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

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 14, 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.

John Van Ham – Executive Director of Environmental Innovation, Alberta Innovates

John is the Executive Director of Environmental Innovation, a division of Alberta Innovates’ Clean Energy Group, which supports innovative research and technology development in the areas of water & wastewater, land & biodiversity, remediation & reclamation, and other environmental innovation. Prior to joining Alberta Innovates, John spent much of his career in the energy and natural resource sectors, working for industry (ConocoPhillips  and Geomaque Exploration), not-for-profit organizations (International Institute for Sustainable Development), government agencies, and with a number of start-up companies/organizations in oil & gas, renewables, mining and agriculture. John has deep expertise in corporate strategy and business planning, in combination with extensive operational and field experience. John has a Master’s Degree in Environmental Design and a Bachelor of  Science Degree –double major in Geology and Geophysics – both from the University of Calgary. John lives in Calgary Alberta with his wife and family.

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

A Tour or Workshop is being planned as part of the conference.  Details will be coming shortly.

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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