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2019 CWRA National Conference – Call for Sessions

The Canadian Water Resources Association announces a call for session proposals for the 71ST CWRA National Conference

Shared Water, Competing Ethics: Collaboration in Water Management” to be held at Blue Mountain near Collingwood, Ontario on May 26th to May 29th , 2019.

Join CWRA followed by the Canadian Water Summit for Water Week at Blue!

The Canadian Water Resources Association is a non-profit organization that is committed to
raising awareness of the value of water and promotes responsible and effective water resource
management in Canada.


For the 2019 Annual Conference, we are now accepting Session Proposals that highlight
aspects of the conference theme including:

● Our ethics and values for water in Canada
● Water governance, managing shared waters
● Water resource science and engineering
● Great Lakes matters
● Adapting to a changing climate

Possible topics under these themes include:

● First Nations and Indigenous roles in water governance and knowledge
● Cross-sector collaboration in water
● Water apportionment and Water Security
● Collaborative leadership – does it exist in water management in Canada?
● Flood management – from mapping floodplains to insuring the flooded
● Contaminants of emerging concern
● Public-Private Partnerships in water management
● Engaging and empowering citizens in collaborative water management
● Adaptation and building resilience in neighbourhoods, cities, and watersheds
● Advances in watershed management including cumulative effects assessment
● Sustainability Goals – Is Canada on track for water ?
● Advances in wastewater treatment
● Risk Communication in the Water Industry

Please consider submitting special sessions or workshops for the CWRA affiliates including the
Canadian National Committee for Irrigation and Drainage (CANCID), Canadian Society for
Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) and the North American Stream Hydrographers (NASH).

Session goals and format:
Sessions could include 4 speakers presenting case studies, projects, research, or lessons
learned that will interest public and private sector groups including academics, consultants,
government representatives, environmental groups, landowners, watershed organizations and
industry stakeholders involved in various aspects of water resource, watershed and flood risk
management in Canada.

Session proposals should clearly describe in 2-3 sentences the overall goal of the session and
how the 4 presentations within the session will achieve that goal. Session proposals must
include abstracts for each presentation that are no longer than 400 words and not include
tables, images, pictures or special typographic characters. We encourage you to be creative
with your session format.

Call for Workshops:
Conference organizers are also asking for proposals on workshops that may be of interest to
the broader water resources community. Workshops can be either a half day or full day special
session and may be held concurrently with other speaker sessions. There may also be time on
Sunday May 26, 2019.

Student Awards:
Students who would like to be considered for a student award, please check off the STUDENT
box in addition to selecting a theme for your presentation when filling out your submission form.
For students to be considered for an award, they need to be a presenter at the conference and
the presentation will be assessed based on the following qualities (or criteria):

· originality;
· contribution to water resources knowledge and the conference theme;
· technical and analytical quality; and
· clarity of the presentation.

Please submit your Session Proposals by December 14, 2018 through the conference portal at

A Call for Abstracts will be made by December 2019 with a final deadline of submitting
abstracts January 31, 2019.

Speakers will be notified by the end of February, 2019 and the full program will be published on
the conference website by early March, 2019.

Speaker Registration
CWRA is a non-profit organization and therefore generates much of its income through
memberships and the annual conference. Speakers are kindly requested to register for the
conference as an attendee.