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WaterLeadership, a program offered by the Water Institute, develops global water leaders by focusing on skills, knowledge and networks that move research into action and support informed decision-making. The training sessions cover a range of topics designed around three “pillars” of learning:

  1. Knowledge mobilization and strategic planning skills: Learn how knowledge mobilization strategies and tools can increase the credibility, salience and legitimacy of your work, thereby accelerating the advancement and impact of water research.
  2. Research communication: Develop techniques for powerful communication that connect and resonate with targeted academic and non-academic audiences. Boost your career with these highly transferable skills in clear writing, engaging presentations, and key message development. 
  3. Innovation and leadership in the water sector: Apply your technical and personal skills to inspire and facilitate innovation solutions to address complex water challenges.

Upon successful completion of the four modules and corresponding assignments, a certificate of completion from the Water Institute will be issued.

Registration deadline: Register by November 10, 2023 to save your spot!


The University of Waterloo is committed to achieving barrier-free accessibility for persons with disabilities who are visiting, studying or working at Waterloo. If you have questions concerning access or wish to request accommodations for this event, please contact Nancy.Goucher@uwaterloo.ca.

Fall 2023 Schedule



Guest presenter

Knowledge Mobilization 101

November 14, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Nancy Goucher, Water Institute

Sharing Science: Effective Presentations

December 12, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Elise Vist, UW Writing and Communication Centre

 Winter 2024 Schedule



Guest presenter

Sharing Science: Clear Language Writing

February 6, 2024, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Emma Dunn, UW Writing and Communication Centre

Innovation Leadership Skills

April 9, 2024, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Karen Kun, Director and Co-founder of Waterlution