CWRA BC Conferences and Events

Welcome to the website of the BC Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA).  The CWRA is a national organization of individuals and organisations from the public, private and academic sectors that are committed to raising awareness of the value of water, and to promoting responsible and effective water resource management in Canada.

The BC Branch hosts a variety of events throughout the year to enhance the understanding of water and to provide a venue for networking amongst water resources professionals.  The majority of events are held in the Lower Mainland, where most of our members are based, but we also host events in smaller venues as well as online

Friday, 05 January 2018 23:28

2018 CWRA National Conference

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We're excited to present the 2018 National CWRA Conference in Victoria BC, from May 28 to June 01, 2018. 

“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

To learn more about the conference, visit us at:


Thursday, 10 August 2017 18:05

The Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup 2017 Update

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CWRA SYP Vancouver Chapter is happy to share about the “Third Annual Shoreline Cleanup Event”. The event took place on July 12, 2017 at the beautiful English Bay. This time, the event was jointly organized by the CWRA SYP Vancouver Chapter and Connecting Environmental Professionals (CEP). Numerous young professionals and students in Vancouver came together and participated in this great cause! We were able to collect three recyclable and garbage bags full of trash including 530 cigarette butts and 92 pieces of glass! The trash statistics will be used by the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to study the sources of shoreline litter and the impacts of litter on people and wildlife. The event was also full of networking, socializing, and discovering new places. Especial thanks to Kathryn de Rego for taking care of every detail of the event including carrying all those heavy bags full of equipment to collect the trash! Thanks John Bergese to bring the healthy snacks to the event. Also, thanks to Semyon Chaymann for connecting us to CEP group in Vancouver. Lastly, thanks to Navratna Sharma for helping us in post media release.


For pictures from the event, check out our facebook page:


The Canadian Society for Hydrological Sciences (CSHS) is seeking a research consultant to complete a 3-month contract to determine the feasibility of a Professional Hydrologist (P. Hydrol.) designation in Canada. The selected consultant will effectively communicate research findings with CSHS-PHCC and CSHS Executive Committee.
CSHS is a national organization of individuals from public, private and academic sectors. Members are interested in the hydrological sciences encompassing physical, chemical and biological processes in both surface and ground water, and in land surface/atmospheric interactions. CSHS is affiliated with the Canadian Water Resource Association (CWRA), and is associated with the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU), and provides linkages with the International Association of Hydrological Sciences (IAHS) through activities such as the Prediction in Ungauged Basins (PUB) initiative.  

The Professional Hydrologist Certification Committee (CSHS-PHCC) is a volunteer committee comprised of members of CSHS who are interested in researching the potential opportunity for a professional hydrology designation in Canada. The committee is composed of members from public and private sectors, as well as students and young professionals from a variety of hydrological backgrounds. The committee was formed early this fall following a survey whose purpose was to gauge the interest of CWRA/CSHS members in having a professional designation for hydrologists in Canada.

For the complete RFAQ document, click here or visit: 

We recently held a seminar on the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy (LMFMS) by Steve Litke from the Fraser Basin Council at the Surrey Public Library. The event was well attended by group of engaged people with technical backgrounds and experience in water resources within the Lower Mainland region. Steve presented the results from Phase 1 of the LMFMS. Phase 1 included a review of flood scenarios that may threaten the Lower Mainland and a regional analysis of flood vulnerabilities. These findings will help develop an action agenda for flood management in the Lower Mainland going forward. The presentation was followed by a discussion on the future of flood management in the Lower Mainland, and effective strategies that can help engage the public in floods and climate change.

Find out more about the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy at:


Special thanks for Steve Litke for presenting at the seminar, and Lotte Flint-Peterson for putting it together!


The CWRA BC Branch is excited to host a seminar on the Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy (LMFMS) by Steve Likte. See below for more details, and click on the RSVP link if you're interested in attending this free seminar.


Location:  Surrey Public Library City Centre - Dr. Ambedkar Room -Room 418

Date: October-26-16

Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

RSVP Link:



If you're unable to access the google form, email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to RSVP.


Background: The Lower Mainland Flood Management Strategy (LMFMS) is a collaborative regional initiative aimed at better protecting the Lower Mainland from Fraser River and coastal flood risks. There are 43 funding partners in the LMFMS, including the federal government, provincial government (three ministries), 27 local governments and 12 other organizations with interests in flood mitigation.

The Strategy consists of three phases:

• Phase 1 (2014-2016): A review of flood scenarios that may threaten the Lower Mainland and a regional analysis of flood vulnerabilities.

• Phase 2 (2016-2018): Development of an action agenda that outlines agreement among partner organizations about flood mitigation priorities for the Lower Mainland, actions that need to be undertaken, associated costs and a cost-sharing model.

• Phase 3 (2018-): Implementation of the Strategy.

Steve Litke is looking forward to presenting to you on the results of Phase 1 and the start of Phase 2

About Steve: Steve Litke has worked with the Fraser Basin Council since 1998 and is the Senior Manager responsible for programs on Watersheds and Water Resources, Youth, and Sustainability Indicators. With help from other FBC staff, Steve recently produced Rethinking Our Water Ways, a guide on water and watershed planning, and delivered complementary regional workshops throughout BC. Steve is responsible for the preparation of the Council’s sustainability indicator reports. With respect to FBC’s Flood program, Steve has coordinated and facilitated inter-jurisdictional committees, delivered communications and public education, and managed technical projects, including flood mapping and modelling, policy reviews and LIDAR topographic surveys. Steve graduated from Simon Fraser University in 1995 with a Master's Degree in Resource and Environmental Management (MRM).


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Tuesday, 06 September 2016 18:06


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The BC CWRA SYP, BCWWA YP, and Canadian Water Network is hosting the Blue Drinks Vancouver event this September 22nd, 2016 at Toby's. Blue Drinks is a call to water-minded practitioners, academics, and entrepreneurs to gather for a casual evening of discussiong and networking. There is no cost to attend this event. We look forward to meeting you!


DATE: Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

TIME: 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

VENUE: Toby's on 2733 Commerical Drive

Friday, 26 August 2016 18:13

SYP Social Potluck Update

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The BC Branch SYP group held a summer social and potluck, with some brainstorming to support our strategic planning for the 2016/2017 year. This included sharing food, sunshine, laughter, and ideas for what we'd like the BC CWRA SYP accomplish in the next year. We categorized activities the group currently organizes and ideas for possible future endeavours into 3 categories: "Stop", "Start", and "Continue". We then used sticky dots to vote on the ideas we preferred, dotmocracy style! We also threw up words and terms that we associate with the BC CWRA, to produce a sort-of Wordle. The plan is for the group's leaders to use these ideas and preferences to draft a strategic plan with themes, directions, and specific event ideas of the upcoming year.

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The BC Canadian Water Resources Association-Students and Young Professionals group is organizing a summer social and potluck next week to get to know one another, share some food / laughs / lawngames, and talk about what you'd like to see from the CWRA SYP this upcoming 2016/2017 year. Never attended a CWRA event? Have a great event and/or speaker idea you'd like to see organized? Just want to hang in the sun and have some fun with new and old friends? Then this evening is for you! Details are below and feel free to bring your friends, family, neighbours, and non-CWRA members.

What: BC CWRA SYP summer social & potluck
Who: BC CWRA SYP-ers, friends, family, partners, kids, dogs, invite!
When: Thursday August 18th at 6:30pm
Where: Creekside Park beside Science World (near Science World Skytrain station and Olympic Village Canada Line station, on seawall)
Why: Why not? To meet/socialize with your fellow CWRA SYP-ers, close out the summer with a waterfront potluck, share some food and chats and lawngames and talk about what you'd like to see the BC CWRA SYP group accomplish in the coming year!
What next: If you can't come on the 18th we will miss you, but we will have another meeting in September (date TBD) to kick-start the year and share some of the feedback we got from you on what you'd like to see of the BC CWRA SYP in 2016-2017.

To help us organize the event, please fill out the following Google Spreadsheet with your name and what you will be bringing (if you don't know no worries, just put your name down so we can plan for numbers!)
Monday, 15 August 2016 03:49

CWRA SYP Shoreline Cleanup Event‏ Update!

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Thank you to those who were able to come out and support the CWRA Student and Young Professionals and the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup Event at Tower Beach. It was a great evening for networking, socializing, discovering new places, all while supporting a great cause! Special thanks to Katie De Rego for leading the organization of the event and making sure we were fully geared for the evening (including post cleanup cookies and lemonade!). We were able to collect two garbage bags full of trash and three bags of plastic and glass recyclables. The type of trash and quantities were recorded by our group and will be reported back to the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup organizers. The recorded trash information will be used by Shoreline Cleanup to better understand the sources of shoreline litter and educate about the impacts of litter on wildlife and people. 
We look forward to meeting more CWRA members at exciting events to come!