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).


Honouring the Industry
CDA paid tribute to industry leaders on October 16 in Quebec City at the annual awards gala.
Changes to Engineer-of-Record Approved
The 2019 English version of the CDA Technical Bulletin: Application of Dam Safety Guidelines to Mining Dams has been released.
CDA Board Vacancy for BC
Expressions of interest are currently being accepted until December 20 for the role of BC Director on the CDA Board.
CDA 2020 Sponsorship and Exhibitor Opportunities Opening in January
Sponsorship opportunities and exhibit space sales for CDA 2020 will open on January 13.
Happy Holidays from the CDA
The CDA board of directors and staff wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season and a prosperous 2020. The CDA office will be closed December 24 to 26 and January 1.

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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.


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Publications & Events

CDA offers publications on dam safety, dam safety reviews, the application of dam safety to mining dams, and public safety around dams. Access to ICOLD Bulletins is provided to members. We also provide continuing professional development events such as an Annual Conference and regional workshops.
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