CWRA BC Branch Conference 2015

Floods, Droughts, & Everything In Between

November 18-19, 2015
Vancouver, British Columbia



A big thank you to all the attendees, presenters, sponsors, exhibitor and volunteers for making this conference a success! Without people like you, conferences like this one could not happen.  There were a lot of great presentations that have initiated some great discussions.  Let's keep the conversation going!  Keep an eye out for more CWRA events - and if you have any ideas or suggestions, or want to organize a workshop or seminar - please let us know! 

Some things to note:

  • We will be keeping this website active for all our BC Branch Activities - so keep us in your bookmarks. 
  • Keep an eye on your inboxes for our Survey regarding the conference, let us know what you really think!
  • Links to the PDF of the presentations will be made available soon on the Program page.  Check back for access to those!

Thanks again and see you next time - CWRA BC 2015 Conference Organizing Committee


Abstract Booklet Available for Download: 2015_BC_Conf_Program_Abstracts


Banquet Speaker Confirmed

Alan Duncan is a Landscape Architect and Urban Planner who has worked across Canada - PEI Department of Environment and Tourism, Ontario Hydro, the Planning Departments of Etobicoke and Edmonton, and the Groupe d’intervention urbaine de MontrĂ©al.  After a stint producing parades, public celebrations and public art policy in Vancouver and Toronto, he joined the City of Vancouver Planning Department in 1989.  He coordinated such landscape policy and public realm projects as regulation of private property trees and the Ridgeway Greenway, both which received CSLA recognition for innovation, and the Wellness Walkways project which received a PIBC award for excellence in planning.  He was appointed first Environmental Planner in the Vancouver Park Board in 2004 where he has led projects like the Stanley Park Cycling Plan, Stanley Park Ecological Action Plan and the Ecological and Culturally Sensitive Enhancement Plan for Beaver Lake. 


In 2001, Alan was first recipient of the BCSLA Public Practice Award, was elected to the CSLA College of Fellows in 2003 and is currently incoming Chair of the College.


 Day 1 Lunch Speaker

Engineers without Borders representative, Belinda Li, will introduce you to the EWB and how they create systemic change in Canada and Sub-Saharan Africa. We will then take a journey to Malawi to learn about the rural water sector and share a few stories about how Engineers Without Borders is working to improve sustainable access to clean water.


Keynote Speaker Confirmed



Emanuel Machado, CAO Town of Gibsons


The Gibsons Experience - Nature is our most valuable infrastructure

"Our rationale is that the natural services provided by these systems, in the form of rainwater management, flood control and water purification, have tangible value to the community as, or more, effective as engineered infrastructure"


Emanuel's passion and commitment to creating sustainable communities is evident in his work in the Town of Gibsons, by combining the Official Community Plan, Strategic Plan and Sustainability Plan to create a hybrid document that balances economic development, the natural environment, and social well-being. It is this integration and balance that has been the key element of his work.


More recently, Emanuel has been developing a program for the Town of Gibsons, called Eco-Assets, which recognizes the role of nature as a fundamental component of the municipal infrastructure system, leading to a greater understanding of the value of ecosystems services and improved financial and operational management plans of the community's natural assets.


Come learn why the Town of Gibsons is becoming one of Canada's first municipalities to explore managing the natural capital in their community.



By staying at the Conference hotel you will be sure to catch all the action!  Also, it helps the organizing committee keep costs down as hotels generally give us deals on the Conference space rentals if we have delegates staying at the hotel.  Please consider staying with us while you are in town!



The Canadian Nurses for Health and the Environment (CNHE, have partnered with CWRA to offer a special half day session with a focus on the connection between water, our health, and the environment.  A webinar will also be offered for this sesison at a reduced rate for those CNHE and CWRA delegates across Canada that would like to attend.  For $37.50, a webinar link will be provided to attend this half day session.  Check out the registration page for more information! (






Check out the SYP Section to learn about our Pecha Kucha Sessions and the planned Pub Night.

We have a new special Student Rate for the Pecha Kucha Session.  Check out the registration page for the new rates!