2015 Branch Conference

 In Archived AB

CWRA Alberta Branch Annual Conference 2015

Adapting to a Changing Environment

April 19-21, 2015

Red Deer, Alberta

We had almost 100 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

Links to Presentations and Program are available here.

Conference Sponsors

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


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Conference Exhibitors


AMEC Foster Wheeler

Earthmaster Environmental

Aquatic Informatics


Hoskin Scientific


CWRA Alberta 2015 Conference Presentations

Conference Proceedings


WidthsdfForcer Sunday April 19, 2015
15:00 – 18:00 Exhibitor Setup
18:00 – 22:00 Registration Ice-Breaker Reception and Exhibits Viewing
Day 1 – CWRA 2015 Conference Program
Monday April 20, 2015
7:30 – 8:30 Registration, Visit Exhibitors Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome Remarks: Rick Carnduff (Conference Chair)
8:40 – 9:00 Opening Address
9:00 – 9:45 Keynote Spacer: Jon Fennell VP Geosciences & Water Security, Integrated Sustainability
9:45 – 10:00 Break, Visit Exhibitors
Session 1 – Issues and Trends in Water Quality Moderator: Rick Carnduff
10:00 – 10:30 Restoration of a Wetland Biofilter at Golf Course Creek, Sylvan Lake, Alberta Kate Sinclair, Applied Aquatic Research Ltd.
10:30 – 11:00 Water Quality Protection Downstream of a Water Crossing Tim Taylor, Priddis Environmental Solutions Ltd.
11:00 – 11:30 Determining the Impact of Naturalized E. coli on Irrigation Water Cassandra Jokinen, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
11:30 – 12:00 Irrigation Water Quality – What’s in the Water? Jollin Charest, Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development
12:00 – 13:00 Lunch
Session 2 – Integrated Resources Management: Lessons Learned Moderator: Meghan Payne
13:00 – 13:30 Bow River Phosphorus Management Plan Courtney Scott, Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development
13:30 – 14:00 Alberta’s Integrated Resource System and the South Saskatchewan Regional Plan: How do they reflect a focus on Cumulative Effects Management? Judy Stewart, Barrister and Solicitor (PhD Candidate)
14:00 – 14:30 System Dynamics Modelling for Integrated Watershed Management: Application to the Bow River Basin Kai Wang, University of Alberta
14:30 – 14:45 Break, Visit Exhibitors
Session 3 – Approaches for Building Resilience: The Environment Moderator: Judy Stewart
14:45 – 15:15 Collaborative Water Management to Build Resilience in the Red Deer River Basin in the Face of Climatic and Environmental Change Mike Nemeth, Alberta WaterSMART
15:15 – 15:45 River for Life – Adaptive Management Kerri Robinson, Urban Systems
15:45 – 16:15 Improving Flood Resiliency Along the Crowsnest Highway Bob Askin, Associated Engineering/Summit Environmental
16:15 – 16:45 Break, Visit Exhibitors and CWRA Annual General Meeting
17:00 – 18:00 Pre-Banquet Cocktails
18:30 – 21:30 Banquet Dinner
Speaker: Olivier Mills Director of Communications, The Centre for Affordable Water and Sanitation Technology
22:00 Dismissed For The Day
Day 2 – CWRA 2015 Conference Program
Tuesday April 21, 2015
7:00 – 8:00 Registration, Visit Exhibitors Continental Breakfast
8:00 – 8:45 Keynote Speaker: Tamsin Lyle   Principal & Flood Management Specialist, Ebbwater Consulting
8:45 – 9:00 Break, Visit Exhibitors
Location: Main Stage Location: Salon A
Session 4 -Tackling Environmental Change in Water Resources Management: Management Moderator:Sandra Ungerson Session 5 – Tackling Environmental Change in Water Resources Management: Methodologies Moderator: Bob Askin
9:00 – 9:30 Riparian Restoration Initiatives in the Sturgeon River Watershed Debbie Webb, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) Future Irrigation Water Use and the Role of FITFIR Richard Phillips, Bow River Irrigation District
9:30 – 10:00 The Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow Network in Canada Andrew Phillips, Weather Innovations Consulting LP Alberta Weather and Randomness Neil MacAlpine, MacAlpine Consulting
10:00 – 10:30 Tax Incentives for Water Protection in the Shale Gas Industry Deborah Jarvie, University of Lethbridge Ecological Resilience Following Construction and Reclamation of Watercourse Crossings Ben Poltorak, Earthmaster Environmental Strategies Inc.
10:30 – 10:45 Break, Visit Exhibitors
10:45 – 11:15 Disaster Governance: An Investigation of the 2013 Flood in High River, Alberta Eva A. Bogdan, University of Alberta Arriving at Practical Results from Climate Change Modelling Michael MacLatchy, Associated Engineering
11:15 – 11:45 For Peat’s Sake: Managing climate change and land use threats to Alberta’s boreal peatlands Carolyn Campbell, Alberta Wilderness Association Environment Canada Flood Analysis using Indirect Flow Measurements: Southern Alberta Flood June 2013 Jerry Wagner-Watchel, Environment Canada, Water Survey Division
11:45 – 13:00 Lunch, Visit Exhibitors
Session 6 – Tackling Environmental Change in Water Resources Management: Approaches Moderator: Mike Nemeth
13:00 – 13:30 Water Resiliency and Turning a Waste into a Resource Andrew Chan, Dillon Consulting Limited
13:30 – 14:00 Rainwater Harvesting Best Practices as part of an Urban Integrated Water Cycle Management System Sandra Ungerson, University of Calgary
14:00 – 14:30 Development of Alberta Lake Level Index: A Simple Approach Zahidul Islam, Alberta ESRD
14:30 – 14:45 Closing Remarks: Rick Carnduff (Conference Chair)
15:00 End of Conference