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Wednesday, November 13 • 12:45pm - 1:15pm
Alberta's Water Innovation Program - Research and Innovation to Support Contemporary and Future Water Management Challenges

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The goals for Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy may seem simple: providing Albertans with safe secure drinking water, protecting healthy aquatic ecosystems, and ensuring reliable quality water supplies for a sustainable economy. Achieving these goals is no simple matter. How can Alberta sustainably manage finite water resources with significant population growth, a growing economy that demands water and the need to protect the health of the aquatic ecosystems? Demands for water are further challenged, as future water supplies will become increasingly uncertain and more variable due to climate change. Research and innovation are critical to this strategy and to provide a strong foundation of knowledge and technologies to enable well-informed management decision-making and improve water management practices. To effectively carry out this strategy, Alberta has invested over $60 M in research and innovation to support sustainable water resource management since 2007. The Water Innovation Program (WIP) managed by Alberta Innovates is a flagship program for the Government of Alberta in water innovation.
Decisions made about water will play a critical role in shaping Alberta’s future. Resolving the challenges related to water; its availability or scarcity, its quality, its impact on the health of Albertans, its use by the public and private sectors, and its role in sustaining healthy environments will be compelling factors in almost all decisions in the province, as well as the rest of Canada. Alberta Innovates water-related research portfolio supports investments that advance knowledge and technology in 4 key themes: future water supply and watershed management; healthy aquatic ecosystems; water use conservation, efficiency, and productivity; water quality protection. This presentation will use WIP project outcomes to tell a story of building knowledge to support and inform these critical decisions, with a specific focus on portfolio projects of interest to Alberta’s water and wastewater operators.


Susan Carlisle

Alberta Innovates
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John Van Ham

Executive Director, Alberta Innovates
John is the Executive Director of Environmental Innovation, a division of Alberta Innovates’ Clean Energy Group, which supports innovative research and technology development in the areas of water & wastewater, land & biodiversity, remediation & reclamation, and other environmental... Read More →

Wednesday November 13, 2019 12:45pm - 1:15pm MST
Double Tree by Hilton 16615 109th Avenue North West, Edmonton, Alberta,