Conference Program

Detailed schedules for the conference are available as .pdf files for download.  Abstract packages for each day are also available now. Please note that some changes to this schedule may be made in cases of last-minute cancellations or schedule conflicts. Conference organizers will update attendees with these changes during the conference.

General Schedules for each day are below. Conference organizers may update these as necessary.

CWRA 2024 Conference Abstract Submission

The Canadian Water Resources Association’s 2024 Conference Planning Committee is inviting you to help us create a diverse and interesting conference program by submitting an abstract (or several!). Abstracts are being accepted for both oral and poster presentations in over 30 technical sessions. 

While all abstracts will be considered, it may not be possible to accommodate all submitted abstracts in the program. If an abstract is not selected for the desired session, it may be slotted into an alternate session at the program committee’s discretion. 

The abstract submission deadline has been extended to Monday, February 19th, 2024.

Do not submit an abstract on behalf of anyone other than yourself.  

If your abstract is accepted but you are not selected to present an oral presentation, you will be offered a poster presentation opportunity if space allows.

Detailed notifications of acceptance and guidelines for oral presentations and posters will be sent by email in March 2024. At this time, it is anticipated that most oral presentations will be 15 minutes, including a few minutes for questions.

Presenting authors of both oral presentations and posters must register for the conference and are required to pay the registration fee and cover all other expenses involved in attending the conference. Your presentation or poster will be withdrawn from the conference if you do not register.

Abstracts are being accepted for the following sessions:

  1. Wetland values, what they provide to agriculture, industry, and society.
  2. Advances in Urban Hydrology
  3. 3D CFD Modeling for Water Resources Engineering
  4. State of Watershed Reporting
  5. Sustainability, Resiliency, and Decision-Making in Transboundary Waters
  6. Transboundary Waters – future challenges, needs and potential
  7. Climate Change Impacts on Freshwater Availability
  8. Flood Risk Assessment and Mitigation in the Context of Climate Change
  9. Hydrological Modelling
  10. Hydrological Monitoring
  11. The Future of Canada’s Inland Deltas
  12. Flood Hazard Mapping – Overview of federal flood programs and initiatives
  13. Flood Hazard Mapping – Indigenous Knowledge
  14. Flood Hazard Mapping – Uncertain water future
  15. Flood Hazard Mapping – Science and Policy
  16. Flood Hazard Mapping – Technology, Data and Analytics
  17. Water management on the Prairies: Grand challenges and solutions
  18. Water Quality and Hydrology: Lessons learned from collaborative partnerships across disciplines 
  19. Advancements in Operational Hydrological Forecasting: Perspectives and Innovations
  20. Advancing the integration of climate, surface water, and groundwater systems
  21. Use of R in Canadian hydrology
  22. Navigating Hydrological Challenges through Transformative Strategies in Community Hydrology Modelling
  23. Advances in Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence in Water Resource Management
  24. Advances and Applications in Remote Sensing for Water Resource Management
  25. Citizen Science 
  26. Indigenous Knowledge 
  27. Watershed Stewardship 
  28. Science and Policy 
  29. Water Philosophy, Ethics, and Values 
  30. Stream Restoration and/or Fish Enhancement
  31. Developments in Irrigation Technology 
  32. Agricultural Water Management in Canada under a Climate Change
  33. Global Water Futures: Synthesis of Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change

CWRA2024 is now accepting Session and Workshop Proposals that illustrate practical actions taken to address water management challenges in Canada.  The sessions and workshops should emphasize the linkage between research and practice and the benefits of a collective knowledge approach.

Sessions could include presentations on 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.  A panel or roundtable discussion may be incorporated into the session program.

This open call will close on November 19. Additional details, including links to the form to be used for submissions can be found in the PDF version of the Call for sessions, which you can download at the link below. Any questions related to the call can be directed to

Possible session and workshop themes may include:

i. Citizen Science – What it is and how can it be levered to gain knowledge and understanding that can shape policy development.

ii. Indigenous Knowledge – The value of water from a rights holder perspective and the path forward to ingrain Indigenous knowledge in decisions making.

iii. Watershed Stewardship – Examples of best practices and challenges for local level approaches to water management and policy development (PARCS, Watershed Councils, Lake Winnipeg, Partners For the Saskatchewan River Basin, etc.).

iv. An Uncertain Water Future – What may be the water and water related future that will influence development, challenge sustainability, and support or threaten food, energy, and environmental security from a local, national, and global perspective.

v. Science and Policy – How will institutional reform, such as the newly created Canada Water Agency, be the framework for effectively linking science, policy, and actions.

vi. The Next Generation of Water Keepers – How will the next generation of water specialists, scientists, and activists be developed.

vii. Drainage and Wetlands – Can the two exist under the same policy framework and what are the reasons and implications for cohabitation.

viii. Transboundary Water – Actions taken to address transboundary water challenges considering the shared common good.

ix. Technologies and Analytics – How will space-based technologies, remote sensing, machine learning, artificial intelligence, and social media contribute to wise water management.

x. Water Philosophy, Ethics, and Values – Water ideology from an ecological, food security, energy security, rights holders, and common good perspective.

xi. Canadian Prairie Agriculture – Innovations in adapting to climate variability for food security.

xii. Policy and Actionable Response to Climate Variability – Examples of actions taken to build climate resilience, adaptation, and mitigation.

Read more about the requirements for abstract submission and submit your abstracts here on our website.

In support of the conference theme and key focuses, please see below for a list of subthemes to help in categorizing abstract submissions. In the abstract submission form, you can indicate multiple categories, if your abstract fits under more than one. This list should not be considered limiting for the topic of your abstract – for abstracts that do not fit into these topic categories, there is an ‘other’ option on the form for you to enter your subtheme. The conference program committee will determine final session themes from the submissions they receive.


  • Indigenous knowledge, perspectives, and approaches (e.g., Two-Eyed Seeing)
  • Indigenous water rights and management
  • Nature-based solutions
  • Stormwater management: traditional and alternative approaches (e.g., LID)
  • Flood mapping, management, and mitigation
  • Flood forecasting and response
  • Water availability and scarcity
  • Climate change adaptation in water resources
  • Aquatic species at risk
  • Coastal/freshwater interfaces and interactions
  • Surface water/groundwater interactions
  • Transboundary water management
  • Agricultural water use
  • Advancements in Science and Hydrology
  • Innovative tools and technologies
  • Water rights, policy, and governance
  • Water management in the Canadian North
  • Water quality and ecosystem health
  • Hydrologic alteration: dams and diversions
  • Experiences, lessons, and successes in collaboration & partnerships

The Call for Abstracts for CWRA 2023 is now closed. Thank you for all your submissions!

All participants of #CWRA2023 are expected to follow and uphold the rules described in the Code Of Conduct. To view the Code Of Conduct, please click the button below.

Please see below for both an overview of the overall conference program as well as a breakdown of the technical sessions and presentations.

In the lead-up to the conference, minor adjustments to the program may still be necessary as a result of changes to registrations or otherwise – in these cases, we will contact speakers directly with any updates to the timing of their specific presentations. We encourage all attendees to continue monitoring this page for potential updates as we approach the conference dates.

You can download the PDF version of this information by clicking the button below.


Presentation Inquiry Contact Information:

Oral Presentation Contact:

Andrew Chan

Poster Presentation Contact:

Kelly Munkittrick