October 24, 2023 12 PM CT: MB Branch Luncheon: The Canada Water Agency — A New Leader and Convener for Freshwater in Canada

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Location: Holiday Inn South; 1330 Pembina Hwy

Time: October 24, 2023 12PM CT


Daniel Wolfish, Acting Assistant Deputy Minister, Canada Water Agency

Environment and Climate Change Canada


Event Description:

The Canada Water Agency — A New Leader and Convener for Freshwater in Canada

Canada’s freshwater is under increasing threat from unprecedented and accelerating climate change. Additional factors including population growth, industrial development, agricultural production and natural resource extraction also contribute to Canada’s freshwater challenges.

Freshwater management in a country as vast as Canada is complex. Over 20 federal departments and agencies have freshwater activities. Additionally, fresh water is a shared responsibility between federal, provincial, territorial, and Indigenous governments. Challenges vary by region and addressing them can involve multiple jurisdictions.

Hence, in June 2023, the Government of Canada established the Canada Water Agency within Environment and Climate Change Canada. The Agency’s mandate is to improve freshwater management in Canada by providing leadership; facilitating federal collaboration; and improved coordination and collaboration with provinces, territories, and Indigenous Peoples to address national and regional transboundary freshwater challenges and opportunities.

The Agency will also deliver major components of Canada’s strengthened Freshwater Action Plan. The Plan includes Freshwater Ecosystem Initiatives to restore, protect, and manage 8 waterbodies of national significance including Lake Winnipeg.


Registration Policy

  • This is an in-person event and lunch will be provided.
  • Free parking is available at the venue.
  • The venue is an accessible location.
  • Cancellations received by 12 pm October 19th will be refunded.
  • There are no refunds for cancellations received after 12 pm on October 19th. However, after 12 pm on October 19, registrations may be transferred to another person.
  • No shows will be charged for the cost of the luncheon.
  • Please send cancellation or transfer requests to mb@cwra.org.
  • All refunds will be processed following the event.
  • If the organizers cancel this event, a full refund of event fees will be provided.
Category Fee
CWRA Member $35
Non-Member $40
CWRA Student and Young Professional Members $35