The CWRA Alberta Branch hosts annual conferences to bring together professionals working on aspects of water-related topics to facilitate collaboration and information exchanges between scientists, researchers, practitioners, managers, stakeholders, and decision-makers.

Call for Abstracts – Deadline Extended to February 28, 2020

After many years, the CWRA Alberta Branch is changing things up for our 2020 Conference. This year we are opening the call for abstracts to include any and all topics related to water. Proposed abstracts could include the following topics:



Wetlands and Rivers

Flooding, Drought, Climate Change

Floodplain management

Erosion Control, Bioengineering, Habitat Enhancement

Drainage and Stormwater Management

Hydraulic Structures and Water Infrastructure

Transboundary water issues

Water management and Industrial Water Use

Water data management and analysis

Asset Management and Risk Assessment

Water and Health

Socio-economic water issues

To submit an abstract, fill in the form below by February 28, 2020 to be considered for the conference. 

Call for Abstracts

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Early Bird Rates in effect until February 29, 2020

Member Rate

(Already a member)

Early Bird / Late

Non-Member Rate (This includes a 1 year CWRA Membership)

Early Bird / Late

Full Registration

$300 / $400

$420 / $520

Young Professional $300 / $400 $360 / $460


$150 / $175

$175 / $200

Single day

$175 / $250

$295 / $370

Single day Student

$75 / $100

$100 / $125

*Memberships: Regular – $120, Retired and Young Professional – $60, Student – $25


Black Knight Inn

$119.00 + taxes / night

2929 – 50 Avenue, Red Deer, Alberta


A block of rooms is set aside for April 19 and April 20.


Dr. Fred Wrona – Chief Scientist at Alberta Environment and Parks

Dr. Fred Wrona was appointed Alberta’s Environment and Parks Chief Scientist on April 5, 2016.

Dr. Wrona has more than 30 years of experience leading or contributing to numerous environmental programs addressing regional, national and international environmental issues related to climate impacts on freshwater ecosystems; cold region hydro-ecology; cumulative effects assessments; ecotoxicology; and integrated and adaptive environmental monitoring program design. Read more about Dr. Wrona

Pablo Pina Poujol – Academic Chair, Water Sustainability MacPhail School of Energy, SAIT.

Pablo has over twelve years of experience in combined higher education, research, teaching, consulting, and post-secondary practice. Pablo was trained in biosciences, forest hydrology, and water resources management. Water has always been Pablo’s passion, and a core component of his work. In his Masters, he worked with the Long-Term Ecological Research Network (Mexico and United States) conducting watersheds monitoring and management. In his Doctorate, he focused on the effects of insects’ infestations on the water cycle in forested areas in Alberta. Following his studies, Pablo worked at the University of Calgary as a research associate teaching and developing a framework for resiliency building in the Calgary region. Later, he moved into consulting and interacted with governments, non-for-profits, industry and post-secondary institutions to develop sustainability programs. His work has been presented, and acknowledged, in Canada, the United States, Latin America, and Europe. Pablo is a systems-based and interdisciplinary professional who has always embraced innovation and new challenges. Since 2017, he joined the MacPhail School of Energy at SAIT as the Academic Chair of Water Sustainability. His role is to contribute to the development of the water a sustainability portfolio, including both talent development and innovation and research integration.

Workshop / Tour

This year you can choose between an afternoon tour of Dickson Dam or a workshop “Effectively Implementing Water and Resource Recovery: Discussing a Draft Guide to Social Engagement”.

Tour: Dickson Dam

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

1:00 – 4:00

Registration – when you register for the conference

Cost: $10 payable on-site (cash or cheque only please)

Capacity: 30 people

Required: hard soled shoes, high-vis vest (this list may be updated)

Directions: Dickson Dam is approximately 50 km south of Red Deer, transportation not be provided.

Dickson Dam is a flow regulation dam constructed in 1983 on the Red Deer River to control for floods and low winter flows, to improve quality of the river, to create a recreational resource and to provide a reliable, year-round water supply sufficient for future industrial, regional and municipal growth.


Workshop: Effectively Implementing Water and Resource Recovery: Discussing a Draft Guide to Social Engagement

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Cost: Included with conference registration

Team: Dr. Nicholas Ashbolt, Jacqueline Noga, Dr. Jane Springett (Water & Resource Recovery Lab, University of Alberta)


The political and social climate around water management is changing. Climate change has reached Canadians in a real way, and the ethics of unsustainable resource management are coming to forefront of public dialogue. At the Water & Resource Recovery Lab we want to support this dialogue and encourage conversations about sustainable water management.

Our half-day workshop will entail a brief introduction to water and resource recovery, then we will dive into an engaged break-out session to discuss the various components of the framework. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss their choice of topics related to the guide/roadmap, with support from workshop facilitators. Discussion questions will range from theoretical to practical, and participants will be encouraged to use their own work as examples to ground the conversation in applicable, real world systems. The workshop will end with a round table discussion of lessons learned and reflections on the dialogue-centered process. Outcomes from the workshop include knowledge sharing, network building, and an improved guide to social engagement for water reuse.

Sponsors and Exhibitors

The call for Sponsors and Exhibitors is now ready for download.  We have changed things up this year and you can now register and pay through our online registration system (see link below).  If you would prefer to pay by cheque, please contact our Sponsorship Co-Chairs to make arrangements.  If you have questions about sponsoring or exhibiting at the conference, please fill in the form below and we will reply as soon as possible.


Past Conferences

2019 Branch Conference

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2014 Branch Conference

CWRA Alberta Branch Annual Conference 2014 Info 2013 Alberta Floods: The Rains, Response, Recovery & Resiliency March 23-25, 2014 Calgary, Alberta We had almost 200 attendees, and by all [...]

2015 Branch Conference

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 [...]

2016 Branch Conference

CWRA Alberta Branch Annual Conference 2016 Groundwater and Surface Water Management: Interactions, Challenges and Opportunities April 3-5, 2016 Edmonton, Alberta We had around 120 attendees, and [...]

2017 National Conference

Thank you for joining us to celebrate CWRA’s 70th Anniversary! CWRA National Conference 2017 Water: A Continental Asset Water is the lifeblood that binds us all together.  Water observes no [...]

2018 Branch Conference

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