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  • Writer's pictureElaine Ho-Tassone

Visit us at the CWRA National Conference

We will be leading a workshop on stakeholder engagement and presenting early results of the research.

Elaine presenting results of the exploratory study at Elsevier's 4th Water Research Conference in 2017

Elaine and her colleague Sondra Eger will be leading a stakeholder engagement workshop at the start of this year's Canadian Water Resources Association National Conference. In addition, Elaine will be presenting a paper on Wednesday May 29, 2019, during the 3:30-5pm breakout session W4B. This presentation will summarize early results of the research as well as provide an overview of the next phase of research. Collaborative approaches will be highlighted and discussed.

Workshop details are below. To register, click here.

Enhancing Engagement In Canadian Water Management: Involvement And Collaboration With A Broad Range Of Stakeholders And Authorities

This workshop is designed for those interested in designing and implementing collaborative approaches of engagement in water resource management.  We focus on two types of engagement, involvement and collaboration, with diverse stakeholders and authorities (including Indigenous rights-holders).

The themes of Water Week at Blue focus on collaboration and partnerships. As water management challenges have become more complex than ever before and diverse perspectives are increasingly prioritized, the ability to create spaces for deliberation and to effectively engage with stakeholders and authorities is vital to the success of managing activities and sustainably using water resources. Furthermore, involving communities and Indigenous rights-holders or partnering to share management responsibilities (collaboration) can be more effective at identifying problems early, generating innovative solutions to problems and reducing risks – if implemented well.

This workshop consists of a series of speakers and active participation that will build capacity for participants to implement meaningful engagement and move towards collaborative water management

First, speakers will share examples, lessons and frameworks for meaningful engagement from across Canada. Then, a stakeholder mapping exercise will allow participants to visualize their contexts, discuss opportunities for coordination and identify gaps in engagement (e.g., strategies to ensure all relevant interests and perspectives are represented at the table).

Lastly, a group backcasting exercise will reflect on current challenges, generate a desired vision and brainstorm specific actions towards enhanced collaborative water management for practical application in the workplace. Participants will receive templates for stakeholder maps and a follow-up report that summarizes workshop discussions.

Co-facilitators: Elaine Ho and Sondra Eger, University of Waterloo


Brad Bass, Environment Canada Andrew Spring, Wilfrid Laurier University

[TBD], Muskoka Watershed Council

Rob de Loë, University of Waterloo


Cost: $75 (in addition to CWRA conference registration fee)

Time: Sunday, May 26, 12:00 – 16:00

Limited to 25 individuals (first-come-first-served)

Where:  Blue Mountain Resort Conference Centre.  Room tba

Afternoon Refreshment break will be provided.

Free parking is available in the Day Lot at the resort

A brief pre-workshop questionnaire will be sent out to registered participants.

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