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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).

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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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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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CDA Board Nominations are Open

The Canadian Dam Association depends on volunteers to lead the Association by serving on the Board of Directors. Nominations for vacant positions on the Board are being accepted until August 23, 2021.

The Board of Directors sets the Association’s strategy; identifies and provides the resources necessary to implement the strategic initiatives; provides oversight to staff and committees; ensures the protection of members’ rights, and oversees compliance with relevant legislation. The Directors each have a personal fiduciary responsibility to ensure the CDA’s resources are used appropriately.

Elections are held annually to fill open positions on the Board. The following positions need to be filled for terms beginning at the 2021 Annual General Meeting:

• Vice President (three-year commitment).

• Secretary-Treasurer (two-year term).

• Director-at-Large (two-year term).

• Provincial directors for Alberta, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island, Ontario, Quebec and the Territories. (two-year terms).

The Nomination Form is available from the Governance page of this web site as well as a description the role and responsibility of Regional Directors. 

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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.