Water Security for Canadians

Solutions for Canada’s Emerging Water Crisis

Strategic briefing and discussion

April 11, 2019
10 am – 12:30 pm
Rideau Club, Ottawa

Live Stream

To watch the archive of the event click below.


As the country faces increasingly extreme floods, droughts, fires and water pollution events that are hammering our infrastructure and economy and affecting the well-being of millions of Canadians each year, the Global Water Futures program and partners are convening a national discussion on the future of water security in Canada.

This event will bring together water and climate scientists, policy experts, legislators, and water decision rightsholders and stakeholders. Panelists will speak to the scientific evidence of the worsening water sustainability and climate-related water crisis in Canada, and the science and policy solutions needed to adapt to the new climate and water realities across the country.

Ralph Goodale

The event will begin with opening remarks by the Hon. Ralph Goodale, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Member of Parliament for Regina- Wascana. 

Join us for a timely discussion on how to create a better, safer and more secure water world for ourselves and for our children, while positioning Canada as an international leader in global water security expertise, science, prediction and advice.



This strategic briefing and discussion will build off the concept note developed through the collaborative effort Water Security for Canadians Initiative. The document outlines how the federal government can provide leadership and better exercise its jurisdiction to help prevent Canada’s emerging water crisis. It proposes a number of specific and achievable activities that will position Canada as a global leader in water prediction, management and sustainability.


About the Global Water Futures program

Find out how the world's largest freshwater research program is finding water solutions for Canadians in a time of extreme change

Water Security for Canadians Initiative

The Water Security for Canadians Initiative is a collaboration of scientists and policy experts who have come together to analyze Canada’s emerging water crisis, and to chart a path forward to ensure water security for all Canadians. Drawing together a wide range of experience from across the country, the Initiative leverages world class science and policy expertise to propose solutions that strengthen cooperative federalism in the context of water governance and management, with specific attention to enhancing the role of the federal government

Global Water Futures

GWF is the largest university-led research program in the world and is a partnership between University of Saskatchewan, University of Waterloo, Wilfrid Laurier University and McMaster University.  The leading-edge scientific program is delivering risk management solutions to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems, and the water environment.

John Pomeroy, Stephanie Merrill, Chris DeBeer, Phani Adapa

Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources

CIER is Canada’s first and only Indigenous-directed environmental non-profit charitable organization. We use and value traditional, local, and Western science methods, and work across political boundaries and cross-cultural settings on environmental issues, recognizing and respecting Indigenous rights. CIER focuses on meeting Indigenous nations' needs, as they define them to support and build sustainable Indigenous communities and protect lands and waters.

Merrell-Ann Phare, Natasha Overduin, Michael Miltenberger

Forum for Leadership on Water

FLOW is an independent, non-partisan group of policy experts from across Canada, including past political leaders, former officials with federal and provincial governments, and senior staff of respected research institutes and non-governmental organizations. FLOW supports efforts to secure the health of Canada’s fresh water by providing ongoing, independent expert analysis and perspectives on water policy in Canada.

Tony Maas, Ralph Pentland

POLIS Water Sustainability Project, Centre for Global Studies, University of Victoria

POLIS is a University-based "think tank" focused on law and institution research, reform and action. Achieving water sustainability requires innovative law, policy, and governance solutions and we develop cutting-edge research to improve freshwater decision-making and management.  By combining practical expert research with community action and deep partnerships, our team works to increase understanding of freshwater issues and to drive law, policy, and governance reform to generate change towards a sustainable freshwater future.

Oliver M. Brandes

United Nations University Institute for Water, Environment and Health

UNU-IWEH responds directly to the regional and global water crisis and facilitates efforts to meet UN Sustainable Development Goals by providing a scientific evidence base. UNU-INWEH carries out its work in cooperation with other research institutions, international organizations, individual scholars, and scientists throughout the world.

Robert William Sandford