Keynote Speakers

Monday, Oct. 16, 2017, 8:30 am

Dr. John Pomeroy

Canada's Global Water Futures Program

 Dr. John Pomeroy is the Associate Program Director of Global Water Futures, Canada Research Chair in Water Resources and Climate Change, Professor of Geography and Director of the Centre for Hydrology and the Coldwater Laboratory (Kananaskis) at the University of Saskatchewan.

The Global Water Futures program (GWF) focuses on delivering new capability for providing disaster warning to governments, communities and the public, including Canada’s first national flood forecasting and seasonal flow forecasting systems, new drought warning capability, and water quality models and monitoring that warn of hazards to health and drinking water supply.  It will diagnose and predict water futures to deliver improved scenario forecasting of changing climate, landscape and water for the future.  In delivering these goals we are developing new models, tools and approaches to manage water-related risks to multiple sectors in Canada’s major river basins.

GWF is developing an integrated platform for water forecasting, prediction and decision making under uncertainty that includes multiple linked models with data assimilation from enhanced observations.  The GWF national water prediction and forecasting strategy includes development of new multi-physics and multiscale coupled atmospheric-hydrological models that are specially designed for Canadian watersheds.

Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017, 8:30 am

Dr. John Janmaat

The Economics of Water Resources

Water is a unique resource.  At times it is precious because it is scarce, and at other times its very abundance is a threat.  Dams play a central role in our use and management of water resources. Dr. Janmaat will discuss water as an economic resource and the economics of dams in relation to that resource. Dr. Janmaat holds a Regional Innovation Chair in Water Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability at UBC’s I.K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences in Kelowna, BC. He earned his Ph.D. from Queen’s University, based on research on the sustainability of irrigation in the Tunga-Bhadra project in Karnataka State, India, after earning an MBA and a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural Economics.  

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017, 8:30 am

Dr. Nancy Olewiler

A Risk-Informed Deliberative Approach to Dam Safety Regulation: Beyond the F-N Framework

This talk will introduce a new way of thinking about deciding if a dam is safe enough, while considering the issues raised in the on-going debate with Section 6.2 of the Canadian Dam Association's Dam Safety Guidelines 2007 (Revised 2013).

Dr. Olewiler is a Professor in the School of Public Policy at Simon Fraser University, serving as its founding director from 2003 until 2014. Her PhD is in Economics from the University of British Columbia. Dr. Olewiler has held a number of positions serving many communities, locally and internationally.  These include being a member the Board of Directors of BC Hydro from 2001 to 2010. She is a member of the National Statistics Council and chairs the National Accounts Advisory Committee for Statistics Canada.

Her areas of research include natural resource and environmental policy, the impact of environmental regulation on the economy, and environmental tax policy.