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.

Meeting Agenda

To achieve the meeting goals, the meeting will be organized as follows:

Welcome, introduction and overview
Updates on GWF international contributions
Scientific progress highlights from core teams and the new Planetary Water Prediction Initiative
Remote sensing and visualization task forces
Lunch break
Project updates – focused on major accomplishment, challenges, aspirations, and need for connections
Pillars 1 & 2: 3 minutes
Pillar 3: 5 minutes
Networking, team-building social activities, GWF KM and outreach through the arts

Café-style moderated, rapporteured breakout discussions to assess progress and needs on specific topics:

  • Modelling & prediction
  • Observations, remote sensing & sensors
  • Indigenous community water
  • Visualization, computing & apps
  • Water in cities
  • Water quality & ecosystems
  • Social science, policy & governance
  • Cold regions processes
Rapporteur summaries and open discussion
Lunch and depart
Meeting close
SMC meeting
Indigenous community water projects – cross-linages and common threads
DM team – the DM team would like to meet in-person on the side to review DM plans, progress, infrastructure, and systems


If you require accommodations, a block of rooms has been reserved at the Sheraton Hotel, which is across the street from the meeting venue. Please note that the deadline for reserving a hotel room is October 18, and reservations should be made by clicking the button below.

Travel Support

GWF will cover the cost of travel and accommodation to attend the meeting for eligible members of the Operations Team.  GWF will cover accommodation costs for affiliate project leads who wish to join, but they must cover their own travel. Tri-Council policies on allowable expenses must be followed. Accommodation must be booked at the Sheraton Hotel using our group rate. Meals will be provided.

RSVP - Registration

We ask that everyone fill in some basic info on their attendance, dietary restrictions, etc. to help us organize and plan. Please click the button below to go to the registration system and fill in the information before October 18.

Summary from Last Operations Team Meeting

The GWF Operations Team met last on January 22 & 23 in Saskatoon. A 3-page report summarizing this meeting and its main outcomes is available below.

More information and digital copies of all presentations and posters from the last Operations Team meeting are available on the webpage.


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!