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A New Wave in Water Innovation

Join us for the the 2020 Water Innovation Program (WIP) Connect Series. Each free webinar will share ideas and outcomes from projects receiving Alberta Innovates’ support. We hope to provide valuable information to stakeholders and spark discussion within the water community.

The Water Innovation Program (WIP) is designed to help achieve the goals of Alberta’s Water for Life Strategy and Alberta’s Water Research and Innovation Strategy. The knowledge and technologies developed in this program will help to create a cleantech industry in water treatment, support 30% improvement in water use conservation, efficiency, and productivity by 2030, and provide safe, secure, and reliable water resources for up to six million people while maintaining the health of aquatic ecosystems.

In 2019, 22 new projects were approved for funding through an open call for proposals. Some of these projects will be highlighted in the upcoming sessions.



Upcoming Webinars

Watershed Management: What Have We Learned? And Where Are We Going?

October 22, 2020 / 11:00 a.m – 12:30 p.m. MT
What we do in our watersheds and how they react to a changing climate can have big impacts on the water volumes and quantities we see downstream. A significant body of research has been underway over the last 10 years trying to improve our understanding of cause and effect in our watersheds. Now is a good time to evaluate what that research has told us and to consider where do we need to go from here.


  • Chris Hopkinson, University of Lethbridge, “The Castle Watershed: a New Water Resource Assessment Framework for a Sentinel System at the Crown of the Continent.”
  • Rich Petrone, University of Waterloo, “Ecological Controls on the Hydrologic Response to Climate Change and Extreme Events in the Canadian Rockies.”
  • Uldis Silins, University of Alberta, “The future of water supply and watershed management in Alberta-Best source-to-tap practices fro source water protection in the eastern slopes.”

Municipal Water Management in a Changing World

November 19, 2020 / 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. MT
Water treatment plants have a critical role in keeping our communities healthy and safe by providing clean drinking water and removing our sanitary wastes. As the world changes, whether that means climate change, evolving pathogens or something else, these treatment plants need to adapt or risk impacting the quality of life of our population.

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  • Monica Emleko, University of Waterloo, “Wildfire and pathogen threats to water in Alberta.”
  • Norm Neumann, University of Alberta, “Evidence for the Evolution of Water Treatment Resistant Pathogenic E. coli – are we on cusp of a public health crisis?”

Digital Innovation Meets Water Management

December 2020 / Date & time TBD
The world is becoming increasingly technical. Apps for everything, self-driving cars and “smart” homes. Embracing this technology revolution could increase our water use efficiency and help improve the quality of water moving through the system.


  • Jason Kopan, ISL Adapt, “Optimizing the Treatment of Drinking Water Using Reinforcement Learning.”
  • Amirreza Sohrabi, Roshan Water Solutions, “On-site rapid testing of water samples for E. coli and total coliform.”
  • Cam Cote, Intelirain, “A Systems Engineering Approach for Precision Irrigation.”

Past Webinars

Community Based Monitoring and Public Outreach

September 16, 2020
People and communities connect on a personal level with the water systems around them. Recreational waters are a great example of how people and water interact, however, there are often barriers to people accessing those waters. A combination of real-time information and education programs can help break down some of those barriers.


  • Patrick Hanington, University of Alberta, Integrating molecular detection testing into an Alberta-wide community based water monitoring and research program
  • Kathryn Wagner, Program Director, Inside Education

Technology Development: From Concept to Commercialization

August 13, 2020
Technology development is a journey from ideation to proof-of-concept to pilots to commercialization. The final leap to commercialization is often the hardest and can be enabled by having the right partners/end-users in place to help pull the technology to market.


  • Howie Honeyman, Forward Water, Forward Water Technologies Field Pilot Unit – Design, Build, Trial
  • Zac Young, H2nanO Incorporated, Sustainable Sunlight Treatment for Accelerated Oil Sands Process-Affected Water Remediation
  • Greg Piorkowski, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, Advancing Denitrifying Bioreactors as a Beneficial Management Practice for Agricultural Drainage Waters in Alberta

Planning for Alberta’s Water Future

July 29, 2020
As our climate changes, Alberta faces a new water future. Modelling can help us visualize what that future may look like, including frequency and impact of extremes like flood and drought. These model outputs can be used to inform risk assessments and help Albertans prepare for future conditions.



Managing Urban Water Systems

June 24, 2020
Water is an integral part of our communities. It is important that urban planners have access to the right data and tools to make effective water management decisions. While municipalities are trying new management methods we need to improve our understanding of how water interacts in our urban environments, especially the impacts of management methods put in place. These learnings can be shared between municipalities to maximize impacts.



  • Tracy Lee and Guy Greenaway, Miistakis Institute for the Rockies, Supporting Municipalities in the Ecological Management of Water Systems
  • Ed Cey, University of Calgary, Assessing Water Connectivity in Rural and Urban Watersheds for Improved Water Management
  • Cory Albers, Source2Source, Saddleridge Stormwater Kidney™ Retrofit