2014 Branch Conference

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CWRA Alberta Branch Annual Conference 2014 Info

2013 Alberta Floods: The Rains, Response, Recovery & Resiliency

March 23-25, 2014
Calgary, Alberta

We had almost 200 attendees, and by all accounts the conference was a huge success!  The organizing committee would like to thank all of the sponsors and exhibitors that made this conference a success.

Conference Program and Presentations

Presentations were recorded at the conference and where available can be found on the Alberta Land Use Knowledge Network Website.

$19 500 in Conference proceeds donated to Samaritan’s Purse

All conference proceeds after expenses were donated to Samaritan’s Purse a charitable organization that is continuing to be actively involved in flood disaster relief in Alberta and around the world.  Thanks to everyone for their support.

Conference Sponsors

CWRA would like to thank the following Sponsors and Exhibitors for making the conference a success!

Silver Level


Bronze Level


Friend Level






Conference Exhibitors


Hoskin Scientific


Matrix Solutions



University of Calgary



Conference Proceedings



Monday March 24, 2014
7:30 8:30 Registration (Tower Building – Lower Level), Visit Exhibitors (Bonavista Anteroom Room)
8:30 8:40 Welcome Remarks: Rick Carnduff (Conference Chair)
8:40 9:00 Opening Address
Session 1 – Mountain Hydrology Moderator: Rick Carnduff
9:00 9:30 The Science behind The Flood: Mountain Hydrology Relating to the Alberta Floods of June 2013 John Pomeroy, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change & Director of the Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan
9:30 10:00 Changes to Autumnal Streamflow Features in the North American Rocky Mountains Paul Whitfield, Centre for Hydrology, University of Saskatchewan
10:00 10:30 Break, Visit Exhibitors (Bonavista Anteroom Room)
Session 2 – Floods and Flood Risk Moderator: Rick Carnduff
10:30 11:00 What History Tells Us about Major Floods Along the Rocky Mountain Eastern Slopes Roger Drury, Hydro Engineering Group, TransAlta
11:00 11:30 Floods, Floodplains and Functional Flows in Southern Alberta Stewart Rood & John M. Mahoney
11:30 12:00 Exercise Design for the Black Swan / Planning and Preparation for Disaster Response and Recovery Graham Strickert, Global Institute for Water Security & Changing Cold, University of Saskatchewan
12:00 13:00 Lunch & Presentation by Samaritan’s Purse
Session 3 – Flood Forecasting, Response, and Recovery Moderator: Andrew Chan
13:00 13:30 Flood Forecasting Methodology in Alberta Colleen Walford, River Forecast Team, Alberta Environment & Sustainable Resources Development
13:30 14:00 2013 River Flooding, a City of Calgary Perspective Frank Frigo, Infrastructure Planning, Water Resources, City of Calgary
14:00 14:30 Update from Alberta’s Flood Recovery Task Force Syed Abbas, Southern Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force
14:30 14:45 Break, Visit Exhibitors (Bonavista Anteroom Room)
Session 4 – Panel Discussion with Affected Municipalities Moderator: Andrew Chan
14:45 15:45 Town of Canmore (Andy Esarte), City of Calgary (Tom Sampson), Town of High River (Albert Flootman)
15:45 16:45 Panel Discussion with Affected Municipalities
Day 2 – CWRA 2014 Conference Program
Tuesday March 25, 2014
7:30 8:30 Registration (Lower Level), Visit Exhibitors (Bonavista Anteroom Room)
Session Room Willow Park Bonavista/Parkview Fairview/Acadia
Session 5 – Innovative Technologies and Flood Management Moderator: Greg MacCulloch Session 6 – Flood Hydrology & Interactions Moderator: George Roman Session 7 – City of Vancouver Coastal Flood Risk Assessment: Obstacles and Successes Moderator: Tamsin Lyle
8:30 9:00 Supporting Flood Mitigation and Water Management Decisions in the Bow River Basin through Collaborative River System Modelling Michael W. Nemeth Water Quality in Southern Alberta Surface Waters, Post-flood 2013 Wendell Koning, Cecilia Chung, and Natalie Kromrey Special Session including: Planning for the Novel Challenges of Sea Level Rise in an Urban Context Flood Modelling and Hazard Mapping in an Urban Coastal Environment Flood Risk Assessment in an Urban Coastal Environment: Obstacles and Successes

Talk 1, Talk 2 & Talk 3

9:00 9:30 Integrated Modelling for Land and Water Management in the Elbow River Watershed Danielle Marceau Complex Interactions: Flooding along the Highwood and Little Bow Rivers Stephen G. Foster & Evan Hillman
9:30 10:00 2D Hydraulic Modeling for Urban Flood Mapping on the Elbow River Patrick Delaney, Peter Onyshko, Joe Groeneveld Floods and Flows along the Red Deer River, Alberta Laurens Philipsen
10:00 10:30 Break, Visit Exhibitors (Bonavista Anteroom Room)
Session 8 – Innovative Technologies and Flood Management Moderator: Greg MacCulloch Session 9 – Understanding Flood Risk Moderator: George Roman Session 10 – Town of High River Flood Mitigation Measures Moderator: Efrain Giron
10:30 11:00 Data Fit For Purpose Greg MacCulloch Alberta’s Flood Hazard Identification Program Rohit Sharma Special Session including: Flood Impacts and Mitigation Flood Modelling Efforts Flood Mitigation Decision Support System
11:00 11:30 Role of Remote Sensing Technology in Flood Management Victor Veiga Flood Frequency Analysis and Forecasting under Non-stationary Scenarios Jennifer He
11:30 12:00 Elk River: Before, During and After the Flood of Record Andrew Wiens The (Under-recognized) Role of Groundwater in Flooding Cathy Ryan
12:00 13:00 Lunch (Bonavista Ballroom), Visit Exhibitors
Session 11 – Enhancing Flood Resilience through Natural Resources Moderator: Susan Ryan Session 12 – Approaches to Flood Risk Moderator: Corinne Arkell Session 13 – Flood Recovery, Reconstruction & Mitigation Moderator: Maggie Romuld
13:00 13:30 After the Flood: Managing Riparian Lands for Resilience Judy Stewart Will Intense Floods Provide New Focus on Spending Flood Protection Resources Wisely: Risk-Based or Standard Based Flood Policy in Canada Dave Murray The Destruction of the Johnson’s Island Dyke and its Impacts Derek Lovlin  
13:30 14:00 A World Without Floods: Reliance of riparian area functions on the flood pulse and their resilience to the flood events of southern Alberta Amanda Halawell MRAT: Changing Climate, Municipal Infrastructure and Flood Risk Solutions Bruce MacArthur & Dave Poole Carseland Bow River Headworks – Johnson’s Island Dyke & Fuse Plug Repair Chad Nixon
14:00 14:30 Why Wetlands and Riparian Areas Matter Jay White Extreme event prediction and uncertainty analysis in the Bow River: a data-driven approach using fuzzy numbers Usman Khan Priddis Creek Flood Mitigation: From 2005 Disaster to 2013 Success Paul Kemp  
14:30 15:00 Break, Visit Exhibitors (Bonavista Anteroom Room)
Session 14 – Enhancing Flood Resilience Through Natural Resources Moderator: Susan Ryan Session 15 – Economic and Social Implications Moderator: Corinne Arkell Session 16 – Flood Recovery, Reconstruction & Mitigation Moderator: Maggie Romuld
15:00 15:30 Flood Resilience and Headwaters Management Carolyn Campbell Flooding Discourse: Perceptions and Practices of the 2013 Flood Management in High River, Alberta Eva A. Bogdan Flood Impacts on Rural Sections of the Highwood River, Sheep River, and Threepoint Creek within the M.D. of Foothills Greg Courtice
15:30 16:00 Riparian Areas Mapping and Multi-objective Modelling for Riparian Management in the City of Calgary George Roman Economic Impacts from the 2011 Flooding Event in the Souris River Basin Dave Poole Flood Recovery Efforts in Kananaskis Bob Askin & Fiona Mulvenna
16:00 End of Conference