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Technical Tour of Canada Centre for Inland Waters and

CWRA Ontario Branch Annual General Meeting

Thursday, May 11, 2017 1:30 to 4:30 PM

Canada Centre for Inland Waters, 867 Lakeshore Road, Burlington, L7S 1A1

Registration now open!

Please join us for a guided tour of the innovative technical facilities at the Canada Centre for Inland Waters including the WET lab, evidence room and tow tank.

A light reception and the CWRA Ontario Branch annual general meeting will follow the tour at 3:30 pm.

For more information see the event flyer

Register now at the link below:


Federal Floodplain Mapping Guidelines Workshop, Toronto

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 9:00 AM - 3:30 PM (US Eastern Standard Time)

Four Points Shertaton Toronto Mississauga, 6090 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario, L5T 1A6

Presentations Now Available

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 speaker Francis Scarpaleggia MP  will open the workshop. Aside from being the current Chair of the National Liberal Caucus, Mr. Scarpaleggia has many years’ experience advocating for freshwater protection. 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 describe 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 the Version 1.0 Guidelines Series documents.

L'atelier portant sur les Guides d’orientation fédéraux sur la cartographie des plaines inondables, organisé par l’ACRS au nom du gouvernement du Canada, permettra à Ressources naturelles Canada (RNCan) et à Sécurité publique Canada (SP) de présenter et de recueillir des commentaires concernant les documents de la série : « Guides d’orientation fédéraux sur la cartographie des inondations ». L'atelier vise à identifier les lacunes dans les documents publiés, ainsi que d'autres possibilités d’approfondissement à venir. Dans l'ensemble, il vise à offrir un forum aux divers membres de la communauté de la gestion des inondations pour collaborer à l'objectif commun d'atténuer l’aléa le plus coûteux au Canada: l’inondation terrestre.

Francis Scarpaleggia, député et conférencier invité, fournira le discours d’introduction de l'atelier. En plus d'être le président actuel du Caucus libéral national, M. Scarpaleggia a de nombreuses années d'expérience en faveur de la protection des eaux douces. Sa présentation sera suivi par des conférencières de RNCan et SP qui fourniront un bref aperçu des documents contenus dans la version 1,0 de de la série : « Guides d’orientation fédéraux sure la cartographie des plaines inondables » et discuteront des plans d’approfondissement futur. Les séances de l'après-midi permettront à tous les participants de contribuer au travail en cours en abordant trois thèmes spécifiques de pertinence: les impacts du changement climatique sur la cartographie des zones inondables, les stratégies de sensibilisation des intervenants et les lacunes dans les documents existants.


World Water Day 2017 Ottawa Event

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World Water Day 2017 Toronto Event - Redefining Wastewater

Please join the Canadian Water Resources Association Ontario Branch in celebrating World Water Day 2017 on Tuesday, March 21. Our moderated panel discussion on 'Redefining Wastewater' will focus on new directions and challenges in wastewater in Ontario.  

The panel will be held at CSI Annex, with registration open at 6pm and the presentation beginning at 6:30pm.  After the panel there will be time for networking and discussion, and refreshments will be served. Cole Engineering is sponsoring the event refreshments, and beer from Mill Street Brewery will be available for sale. All net proceeds from the event will be donated to Engineers Without Borders.

Click Here to Register for this Event

Confirmed Speakers:

Cordell Samuels, Cole Engineering, Past WEF President
Frank Quarisa, Director of Wastewater Treatment, Toronto Water
Alicia Fraser, Vice-President, Engineering, Capital and Support Services, Ontario Clean Water Agency
Jeremy Kraemer, Director, Centre for Alternative Wastewater Treatment


Floodplain Mapping Knowledge Transfer Workshop

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Grand River Conservation Authority, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Conservation Ontario and the Ontario Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association are hosting the second annual Floodplain Mapping Knowledge Transfer Workshop on March 8 & 9, 2017 in Guelph, Ontario at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre (50 Stone Road West, Guelph, ON, N1G 0A9).

This workshop will showcase examples and pilot projects that demonstrate innovative techniques and advancements related to the technical components of floodplain mapping: base mapping, hydrology and hydraulics, as well as risk assessment and flood forecasting and warning.  It will also provide expertise and insight to support projects related to the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP). Participants will leave this workshop having increased their technical knowledge and broadened their professional network.  The projects presented are diverse and include perspectives from Alberta, Ontario's near-north, the Greater Toronto Area, and southern Ontario.  

Final Agenda (English)

Final Agenda (French)

Registration for the two day workshop is being provided at a cost of $60.

Registration is now open!  Space is limited so don't delay.  Register now at the link below:

Rooms at the Delta Guelph Hotel are available at a reduced rate of $139/night until February 20.  Book online or call 519-780-3700 and mention the "Ontario Floodplain Mapping Knowledge Transfer Workshop". 

Climate Extremes: National Collaboration on Floods and Droughts workshop

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Join ​the ​Canadian ​Water ​Resources ​Association ​and ​Canadian ​Society ​for ​Hydrological ​Sciences ​in ​partnership ​with ​Environment ​and ​Climate ​Change ​Canada ​when we ​explore ​the ​current ​resources, ​challenges ​and ​opportunities ​in ​water ​management ​for ​both ​flooding ​and ​droughts ​with Canadian ​and ​international ​perspectives. ​

This ​workshop ​will ​be ​held ​at ​the ​Westin ​Hotel ​in ​Ottawa. ​ ​

Discounted room rates apply to all workshop attendees until January 6, 2017. Quote “CWRA Mid-Term Meeting and Workshop” or code SA27AA when booking your room over the phone (613-560-7000), or book online at:

All guests receive complimentary room internet.

Click here to see the flyer

Agenda (English) 

Agenda (Francais) 

Copies of presentations can be accessed on the Ontario Branch Library page by clicking the event listing link

East Bayfront Technical Tour and Ontario Branch Annual General Meeting

Please join us on a guided walking tour of the East Bayfront neighbourhood, along the Toronto waterfront on May 5th, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, followed by the Ontario Branch Annual General Meeting, to be held at Against The Grain Urban Tavern (25 Dockside Drive, Toronto) from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.  Tour stops will include Sherbourne Common, Water's Edge Promenade and Sugar Beach, which have transformed a former industrial area into much needed public greenspace on the lake.  Unique perspectives will be provided from individuals involved in the design of the neighbourhood's innovative stormwater management system and aquatic habitat restoration features that have made this part of the Toronto waterfront a prime destination for urban anglers.

For more information see the event flyer

CWRA Ontario Branch Annual General Meeting documents:

Annual General Meeting Agenda

Ontario Branch By-law Update Committee Report

Ontario Branch By-law No. 1-2016 (DRAFT)


World Water Day 2016 Toronto Event

On March 22nd , in celebration of World Water Day, CWRA Ontario presents a panel discussion and networking event on the theme of, Water and Jobs:  Historical Perspectives and Future Directions, at 6:00PM at the Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Ave.) in Toronto. 


World Water Day 2016 Ottawa Event

On March 22nd, CWRA Ontario, Blue Drinks Ottawa and the Canadian Water Network present a panel discussion and networking event on the theme of, Working with Water: From Source to Tap, at 6:00PM at the International Joint Commission’s Ottawa office (234 Laurier Ave West, 22nd floor).  The panel with feature a diverse group of water professionals and be followed by a water tasting activity and door prizes.

Check out the event notice for more information.


Water Talks: Careers

On March 9th CWRA Ontario will join with CWRA SYP Toronto, OWWA YP, WEAO YP, and Bluedrinks Toronto to present an evening of informal talks on interesting careers in water at 6:30PM at The Madison Avenue Pub (14 Madison Ave.) in Toronto.

Floodplain Mapping Tech - Transfer Workshop

March 2-3, 2016 Holiday Inn, Peterborough

The Ontario Branch "Ontario Flood Mapping Technical Working Group" is pleased to host the first annual Tech-Transfer Workshop. This workshop will examine the status of floodplain mapping in Ontario and present the results from the first set of a series of projects that examine modern, efficient processes for three tech-nical components of floodplain map-ping: Base Mapping, Hydrology and Hydraulics.

Environmental Flows Technical Workshop - Pre-Latornell Conservation Symposium

Environmental Flows Technical Workshop Agenda

November 16, 2015 8:30-4:30 Nottawasaga Inn and Conference Centre, Alliston

Learn about advances in policy and science and new technical tools and methods for the assessment and analysis of environmental flows. Learn from professionals and share your experiences with practitioners. This exciting workshop will cover various topics including:

  • Developments in Environmental-Flows Science, Policy, and Management in Ontario;
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Assessment for Rivers;
  • Development of a Guide for Environmental Flow Regime Design in Ontario;
  • Decision Making Framework for the new Ontario Guide for Environmental Flow Regime Design; and
  • Toolkit for Ecological Flows in the Water Power Sector.


 General and Advanced HEC-RAS River Hydraulics Modelling Workshops

November 2 to 4, 2015, 8:00-4:30, Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto

These river hydraulics modelling workshops are designed for both beginning and advanced water resources specialists, hydrologists and hydraulic engineers who wish to learn how to use the latest version of HEC-RAS for Windows software.  Topics covered include techniques for modelling bridges, dams, spillways and other storage areas in the steady and unsteady flow environments and an introduction to river water quality modelling. Some prior knowledge and experience with HEC-RAS is helpful, but not required.  Details and registration information are provided in the workshop flyer

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