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.

World Water Day

Water for all

This World Water Day, March 22nd, the Global Water Futures community will join the world in solidarity as we support and amplify World Water Day events and initiatives. 

Join us across Canada at these GWF associated events:

Live Webcast: What Is the Future of Water? - March 22, 2019

Join the Pew Charitable Trusts and The National Academies Friday, March 22, at 9 am EDT/ 8 am CST, for a live discussion on the future of water, and what can be done.

The discussion will feature three contributors from the latest issue of Pew's Trend magazine, including GIWS Executive Director, Jay Famiglietti, on the future of this valuable, finite resource. 

Upcoming Events

Women and Water Lecture Series

Join us for the Women and Water Lecture Series, an ongoing monthly lecture series will showcase water research, support young professionals and provide a space for dialogue. 
Next upcoming lecture:
   Knowledge Mobilization
  Friday, March 29, 2019
 2 - 3:30 pm CST
 National Hydrology Research Centre, Seminar Room 1261

Knowledge Mobilization Webinar

GWF is hosting a KM webinar to facilitate understanding of KM and to engage specific groups of end users.
Next upcoming webinar:
   Youth engagement
  Friday, April 12, 2019
 12 pm CST/ 2 pm EDT

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