Upcoming CWRA Alberta Branch Lunch-n-Learns, Dinner Seminars, Webinars and Workshops


To register for events hosted by other CWRA branches, please visit our national website: http://www.cwra.org/en/


Project WET - February 2018 Workshop

Calgary Public School Board Teacher's Convention 

Project WET is a water resource educational program for youth. It introduces young people to water issues and enables them to engage in good stewardship of our water resources. The next training workshop will be hosted at the Calgary Public School Board Teacher’s Convention, February 15-16, 2018. Facilitators from Alberta Environment and Parks will host this workshop for participants to learn about the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide 2.0 (the Guide).

While the Guide has 65 complete multi-level lesson plans, showcased activities at the workshop will be tailored to Alberta’s current water issues such as aquatic invasive species. All workshop activities will be fun, hands-on, cooperative learning activities. By the end of the workshop, participants will have learned how to use the Guide and have experienced activities targeted for each age group.

Date: February 15-16, 2018

Cost: $44

The workshop cost includes a printed copy of the 592-page Project WET Cirriculum and Activity Guide 2.0.

Registration Link: 


Project WET Contacts:

Provincial Coordinator

     Janine Higgins (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

CWRA-AB Project WET Liaison

     Alida Thiombiano (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)



Past CWRA Alberta Branch Lunch-n-Learns, Dinner Seminars, and Webinars


Drought / Climate Change Effects on Forests (Webinar)

 Date: November 21, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Cost: Member - $10; Non-Member - $15; Group of 3 or more - $25


To be provided.


Tedd Hogg, Natural Resources Canada

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2075673

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 


Wildfire Impacts on Rocky Mountain Source Waters in Alberta (Webinar)

 Date: September 19, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Cost: Member - $10; Non-Member - $15; Group of 3 or more - $25


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Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://www.regonline.com/registration/Checkin.aspx?EventID=2024049

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 



Living with Wildland Fires: Have We Learned Anything from Fort McMurray? (Webinar)

 Date: June 27, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM MST

Cost: Member - $10; Non-Member - $15; Group of 3 or more - $25


Fire happens in Canada’s forest. Every year, thousands of small fires and dozens of large ones occur somewhere in Canada’s vast forest landscape.  It has been the story for centuries and will continue. Now more than ever people work, build, live and play in the boreal forest but disaster can occur when people and fire intersect.  This was the case in Fort McMurray resulting in unprecedented evacuations of 90,000 people, insurable losses over $3.7 billion and a negative impact on National GDP. Have we learned from this catastrophic fire and can we co-exist with fire?


Mike Flannigan is a professor with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (currently a three way partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Natural Resources Canada and the University of Alberta). He received his BSc (Physics) from the University of Manitoba, his MSc (Atmospheric Science) from Colorado State University and his PhD (Plant Sciences) from Cambridge University. Dr. Flannigan's primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires and landscape fire modelling. He has been studying fire for over 35 years and has published over 200 papers. Dr. Flannigan was the Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wildland Fire (2002-2008) and has taken on leadership roles with the US National Assessment on Global Change, IPCC, IGBP Fire Fast Track Initiative and Global Change Terrestrial Ecosystems (GCTE) efforts on the global impacts of fire.


Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=2004393

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 


Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series Workshop

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2017  


     - Registration: 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM MST

     - Workshop: 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM MST

Cost: Early Bird Tickets $70 - Deadline is March 26, 2017

Location: Four Points by Sheraton Calgary Airport, 2875 Sunridge Way Northeast, Calgary, Alberta T1Y 7K7   (403) 648-3180

The Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines workshop, hosted by CWRA on behalf of the Government of Canada, has been arranged in order to present and gather input regarding the recently developed Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series documents. The workshop aims to identify gaps in the published documents, as well as further opportunities for research going forward. Overall, it is intended to provide a forum for diverse members of the flood management community to collaborate toward the common goal of mitigating Canada’s costliest natural disaster: overland flooding.

Keynote speakerBob Sandford will open the workshop. Aside from having authored and co-authored a number of high-profile works on water, Mr. Sandford is currently the EPCOR Water Security Research Chair at the United Nations University. He will be followed by speakers from Natural Resources and Public Safety Canada, who will provide brief overviews of the documents contained in Version 1.0 of the Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series and discuss plans for future development. The afternoon sessions will then provide an opportunity for all participants to contribute to ongoing work by addressing three specific topics of relevance: climate change impacts on floodplain mapping, strategies for stakeholder outreach and gaps in existing Guidelines documents.

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1960113


Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Series Version 1.0 (Webinar)

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 (English) 

Time: 12:00 PM MST

Cost: Free

Natural Resources Canada will present a brief overview of the revised Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Servies Version 1.0 documents in preparation for the two workshops to be held March 28th and 30th in Toronto and Calgary, respectively. The presenters will briefly elaborate on the guidelines' contents and uses, and describe next steps going forwards. The French version of this webinar will be provided on Thursday, March 23, 2017. Please visit http://www.cwra.org/en/ to obtain the link for the webinar provided in French. 

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/830358159061990403

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed to you. 


Town of Canmore - Lessons Learned from the 2013 Floods (Webinar)

Date: Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM MDT

Cost: $10 for CWRA Members, $15 for non-members, $25 for groups of 5 or more (honour system)

During this webinar Andy Esarte, Manager of Engineering Services, and Felix Camire, Project Engineer, will discuss policy and mitigation for steep creek hazards. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://www.regonline.ca/canmore_2013_floods

After you pay for the webinar, you will be promted to register for the webinar itself. 

System requirements to join the webinar: http://support.citrixonline.com/webinar/all_files/G2W010003


Strategies for Implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure (Webinar)

Date: Thursday, March 9, 2017

Time: 12:00 PM MDT

Cost: Free!

Incorporating green stormwater infrastructure (GSI) into the management of rain water is increasingly becoming a necessity. Using examples from Canada and the United States, this webinar will discuss practical strategies for municipalities and communities wishing to incorporate GSI into their landscape. We also will introduc a new tool, the Stormwater Scorecard, developed in paternship with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance. This tool was designed to help communities understand how they are doing in terms of managing rain where it falls, as well as benchmark progress across Canada.

Please register for this webinar through the following link: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8089037057411657474

After you register, a unique link to access the webinar will be emailed  to you. 


Near Real Time Water Data Management

Thursday September 29, 2016

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Shelley Morris, Team Lead, Groundwater, Water Supply and Soil Contamination Alberta Environment and Parks will present a 30-minute discussion on how near-real water supply data is acquired from the field monitoring stations and shared with the public Alberta River Basins webpage and phone app.
Other data sets used in the department and where they can be found will also be discussed. 


Alberta’s Fish Culture Program Lunch-N-Learn

September 26, 2014 in Calgary, Alberta

Operating two brood facilities and two production facilities, Alberta's fish culture program produces over 2 million trout annually to create, maintain and enhance fish populations to support the provinces put and take recreational fishery. The program also produces a limited number of Walleye fry for restorative stocking. Moving into the future, the program endeavors to improve the stocking program through in-depth assessment of our trout strains and water bodies and through investment into aging infrastructure and equipment to ensure that the program meets the demands of Alberta's recreational fishery.

The presentation will include a guided tour of the hatchery.

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Speaker:    Mr. Ryan Lyster Facility Supervisor (Acting) Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery

A passion for the outdoors and fishing led Ryan to obtain a diploma in Natural Resource Technology from Lakeland College in Vermilion, Alberta and eventually a B.Sc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta in Edmonton. After a number of years in the lab industry and involvement with well site reclamation and remediation, Ryan obtained a position with the Alberta government at the Sam Livingston Fish Hatchery. For the last five years, he has held the position of hatchery technician and is currently the acting facility supervisor.

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