Lake Futures is a project funded through Global Water Futures: Solutions to Water Threats in an Era of Global Change, a University of Saskatchewan-led research program funded in part by a $77.8-million grant from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund. Specifically, it is funded through Pillar 3: Designing User Solutions, the first of the three science pillars of the program to announce funded projects.
Global Water Futures (GWF) is the largest university-led water research program ever funded worldwide and one of the largest water science collaborations in the world. It aims to position Canada as a global leader in water science for cold regions and will address the strategic needs of the Canadian economy in adapting to change and managing risks of uncertain water futures and extreme events. End-user needs will be our beacon and will drive strategy and shape our science.
GWF is led by the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan in partnership with University of Waterloo, McMaster University and Laurier. In total, 106 researchers from 15 Canadian universities are involved in collaboration with 125 partners (12 international institutions; 44 government agencies; 36 industry partners; 25 non-governmental organizations; 8 Indigenous communities/governments). This will also include the hiring of 257 highly-qualified personnel over the next three years. The projects are leveraging the GWF investment of $16.2 million with an additional $26.4 million in cash and $114.8 million of in-kind contributions from partners.