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Thursday, November 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
(90 min)Water at the science-policy interface: Challenges and opportunities for Canada

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Organized by: The University of Waterloo, Tatjana Milojevic and Nancy Goucher

Optimum management of water resources is one of the most crucial challenges for Canada in the 21st Century. Safe and adequate water supply is central to sustainable ecosystems, healthy communities and strong economic growth. However, a widening gap between current management practices and increasing scientific knowledge is testing the adequacy of the current regulatory framework in addressing threats to water, such as those posed by nonpoint source contamination. As climate change increases the uncertainty and complexity for the management of water resources, water managers and researchers will need to understand more about the science-policy interface to improve the response to water threats. These threats demand a new approach to regulation for water protection and water management activities, which require adaptive responses. There is considerable variation in our current knowledge of the changing demands on water resources and in the different stages of adaptive management strategies, which might be improved by implementing water monitoring policies and plans.

This panel examines the perceptions of researchers and water managers working at the science–policy interface across Canada and discusses the implications of their role for addressing nonpoint source contamination in the face of climate change. Our discussion themes include: vulnerability and uncertainty, time lag issues, the need for different skill sets throughout the process, and what can be done to enable scientists and policymakers to work together more effectively to address current and  future water threats.


Moderators
avatar for Homa Kheyrollah Pour

Homa Kheyrollah Pour

Research Scientist, University of Waterloo
Dr. Kheyrollah Pour received her Ph.D. degree from the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Canada in 2015. She worked as a Researcher with the Science and Technology Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada, Toronto. Currently, she is an adjunct Professor at the University of Waterloo... Read More →

Speakers
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Philippe Van Cappellen

Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology Laureate
Dr. Van Cappellen joined the University of Waterloo in 2011 as the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Ecohydrology. Van Cappellen’s research group carries out fundamental and applied research in support of the sustainable use of water resources, that is, one that balances society’s... Read More →
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Steve Cobham

Manager of Canada-U.S. Relations in the International Affairs Branch, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Steve joined Environment Canada in April 2004 as a water policy specialist in the Environmental Conservation Service, following positions where he worked on international water and sustainable development issues with Industry Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International... Read More →
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Nicola Crawhall

Principal, Westbrook Public Affairs
Nicola is principal of Westbrook Public Affairs, which provides government relations services, project management, strategic communications, and policy support services primarily in the areas of local government, infrastructure and environmental services. Nicola has over 25 years... Read More →
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Gail Krantzberg

Professor of Engineering and Public Policy in the Walter G Booth School of Engineering Practice and Technology, McMaster University
Dr. Krantzberg is Professor with the Engineering and Public Policy Programs in the School of Engineering Practise and Technology at McMaster University offering Canada’s first Master’s Degree in Engineering and Public Policy. Gail completed her M.Sc. and Ph.D. at the University... Read More →
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Alain Pietroniro

Executive Director for the National Hydrological Service within the Meteorological Service of Canada, Environment and Climate Change Canada
Dr. Pietroniro is currently the Executive director for the National Hydrological Service within the Meteorological Service of Canada which includes managing the Water Survey of Canada.  Current duties include managing the operation of the WSC which include over 2300 hydrometric stations... Read More →


Thursday November 8, 2018 10:30am - 12:00pm
Delta Ottawa - Capitale

Attendees (20)