Webinar series: The Value of Water in Canada

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Join us for a new webinar series highlighting state-of-the-art water valuation practices in Canada and identifying practitioners’ demand for information about the value of water.

The webinar series targets anyone from academia to non-government agencies and practitioners who are interested in better understanding the value of water in Canada from a broad social science perspective, and how this value is captured, acknowledged and integrated in Canadian water policy and decision-making.

The webinars take place once per month, on a Wednesday, and start at 9:00 am PST / 12:00 pm EST.

Please register for the webinars below individually. Once you've registered, you will receive a Zoom invitation and a reminder 24hrs before the webinar.

Upcoming Talks

Elaine Ho-Tassone

Studying the Sacred: Water is Life

Wednesday, May 15, 2024

Elaine Ho-Tassone, Director of Operations, NORDIK Institute & Adjunct Professor, Algoma University

Dimple Roy

Natural Infrastructure for Water Solutions on the Canadian Prairies

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

Dimple Roy, Director Water Management, International Institute for Sustainable Development

Past Talks

Availalbe on our YouTube Channel here.

Roy Brouwer

What is Canada’s water worth?

March 16, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Roy Brouwer, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo
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Jie He

Measuring Quebecers' preferences for surface water quality

April 13, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Jie He, Professor, Department of Economics, Université de Sherbrooke
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Robin Gregory

Understanding value: What makes water worth caring about and why money is a necessary but insufficient measure

May 11, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Robin Gregory, Professor Emeritus, Decision Research, Halfmoon Bay, British Columbia Canada & Institute for Resource and Environmental Sustainability, University of British Columbia
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Water ecosystem service valuation for watershed security – information gaps and policy needs

June 15, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Marian Weber, Chief Environmental Economist and Unit Head, BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategies


Valuation of water quality in Canada: An overview of the upcoming policy needs and challenges

July 6, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Jean-Michel Larivière, Senior economist, Environment and Climate Change Canada
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Lori Bradford

Insights into social and cultural values for water from community engaged research

August 3, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Lori Bradford, Professor, School of Environment and Sustainability, University of Saskatchewan
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Rob Smith

Canada’s water resources: How valuable are they?

September 14, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Robert Smith, Principal, Midsummer Analytics
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Len Hunt

The influence of catch and non-catch related factors on the value of recreational fishing in Ontario

October 12, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Len Hunt, Research scientist, Ontario Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry


Learning about water values through behaviour

November 9, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Patrick Lloyd-Smith, Professor, College of Agriculture and Bioresources, University of Saskatchewan
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Flood risks and household responses

December 7, 2022 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Diane Dupont, Professor, Department of Economics, Brock University
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The Ecosystem Approach in the 21st Century: Guiding science and management of the Great Lakes

February 15, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
John Hartig, Visiting Scholar, University of Windsor’s Great Lakes Institute for Environmental Research

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The importance of water valuation for an environmentally sustainable mining industry

March 15, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Nadja Kunz, Canada Research Chair in Mine Water Management and Stewardship, University of British Columbia

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Valuing the benefits from improving management of freshwater fish habitat: reflections from two case studies in the Pacific Northwest

April 12, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Duncan Knowler, Professor, Resource and Environmental Management, Simon Fraser University

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Valuation of wetlands in agricultural landscapes of Canada

May 17, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Pascal Badiou, Research Scientist, Ducks Unlimited Canada

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Knowledge weaving – bringing knowledges together to solve water problems

June 14, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. EST.
Sheri Longboat, Professor, Rural Planning and Development, University of Guelph

Margaret Insley

Protecting water quality through environmental bonds

September 13, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. EST.

Margaret Insley, Professor, Department of Economics, University of Waterloo

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The value of water: perspectives from an environmental not-for-profit

October 11, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. EST.

Melissa De Young, Director Policy & Programs at Pollution Probe

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Carolyn Johns

The value of nutrient offsetting programs to improve water quality in Ontario

November 15, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. EST.

Carolyn Johns, Professor, Department of Politics & Public Administration, Toronto Metropolitan University


Water Impacts from Emerging Energy Issues: Legal Safeguards & Impediments

Wednesday, January 17, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. EST.

Aaron Atcheson, Partner and Leader, Real Property & Development, Miller Thomson LLP


Stream Restoration as a Tool for Water Asset Management

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. EST.

Steve Brown, Senior Associate, Water Resources, Stantec


Safeguarding water values through collaborative water governance

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. EST.

Merrell-Ann Phare, Commissioner, International Joint Commission, Founding Executive Director of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources (CIER)

Ann and Mark

Building Statistics Canada’s water accounts with considerations for valuation

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 - 12:00 p.m. EST.

Ann-Helen Jean-Baptiste, Research analyst – water accounts, Environment, Statistics Canada
Mark Henry, Unit head - land, water and ecosystem accounts, Environment, Statistics Canada

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