Recognition at the Algoma Visionary Awards
January 14, 2022
The Sault Ste. Marie Chamber of Commerce's Strive Young Professionals Group hosted their annual Algoma Visionary Awards Gala on January 14, 2022. I am honored to have received two awards at this event: the Environment and Natural Resources Industry Award, and the Young Professional of the Year award. Thank you to Strive YPG, my nominator, and congratulations to the other nominees and award recipients!
The Sault Ste. Marie Innovation Centre wrote a web feature, viewable here.