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CWRA SYP Vancouver Chapter


The Canadian Water Resources Association Student and Young Professional (CWRA- SYP) Vancouver Chapter was founded in 2005 by a diverse group of water enthusiasts with backgrounds ranging from law and policy to science and engineering. Years after its inception the group strives to provide engagement to people interested in all aspects of water resources. The key goal is to promote the national CWRA- SYP goal- “Effective Water Management through Networking & Knowledge Share” through various events including, but not limited to, seminars, tours, and informal gatherings for networking. These events are mostly free and open to any professional, student, and researcher interested in:

  • Source Water
  • Drinking Water
  • Wastewater
  • Water Resources
  • Stormwater
  • Water Resources Modeling
  • Ground Water 
  • Water and Wastewater Operations
  • Water and Wastewater Related Maintenance
  • Water and Wastewater Related Infrastructure/Asset Management
  • Water Related Policy
  • Water and WastewaterTreatment Technologies
  • Anything related to water


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Current Executives                       


 Dr. Nilufar Islam


BC Board of Directors   

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John Bergese

Vice -Chair

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Christina Noël   

 Secretary & Service Coordinator

 Seminar Coordinator 



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 Isabella Tao

Financial Coordinator

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 Navratna Sharma

Communication Coordinator

 BC Board of Directors  

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Daniel Archila

Communication Coordinator



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Dr. Sahar Banisoltan

Communication Coordinator





Monica Bramley

Seminar Coordinator






 Dr. Mohammad Reza Pirestani

 Seminar Coordinator





Kathryn De Rego

Tour and Exterior Event Coordinator





Jack McKee

Tour and Exterior Event Coordinator









Neel Fondekar- Tour and Exterior Event Coordinator

Silja Hund- Past Chair & Adviser

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Upcoming Events

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CWRA- SYP Vancouver Chapter typically organizes the follwing events-

Seminars with educational presentations- “Water Talks”

This is one of the most popular events organized by the CWRA SYP Vancouver team and infamous for being seats filled out within 3 days! The objective of these seminars is to help people network and share their water related knowledge. A typical “Water Talks” includes captivating presentations from numerous speakers representing local municipality, consulting area and active research area. This event also includes networking sessions to help people meet their local experts.







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Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup has been a great way for volunteers to join with their communities to tackle the problem of litter on their local shorelines. It happens nationwide, and in 2016 more than 100,000 km of litter was removed from over 3000 km of shoreline! Each year CWRA SYP Vancouver team organizes this event and collects garbage bags full of trash.  The trash statistics is typically used by the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup to study the sources of shoreline litter and the impacts of litter on people and wildlife.


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In past, the group organized treatment plant tours, watershed tours, and brewery tours focussing on various aspects of water usage and water pollution control. 



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Blue Drinks

Blue Drinks is an informal networking event, typically a collaborative event jointly organized with other similar water organizations. These events help people network and meet local water professional, students and researchers.



World Water Day

World Water Day has been celebrated by numerous people across Canada. The day focuses attention on the importance of universal access to clean water. CWRA SYP Vancouver Chapter celebrates this special day each year with a series of events such as seminars, formal and informal networking sessions, often in collaboration with other local Water organizations.

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