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Dr. Elaine Ho-Tassone

Director of Operations, NORDIK Institute

Adjunct Professor, School of Life Sciences and the Environment, Algoma University

Global Water Futures 2019
Science festival demonstration 2021

Though I focus on fresh water and community-based projects, I have been able to explore a variety of subjects – e.g., renewable energy, climate change, corporate sustainability, building material (civil) 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-lasting impacts.  Much of my work is designed and implemented in partnership with First Nation Persons and communities, with an emphasis on developing relationships and capacities towards their leadership and self-governance, as part of my commitment to Indigenous allyship.  I am a non-Indigenous woman of mixed heritage, raised in a mixed-faith household.


Latest publications are featured below.  Click here for full publications list.


Knowledge co-creation through Indigenous arts: Diversity in freshwater quality monitoring and management

Journal of Great Lakes Research (2023)

Collaborative watershed analysis: A ‘groupthink’ assessment of cumulative effects

Journal of Great Lakes Research (2023)


Territorial acknowledgement

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 recognize and respect the Two-Row wampum (Gä•sweñta’), Dish with One Spoon wampum (Gdoo-naaganinaa), and other treaties.  

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

It’s always an honor to have my work and research mentioned by the media and in the press. I’ve continuously received the support of the community, and want to give a little something back by sharing the stories and resources from my projects. Read on to learn more about my research and its impact.


International Research Recognition

May 23, 2024

Dr. Ho-Tassone was awarded the prestigious Elsevier Early Career Scientist Award for having the top-ranked paper in the Journal for Great Lakes Research with a lead author who is within 5 years of graduation.

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