Welcome to the Manitoba Branch site!

The Manitoba Branch of the Canadian Water Resources Association is here to inform and engage the water community of Manitoba – at both the professional and student level. The Branch achieves this through delivery of workshops, networking events, speaker series, water education (i.e. Project WET) and community events.

From storm sewers to hydro dams to wetlands, the Manitoba Branch is working to promote sustainable water resource management in our province.

If you’re interested in getting involved in Branch activities, we’d love to hear from you! You can get in touch with the Manitoba Branch by emailing mb@cwra.org.

Manitoba Branch Board of Directors, 2023-2024

Branch Executive

President: Milan Bijeljanin

Vice President: Ricardo Mantilla

Treasurer: David Fuchs

Secretary: Gail Faveri

CWRA National Board Representatives

  • Greg Schellenberg
  • Milan Bijeljanin
  • Sharon Gurney
  • Ute Holweger

Branch Directors

Andrew Weiss

Bethany Heppner

Carly Delavau

Doug McNeil

Greg Schellenberg (Past President)

Jim Friesen

Mark Lee

Masoud Asadzadeh

Melissa Haresign

Branch Directors Continued

Morgann Becket

Nicholas Kehler

Patricia Mitchell

Sandrina Rodrigues

Scott Toews

Sharon Gurney

Ute Holweger

Manitoba Events

2023-2024 MB Branch Webinar Series

Title: Flood Risk Mapping in Manitoba – History and Current Developments

Speaker: Fisaha S. Unduche, Ph.D., P.Eng. and Kibreab Assefa, Ph.D., P.Eng. (Manitoba Transportation and Infrastructure)

Date: November 28, 2023, 12 PM

More information is available here

Title: An application of the Prioritize Target and Measure Application (PTMApp) for Canadian Prairie water retention sites and phosphorus reduction

Speaker: Joey Simoes, M.Sc., P.Eng. (International Institute for Sustainable Development)

Date: December 14, 2023, 12 PM

More information is available here

Title: Overview of the International Red River Watershed Board

Speaker: Patrick Cherneski (Executive Director, Transboundary Waters Unit, Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Date: January 2024, 12 PM

More information is available here

Title: Data Products, Tools, and Knowledge for Sustainable Water Management in the Prairies

Speaker: Lauren Miranda (Project Manager, Prairie Water, Global Institute for Water Security, University of Saskatchewan)

Date: February 2024, 12 PM

More information is available here

Title: Fargo-Moorhead Flood Diversion Project Design and Construction Progress Update

Speaker: Steven Bohrn, Hydrotechnical Engineer, Hatch Ltd.

Date: March 2024, 12 PM

More information is available here

Title: The Prairie Provinces Water Board and Groundwater

Speaker: Patrick Cherneski (Executive Director, Transboundary Waters Unit, Environment and Climate Change Canada)

Date: May 21, 2024, 12 PM

More information is available here

Title: Evaluating agricultural best management practices for improving water quality under current and future climate conditions in the Red River Basin

Speaker: Alexis Nemeth, Engineering M.Sc. Student (Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Manitoba)

Date: June 2024, 12 PM

More information is available here

For a full listing of CWRA events across Canada, please visit our events page.

Student and Young Professional Groups in Manitoba

Are you a student or young professional in water resources in Manitoba? Please get in touch with SYP Winnipeg, or with the Branch, to learn about upcoming events, our mentoring program, and how to get involved!

Learn more about SYP National events and get in toch with SYP Winnipeg here!

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Ontario Branch Mentoring Program

Program Goals:

The CWRA Ontario Branch Mentorship Program is intended to provide value to newer members of the CWRA, increase professional engagement in water management activities and in CWRA activities, and build long term connections among members of CWRA. The program allows for the transfer of information among generations of professionals in water resources. The Ontario mentorship program is affiliated with national CWRA mentorship activities.


The mentorship program is currently between sessions. Applications for the 2020-2021 session will open in the early fall. Information about the 2019-2020 session is available here.

If you are looking for mentorship but are not in Ontario, please get in touch with the Ontario Mentorship Program by email and they can refer you to a local branch for mentoring options.

Branch Library

AGM Minutes

Please log in to the Members Page to view the archive of Manitoba Branch AGM Minutes.

Sign Up for the Ontario Branch Newsletter

The Ontario Branch of CWRA offers a variety of opportunities for people to become engaged and involved in water resource management in Ontario. If you are curious about CWRA, subscribe to our newsletter  to hear about upcoming events that will give you a chance to meet other CWRA members and water professionals. You can see past mailings here.

Membership to the CWRA is not required to join our branch mailing list, but to receive the full benefit of CWRA offerings – including event discounts – we encourage everyone to join up.

If you want to get more involved, you can ask about volunteering at future events, including workshops, networking, SYP, mentoring, and virtual events. For more information please contact one of the Executive Committee members at on@cwra.org.

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