The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) is a group of dam owners, operators, regulators, engineers and others who share the goal of advancing knowledge and practices related to dams. We are involved in all types of dams used for many different purposes: hydroelectric power, irrigation, flood control, water supply and mining operations.

CDA envisions a future in which all dams are safe, well-managed and benefit society. Our mission is to encourage cooperation, advance technical knowledge, and build competency related to dams in Canada. CDA serves as the Canadian National Committee of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD).


CDA Call for Posters!
Abstracts for the Poster Session to be held during CDA 2018 in Quebec City are due April 13.
Regina Dam Safety Reviews Workshop - Sold Out
The March 8 workshop in Regina is sold out. Check the CDA website for future dates for this workshop.
CDA scholarship applications due May 15
Members are encouraged to promote the CDA graduate scholarship program to potential applicants.
Panel Discussion, “Arctic warming: Land and communities on the cusp of rapid change” in Ottawa
Sciences and social sciences come together in a moderated discussion to examine the impacts of climate change on Arctic ecosystems and the way Inuit communities are adapting to the new reality in Nunangat.
CDA 2018 Conference - Call for Papers
CDA 2018 Call for Papers! Deadline March 2.

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in the Dam Industry

To advertise a job opportunity, use the Employer Posting Form in the CDA Careers Section. As a member society of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), we also link to job postings of

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CDA is the Canadian National Committee 

 CDA is the Canadian National Committee of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), and provides representation at ICOLD meetings and on Technical Committees. In this way, CDA members are linked with international developments and best practice.


Canada to welcome the world
June 8-14, 2019

The Canadian Dam Association is honoured to be hosting the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD) 2019 Annual Meeting.

Click here to access the ICOLD 2019 website.

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Publications & Events

CDA offers publications on dam safety, public safety around dams, and access to ICOLD Bulletins. We also provide continuing professional development events such as an Annual Conference and regional workshops.
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