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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Canada dry? Managing our water for the future


Howard Wheater, University of Saskatchewan

While Canada is widely perceived as water-rich, forces such as climate change, pollution and competing water needs are creating unprecedented challenges to our water security. Governance issues pose major challenges since many water bodies cross provincial, state or national borders, with high-stakes consequences for upstream and downstream jurisdictions. University of Saskatchewan hydrologist Howard Wheater’s team of scientists is developing new modelling and forecasting tools to help society make sustainable water policy choices, and new science to help governments and land users better manage agricultural water systems. His work into large-scale water monitoring and modelling is helping Canada and global organizations, including NASA, improve their tools for climate change projection and risk management.

Howard Wheater is Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan and leads the university’s Global Institute for Water Security. He chaired the Council of Canadian Academies Expert Panel on Sustainable Management of Water in Agricultural Landscapes of Canada. Recruited from London’s Imperial College, Wheater is a world expert in hydrological science, with extensive experience advising on flood, water resource and water quality issues around the world.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday May 23, 2013, 7:30 am - 8:45 am
Location: Government Conference Centre, Colonel By entrance
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Tuesday May 21, 2013