Other Upcoming Water-Related Events 

2018 Henry Darcy Distinguished Lecture

Alpine hydrogeology: The critical role of groundwater in sourcing the headwaters of the world

Speaker: Masaki Hayashi – University of Calgary

Many of us have been awed by the stunningly beautiful view of alpine lakes and streams – and they are not just beautiful. Nearly half of the world population relies on rivers originating in high mountains for water supply. Source areas of mountain streams have rugged topography with sparse soil and vegetation covers, and were once considered “Teflon basins” that have minimum capacity to store groundwater. Over the past decade or so, a new understanding of alpine hydrogeology has been emerging based on detailed field observations around the world. Alpine basins actually have important aquifer units that provide temporary storage of rain and melt waters from snowpack and glaciers. Gradual release of water from these aquifers sustains stream flow during dry or cold periods, and is critically important for water supply and aquatic habitats in downstream regions. Due to rugged terrain and severely limited vehicle access, alpine hydrogeologists need to rely on creative methods to investigate groundwater, such as geophysical imaging techniques or observation of surface-groundwater interaction. This lecture will demonstrate how we can gain valuable insights into groundwater in challenging environments and develop conceptual understanding of hydrological systems. These ideas and approaches will have broad applicability in a variety of environments, where hydrogeologists are faced with challenging conditions.


Date: January 16th, 2018

Time: Reception: 6:00 pm

           Lecture: 7:00 pm

Location: MacEwan Ballroom, 3rd Floor, MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary

This is a ticketed event (tickets are free). Please register here by January 11th

Calgary Event Registration Link: https://netcommunity.ucalgary.ca/GallagherColloquiumSeries?erid=24487261&trid=45e09745-d748-493f-b6cb-8f1b355ffbe9 


Date: February 6th, 2018

Time: Lecture: 4:00 pm

           Reception: 5:00 pm

Location: 1-160 Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) Building, University of Alberta

No need to register for this lecture.


Past Events

Water Resource Stewardship in the U.S. National Park Service

We will have a visit of the Birdsall-Dreiss Distinguished Lecturer sponsored by the Geological Society of America at the University of Calgary. This year’s BD Lecturer is Dr. Edwin Harvey from U.S. National Park Services. His talk will be of interest to many of us who live and work close to National Parks and other protected areas.

Speaker: Dr. Edwin Harvey (U.S. National Park Service)

Location: Science B (SB) 148, University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta

Date: August 10, 2017 

Time: 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM 

For more information: http://community.geosociety.org/hydrodivision/birdsall/about2017


Blue Drinks

At this event, members of Calgary’s water community meet to discuss water-related challenges, developments, and opportunities for collaboration over drinks. Students, researchers, professionals, and interested members of the public are welcome to attend!

Location: Rose & Crown Pub - 1503 4 St SW, Calgary, Alberta

Date: February 23, 2017 

Time: 5:30 PM to 7:00 PM 

Blue Drinks Invitation: https://gallery.mailchimp.com/7c3b90cd5a196f51cd41fbbbf/files/87e95307-8081-418b-99f9-3d6bdadfa4c2/Blue_Drinks_Invitation_Feb23.pdf

RSVP Site for Event: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/blue-drinks-networking-tickets-31945529940

Please RSVP by February 21, 2017!


Blue Drinks 

Energy For All Meetup Series

Energy For All, a Calgary-based charity, is hosting a presentation by David Bethune, Ph.D., P.Geo., on groundwater and international development. The presentation is titled "Let's Talk Water! Groundwater in Latin America."

Location: Hudsons Canadina Taphouse - 601 12 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta

Date: January 26, 2017 

Energy For All Website: http://energyforall.ca/

RSVP Site for Event: https://www.meetup.com/EnergyForAll/


CWRA Saskatchewan Branch 

Saskatchewan Flood Workshop 

The Water Security Agency of Saskatchewan in partnership with the Saskatchewan Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association is hosting a Flood Workshop on November 24 and 25, 2015 in Saskatoon. The broad objective of the workshop is to bring practitioners and scientists together to discuss flood management challenges and opportunities, cutting edge research, and relevant decision support tools. Please register to become a part of this exciting workshop!

Location: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

Workshop Dates: November 24-25, 2015 

Website: http://cwraskbranch.wix.com/saskfloodworkshop

Please check the website for the schedule. 

Cost: Students - $110, CWRA Members - $180, Non-members - $200


Project WET

Annual ACEE (Alberta Council for Environmental Education) "Earth Matter's" Conference

Workshop at the ACEE Conference

Enjoy fun, hands-on, cooperative learning activities, while experiencing how this high quality instructional resource with 65 complete multi-level lesson plans can help you educate youth in or out of the classroom. Review supports, on-line curricular links, specially prepared Canadian supplementary backgrounders and a full-access personal account through the Project WET Portal. Receive the new 592 page, K-12, Project WET 2.0 Activity Guide at the subsidized conference rate of $40 with a personalized follow-up session after the conference to implement your first activity.

Location: Canmore, Alberta

Conference Dates: October 15-17, 2015 

Worshop Date: October 17, 2015 

Time: 8:45 AM to 10:15 AM

Website: https://earthmattersenvironmentaled2015.sched.org/

Cost: Please check the website!


The Conference Board of Canada

Two Webinars on the Southern Alberta Flood of 2013

Webinar 1

Evaluating Calgary’s Emergency Response Plan: Lessons from the Flood Part 1

Date: September 2, 2015 

Time: 2:00 PM EDT

Website: http://go.conferenceboard.ca/z0Z50or0002GCZYkE2P0F00

Cost: $199.00 (CAD)

Webinar 2

Evaluating Calgary’s Emergency Response Plan: Lessons from the Flood Part 2

Date: November 17, 2015 

Time: 2:00 PM EDT

Website: http://go.conferenceboard.ca/c0200Z2E0rCG0koFR050Z00

Cost: $199.00 (CAD)

The Southern Alberta Flood of 2013 was the costliest natural disaster in Canadian history. Following the incident, The City of Calgary, through The Calgary Emergency Management Agency (CEMA), asked The Conference Board of Canada to conduct an independent review of its overall performance during the emergency response, and highlight where improvements could be made.

Join the Conference Board of Canada for a comprehensive review of the findings at Evaluating Calgary’s Emergency Response Plan: Lessons from the Flood Part 1, which will take place on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 at 02:00 PM ET. To obtain a comprehensive perspective, our researchers interviewed 40 representatives from the public and private sectors, many of whom were present at the CEMA Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) during the emergency or held critical positions across the affected region. In addition, we examined internal documentation and risk assessments and conducted a literature review that focused on lessons learned from other emergencies. Specific attention was paid to the role played by the CEMA EOC and its level of success in putting those lessons into practice.

During this webinar, you will learn about:

  *   The CEMA Emergency Operations Centre (EOC) and how it coordinated an effective response to the costliest natural disaster in Calgary’s history;

  *   How authorities established a trusted voice on social media, communicated and collaborated with the private sector, and facilitated the work of volunteers;

  *   The best practices and recommendations that merit consideration and can apply to the wider Canadian emergency management context.

The registration fee for each session is $199. This fee gives you access to the live webinar and Q&A session, as well as access to the cording that you can share with your entire organization. Buy the first webinar and gain access to Evaluating Calgary's Recovery Operations Centre: Lessons from the Flood Part 2 for 50%! This rate will not be available through the website, so to take advantage, please contact the Conference Board of Canada directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn about our student and not for profit rates, please call 1-866-242-0075, or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please quote campaign code ECEMER2 when registering.


Canada Water Week

March 17-23, 2014
See the Edmonton Water Week and Canada Water Week websites for more details on events

Monday, March 17


Water Bottle Sculpture Unveiling
10:00-11:00 am
University of Alberta, Quad


Unveiling of a student-designed sculpture composed of 600 water bottles, representing just 10% of the bottled water that consumed on the U of A campus every month. The sculpture will be on exhibit in quad throughout Water Week.

Tuesday, March 18

Urban Water Challenges and Solutions for Sustainability
March 18, 2014, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Edmonton City Hall

"This talk with highlight some of the research projects that work to help improve urban water sustainability here and abroad." See website for more details.

Film Screening: Gasland Part II
March 18, 2014, 7:00 - 9:00 pm
University of Alberta, ECHA 2-190

"In this explosive follow-up to his Oscar®-nominated film Gasland, filmmaker Josh Fox takes a deeper, broader look at the dangers of hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, the controversial method of extracting natural gas and oil,  now occurring in 32 countries worldwide." RSVP to the Facebook Event. Watch the trailer.

Wednesday, March 19


Tap Water Taste Test

Presented by the University of Alberta Office of Sustainability

11:00 am - 1:00 pm,  CCIS, TBA.

How to Choose a Reusable Water Bottle

CCIS 1-140, noon - 12:50pm

“Not all reusable water bottles are created equal. Some water bottles, such as those in PET plastic, are contaminated with small amounts of antimony because of leaching from the plastic. Bottles made of other materials may leach contaminants such as lead or bisphenol-A. Join Dr. Bill Shotyk, Renewable Resources Professor, Bocock Chair for Agriculture and the Environment, and Founder of the Elmvale Water Festival, for a lunchtime talk on the science behind how to choose a safe reusable water bottle.”

Northern Gateway - So Far!
Rowland Harrison's TransCanada Chair Lecture Series talk
March 19, 2014, 12:00-1:00 pm
University of Alberta, Law Centre - Room 101

"The lecture will review the Panel Report which will likely prove to be a watershed moment in the history of Canada's federal pipeline regulation regime and discuss the process for the next steps. Whatever the final outcome, the Panel Report on Northern Gateway is a significant milestone in the development of our concept of the public interest in the context of major resource development projects."

Streams of Thought:
An Evening of Interdisciplinary Water Research

5:30 - 9:00 pm
PCL Lounge,
Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies,
University of Alberta

The Canadian Water Resources Association Edmonton Students and Young Professionals group and the University of Alberta Water Initiative are hosting Streams of Thought - an evening of interdisciplinary knowledge sharing to showcase the breadth and scope of water work in Edmonton and promote collaboration across sectors. This event will include a poster competition and screening of Edward Burtynsky's recent film Watermark.

The Struggle for the Sacred: Water and Resource Extraction in Indigenous Territories

7:00 - 9:00 pm,
University of Alberta,
Edmonton Clinic Health Academy (ECHA) 2-430

"Explore the reality for many Maya-Mam peoples when it comes to resource extraction by Canadian mining companies in Guatemala. A Maya-Mam elder will be joining us by skype phone call from Guatemala to describe the struggles of her community. The presentation will be followed by a discussion lead by Métis Solidarity Week organizer Les Skinner to elaborate on  spiritual significance of water, land, and mother earth."

Thursday, March 20



Intimate Collaborations: Water and Body

12:00 - 1:00pm

Location: ETLC E1 103

“Over the past 30 years, Professor Liz Ingram has been developing art works in printmaking and installation using images and the human body. This work is inspired by a long-lasting and ongoing relationship with an ecologically fragile site in Northern Alberta, Obed Lake. In this presentation, Ingram will focus on her most recent collaborations with her husband, Bernd Hildebrandt, and the intimate and inspiring collaboration with this particular piece of land and body of water. For more information on Prof. Ingram and her art, visit www.lizingram.com

Presented through the UAlberta Water Initiative.

Film: Even the Rain
5:00 - 7:00 pm
University of Alberta, Telus 217 / 218

"Sponsored by the Global Education Program as part of UAlberta Water Week. A Spanish film crew goes to Bolivia to make a revisionist epic about the conquest of Latin America - on the cheap. but when riots break out in Cochabamba, protesting excessive fees for water, production is interrupted an the convictions of the crew members are challenged."

Speaker Series: Access to Water and Sanitation in the Global South

Time: 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Location: University of Alberta, ECHA L1-150 (Map)

Join us for an evening of discussion around the access to water and sanitation around the globe.  Presentations from The Manavta Project, Engineers Without Borders, the Kenya Ceramic Project and more! RSVP to the Facebook Event. Bus tickets will be available at this event.  Snacks will be provided at this event.”

Presented by the Blue University Project (U of A chapter of Council of Canadians), an APIRG Working Group

Friday, March 21



Framing Sustainability and Water — Public Health Issues

12:00 – 1:00 pm

Location: University of Alberta, CCIS 1-160

Dr. Nick Ashbolt will discuss novel system structures that utilization of resource recovery, along with their potential impacts (positive and negative) on public health, as part of the narrative for moving us into a more sustainable way of living.”

Presented by the UAlberta Water Initiative

Blue Gold: World Water Wars [documentary film]

12:00 - 1:50pm,

University of Alberta, Business 2-5

“We follow numerous worldwide examples of people fighting for their basic right to water, from court cases to violent revolutions to U.N. conventions to revised constitutions to local protests at grade schools. As Maude Barlow proclaims, “This is our revolution, this is our war”. A line is crossed as water becomes a commodity. Will we survive?” More about the film

Saturday, March 22


A Celebration of the Athabasca
9:30 am to 4:30 pm
University of Alberta, Telus

Hydraulic Fracturing and Insitu Production
1:30 to 3:30 pm
University of Alberta, Telus 217/219,
"This will be a panel discussion welcoming interchange between scientists and the public. Panel members include U of A professors Joel Gehman  and Rick Chalaturnyk with a third member yet to be named."




2013 Alberta Floods: The Rains, Response, Recovery, & Resiliency
March 22-25, 2014
Calgary, Alberta

Annual conference of the Canadian Water Resources Association Alberta Branch. View the conference website / register.

HEC-RAS Modeling Workshop
March 21-23, 2014
Calgary, Alberta

Two HEC-RAS training workshops will be offered:
HEC-RAS Steady Flow River Hydraulics Modeling - 2 Day
HEC-RAS Unsteady Flow & Water Quality River Hydraulics Modeling  - 1 Day
Participants may wish to take both workshops consecutively.
2013 Alberta Floods: The Rains, Response, Recovery, & Resiliency
CWRA Alberta Branch Annual Conference
March 22-25, 2014
Calgary, Alberta

Watertech 2014
April 9-11, 2014
Banff, Alberta

WaterTech  is the premier water technology transfer event for environmental professionals and is highly recommended for all industry sectors that have an interest in the technical aspects of water and wastewater management. The two-day technical program will consist of a minimum of 30 platform presentations grouped into sessions chaired by leaders from the water sector. In addition to the detailed technical program, WaterTech 2014 will also include various networking sessions, keynote speakers, a welcoming reception and an expanded commercial exhibition area.”
Water Initiative For The Future (WATIF)
2014 Water Research Centre Student Conference
May 4th - 6th, 2014
Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

“The Water Initiative for the Future (WatIF): 2014 Graduate Conference will be the first national water conference hosted at Queen’s University. WatIF is novel in the fact that it is organized by a multidisciplinary group of graduate students for graduate students. Designed to provide students from across Canada an opportunity to share their research, the Conference will provide a multidisciplinary environment to encourage the flow and communication of ideas. This will be accomplished by bringing together over 300 of the brightest graduate students from across disciplines (policy, health, engineering, geography, biology etc.) and regions of Canada who have one common passion: Water!”
D.B. Robinson Distinguished Speeaker Series 2013-2014
Controlling Clay Suspension In Water And Oil Using Surfactants: Dr. Jeroen van Duijneveldt
May 6, 2014, 3:30 pm
Engineering Teaching and Learning Complex (ETLC) 1-001, University of Alberta

"Swelling clays, such as montmorillonite, disperse into water but not oil, and tend to form gels at a few percent by weight. The surface properties of the clay can be modified by adsorbing surfactants or polymers, however. We have in particular used stabilisers with amine head groups to modify the behaviour of clay suspensions. In water, this allows for a significant increase of the gelation concentration, and there is evidence of structural change in the suspension associated with this.”
CWRA National Conference
June 2-4, 2014
Sheraton Hotel, Hamilton, Ontario

Refresh: The Confluence of Ideas and Opportunities in Water Resuse
Alberta Water Council Symposium

June 25-26, 2014
Calgary, Alberta

See website for details on this symposium.