Global Water Futures

The most cited freshwater research program in the world



Led by the Global Institute for Water Security at USASK, GWF is in partnership with the Waterloo, McMaster and Laurier.

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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.

Upcoming Events

This meeting is a chance for the GWF community to come together to share, learn, plan and celebrate our achievements.
   Annual Open Science Meeting
  May 15 - 17, 2019
 7:45 am - 5:45 pm
 TCU Place/ USask/ Wanuskewin (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan)
During the 2nd Annual Open Science Meeting, Global Water Futures will be hosting a public and free event addressing the fate of freshwater in the prairies. 
  Water Security for the Prairies
  May 14, 2019
 7 - 8:30 pm
 Roxy Theatre, 320 20th St W, Saskatoon

Water Security for Canadians

On April 11th, Global Water Futures brought together water and climate scientists, policy experts, legislators, and water decision rightsholders and stakeholders to address the emerging water crisis in Canada. 

Panellists spoke to the scientific evidence of worsening water sustainability and climate-related water crisis in Canada, and the need to adapt to the new climate and realities across the country. 

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





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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. 

CFREF        University of Waterloo        McMaster University      Laurier