Our Common Water Future:  Building Resilience Through Innovation

May 28-June 1, 2018
Delta Hotels Ocean Pointe Resort
Victoria, BC

The 1987 Bruntland Report  -- Our Common Future – introduced environment into the political sphere and spawned the idea of sustainable development for the future.  A key element of that future sustainability is water, as a resource and as a hazard.

Scroll forward to Canada in the year 2100.  What will our common water future look like?  Will we be reacting to one crisis after another in the face of changing water environments due to climate change and increasing social demands?  Or will we have built a sustainable and resilient water future where we’ve applied the best of our knowledge and talent to develop innovative solutions to future water challenges? And in building “our common water future” have we included the contributions of a diversity of voices that will have a stake in that future?

“Our Common Water Future: Building Resilience Through Innovation” will bring water resource professionals and others together to help chart the path to that safe, sustainable and resilient water future.  We will learn from each other’s experiences and share our innovative ideas for building a common water future in a range of water-related themes that include:

  • Planning, Policy and Governance
  • Transboundary Water Management
  • Watershed Management
  • First Nations and Water
  • Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation
  • Flood and Drought Hazards and Management
  • Hydrology, Hydraulics and Hydrotechnical Engineering
  • Science, Technology and Infrastructure
  • Ecosystems
  • Agriculture
  • International Case Studies
  • Other Relevant Topics


Abstracts are invited for presentations and posters related to the conference themes.  Abstracts should not exceed 300 words.


Please submit abstracts by January 31, 2018.

Program will be published on the conference website by March 31, 2018.

Student Awards

For students who are wishing to compete for student awards to be presented at the CWRA 2018 Conference, please note that you will need to check off the STUDENT box in addition to selecting a theme for your presentation when filling out your submission form.  In order for a student to be considered for these awards, she/he must be a full-time student, first author and presenter at the conference.  The student’s paper, poster and oral presentation will be assessed based on the following qualities (or criteria):

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

Once a student submits an abstract and expresses interest in competing for student awards, the Awards Chair will contact all interested students by email with further details on student awards process and its requirements. Meanwhile, if students require further details, please contact the Awards Chair at conference.awards@cwra.org


Special streams, workshops, and training sessions are planned for CSHS and NASH, amongst others.  The conference will include field trips in the beautiful natural environment of Vancouver Island on Canada’s west coast. 

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