2015 Branch Conference

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CWRA Alberta Branch Annual Conference 2015

Adapting to a Changing Environment

April 19-21, 2015

Red Deer, Alberta

We had almost 100 attendees, and by all accounts the conference was a huge success!  The organizing committee would like to thank all of the sponsors and exhibitors that made this conference a success.

Conference Program and Presentations

Links to Presentations and Program are available here.

Conference Sponsors

CWRA would like to thank the following Sponsors and Exhibitors for making the conference a success!


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Conference Exhibitors


AMEC Foster Wheeler

Earthmaster Environmental

Aquatic Informatics


Hoskin Scientific


CWRA Alberta 2015 Conference Presentations

Conference Proceedings


WidthsdfForcerSunday April 19, 2015
15:00 – 18:00Exhibitor Setup
18:00 – 22:00RegistrationIce-Breaker Reception and Exhibits Viewing
Day 1 – CWRA 2015 Conference Program
Monday April 20, 2015
7:30 – 8:30Registration, Visit ExhibitorsContinental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40Welcome Remarks: Rick Carnduff (Conference Chair)
8:40 – 9:00Opening Address
9:00 – 9:45Keynote Spacer: Jon Fennell VP Geosciences & Water Security, Integrated Sustainability
9:45 – 10:00Break, Visit Exhibitors
Session 1 – Issues and Trends in Water Quality Moderator: Rick Carnduff
10:00 – 10:30Restoration of a Wetland Biofilter at Golf Course Creek, Sylvan Lake, Alberta Kate Sinclair, Applied Aquatic Research Ltd.
10:30 – 11:00Water Quality Protection Downstream of a Water Crossing Tim Taylor, Priddis Environmental Solutions Ltd.
11:00 – 11:30Determining the Impact of Naturalized E. coli on Irrigation Water Cassandra Jokinen, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
11:30 – 12:00Irrigation Water Quality – What’s in the Water? Jollin Charest, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
12:00 – 13:00Lunch
Session 2 – Integrated Resources Management: Lessons Learned Moderator: Meghan Payne
13:00 – 13:30Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan Courtney Scott, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
13:30 – 14:00Alberta’s Integrated Resource System and the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan: How do they reflect a focus on Cumulative Effects Management? Judy Stewart, Barrister and Solicitor (PhD Candidate)
14:00 – 14:30System Dynamics Modelling for Integrated Watershed Management: Application to the Bow River Basin Kai Wang, University of Alberta
14:30 – 14:45Break, Visit Exhibitors
Session 3 – Approaches for Building Resilience: The Environment Moderator: Judy Stewart
14:45 – 15:15Collaborative Water Management to Build Resilience in the Red Deer River Basin in the Face of Climatic and Environmental Change Mike Nemeth, Alberta WaterSMART
15:15 – 15:45River for Life – Adaptive Management Kerri Robinson, Urban Systems
15:45 – 16:15Improving Flood Resiliency Along the Crowsnest Highway Bob Askin, Associated Engineering/Summit Environmental
16:15 – 16:45Break, Visit Exhibitors and CWRA Annual General Meeting
17:00 – 18:00Pre-Banquet Cocktails
18:30 – 21:30Banquet Dinner
Speaker: Olivier Mills Director of Communications, The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
22:00Dismissed For The Day
Day 2 – CWRA 2015 Conference Program
Tuesday April 21, 2015
7:00 – 8:00Registration, Visit ExhibitorsContinental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45Keynote Speaker: Tamsin Lyle   Principal & Flood Management Specialist, Ebbwater Consulting
8:45 – 9:00Break, Visit Exhibitors
Location: Main StageLocation: Salon A
Session 4 -Tackling Environmental Change in Water Resources Management: Management Moderator:Sandra UngersonSession 5 – Tackling Environmental Change in Water Resources Management: Methodologies Moderator: Bob Askin
9:00 – 9:30Riparian Restoration Initiatives in the Sturgeon River Watershed Debbie Webb, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT)Future Irrigation Water Use and the Role of FITFIR Richard Phillips, Bow River Irrigation District
9:30 – 10:00The Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network in Canada Andrew Phillips, Weather Innovations Consulting LPAlberta Weather and Randomness Neil MacAlpine, MacAlpine Consulting
10:00 – 10:30Tax Incentives for Water Protection in the Shale Gas Industry Deborah Jarvie, University of LethbridgeEcological Resilience Following Construction and Reclamation of Watercourse Crossings Ben Poltorak, Earthmaster Environmental Strategies Inc.
10:30 – 10:45Break, Visit Exhibitors
10:45 – 11:15Disaster Governance: An Investigation of the 2013 Flood in High River, Alberta Eva A. Bogdan, University of AlbertaArriving at Practical Results from Climate Change Modelling Michael MacLatchy, Associated Engineering
11:15 – 11:45For Peat’s Sake: Managing climate change and land use threats to Alberta’s boreal peatlands Carolyn Campbell, Alberta Wilderness AssociationEnvironment Canada Flood Analysis using Indirect Flow Measurements: Southern Alberta Flood June 2013 Jerry Wagner-Watchel, Environment Canada, Water Survey Division
11:45 – 13:00Lunch, Visit Exhibitors
Session 6 – Tackling Environmental Change in Water Resources Management: Approaches Moderator: Mike Nemeth
13:00 – 13:30Water Resiliency and Turning a Waste into a Resource Andrew Chan, Dillon Consulting Limited
13:30 – 14:00Rainwater Harvesting Best Practices as part of an Urban Integrated Water Cycle Management System Sandra Ungerson, University of Calgary
14:00 – 14:30Development of Alberta Lake Level Index: A Simple Approach Zahidul Islam, Alberta ESRD
14:30 – 14:45Closing Remarks: Rick Carnduff (Conference Chair)
15:00End of Conference