Meeting Objectives and Plan

The meeting will provide an opportunity to review collective progress towards our goals, discuss the science directions and operations of the program, and plan special initiatives. We aim to limit the attendance to PIs/project representatives, core team leads, SMC and oversight committee, secretariat and core KM/outreach, data management, and communications staff.

Topics and Themes

The Meeting will focus on the following broad issues:

  • Next phase of GWF and the 2020 CFREF mid-term review of GWF.
  • GWF’s Planetary Water Prediction Initiative – structure and links to current and future projects, global initiatives and other research
  • Indigenous community water research – what are the projects doing, what more can be done, how to share best practices across other projects and the program in general?
  • UN Sustainable Development Goals – linkages to the United Nations University - Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH); announcement of the Water Portal for the UN Water Action Decade: Water for Sustainable Development, 2018–2028; update on GWF contributions to the UN SDGs, and further activities we can pursue in that area.
  • Coordination with core teams on prediction (core modelling, computer science, IMPC, others), adoption of new components for models, remote sensing, testing models on GWF observatory data, visualisation.
  • Observations and data – what is being done across observatories, what gaps are there to fill? What is the status of our data archive?
  • Knowledge mobilisation best practices and capabilities – coordinated regional (provincial level) multi-project KM planning – the “GWF travelling road show”.

Goals and Outcomes

The meeting will include presentations and strategic discussions, with the aim of producing the following:

  • Refined plans and target applications for GWF Planetary Water Prediction Initiative;
  • A roadmap for GWF and UNU-INWEH to lead Canada’s contribution to the UN Water Action Decade, and launch of an inventory of how GWF contributes to the UN SDGs;
  • Best practices for Indigenous community water research;
  • A complete observatory and metadata inventory across GWF;
  • Pathways for which a revitalized modelling and prediction strategy links to GWF projects;
  • A plan for a coordinated knowledge mobilisation effort in provincial capital cities;
  • Enhancing the coherence, alignment, and integration of GWF scientific projects and core teams in order to achieve remaining program objectives and deliverables.

Agenda & Presentation Files

Please see below for the meeting agenda and downloadable presentation files:

The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion, Art Gallery of Hamilton

8:00 - 9:00 AM Arrival, registration, and coffee
Opening Remarks and Core Team Updates. Chair: Sean Carey
9:00 – 9:10 AM Denise McQueen Indigenous traditional opening address
9:10 – 9:30 AM John Pomeroy Welcome from the Director of GWF; Meeting introduction, updates on GWF international initiatives and midterm review, goals for the meeting  Presentation
9:30 – 9:50 AM Martyn Clark & Al Pietroniro Modelling and Forecasting team progress and updates; Planetary Water Prediction Initiative  Presentation
9:50 – 10:05 AM Kevin Schneider & Jimmy Lin Computer Science team progress and updates  Presentation
10:05 – 10:20 AM Stephen O’Hearn Data Management team progress and updates  Presentation
10:20 – 10:35 AM Kevin Schneider Visualization task force plans  Presentation
10:35 – 11:00 AM Refreshment break
Core Team Updates and International Links. Chair: John Pomeroy
11:00 – 11:15 AM Stephanie Merrill & KM team reps. Knowledge Mobilization team progress and updates  Presentation
11:15 – 11:30 AM Kathryn Warden & Mark Ferguson Communications team progress and updates
11:30 – 11:45 AM Vladimir Smakhtin Canada’s contributions to the UN Water Action Decade  Presentation
Launch of publication: Water Futures for the World we Want – Opportunities for Research, Practice, and Leadership in Achieving SDG6
11:45 – 11:47 AM John Pomeroy Introduction
11:47 – 12:00 PM Corinne Schuster-Wallace & Robert Sandford Presentation of report highlights  Presentation
12:00 – 12:10 PM Media and audience questions on the report
(Moderator: John Pomeroy)
12:10 – 12:30 PM General discussion and questions from the morning sessions
12:10 – Media interviews with report authors (outside the Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion)
12:30 – 1:30 PM Lunch break
Project updates – focussed on major accomplishment, challenges, aspirations, and need for connections
User Question-Led Projects (GWF Pillar 3). Chair: Julie Thériault
1:30 – 1:35 PM Francis Zwiers Climate-related precipitation extremes  Presentation
1:35 – 1:40 PM Jennifer Baltzer Northern water futures  Presentation
1:40 – 1:45 PM John Giesy Next generation solutions for healthy water resources  Presentation
1:45 – 1:50 PM Jason Venkiteswaran FORMBLOOM Forecasting Tools and Mitigation Options for Diverse Bloom-Affected Lakes  Presentation
1:50 – 1:55 PM Merrin Macrae Agriculture water futures
1:55 – 2:00 PM Charles de Lannoy Boreal water futures  Presentation
2:00 – 2:05 PM Chris Spence Prairie water  Presentation
2:05 – 2:10 PM Hayley Carlson Integrated modelling program for Canada  Presentation
2:10 – 2:15 PM Sean Carey Mountain water futures  Presentation
2:15 – 2:20 PM Nandita Basu Lake futures  Presentation
2:20 – 2:25 PM Claude Duguay Transformative sensor technologies and smart watersheds  Presentation
2:25 – 2:30 PM Lori Davis Hill, Mary Sandy & Dawn Martin-Hill Co-creation of Indigenous water quality tools  Presentation
2:30 – 2:33 PM Ohneganos – Indigenous ecological knowledge, training and co-creation of mixed method tools
2:33 – 3:00 PM Refreshment break
Transformative Science Projects (GWF Pillar 1 & 2). Chair: Corinne Schuster-Wallace
3:00 – 3:03 PM Altaf Arain Southern forests water futures  Presentation
3:03 – 3:06 PM Lori Bradford Collaborative modelling framework for water futures and holistic human health effects  Presentation
3:06 – 3:09 PM Rob de Loë Linking water governance in Canada to global economic, social, and political drivers  Presentation
3:09 – 3:12 PM Jared Wolfe Old meets new: Subsurface Hydrogeological Connectivity and Groundwater Protection  Presentation
3:12 – 3:15 PM John Giesy Developing ‘omic’ and chemical fingerprinting methodologies  Presentation
3:15 – 3:18 PM Marek Stastna Evaluation of ice models in large lakes  Presentation
3:18 – 3:21 PM Yanping Li Short-duration extreme precipitation in future climate  Presentation
3:21 – 3:24 PM Philip Loring Prairie drainage governance  Presentation
3:24 – 3:27 PM Bruce MacVicar Linking stream network process models to robust data management systems  Presentation
3:27 – 3:30 PM Fereidoun Rezanezhad Winter soil processes in transition  Presentation
3:30 – 3:33 PM Chiranjib Chaudhuri Global water citizenship  Presentation
3:33 – 3:36 PM Ravi Selvaganapathy Sensors and sensing systems for water quality monitoring  Presentation
3:36 – 3:39 PM Mark Servos Linking multiple stressors to adverse ecological responses across watersheds  Presentation
3:39 – 3:42 PM Lori Bradford Crowdsourcing water science  Presentation
3:42 – 3:45 PM Julie Thériault SPADE: Storms and precipitation across the continental divide  Presentation
3:45 – 3:49 PM Jason Venkiteswaran SAMMS: Sub-arctic metal mobility study  Presentation
3:49 – 3:52 PM Walter Illman Significance of groundwater dynamics within hydrologic models  Presentation
3:52 – 4:00 PM Discussion, questions
Indigenous Community Water Research Projects. Chair: Lawrence Martz
4:00 – 4:03 PM Diane Giroux & Corinne Schuster-Wallace Is our water good to drink?
Water-related practices, perceptions and traditional knowledge indicators for human health
4:03 – 4:06 PM Sarah Cockerton & Terry Mitchell Matawa water futures:
Developing an Indigenous-informed framework for watershed monitoring and stewardship
4:06 – 4:09 PM Michaela Paradis & Kelly Skinner FIShNET (Fish & IndigenouS NorthErn health)
Healthy water, healthy fish, healthy People
4:09 – 4:12 PM Gary Carriere & Tim Jardine We need more than just water:
Assessing sediment limitation in a large freshwater delta
4:12 – 4:15 PM Leon Andrew & Jennifer Baltzer Water knowledge camps:
building capacity for cross-cultural water knowledge, research, and environmental monitoring
4:15 – 4:30 PM Discussion, questions
4:30 – 4:40 PM Indigenous traditional closing address
4:40 – 6:00 PM Networking, team-building social activities, GWF KM & outreach through the arts
Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery and Lounge
6:00 – 8:00 PM Dinner
The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion



The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion, Art Gallery of Hamilton

8:00 – 9:00 AM Arrival, coffee
  Café-style moderated, rapporteured breakout discussions to assess progress and needs on specific topics
The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion, and
Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery and Lounge
9:00 – 9:10 AM Indigenous traditional opening address
9:10 – 9:20 AM Chris DeBeer, Phani Adapa Instructions and formation of breakout groups
9:20 – 11:20 AM Participants break out into groups of no more than 12 people and rotate through each discussion topic/table (12 min per topic, 3 min transition time)
Lead: Martyn Clark
Rapporteur: Hayley Carlson
1) modelling & prediction (The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion)
Lead: Dave Rudolph
Rapporteur: Marie Hoekstra
2) observations, remote sensing & sensors (The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion)
Lead: Dawn Martin-Hill
Rapporteurs: Matt Myke, Colin Gibson
3) Indigenous community water (The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion)
Lead: Kevin Schneider
Rapporteur: Stephen O’Hearn
4) visualization, computing & apps (The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion)
Lead: Bruce MacVicar
5) water in cities (The Joey and Toby Tanenbaum Pavilion)
Lead: Nandita Basu
Rapporteur: Kirsten Grant
6) water quality & ecosystems (Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery and Lounge)
Lead: Philip Loring
Rapporteur: Lori Bradford
7) social science, policy & governance (Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery and Lounge)
Lead: Fereidoun Rezanezhad
Rapporteur: Sarah Irvine
8) cold regions processes (Jean and Ross Fischer Gallery and Lounge)
11:20 – 11:50 AM Refreshment break
Summary, Final Discussions, and Meeting Close. Chair: Al Pietroniro
11:50 – 12:30 PM Rapporteur reports to summarize the discussion points (5 min each per topic)
12:30 – 12:45 PM Final discussion
Closing remarks and meeting summary
12:45 – 12:55 PM Indigenous traditional closing address
12:55 – 1:55 PM Lunch and departure
2:00 – 4:00 PM GWF Strategic Management Committee meeting (AGH Boardroom)


A summary of this Operations Team Meeting may be downloaded below.


If you have any additonal questions or concerns, please contact Chris DeBeer.

On behalf of the organizing team, thank you, and we look forward to seeing you in Hamilton!