CWRA 2022 National Conference
June 5-8, 2022
Canmore, Alberta

We are grateful to everyone who attended CWRA2022. The success of our conferences is dependent on the support and enthusiasm of our delegates, and we are grateful to have had such a wonderful return to in-person conferences in Canmore.


We will be moving information about CWRA2022 to an archival site linked to this page and posting more information about CWRA2023 on this site over the summer. Please let us know at if you have any questions.

2022 is an important year

75th Anniversary of the Canadian Water Resources Association
110th Anniversary of the International Joint Commission
145 years since the signing of Treaty 7

Come reflect, share, and celebrate our shared waters with us!

The CWRA 2022 National Conference will be held at the Coast Hotel in Canmore with lots of awesome tours and chances to explore the town and surrounding mountainscape.


The book “Service Beyond Measure: The Story of the Water Survey of Canada” can be purchased at the Registration Desk at the CWRA 2022 Conference in Canmore or by clicking the button below!

*Available until June 30th!*

CWRA 2022 News and Updates

June 14th, 2022

CWRA 2022 National Conference – COVID update

The CWRA has become aware that, despite excellent compliance with our masking requirement, a few people who participated in the conference have recently tested positive for COVID. We are therefore recommending that everyone monitor themselves for symptoms and test themselves frequently for the next few days to keep those around them safe. We will keep monitoring the situation and reach out again if necessary.

June 8th, 2022

CWRJ – Special Issue Proposal

This special issue of the Canadian Water Resources Journal will present papers from the CWRA 2022 conference theme “Valuing Shared Waters”. This theme focuses on shared uses of water such as its cultural significance, agricultural and ecological needs versus industrial needs, respecting and upholding Indigenous rights, and the roles of municipalities, governments, and industry. This special issue will present diverse perspectives, with special emphasis on those of indigenous peoples, and explore the lessons learned that feature transdisciplinary and transformational approaches to collaborating on Canadian water management and shared uses. The goal will be to publish the special issue in the summer of 2023.  An open invitation to CWRA 2022 presenters will be sent out during the conference this week, and session chairs have been asked to identify at least one outstanding contribution per session that will be considered for a special invitation in the summer of 2022. We look forward to reading this proposed special issue of the CWRJ next year and learning about the incredible water science research being completed in Canada. 

June 7th, 2022


For those of you who are interested in coming to the banquet but don’t have a ticket, a limited number of tickets are available for purchase. Please follow the link at the top of the registration page to purchase your banquet ticket for yourself or your spouse. Have a ticket and don’t plan on attending? Drop your ticket off at the registration desk for someone else to attend!

June 3rd, 2022


In-Person registration is once again closed as the available spots have been filled. For those that missed out on in-person registration, virtual registration is STILL available! Visit the Registration page for more information!

June 2nd, 2022


Registration has been RE-OPENED for a limited time with limited spots available! If you would like to attend the CWRA National Conference IN-PERSON, we suggest you register ASAP! Can’t make it in person? Virtual registration is STILL available! Visit the Registration page for more information!

May 30, 2022

Code of Conduct 

The #CWRA2022 organizing committee is defining the following code of conduct to provide a safe, positive,  respectful, accessible, and non-discriminatory environment for everyone. Our intent is to foster an environment of trust and respect; an environment that advances the quest for truth and knowledge by considering diverse opinions and encouraging and supporting the free and open exchange of ideas. The following code of conduct is based on similar initiatives from the Global Water Futures program and the American Geophysical Union. 

We define the following expectations for conduct at the CWRA2022 conference, namely that we expect:

  • All participants will treat each other with respect and dignity. 
  • All participants will demonstrate respect for others by practicing active listening skills. 
  • Everyone will follow the COVID-19 protocols defined on page 7 and respect other participants’ preferences for physical distancing and physical contact (e.g., elbow bumps instead of handshakes). 
  • All participants will practice accountability by working together to identify problems and adjust practices to create a welcoming environment for everyone. 

Harassment, sexism, prejudice, and discrimination of any kind will not be tolerated. The zero-tolerance policy for harassment follows the Canadian Human Rights Act and the CWRA Anti-Harassment Policy ( policies/). Acts that are considered inappropriate, both in person or online, include but are not limited to 

  • Personal harassment, including offending or humiliating someone physically or verbally; threatening or intimidating someone; bullying; or inappropriate conduct, comment, display, action or gesture by a person that adversely affects an individual’s psychological or physical well-being. 
  • Sexual harassment, including any conduct, comment, gesture or contact of a sexual nature that is offensive,  unsolicited or unwelcome; offensive or humiliating behaviour that is related to a person’s gender identity;  unwelcome remarks, lewd jokes, innuendos, propositions or taunting about a person’s body, attire, sex or sexual orientation; unwelcome physical contact/touching; or the inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations. 
  • Discriminatory harassment, including racial and sexual slurs or jokes, or comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national or ethnic origin, age, sex,  sexual orientation, marital status, family status, disability, or pardoned conviction. 

Should anyone engage in conduct that constitutes unacceptable behaviour, then they will be immediately removed from the event.

If you need to report a violation of this code of conduct, then please email  This account will be monitored throughout the event.

May 11, 2022

Exhibitor spaces are now FULL! 

However, there are still sponsorship opportunities available! Check out our sponsorship page for more details!

May 10, 2022

Guides for Session Chairs and Conference Presenters are now posted on the conference program tab of the website.

Or you can use the following links to view the guides:

Guide for Session Chairs

Guide for Presenters

May 6, 2022

CWRA2022 in-person registration has sold out. Only virtual registrations are now available. If you are an accepted speaker and have not booked your spot, please email us at

As we approach the conference, registrations spots may open up due to cancellations. If you are not able to register for the conference, please check the online registration page later on to see if additional in-person spaces have been made available, or consider registering for the virtual conference.

Registration for Virtual Water Gallery events, Technical Tours, and Workshops are available and can be purchased separately from conference registration.

May 1, 2022

The Bow River Raft Tour now has posted times.

The tour will run from 1:00 till 4:00 pm. More details on this awesome tour can be found on the Tours tab of the conference website – or by clicking here.

April 21, 2022

The early-bird registration deadline for the #CWRA2022 conference has been extended! The new deadline is May 6th, 2022. To register for the conference and view pricing details please visit our registration page found here.

April 13, 2022

Students presenting a talk or a poster at CWRA 2022 are eligible to enter the 2022 Student Paper and Poster Awards. Please see the CWRA Awards website for more details on how to enter. Please note that the deadline to submit a paper based on an oral presentation has been moved to May 13, 2022.

March 31, 2022

Are you excited? We sure are!

As details are confirmed and plans are made the conference program is evolving.

A preliminary program is available on our programs page, and a more detailed copy is set to be posted on April 18th so make sure to check back for updates!

March 15, 2022

Registration is now open for CWRA 2022!

Take a look at our registration page for information on our COVID-19 and other registration policies, and to sign up to attend the conference. See you in Canmore!

February 3, 2022

The CWRA2022 conference organizing team is committed to the highest possible health and safety standards.

Therefore, regardless of protocols in place for the Province of Alberta at the time of the conference, we will be requiring in-person conference attendees to:

  1. Be fully vaccinated (proof of vaccination required at the time of registration), and
  2. Be masked throughout the event, and
  3. Sign a liability waiver at the time of registration acknowledging health protocols in place for the in-person event.

This is in accordance with National and International guidance for attending in person gatherings, and the protocols expected by CWRA National.

January 31, 2022

The Deadline for Submission of Abstracts Has Been Extended

The Call for Abstracts has been extended to February 18, 2022. Read about the abstract submission guidelines and access the submission form on our website.

December 9, 2021

Submit your Abstract for CWRA 2022

The Call for Abstracts is now open. Read about the abstract submission guidelines and access the submission form on our website. Abstracts are due by February 4, 2022.

December 3, 2021

Details on the first tour being offered are now posted in Tours under the conference Registration tab.

We hope to see you there!

November 18, 2021

Are you interested in becoming a Sponsor or Exhibitor for the conference? Take a look at our Sponsor and Exhibitor benefits table, and read the Conference Prospectus!

November 10, 2021

Submit your Workshop and Session Proposals by November 12th

Our call for technical workshops and sessions has been extended until November 12th! Visit our sessions and  workshop page to learn more and email your proposals to

Notre appel à ateliers et sessions a été prolongé jusqu’au 12 novembre! Pour soumettre une proposition, veuillez envoyer un courriel à .

October 28 octobre, 2021

Envoyez vos propositions de sessions spéciales d’ici le 5 novembre 2021

L’appel de sessions spéciales est ouvert jusqu’au 5 novembre 2021. Pour soumettre une proposition de session, veuillez envoyer un courriel à .

Soumettez vos propositions d’ateliers techniques d’ici le 5 novembre 2021

L’appel d’ateliers techniques est ouvert jusqu’au 5 novembre 2021. Pour soumettre une proposition, veuillez envoyer un courriel à .

October 11, 2021

Meet your 2022 conference organizing committee!

Committee chairs and their contact information are posted on our Contact page.

Sponsor and Exhibitor Benefit Summary Now Available

Benefit summary and additional sponsor and exhibitor information now available.

Learn more about the Virtual Water Gallery!

Learn more about the partnership between CWRA 2022 and the Virtual Water Gallery here.

October 7, 2021

Submit your Session Proposals by November 5th

Our call for sessions is now open until November 5th! Our call for abstracts will open later in the year. Visit our program website to learn more and email your sessions proposals to

October 1, 2021

Take our Daycare Survey

We are working with our venue to offer daycare options to conference attendees who need it. If you are planning to attend the conference, please take our survey to give us an idea of what you think your daycare needs will be!

September 27, 2021

COVID-19 updates 

NEW: Conference attendees will need to be fully vaccinated to attend CWRA 2022. Further details coming soon.

A CWRA 2022 COVID-19 conference policy statement will be coming shortly.
In the meantime, please consult our list of COVID-19 resources for the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 in Alberta.

The meaning behind our conference logo

Our recent feature in Water News said it best:

In the theme of ‘Valuing Our Shared Waters’, this logo embodies the idea of unity and connectivity represented by the hydrologic cycle and the storm hydrograph. As the storm flows between the green, yellow, and orange, it is flowing through the changing seasons, through the prairies, taiga, and tundra; it is flowing between boundaries. The lines used are primarily curvilinear and soft, continuous in the way they interconnect and flow together, as we observe it to be in the natural world. 

September 19, 2021

Indigenous Inclusion

More information on Indigenous inclusion will be coming soon.
In the meantime, any Indigenous members who are interested in conference participation can express their interest by sending an email to

Accommodation updates! 

Booking a room at the beautiful Coast Canmore Hotel & Conference Center is now available.
Conference guests can call 1.800.663.1144 and quote code CCM-GFC5094 or 2022 CWRA Annual Conference or book online.

June 2021

2022 Conference announcement

We hope you enjoyed the 2021 CWRA National Conference!

You should have received an email from the conference platform, Conferium, with information about how to log in and view the conference presentation recordings. These will be available to you for 90 days after the end of the conference.

Please also follow the link in the same email to fill out the post-conference survey, so we can incorporate your feedback into future conference and event planning!

And finally, if you registered for the conference as a non-member, you paid for a year of membership in CWRA. Don’t forget to use the code in your registration email to activate your membership!

Thank you to our platinum sponsor!

The Ville de Québec is now a platinum sponsor. Thank you!

Full Program Details are now available!

The virtual conference platform is now up and running, with a detailed and searchable conference program available! You can see the list of talks for each session and read the talk abstracts.

We Are Confirming Keynote Speakers!

We are excited to announce that Bob Sandford, Chair in Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, and Benoit Charette, Minister of the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change at the Quebec National Assembly, will be giving opening messages at the conference. Take a look at our Keynote and Plenary speakers page for more scheduled talks. We are updating this page as we confirm more speakers.

The Conference Preliminary Program is now available.

Our Conference Scientific Committee has developed a strong program with five days of plenary talks and focused sessions. Take a look at our preliminary program, and stay tuned for the detailed, searchable conference program coming soon!

Sponsor CWRA/ACRH 2021!

We welcome interested sponsors and exhibitors to view our sponsorship packages. Take a look at our Sponsor and Exhibitor page to view the benefits of partnering with us. If you are interested in partnering or sponsoring but would like to discuss other partnership scenarios, send us an email!

Registration is now open!

Abstract Submissions are now closed.

Thank you for your abstract submissions! We received over 150 abstracts, and our Conference Committee is reviewing the submissions now. Accepted presenters will be notified by April 9 2021.

Thank you to our Sponsors!









Call for sessions and workshop suggestions is now open. If you require more information, please contact

And thank you to our Exhibitors!