Water Security for Canadians

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

Annual Science Meeting

Inaugural Meeting (2018)

Researchers from across the country and around the world gathered in Hamilton and Six Nations of the Grand River for the Global Water Futures Inaugural Annual Science Meeting, June 3 - 6, 2018. The meeting was jointly hosted by McMaster University and Six Nations and was attended by over 350 delegates -- focusing on the co-creation of Indigenous and scientific research. This meeting is believed to be the first major science gathering on a First Nation in Canada.

2019 Meeting

The second Annual Science Meeting was held May 15 - 17, 2019. It took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan at TCU Place, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, and the University of Saskatchewan.


The Emerging Water Crisis in Canada: Issues and Solutions

January 17th, 2020
Part of the POLIS Water Sustainability Project's Creating a Blue Dialogue webinar series

In this video, John Pomeroy (Global Institute for Water Security), Merrell-Ann Phare (Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources), and Oliver M. Brandes (POLIS Project on Ecological Governance), discuss how the federal government can provide leadership and better exercise its jurisdiction to help prevent Canada's emerging water crisis.

Global Institute for Water Security Research Programs

Learn about our research programs and how GIWS has become a leader in water research here in Canada and around the globe.

Global Water Futures promo video

Working together to prepare for the future of our water

Our water is at risk. In Canada and globally, we are facing unprecedented water-related challenges. Canada has some of the world's highest rates of warming, which impacts infrastructure, institutions, ecosystems and human health. Global Water Futures is finding solutions to those water threats in an era of global change.

Global Water Futures Announcement

On September 6, 2016, the Canada First Research Excellence Fund awarded the University of Saskatchewan $77.8M in funding to promote water research in its Global Water Futures initiative.