CDA Conference & Exhibition
October 24 - 29, 2020
Winnipeg, Manitoba

CDA looks forward to welcoming you in Winnipeg in October!  The theme of the 2020 Conference is Balancing Past Performance with Future Expectations.

Important Dates
October 24 and 25 - Workshops
October 25 - Welcome Reception
October 26 to 28 - Technical Sessions
October 29 - Technical Tours

Workshops and professional development sessions will be held at the Delta Hotels Winnipeg and the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg.

2020 Technical Program

CDA 2020 looks forward to welcoming the industry to Winnipeg from October 24 to 29.  The theme for 2020 is Balancing Past Performance with Future Expectations.  Technical sessions will consider past performance and historical design criteria of aging infrastructure while focusing on environmental, social, economic and technological changes as well as evolving expectations of regulatory regimes related to the construction and operation of dams.  

Authors are invited to submit abstracts of 300 to 500 words in either English or French by January 31, 2020.  Abstracts can be submitted online at

Please note: You will either need to create a new account within the system or reactivate an existing account from CDA 2018 in Quebec City (assuming you have the same email address).

Timely submission of abstracts and papers will help improve the quality of the technical program for all conference attendees. Authors are encouraged to take note of the deadlines as the technical presentation program is expected to fill up.

If you have any questions email

Technical Themes

  • Applications of Failure Modes and Effects Analysis Methods
  • Climate impacts to design and operation parameters
  • Dam Safety Management Case Studies
  • Emergency Management and Public Safety Case Studies
  • Environmental Consequences Classification Case Studies
  • New and alternative approaches to Design Flood Estimation
  • New Generation Development Challenges and Opportunities
  • Reliability Assessments and the Performance of Ageing Infrastructure
  • Risk Assessments and Adaptation Options
  • Role of Public Policy in the Setting of Dam Safety Criteria
  • Stakeholder Engagement and the Communication of Risk
  • Tailings Dam Breach Analysis

Important Dates
January 31 – Abstracts due 
March 16 – Acceptance notification
June 15 – Draft paper due
August 31 – Final paper due

Please remember to check the CDA website regularly for updates and any changes to the schedule and/or information.