GWF is led by the University of Saskatchewan in partnership with the University of Waterloo, McMaster University and Wilfrid Laurier University.

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With 39 projects across Canada, there are numerous research, graduate student and faculty opportunities.


Interested in the 39 water-related projects encompassing the GWF program? Learn more about our research deliverables.

Young Professionals

With over 500 members, GWF-YP encourages collaboration, leadership, research, and networking among GWF.

Discover Photo Contest

The winners of the first annual Global Water Futures Discover Photo Contest have been announced

First Place: Scenic morning briefing 

Photo by Caroline Aubry-Wake, University of Saskatchewan

Second place: Resilience

Photo by Amy Hergott, University of Saskatchewan


Third place: Opabin Plateau

Photo by Benamin Roesky, University of Calgary



View the videos below to learn about the projects and contributions of Global Water Futures four core partner universities:





Recent News


The Conversation Canada


Curated by professionals, the Conversation Canada is an independent source of news and views delivered directly to the public. The articles below are authored by faculty and students, involved in the Global Water Futures community.

Water-sharing experiment suggests people put their own survival first

Lori Bradford, University of Saskatchewan

Imagining how to increase water managers’ empathy for others in a holistic way is critical for our human and planetary future.


How to fight wildfires and climate change with wetlands

Mike WaddingtonMcMaster University and Sophie WilkinsonMcMaster University

As unlikely as it may sound, a new approach for fighting the destruction of wildfires in Canada’s boreal region may lie in wetlands packed with soaking layers of peat and topped with living moss.

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Preparing for Water Threats in an Era of Change

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 Research Excellence Fund. The overarching goal of the program is to deliver risk management solutions - informed by leading-edge water science and supported by innovative decision-making tools - to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment. Global Water Futures (GWF) aims to position Canada as a global leader in water science for cold regions and will address the strategic needs of the Canadian economy in adapting to change and managing risks of uncertain water futures and extreme events. End-user needs will be our beacon and will drive strategy and shape our science. 

GWF is led by the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan in partnership with University of Waterloo, McMaster University and Wilfrid Laurier University. 

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