#CWNSYP webinars are organized by students and young professionals for students and young professionals across Canada. Register early — these free webinars fill up quickly.

Upcoming Webinars

Wednesday, December 4 at 12:00 p.m. EST
The Value of Water: An Indigenous Perspective

How and why we use water — and how we see ourselves in relationship to water — is influenced by various factors, including geography, identity and experience. Our upcoming #CWNSYP webinar series will highlight how different cultures, sectors and users value water in different ways.

In the first episode, Indigenous scholar Joanne Nelson will discuss her PhD research at the University of British Columbia, where she is looking at relationships between urban Indigenous people and water, the transfer and use of traditional knowledge, and Indigenous contributions to water governance. Her upcoming research will seek to understand urban Indigenous people’s relationship to water using methodologies that centre Indigenous voices. Joanne’s field work will include the experience of participating in the annual Coast Salish Canoe Journey. She will discuss the importance of viewing data collection through a cultural lens and describe the mixed-media methods she intends to use. Joanne will also reflect on her own experiences as an Indigenous woman living in unceded Coast Salish territories.

Joanne Nelson is a Ts’msyen woman who grew up in northwestern British Columbia in the communities of Port Edward and Prince Rupert, where she gained a tremendous appreciation for nature and the ocean environment. She is from Lax Kw’alaams on her mother’s side and Kitsumkalum on her father’s side. Her passions include traditional Ts’msyen art forms, as well as the paddle sports of dragon boat and outrigger canoe. Joanne is a third year PhD student at the University of British Columbia with Dr. Leila Harris and Dr. Glen Coulthard, where she is conducting meaningful research with First Nations communities that favour Indigenous ways of knowing and traditional knowledge. Joanne has been an uninvited guest on the unceded land of the Xʷməθkʷəy̓əm, Skwxwu7mesh, and Tsleil-Waututh people on and off for over 30 years.


Past Webinars

March 14, 2019
Working & Communicating with Community Partners
Co-hosted with forWater Network SYP

This webinar will explore best practices and lessons learned in building and maintaining relationships with community partners. Particularly for knowledge producers in academia and beyond, enhanced partner engagement and tailored communication are critical to this process. Learn about various techniques for effective working relationships, then dive deeper with key tips for communications outreach, focusing on poster design. In just one hour, you’ll gain some great insights on how to ensure success when co-designing and co-generating research, as well as refine skills for sharing the results with others. With this webinar, knowledge producers will be empowered to work effectively with partners and further research applications.

Peter Duinker is a Professor in the School for Resource and Environmental Studies at Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Management, and President and Co-Principal in the consulting firm Sylveritas Ltd. He teaches and researches a wide range of topics and is one of Canada’s leading scholars and practitioners on the topic of sustainable forest management. He held Lakehead University’s Chair in Forest Management and Policy from 1988 to 1998, served as Research Area Leader for the Sustainable Forest Management Network of Centres of Excellence from 2000 to 2009, and was member and chair of the CSA Sustainable Forest Management Technical Committee from 2000 to 2015. Peter has worked closely with governments, companies, and NGOs across Canada on issues related to sustainable forest management and policy.

Allie Dusome is the Communications Officer at the University of Waterloo’s Water Institute, and is responsible for strategic communications planning, knowledge dissemination and outreach to the key audiences that the Water Institute seeks to influence. Allie supports communication efforts for research projects at Waterloo, including Global Water Futures and the forWater Network, as well as the University of Waterloo’s Collaborative Water Program. Allie has multiple years of experience working with University of Waterloo professors and graduate students, helping to transfer and share knowledge about their research in an impactful way.

Dani Lindamood is the Knowledge Mobilization Manager at forWater Network, working to maximize research impacts and support network partners. She has engaged in sustainability-related work around the world, and holds a Masters of Environmental Management from the School of Environment, Enterprise and Development at the University of Waterloo. Her other credentials include a certificate in collaborative water resource management, experience working with academic and social enterprises in the water sector, facilitation training and a science communications background. Dani is passionate about the water sector is the co-founder of “Girls Gone Water,” a platform that helps people cultivate a connection to the natural world using water and storytelling.

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November 15, 2018
Engaging Community-Based Research Methods in Water Planning and Governance with First Nations

The drinking water crisis impacting First Nations on-reserve is among the most pressing water policy issues in Canada today. All levels of government have a responsibility to engage in innovative approaches to water governance that address this crisis and advance reconciliation. In this webinar, our guest speakers will discuss how Community-Based Research Methods (CBRM) can be applied to improve approaches to water management and governance with Indigenous peoples. Learn about the theory and principles of CBRM, the distinct and unique considerations that apply in an Indigenous context, and how governments can apply these methods in a municipal planning context. Through illustrative case studies, the webinar will explore how CBRM can provide guidance to municipalities interested in improving their relationships to First Nations with respect to current and future water planning initiatives.

Rachel Arsenault is completing a master’s degree in Indigenous Relations at Laurentian University in Sudbury. She is fish clan from the Wiikwemkoong Unceded First Nation on Manitoulin Island (Mnidoo Mnising). Rachel also works as a research assistant for the Community-Based Research and Indigenous Research Methods working groups of the Decolonizing Water Partnership Project, and is a Policy Analyst for the Chiefs of Ontario. For her thesis, she is studying water insecurity in First Nations and the impacts on communities across the province. She recently collaborated with four colleagues on an article discussing the First Nation water crisis and potential best practices for working with Indigenous peoples, which was published online in the MDPI Water Journal: mdpi.com/2073-4441/10/1/49

Deborah McGregor joined York University’s Osgoode Hall law faculty in 2015 as a cross-appointee with the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Her research has focused on Indigenous knowledge systems and their various applications in diverse contexts, including water and environmental governance, environmental justice and sustainable development. Professor McGregor’s research has been published in a variety of national and international journals and she has delivered numerous public and academic presentations relating to Indigenous knowledge systems, governance and sustainability. She remains actively involved in a variety of Indigenous communities, serving as an advisor and engaging in community-based research. She recently launched a website on Indigenous environmental justice: iejproject.info.yorku.ca.

Nicole J. Wilson is a scholar of settler origin whose work examines Indigenous peoples’ relationships to water and water governance in the context of settler-colonialism and environmental change. She is committed to conducting Community-Based Research and has done so in partnership with a number of Indigenous governments and organizations in Alaska and Yukon. She is a post-doctoral fellow at the Peter A. Allard School of Law at the University of British Columbia. She is currently collaborating with Carcross/Tagish First Nation to develop strategies to implement their land claim and self-government agreements in a way that fulfills their sacred responsibility to respect and protect the waters within their traditional territory. Nicole holds an MS in Natural Resources from Cornell University and a PhD in Resource Management and Environmental Studies from UBC.

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March 8th, 2018
Community Engagement: Ottawa River Watershed Study

Present and past #CWNSYP committee representatives Marina Steffensen and Oliver Dumville will discuss a federal watershed study of the Ottawa River watershed and its unique process of engagement, the scope of which includes a map-based digital platform, consultations with Indigenous communities, and broad engagement of other diverse groups. This study is being led by Environment and Climate Change Canada on behalf of the Government of Canada, and is examining:

  • The natural, cultural, heritage and economic values associated with the watershed
  • Important indicators for assessing the health of the watershed
  • The potential creation of a watershed council

Learn how to participate in the Ottawa River watershed study and take away some innovative ideas on developing meaningful community watershed connections.

Marina Steffensen is a Policy Analyst with Environment and Climate Change Canada. She is also a representative on CWN’s Student and Young Professional Committee. Marina recently finished a master’s degree in resource management and is passionate about bridging the gap between science and solutions.

Oliver Dumville is also a Policy Analyst with Environment and Climate Change Canada, and was a representative of CWN’s Student and Young Professional Committee from 2015 to 2017. He holds a degree in Ecology, a graduate diploma in integrated coastal and ocean management and a master’s degree in public administration.

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Jeudi 22 février 2018
Gestion de données et participation citoyenne au service de l’eau potable

La conférence propose de présenter le développement d’EnkiMD, une interface spécialement conçue pour répondre aux besoins municipaux quant à la gestion des données et aux échanges avec les consommateurs.

La communication directe entre les gestionnaires et les citoyens présente d’importants atouts. D’un côté, la transparence dont fait preuve la municipalité sert à renforcer le lien de confiance avec le public et à sensibiliser les citoyens aux enjeux liés à l’eau potable. De l’autre côté, recueillir des informations sur l’eau du robinet directement du citoyen fournit des données précieuses au personnel municipal, lui permettant une gestion plus efficace et intégrée.

La conférence se focalisera sur les étapes du développement de l’interface, et des exemples d’application concrets illustreront l’utilisation de la technologie pour résoudre des défis municipaux. À travers la description du projet réalisé avec la Ville de Québec, il sera également possible de constater tout l’intérêt de cet outil pour favoriser la participation citoyenne au sein des municipalités québécoises.

Anna Scheili possède plus de dix ans d’expérience professionnelle et académique en sciences de l’eau. Elle a terminé un doctorat à l’Université Laval portant sur la variabilité spatiotemporelle de la qualité de l’eau potable dans les petits réseaux. Aujourd’hui, Anna met à profit ses connaissances et sa grande expérience dans la réalisation de ses mandats à titre d’experte-conseil au sein de WaterShed Monitoring. Son travail consiste en l’élaboration des solutions innovatrices pour répondre à des besoins de stockage et d’analyse des données sur la qualité de l’eau, tout en optimisant l’acquisition de connaissances dans les domaines de gestion de l’eau, d’aménagement urbain et de recherche scientifique.

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November 30, 2017
How to Land Your Dream Job in Water

Are you just finishing school? Working at a job that isn’t related to your education? Looking to move up from an entry level position? Camille will discuss different work environments in water and share application strategies for jobs in the municipal, provincial or federal sectors, industry, NGOs and consulting. She’ll discuss how to network effectively, as well as some alternatives to networking if you’re a natural introvert. Take away some tried-and-true ideas to build an interesting and successful career in water.

Camille Leung is the manager of safety, process and compliance at the Ontario Clean Water Agency. She holds a bachelor’s degree in process engineering with a minor in bioengineering, and a master’s degree in environmental science and engineering. She has worked in food, quality assurance and control, research and asset management, but her true calling is water and wastewater.

Camille is passionate about youth education. She has facilitated workshops for Engineers Without Borders’ Water for the World program. She also promotes the “I don’t flush” campaign at local events and is on the Grey Bruce Children’s Water Education Council. Camille is currently an ambassador for OneWater and is designing a water and wastewater mobile education centre.

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September 28, 2017
Building Water Resilience: Sustainably Managing a Finite Resource

In the late 1990s, the Town of Okotoks (population 28,881) made the pioneering decision to live within the limited carrying capacity of the Sheep River Watershed. Over the past 15 years, while experiencing 41% population growth, the Town has remained within its allocated licensed water capacity.

This free #CWNSYP webinar will explore the Town’s most successful water conservation programs to-date, current challenges and future ideas and concepts.

Dawn Smith joined the Town of Okotoks as the Environment and Sustainability Coordinator in the fall of 2008. Her responsibilities include developing, monitoring and reporting sustainable initiatives, both within the corporation and throughout the entire community. Her work includes short and long-range planning for community development, infrastructure, energy management, water management, waste management, sustainable procurement and climate change adaptation.

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February 7, 2017
Raindrops to Rivers

Have you ever wondered how long it takes a drop of rain to reach a river? In this #CWNSYP webinar, learn how naturally-occurring heavy and light types of water (isotopes) help water scientists track water as it flushes through shallow soils, streams and deeper groundwater aquifers. Learn how scientists discover how “old” water is, and why understanding how long it takes a raindrop to reach a river matters for the quality and supply of our water resources.

Scott Jasechko is an assistant professor of water resources at the University of Calgary. He completed his master’s at the University of Waterloo and his doctorate at the University of New Mexico before joining the University of Calgary in January of 2015. Scott’s research pieces together big diverse datasets to try to better understand how water moves around planet Earth.

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December 1, 2016
Shared Water, One Framework: The EU Water Framework Directive

The initial deadline for achieving the European Union’s Water Framework Directive’s (WFD) key objective of achieving ‘good’ ecological status for all waters passed in December 2015.

This webinar will explore:

  • Key features of the WFD
  • Early assessments of WFD results
  • The benefits of collaboration under WFD implementation
  • Recommendations for environmental policy development in Canada

Émilie Lagacé holds a BSc in Environmental Sciences from McGill University and an MSc in Water Science, Policy and Management from the University of Oxford. Her paper on the WFD was awarded the Area Prize by the British Geographical Society. In 2009, she won a Water Policy Fellowship from the Gordon Foundation to study what Canada can learn from the European Union on collaborating for water management. Émilie conducted this research while living and working in the UK. Her findings were published in a briefing note of the Forum for Leadership on Water, in the Hill Times and in Water Canada Magazine.

Émilie’s professional experience spans the federal public service, the private sector overseas and environmental non-profits for whom she designed and facilitated innovation labs. She currently works at Environment and Climate Change Canada on environmental assessment policy.

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October 5, 2016
Tips for a Successful Career in Water Quality

This webinar explored career options for water quality professionals, from engineers considering the impacts to water resources when designing buildings, to marine biologists assessing the risks of harvesting tidal energy. The webinar covered:

  • Options for career progression
  • Skills that are most in demand by employers
  • Factors affecting hiring demand for water quality professionals in Canada
  • Average salary ranges for entry-level and experienced professionals

This webinar was based on recent research conducted by ECO Canada and incorporated survey results, expert interviews, a literature review and job posting analysis.

Guillermo Cuevas joined ECO Canada in 2013 as a Research Specialist. His primary responsibility is to augment the knowledge that ECO Canada has regarding the environmental labour market, including numbers of environmental workers, the types of activities they engage in, and what challenges they face.

Webinar Partner: ECO Canada

Since 1992, ECO Canada has been committed to supporting Canada’s environmental sector through in-depth labor market research, professional certification, career development resources and training. With over 3,000 certified Environmental Professionals, they strive to be Canada’s leading environmental certification, establishing the professional standard and code of ethics for the environmental workforce. They are committed to excellence as they nurture a vibrant community of experienced environmental professionals. To learn more, visit www.eco.ca

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April 28, 2016
Adapting for a Resilient Water Industry

The ‘new normal’ for water management is the need for resiliency in the face of ongoing change. It involves moving beyond the “typical” or “average” to proactively addressing conditions that can threaten the long-term security of our water supplies. This webinar explored:

  • Challenges in managing catastrophic events
  • Social innovations and their use
  • Implementing transformative processes
  • The role of collaborative decision-making
Pablo Pina is a hydrologist with Integrated Environments. He holds an MSc in watershed management and environmental biology, and a PhD in water and land resources. His professional journey across diverse and fascinating environments showed him the intimate link between culture and nature, and sparked a passion for sustainability.

Pablo’s technical expertise is in the design and analysis of water monitoring programs for industry, government and nonprofits. He’s led and collaborated in cross-sectoral projects related to environmental planning and management in both Canada and abroad. Pablo is interested in understanding the critical drivers that contribute to resilience, including innovation, teamwork, leadership, engagement and communication.

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January 27, 2016
Revitalizing Urban Watersheds: People, policy and practice

While building our cities, streams have been viewed as a convenient means of conveying sewage and storm runoff out of the city. We’re now beginning to better understand the value of our urban watershed and its important contribution to wildlife, aesthetics and system resilience in our urban environment.

Watershed function and health can be revitalized through improved technology, heightened public awareness and policy development. During this webinar, Dana McDonald will discuss stewardship and public engagement case studies and highlight their connection with watershed governance. Amy Greenwood will talk about how government policies, urban design trends and Salmon-Safe certification are incentivizing the adoption of green infrastructure in the public and private sectors.

Dana McDonald is a Project Manager with Evergreen where she leads stewardship and restoration initiatives. She comes from an earth science background, with additional training in stream restoration design and a certificate in watershed management from the University of British Columbia. Dana has worked on watershed restoration and management projects in Alberta and British Columbia. Previously, she was also a hub manager with Waterlution.

Amy Greenwood has been a member of the Fraser Basin Council’s Watersheds and Water Resources team since 2006. As Assistant Manager, she leads sustainability initiatives, including watershed health assessments, indicator reporting and the Salmon-Safe Communities initiative. Amy also works with stakeholders and urban planning professionals throughout Metro Vancouver to implement green stormwater infrastructure. She holds a master’s degree in environmental science and a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.

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September 25, 2015
Traditional Knowledge: Looking Back, Moving Forward Together

As water practitioners we have a lot to learn from traditional knowledge. Exploring various perspectives allows us to compare and learn from each other’s experiences, creating shared values that are important for understanding and applying this knowledge.
Tessa Terbasket is a member of the Lower Similkameen Indian Band of the Okanagan Nation, located in the southern interior of British Columbia. She works as the Fisheries Harvest Coordinator at Okanagan Nation Alliance, and as a Youth Reconciliation Leader with Canadian Roots. Tessa is also Coordinator of Waterlution’s Aboriginal Youth Water Leaders program.
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June 24, 2015
The Art of Catalyst Conversations

A catalyst conversation creates connection, accelerates information flow and remains top-of-mind. Participants learned the do’s and don’ts of connecting and developed a strategic action plan to engage industry professionals.
Tania DeSa helps professionals to ‘kick up their communication style’ to add value and achieve results. She holds an MBA from ESADE Business School in Spain and an Honors Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada.
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September 24, 2014
An Orbital Perspective with Circle of Blue

Circle of Blue is a team of leading international journalists, scientists, data experts and facilitators that report on challenges and solutions to global resource issues, with an initial focus on water. Circle of Blue members help inform policy makers and the public with timely, relevant information that leads to better decision-making in the 21st century. Carl will touch on some of Circle of Blue’s recent reporting connections between silo’d and disparate events and ideas.
J. Carl Ganter is co-founder and director of Circle of Blue. He is an award-winning photojournalist, reporter and broadcaster whose work has appeared in most major magazines, newspapers, and television and radio networks. Carl received the Rockefeller Foundation Centennial Innovation Award 2012. He is the Vice-Chairman of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on Water Security, and is on the advisory board of the US Institute for Globally Transformative Technologies at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories and the University of Alberta Water Initiative.
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April 23, 2014
Social Media Opportunities for Water Leaders

Michael will demonstrate the benefits and opportunities available to water resources professionals by engaging in social media, concluding with a vision of where these opportunities may take the water resources profession in the future.
Michael E. Campana is a Professor of Hydrogeology and Water Resources Management in the Geography Program of the College of Earth, Ocean, and Atmospheric Sciences (CEOAS) at Oregon State University and an Emeritus Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of New Mexico. He engages with students and the scientific community through LinkedIn, Twitter, and his blog WaterWired.
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November 21, 2013
Women in Water

In Canada, research on water resources largely neglects a gender perspective. This event will explore the water situation in Canada through a female lens, the role of women within the current water landscape, and women as economic drivers and leaders. The leadership will discuss Aboriginal women, women’s voices and expertise in Canadian water policy, young leaders and entrepreneurial innovation, and Canada within the larger global context.
Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux
Vice Provost of Aboriginal Initiatives at Lakehead University

Gemma Boag
Policy Advisor at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Hanneke Van Lavieren
Coastal Ecosystems Programme Officer at UNU-INWEH

Karen Kun
Director and Co-Founder of Waterlution

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October 17, 2013
Water and Development

Margaret Catley-Carlson
Patron, Global Water Partnership

Margaret couples global-scale scientific investigations of water resources to the global-scale science of policy. The interactions of water with food, energy and direct human uses are investigated and connected. Margaret offers a call to action for Canada’s young water leaders, proposing several ways for Canadian water leaders to create positive change through water.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
One-fish two-fish, boy-fish girl-fish: The Environment on Drugs

Mark Servos
Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection, University of Waterloo

Mark will discuss research conducted in the Grand River watershed on fish affected by emerging substances of concern that are released into the watershed in wastewater effluents.

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February 12, 2013
From Global Groundwater Depletion to the Sustainable Use of Groundwater Systems

Tom Gleeson
Assistant Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, McGill University

Groundwater as the world’s largest freshwater resource is of critical importance for irrigated agriculture and hence global food security. Tom will discuss global groundwater depletion and consider the steps required for humanity to use groundwater resources sustainably.

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January 17, 2013
Back to Basics: Ecosystem Health as the Basis for a Canadian Freshwater Movement

Tony Maas
Director, Fresh Water Program, World Wildlife Fund–Canada

Water nourishes life at all scales, ranging from water uses by plants during primary production, to essential services within the largest ecosystems. Tony will highlight the connections between freshwater and life, discussing how water shapes the foundation of Canadian ecosystems and how the health of these ecosystems is ultimately governed by the provision of clean, sustainable freshwater.

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October 24, 2012: What Does it Mean to be a Water Leader?
How to Develop and Nurture Future Water Leaders

Karen Kun
Director and Co-founder, Waterlution

Inspiring and connecting water users, managers and researchers from all viewpoints is one of the challenges confronting better management of Canadian and global freshwater resources. Karen Kun will discuss what characteristics are embodied by today’s water leaders, and the steps that students and young professionals can take to become water leaders of tomorrow.

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May 8, 2012
Canadian Waters: A Technology and Innovation Perspective

Jean-François Barsoum
Senior Managing Consultant, Green + Innovation Strategies, IBM

Jean-François’ presentation will focus on the role of information technology in managing water issues. He will describe IBM’s projects that support ecosystem monitoring and municipal water infrastructure management, including past projects, as well as herd ideas on where the future of information technology and water may lie.

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April 5, 2012
Thirsting for Knowledge: An Economist’s Approach to Water Issues

Diane Dupont
Professor, Department of Economics, Brock University

Diane’s presentation will draw attention to a selection of Canada’s most important interactions between water and economics, including water pricing, water demands, water quality perceptions and benchmarking efficient water production on the part of water utilities.

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