Student and Young Professional Workshop

Sunday, March 05 to Wednesday, February 08

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Wicked Problems and Creative Solutions: 
A Systems Approach to Reconciling Water Quality and Agricultural Productivity

Applications are now closed

Agriculture is essential to providing food for a growing population. Agriculture is also one of the biggest contributors to water pollution and degradation of our freshwater and marine ecosystems. This workshop takes participants beyond the pages of the textbook and on a whirlwind tour through the complex world of agroecosystems, where the competing needs for food security and ecosystem integrity must be reconciled.

Issues of ecosystem degradation are both global and regional, and many large Canadian lakes, including Lake Erie, are plagued by toxic algal blooms that are attributed to agricultural pollution. Binational agreements have been made between the US and Canada that pledge to reduce phosphorus pollution by 40% to tackle these problems. But are these targets realistic? What are the challenges and opportunities as we attempt to dramatically improve water quality? Can we reconcile the competing needs of food security and a clean environment? This workshop seeks to answer these questions through the eyes and experiences of a wide range of experts in the fields of agricultural water quality, water policy and governance. Participants will be introduced to the foundational issues, strategies for improvement, and barriers to change, and will work together to come up with solutions. 

Participants will learn from local experts about agricultural water quality issues in Canada, balancing human and ecosystem needs in the face of rapid climate and land use shifts, key challenges and mitigation strategies, and creative solutions and opportunities. 


Blue Drinks Hamilton

Monday, March 06

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Blue Drinks Hamilton is a networking platform for people interested in water issues, hosted jointly by members of Canadian Water Network's Student & Young Professional Committee and McMaster University's Water Environmental Association of Ontario (WEAO).

Networking night!

Join is for an evening filled with knowledge sharing and guidance as leading water experts discuss careers in the water sector.

This event is free to attend - we hope you can join us!

Friday, April 22 at 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Pheonix Bar and Grill
(McMaster University Campus, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton ON)

To help us plan, please RSVP for this event.


Blue Cities 2017

Wednesday, May 17 to Thursday, May 18

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Blue Cities 2017
Leveraging the untapped potential for water management

Blue Cities 2017 is the forum for senior water executives to exchange insights and shape transformative actions for municipal water management. We’ll highlight innovations and solutions that are making a positive impact in municipalities. Join the conversation as we tap into a wealth of experience and expertise to navigate towards resilient, future-ready water systems. 

May 17-18, 2017, Toronto, ON

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Blue Cities Networking

Wednesday, May 17

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Blue Cities Networking

Join us for a casual networking evening dedicated to exchanging insights with senior water decision makers. Be in the conversation as we tap into a wealth of experience and expertise to navigate towards resilient, future-ready water systems. 

May 17, 2017
8:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Scaddabush Italian Kitchen & Bar
382 Yonge St. Unit 7, Toronto ON (Yonge & Gerrard)

For more details about the Blue Cities 2017 conference, please visit