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July 1, 2016
Canadian Excellence

World Water Day 2014

World Water Day arose from Agenda 21 of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Each year the UN and its member nations observe March 22 as World Water Day, a day to highlight UN recommendations on water and promote activites related to the world's water resources.

Beginning in 2010, Laurier's Institute for Water Science and UW's Water Institute have worked with students, government, community groups, industry and NGOs to hold the annual Graduate Research Fair and Water Celebration.  You can access the UW host website for complete and up to date details here.

World Water Day - March 21, 2014

World Water Day Graduate Research Fair, March 21st 2014

Join us for a day-long celebration of World Water Day, highlighting university water research and raising awareness of local and global water issues. The event will highlight the breadth and depth of water research here in Waterloo, and also act as a meeting place for water researchers, practitioners, and stakeholders.
  • An afternoon of poster presentations ($150 PRIZES for each of 5 categories: Water Treatment & Technology, Hydrological and Atmospheric Science, Water Policy & Governance, Ecology and Ecotoxicology, and Cold Regions Research)
  • Talks on water science, technology, and policy
  • Keynote presentations from respected water researchers
  • Booths from local community, government, and business
  • Water sector networking and job opportunities
  • Buffet Lunch
The event will be co-hosted by the Water Institute,SWIGS, Wilfrid Laurier's Institute for Water Science, and WLU's Cold Regions Research Centre.

Water Institute SWIGS WLU Institute for Water Science Cold Regions Research Centre

Tentative Event Schedule

  • 10:00-11:00 - Poster/Booth set-up, meet-and-greet
  • 11:00-11:10 - Opening Ceremonies
  • 11:10-12:00 - Morning Keynote Speech
    • Cecelia Brooks, Water Grandmother at Canadian Rivers Institute
      Title TBA
  • 12:00-~1:00 - Lunch
  • 12:30-3:30 - Graduate Research Poster Presentations and Career Fair
    • 2:30-2:45 - Coffee/Networking Break
  • 3:30-4:30 - Afternoon Keynote Speech
    • Dr. Monique Dubé, Project Coordinator, Environmental Performance Improvement, Shell Heavy Oil; Science Director, Canadian Rivers Institute
      Water and Energy in the Canadian Oil Sands: a Paradigm Shift for Environmental Performance Improvement
  • 4:30-4:45 - Closing Ceremonies, Poster & Photo Awards
  • 5:00-7:00 - "Blue Drinks" celebration at Molly Blooms, University Plaza

Keynote Speakers

Cecelia Brooks
C. BrooksCecelia Brooks is the Water Grandmother with the Canadian Rivers Institute at the University of New Brunswick and Science Advisor to the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs of New Brunswick. As Water Grandmother, she works in the First Nations communities to provide technical support in water related issues impacting First Nations people. As the science advisor to the chiefs, she provides technical support to the chiefs of New Brunswick on all issues that impact the environment.

Dr. Monique Dubé
M. Dube

Dr. Monique Dubé is a Project Coordinator in Environmental Performance Improvement at Shell Heavy Oil in Calgary, AB, Canada. She is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Biology at UNBSJ and a Science Director of the Canadian Rivers Institute. Previously Monique was a Canada Research Chair in Aquatic Ecosystem Health Diagnosis at the University of Saskatchewan, and has operated in the consulting and regulatory sectors with over 20 years of professional experience. Her area of interest is in integrated water resource management and watershed-scale cumulative effects assessment. However, she also holds experience in environmental impact assessment, air quality assessment and wetland reclamation and treatment. She has published over 180 contributions, is the recipient of an NSERC Synergy Award, and in 2011 was awarded Canadian Geographic Scientist of the Year and a YWCA Women of Distinction. Her work has influenced federal legislation, national environmental impact assessment practices, cumulative effects assessments for Canadian freshwaters, and contributed to patented technology for wastewater treatment. She has served on Scientific Advisory Panels for UNEP (Development of Global Biodiversity Indicators, World Conservation Monitoring Centre; Global Environment Monitoring Program), UNESCO (Chair, Education and Capacity-Building Task Force on Ecohydrology, International Hydrological Programme), and Canada/US Partnerships (Long-term Receiving Water Study, United States National Council for Air and Stream Improvement). She has participated in peer reviews of the Alberta oil sands Regional Aquatic Monitoring Program (RAMP) and was a member of the development team for the recent federal/provincial regional monitoring program in the oil sands. Her THREATS software (The Healthy River Ecosystem AssessmenT System) and watershed health assessment approach has received international attention for its contribution to assessing and managing Canadian watersheds towards sustainability.