World Water Day 2014

World Water Day Graduate Research Fair, March 21st 2014
Poster Submissions
Posters on any aspect of water science, technology, policy or governance are welcome. Recycled posters welcome. Participants from all universities welcome. $150 prizes to the best poster in each category.
Photo Contest
Photo contest awards of $50 each will be awarded to two different water-related categories:
  • Water Research – photos that show your water-related research, work, or community projects,
  • Water Inspiration – photos that show your artistic and creative side.
All submitted photos will be displayed at the conference. Email photos with your name, university, category, and short photo descriptions to Maximum of two photo entries per category per person permitted.
Join us for a day-long celebration of World Water Day, highlighting university water research and raising awareness of local and global water issues. The event will highlight the breadth and depth of water research here in Waterloo, and also act as a meeting place for water researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders.
  • An afternoon of poster presentations ($150 PRIZES for each of 5 categories: Water Treatment & Technology, Hydrological and Atmospheric Science, Water Policy & Governance, Ecology and Ecotoxicology, and Cold Regions Research)
  • Talks on water science, technology, and policy
  • Keynote presentations from respected water researchers
  • Booths from local community, government, and business
  • Water sector networking and job opportunities
  • Buffet Lunch
The event will be co-hosted by the Water Institute, SWIGS, Wilfrid Laurier's Institute for Water Science, and WLU's Cold Regions Research Centre.
Water Institute SWIGS WLU Institute for Water Science Cold Regions Research Centre

Tentative Event Schedule

  • 10:00-11:00 - Poster/Booth set-up, meet-and-greet
  • 11:00-11:10 - Opening Ceremonies
  • 11:10-12:00 - Morning Keynote Speech
    • Cecelia Brooks, Research Director and Indigenous Knowledge Specialist for the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick, Water Grandmother at Canadian Rivers Institute
      Water Grandmother - Integrating Science with Indigenous Knowledge
  • 12:00-~1:00 - Lunch
  • 12:30-3:30 - Graduate Research Poster Presentations and Career Fair
    • 2:30-2:45 - Coffee/Networking Break
  • 3:30-4:30 - Afternoon Keynote Speech
    • Dr. Monique Dubé, Project Coordinator, Environmental Performance Improvement, Shell Heavy Oil; Science Director, Canadian Rivers Institute
      Water and Energy in the Canadian Oil Sands: a Paradigm Shift for Environmental Performance Improvement
  • 4:30-4:45 - Closing Ceremonies, Poster & Photo Awards
  • 5:00-7:00 - "Blue Drinks" celebration at Molly Blooms, University Plaza

Keynote Speakers

Cecelia Brooks
C. Brooks Cecelia is currently the Research Director and Indigenous Knowledge Specialist for the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick and continues as the Water Grandmother with the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick. In her role as Water Grandmother (Samaqan Nuhkumoss) she has worked on building awareness about water quality, conservation and wastewater treatment alternatives and to encourage educational opportunities for First Nations youth in the water and environmental sciences.

Cecelia’s vision for the Water Grandmother is to continue to address the concerns about source water usage and contamination relating to the development of emerging industries and facilitate community control over water and wastewater systems. Cecelia knows that control begins with knowledge and would like to start a dialogue with aboriginal leaders and educators about water and waste saving technology to help make the link between source water conservation, protection, contamination and education. The Water Grandmother is currently having discussions with aboriginal elders and educators about alternative methods of water disinfection and waste disposal systems to determine what tools and support community planners and leaders need to make decisions on how they can implement changes to the infrastructure of the community for future development.

Dr. Monique Dubé
M. Dube Dr. Monique Dubé is a Project Coordinator in Environmental Performance Improvement at Shell Heavy Oil in Calgary, AB, Canada. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at UNBSJ and a Science Director of the Canadian Rivers Institute. Previously Monique was a Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Health Diagnosis at the University of Saskatchewan, and has operated in the consulting and regulatory sectors with over 20 years of professional experience. Her area of interest is in integrated water resource management and watershed-scale cumulative effects assessment. However, she also holds experience in environmental impact assessment, air quality assessment and wetland reclamation and treatment. She has published over 180 contributions, is the recipient of an NSERC Synergy Award, and in 2011 was awarded Canadian Geographic Scientist of the Year and a YWCA Women of Distinction. Her work has influenced federal legislation, national environmental impact assessment practices, cumulative effects assessments for Canadian freshwaters, and contributed to patented technology for wastewater treatment. She has served on Scientific Advisory Panels for UNEP (Development of Global Biodiversity Indicators, World Conservation Monitoring Centre; Global Environment Monitoring Program), UNESCO (Chair, Education and Capacity-Building Task Force on Ecohydrology, International Hydrological Programme), and Canada/US Partnerships (Long-term Receiving Water Study, United States National Council for Air and Stream Improvement). She has participated in peer reviews of the Alberta oil sands Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (RAMP) and was a member of the development team for the recent federal/provincial regional monitoring program in the oil sands. Her THREATS software (The Healthy River Ecosystem AssessmenT System) and watershed health assessment approach has received international attention for its contribution to assessing and managing Canadian watersheds towards sustainability.

Event Sponsors

If you would like to sponsor this event and/or set up a booth, please contact Grant Murphy, Industrial Liaison Officer.
AECOM Aquanty Inc. Conestoga Rovers and Associates Echologics Echostream Geosyntec Consultants City of Kitchener Matrix Solutions OCWA Stantec


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