Grand Opening GWF Coldwater Laboratory

Please join us on May 4 & 5 in Canmore, AB to celebrate the opening of the new GWF research facility.

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Global Water Futures: Solutions to water threats in an era of global change is a University of Saskatchewan-led research program that is funded in part by a $77.8-million grant from the Canada First Excellence Research Fund. The aim is to transform the way communities, governments and industries in Canada and other cold regions of the world prepare for and manage these increasing water-related threats. 

On May 4 & 5, GWF invites you to tour our new facility in Canmore and talk to our researchers about our research efforts in the Rocky Mountains. We will be hosting a Science Town Hall event on May 5th where Dr. Howard Wheater, Director of GWF, and Dr. John Pomeroy, Associate Director of GWF, will present on the impacts of climate change on water resources and how the Canmore Coldwater Laboratory will contribute to the GWF program. 

Event poster.

 

Thursday, May 4

Open House: 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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Coldwater Lab, #116, 1151 Sidney Street, Canmore AB

Come tour our newly expanded Coldwater Laboratory in Canmore. Talk to our researchers and graduate students about their research in the Canadian Rockies and learn about the new Global Water Futures program. 

At 5:00 p.m., Robert Sandford, EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health, will be giving a reading from his upcoming book Marmot Creek: A Half Century of Mountain Hydrology & Climate Research in the Canadian Rockies.

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. 

Friday, May 5

Open House: 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Coldwater Lab, #116, 1151 Sidney Street, Canmore AB

The Coldwater Laboratory will be open to the public to tour and talk to our researchers about their projects under the new Global Water Futures program. 

Refreshments and snacks will be provided. 

Science Town Hall Event: 6:00 p.m.- 9:30 p.m.

Spring Creek Opera House, 400 Spring Creek Drive, Canmore, AB

Reception @ 6:00 p.m.

Join us for a cash bar reception where you can meet the leading scientists behind the new Global Water Futures programme and learn about the world-class research being conducted in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.

Local entertainment by Vi's Guys. Appetizers will be provided. 

Science Town Hall @ 7:00 p.m.

Learn about what climate change means for the Canadian Rockies and how the new Global Water Futures program aims to provide solutions for our uncertain water futures. The evening will include presentations and a panel discussion where the public will have an opportunity to ask questions.

Speakers: 

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John Borrowman, Mayor of Canmore: John has been a member of the Canmore community since 1975 and a professional potter for 40 years. He has owned two commercial art galleries in Canmore and Banff which are now operated by his eldest daughter. John has been a member of Town Council since 2004 and was elected to the Mayor's seat in 2012. John is active on many boards and is a partcipating member on various commitees in Bow Valley.



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Cam Westhead, MLA for Banff-Cochrane: Cameron Westhead was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta on May 5, 2015. He currently serves as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Accounts and he previously served as a member of the Standing Committee on Families and Communities. Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, Mr. Westhead was a registered nurse with Alberta Health Services for 10 years. He holds a bachelor of science in nursing from the University of Toronto and a bachelor of arts from Nipissing University. 



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Dr. Howard Wheater, Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security: Howard Wheater is a world expert in hydrological science and sustainable water resource management. He has extensive international experience studying and advising on flood, water resource and water quality issues. He is also vice-chair of the World Climate Research Programme’s Global Energy and Water Exchanges (GEWEX) Project, and leads UNESCO’s arid zone water resources program. Howard is the Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan and the Director of the new Global Water Futures program. 



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Dr. John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change: John Pomeroy holds a PhD in Agricultural Engineering (1988) and BSc (Hons.) in Geography (1983) from the University of Saskatchewan. He has authored over 250 research articles, reports and books, and conducted research in western and northern Canada, the United States, Bolivia, Russia, Wales, Scotland, Nepal, China, Chile and Japan. He is also a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the Royal Geographical Society. John is the Director of the Centre for Hydrology at the University of Saskatchewan and the Associate Director of the new Global Water Futures program.

     

Panelists:

  • John Pomeroy - CRC in Water Rescources and Climate Change, University of Saskatchewan 
  • Howard Wheater - CERC in Water Security, University of Saskatchewan 
  • Masaki Hayashi - CRC in Physical Geography, University of Calgary
  • Shelley Humphries - Aquatics Specialist for Banff, Yoho and Kootney National Parks, Parks Canada
  • Joseph Shea - Research Scientist, University of Saskatchewan 
  • Moderator: Robert Sandford - EPCOR Chair for Water and Climate Security at the United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health

Contact

Please contact our event coordinators for more information:

Sponsors

We would like to thank our sponsors for this event: 

  

 

  Office of Cam Westhead, MLA Banff-CochraneOffice of Cam Westhead, MLA Banff-Cochrane