GWF EDI Statement

"Water is a great unifier of humanity and access to water is a human right. As water researchers, we have a responsibility to ensure that we treat ourselves and others in the spirit of water and ensure that equity, diversity, and inclusion are considered in all of our activities, so that we may be worthy of the medium we seek to better understand and predict."
 - Prof. John Pomeroy, Director GWF

GWF aims to position Canada as a global leader in water sciences for the world's cold regions, be the global partner of choice for transdisciplinary water research and provide strategic tools to manage water futures in Canada and internationally. Water research is at the core of environmental, social, and economic well-being globally. GWF researchers are leaders in many academic disciplines that contribute to an in-depth knowledge of water research in Canada and internationally.

Embedding the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in the fabric of GWF's research and operations is critical to achieving our core goals and objectives.

GWF's Strategic Management Committee (SMC) recognizes systemic barriers to EDI in science do exist and require tangible action to make lasting change. Working together across such an extensive research network provides a clear opportunity to accelerate knowledge sharing and implement EDI practices specific to inclusive water research methodologies, community engagement, data collection, and mitigating the differential impact of empirical and theoretical research findings on marginalized people, and communities.

Our objective is to develop an intersectional approach that considers how power structures influence people's opportunities and experiences when they hold multiple intersecting identities (e.g., age, race, class, gender identity, dis(ability), and more). Together we can connect people working within the network, external partners, and end-users of the research around a shared vision for EDI in water research. To learn more please access: The case for equity, diversity, and inclusion in a large research network.

Meet the Team

As a research network, GWF's strength is in the diversity of our team. GWF employs 962 HQP across 51 projects and 6 core teams. GWF members work with 72 Indigenous Communities and Governments, over 478 unique stakeholder organizations and individuals, including 86 partners, 305 collaborators, and 87 end-users.

Our network includes 166 undergraduate students, 214 master's students, 175 doctoral students, 117 postdoctoral fellows, 60 professional research associates, 30 research scientists, 71 technicians, and 16 visiting fellows and professors and 190 faculty members from 18 Canadian Universities.

GWF is led by Prof. Baljit Singh (formerly Prof. Karen Chad), Principal Investigator and Vice President Research at the University of Saskatchewan and managed by Prof. John Pomeroy, Director and Chair of the Strategic Management Committee (SMC). The SMC appointed Associate Director and SMC member Prof. Corinne Schuster-Wallace as GWF's EDI Champion in 2020. Prof. Schuster-Wallace is the founder of GWF's Women+Water Lecture series and has extensive research experience working on gender, water, and health nexus. To further support our work, Dr. Andrea Rowe joined GWF in the fall of 2020 an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Specialist.


GWF has recognized the significance of Traditional Knowledge and respecting Indigenous community participation through co-creation and co-development of research projects. After extensive consultation, GWF created an Indigenous community water research strategy, which was used as a basis for a request for proposal and ultimately the funding of six Indigenous community co-led projects. These projects are advancing understanding of traditional and western knowledge and work together to research better water governance, water and food security, sediment restoration, water security, climate change, and water-related human and ecosystem health in Indigenous communities. To learn more about Indigenization and co-creation in research visit GWF Indigenization & Co-Creation of Research.

EDI Policy: GWF Core Institutions

GWF's core partner institutions have committed institutional support for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) by implementing strategy, policy, and programs (e.g., EDI and harassment policies, accessibility services and more). Students, faculty, and staff must be familiar with EDI policies and practices at their home institution and partner institutions, where they study and conduct research. EDI policies at GWF partners are available at the University of Saskatchewan, the University of Waterloo, McMaster University, and Wilfrid Laurier for reference.

GWF EDI Protocols

2021-2023 EDI Strategy

The Draft Global Water Futures Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Strategy 2021-2023 is now open for consultation. The Draft EDI Strategy is a working document intended to start a conversation. Please read the strategy, register for a consultation session, and complete the survey to ensure your voice is heard. Times and registration information for student, faculty, staff, and GWF partner consultation sessions may be found below, in the News & Events section of this page.


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EDI and Grant Writing

"Achieving results in EDI work requires us to question accept norms and take new actions informed by evidence-based research."
-Prof. Corinne Schuster-Wallace, EDI Champion

Considering equity, diversity, and inclusion at every stage of the grant process is essential to research excellence and innovation. EDI begins with assembling a diverse research team, removing barriers to hiring talented HQP from all backgrounds, inclusive research design and methodology, stakeholder engagement, and knowledge mobilization. These resources are a starting point to craft a strong EDI research statements and implementing EDI in research:

News & Events

EDI Consultation Sessions

Please join us on Zoom for a consultation session regarding the GWF EDI strategy. Sessions are divided by role and are available at the following times: *Please note, by clicking register, you agree to participate following the GWF Respectful Communication Code of Conduct listed above.

Date / Time Audience  
Thursday, February 25, 2021
10:30 - 11:30 am CST


Friday, February 26, 2021
1:00 - 2:00 pm CST


Wednesday, March 10, 2021
10:00 - 11:00 am CST


Wednesday, March 10, 2021
3:00-4:00 pm CST


Celebrate diversity, embrace equity and cultivate inclusion

Dr. Saman Razavi, Associate Professor in the School of Environment and Sustainability, has shared his experiences as a researcher and immigrant to Canada in a recent article in the December 2020 issue of University Affairs. In Celebrate diversity, embrace equity and cultivate inclusion, Dr. Razavi reflects on the idea that while diversity is relatively easy to quantify, equity and inclusion require intention and action. In sharing his perspective, Saman hopes to inspire others to share their unique experiences to create a positive dialogue about EDI in academia and society. 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Water Research

Check out the recent GWF and NSERC CREATE for Water Security webinar on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Water Research by Dr. Andrea Rowe and Dr. Corinne Schuster-Wallace. A copy of the presentation with links to references and toolkits is available below. 

Women + Water Lecture Series (2021)

The GWF Women+ Water Lecture Series explores gendered water-related impacts and challenges facing women who work in water research in Canada and internationally.


Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend. Register now for the 2021 Women+Water Lecture Series Starting January 14, 2021. #womenandwater