CWRA BC Branch 2023 Conference

Transitioning to Resilience: Responding to Climate Change in BC

Richmond, BC - Unceded Territory of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam) peoples

October 3 - 5, 2023


The key focuses of the conference include:

  • Sustainable development for flood management and sea level rise

  • Lessons learned and moving forward from 2021 floods

  • Design with traditional knowledge and resiliency

  • BC Flood Strategy and Governance




Sponsorship and Exhibitors



Technical Sessions

Abstract submissions is closed.


Workshop: Hydrologic Modelling with the Raven Framework

October 5, 2023 9 AM – 5PM

Short Course Objectives
This course is intended to provide an accelerated introduction to the Raven Hydrologic Modelling Framework. By the end of the course, each participant should:

  • have an improved appreciation for the capacity of Raven for flood forecasting, reservoir management, water budgeting, and transport simulation
  • be able to apply, test, modify, and interpret simple models built with Raven and Raven-UBCWM,
  • understand the modelling workflow process , I/O, and basic implementation details
  • have an understanding of the extended capabilities of Raven; understand the logistics associated with building and testing more advanced Raven models
  • Have an improved appreciation for the challenges of trustworthy model development

James R. Craig, Ph.D., P.Eng.,
Professor and Canada Research Chair in Hydrologic Modelling and Analysis,
University of Waterloo

Prof. James Craig, Ph.D., P.Eng., is a Canada Research Chair in Hydrologic Modelling and Analysis and an Associate Professor in the Civil and Environmental Engineering department at the University of Waterloo. Prof. Craig is an expert in hydrological model development, lead author of the Raven hydrological modelling framework, and an award-winning University instructor. His research focuses upon in numerical and analytical modelling of environmental systems, with a focus on surface water hydrology, regional scale groundwater flow, and subsurface heat and pollutant transport simulation.

Field Trip: Tour of the Living Dikes in Surrey by bike or by bus


Walking Bus Tour E-Bike Cycling Cycling
Start Time & Location 10 AM @ Radisson Hotel 8 AM @ Radisson Hotel, Richmond 9 AM @ Pedego Electric Bikes, Delta
Morning Drop off and tour of 12th Avenue Pump Station Bike 15 km to Delta Heritage Air Park and tour 12th Avenue Pump Station
Lunch Delta Heritage Air at 12 PM
Afternoon Drop off at Mud Bay Park. Up to 5 km of walking, weather dependable. Bike to Mud Bay Park
Return Meet at Mud Bay Parking lot at 3 PM. Arrive in hotel at 4 PM. 15 km bike ride back to bike rental shop. 15 km bike ride back to Richmond.