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.   

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





Upcoming Events

Women and Water Lecture Series

The Global Institute for Water Security, Global Water Futures - Young Professionals and Global Water Futures are delighted to host the Women and Water Lecture Series.

Returning March. 11, the ongoing monthly lecture series will showcase water research, support young professionals and provide a space for dialogue. 

World Water Day 2019

This World Water Day, 22nd March, is about tackling the water crisis by addressing the reasons why so many people are being left behind.

The Global Water Futures community will join the world in solidarity as we support and amplify World Water Day events and initiatives. 

Knowledge Mobilization Webinar Series

GWF is hosting a KM webinar to facilitate understanding of KM and to engage specific groups of end users.

Join us Feb. 15 for Webinar 4: KM and Communications - What's the difference and how can they complement. 

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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