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GWF Annual Open Science Meeting 2023

We are delighted to announce the final in-person GWF Annual Open Science Meeting. The meeting will take place May 15-17, 2023, at TCU Place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

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Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change

Global Water Futures is a pan-Canadian 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.

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Core Partners

University of Saskatchewan
University of Waterloo
McMaster University
Wilfrid Laurier University

Featured Science Outcomes

Raw or cooked? Mercury concentrations and bioaccessibility in northern freshwater fish

Raw or cooked? Mercury concentrations and bioaccessibility in northern freshwater fish

By: Sara Packull-McCormick, Alicia Cowan, Heidi Swanson, and Brian Laird

Researchers at the University of Waterloo have been investigating the bioaccessibility of mercury in freshwater fish samples.

Using DNA science to monitor invasive and endangered species

Using DNA Science to Monitor Invasive and Endangered Species

By: Yuwei Xie, Chris DeBeer, and John Giesy

Environmental DNA analysis and the use of emerging biological technologies provide a new approach to monitoring for invasive and endangered species, detecting pathogens, characterizing biodiversity, and assessing aquatic ecosystems.

Photo Credit: Robin Heavens

Women+Water Making Waves

By: Stacey Dumanski, Corinne Schuster-Wallace, Andrea Rowe, Alain Pietroniro, Amber Brown

The Women+Water Lecture Series empowers women to share their experiences working in water and has grown substantially since 2018, engaging with an international audience and initiating dialogue that leads to change.

The Kaswentha, or Two Row Wampum Treaty, was originally created in the 17th century to document  an agreement between the Haudenosaunee Confederacy and Dutch Settlers

Climate, Community and Indigenous Resilience

By: Dawn Martin-Hill, Tariq Deen, Nidhi Nagabhatla, Altaf Arain, Colin Gibson, Kathryn Chen

How water stress impacts planning a climate secure future.


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.

Living water: Northern Indigenous communities’ use and perceptions of drinking water

Mylène Ratelle - University of Waterloo
Jessie Yakeleya - Sahtu Renewable Resources Board

In Indigenous communities that have lacked access to safe water for years, getting access to a safe water supply is crucial. However, perceptions of the water supply — not just how it tastes and smells, but also trust in the source’s safety — affect consumption.

Groundwater — not ice sheets — is the largest source of water on land and most of it is ancient

Grant Ferguson - University of Saskatchewan
Jennifer C. McIntosh - University of Arizona

Outside of the world’s oceans, groundwater is one of the largest stores of water on Earth. While it might appear that the planet is covered in vast lakes and river systems, they make up only 0.01 per cent of the Earth’s water. In fact, we now know there is 100 times as much groundwater on this planet as there is freshwater on its surface.

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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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