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Ontario Branch News

Floodplain Mapping Knowledge Transfer Workshop

The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Grand River Conservation Authority, Ganaraska Region Conservation Authority, Conservation Ontario and the Ontario Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association are hosting the second annual Floodplain Mapping Knowledge Transfer Workshop on March 8 & 9, 2017 in Guelph, Ontario at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre (50 Stone Road West, Guelph, ON, N1G 0A9).

This workshop will showcase examples and pilot projects that demonstrate innovative techniques and advancements related to the technical components of floodplain mapping: base mapping, hydrology and hydraulics, as well as risk assessment and flood forecasting and warning.  It will also provide expertise and insight to support projects related to the National Disaster Mitigation Program (NDMP). Participants will leave this workshop having increased their technical knowledge and broadened their professional network.  The projects presented are diverse and include perspectives from Alberta, Ontario's near-north, the Greater Toronto Area, and southern Ontario.  

Draft Agenda

Registration for the two day workshop is being provided at a cost of $60.

Registration is now open!  Space is limited so don't delay.  Register now at the link below:


Rooms at the Delta Guelph Hotel are available at a reduced rate of $139/night until February 20.  Book online or call 519-780-3700 and mention the "Ontario Floodplain Mapping Knowledge Transfer Workshop". 

Climate Extremes: National Collaboration on Floods and Droughts workshop

Ottawa Workshop flyer header 20161223 

Join ​the ​Canadian ​Water ​Resources ​Association ​and ​Canadian ​Society ​for ​Hydrological ​Sciences ​in ​partnership ​with ​Environment ​and ​Climate ​Change ​Canada ​when we ​explore ​the ​current ​resources, ​challenges ​and ​opportunities ​in ​water ​management ​for ​both ​flooding ​and ​droughts ​with Canadian ​and ​international ​perspectives. ​

This ​workshop ​will ​be ​held ​at ​the ​Westin ​Hotel ​in ​Ottawa. ​ ​

Discounted room rates apply to all workshop attendees until January 6, 2017. Quote “CWRA Mid-Term Meeting and Workshop” or code SA27AA when booking your room over the phone (613-560-7000), or book online at:


All guests receive complimentary room internet.

Click here to see the flyer

Agenda (English) 

Agenda (Francais) 

Click here to register!

East Bayfront Technical Tour and Ontario Branch Annual General Meeting

Please join us on a guided walking tour of the East Bayfront neighbourhood, along the Toronto waterfront on May 5th, from 1:30 to 3:30 PM, followed by the Ontario Branch Annual General Meeting, to be held at Against The Grain Urban Tavern (25 Dockside Drive, Toronto) from 3:30 to 4:30 PM.  Tour stops will include Sherbourne Common, Water's Edge Promenade and Sugar Beach, which have transformed a former industrial area into much needed public greenspace on the lake.  Unique perspectives will be provided from individuals involved in the design of the neighbourhood's innovative stormwater management system and aquatic habitat restoration features that have made this part of the Toronto waterfront a prime destination for urban anglers.

For more information see the event flyer

CWRA Ontario Branch Annual General Meeting documents:

Annual General Meeting Agenda

Ontario Branch By-law Update Committee Report

Ontario Branch By-law No. 1-2016 (DRAFT)


World Water Day 2016 Toronto Event

On March 22nd , in celebration of World Water Day, CWRA Ontario presents a panel discussion and networking event on the theme of, Water and Jobs:  Historical Perspectives and Future Directions, at 6:00PM at the Textile Museum of Canada (55 Centre Ave.) in Toronto. 


World Water Day 2016 Ottawa Event

On March 22nd, CWRA Ontario, Blue Drinks Ottawa and the Canadian Water Network present a panel discussion and networking event on the theme of, Working with Water: From Source to Tap, at 6:00PM at the International Joint Commission’s Ottawa office (234 Laurier Ave West, 22nd floor).  The panel with feature a diverse group of water professionals and be followed by a water tasting activity and door prizes.

Check out the event notice for more information.


Water Talks: Careers

On March 9th CWRA Ontario will join with CWRA SYP Toronto, OWWA YP, WEAO YP, and Bluedrinks Toronto to present an evening of informal talks on interesting careers in water at 6:30PM at The Madison Avenue Pub (14 Madison Ave.) in Toronto.

Floodplain Mapping Tech - Transfer Workshop

March 2-3, 2016 Holiday Inn, Peterborough

The Ontario Branch "Ontario Flood Mapping Technical Working Group" is pleased to host the first annual Tech-Transfer Workshop. This workshop will examine the status of floodplain mapping in Ontario and present the results from the first set of a series of projects that examine modern, efficient processes for three tech-nical components of floodplain map-ping: Base Mapping, Hydrology and Hydraulics.

Environmental Flows Technical Workshop - Pre-Latornell Conservation Symposium

Environmental Flows Technical Workshop Agenda

November 16, 2015 8:30-4:30 Nottawasaga Inn and Conference Centre, Alliston

Learn about advances in policy and science and new technical tools and methods for the assessment and analysis of environmental flows. Learn from professionals and share your experiences with practitioners. This exciting workshop will cover various topics including:

  • Developments in Environmental-Flows Science, Policy, and Management in Ontario;
  • Aquatic Ecosystem Assessment for Rivers;
  • Development of a Guide for Environmental Flow Regime Design in Ontario;
  • Decision Making Framework for the new Ontario Guide for Environmental Flow Regime Design; and
  • Toolkit for Ecological Flows in the Water Power Sector.


 General and Advanced HEC-RAS River Hydraulics Modelling Workshops

November 2 to 4, 2015, 8:00-4:30, Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway, Toronto

These river hydraulics modelling workshops are designed for both beginning and advanced water resources specialists, hydrologists and hydraulic engineers who wish to learn how to use the latest version of HEC-RAS for Windows software.  Topics covered include techniques for modelling bridges, dams, spillways and other storage areas in the steady and unsteady flow environments and an introduction to river water quality modelling. Some prior knowledge and experience with HEC-RAS is helpful, but not required.  Details and registration information are provided in the workshop flyer