Guest speakers

Keynote speaker: Simon Courtenay

If you don’t measure it you can’t manage it: what we’ve learned about monitoring

Simon Courtenay is the invited keynote speaker of the conference and his presentation will take place on Wednesday, May 25, 2016.

Simon_Courtenay_webDr. Simon Courtenay is the Scientific Director of the Canadian Water Network, a Science Director of the Canadian Rivers Institute and a Professor in the School of Environment, Resources and Sustainability within the Environment Faculty of the University of Waterloo. Before moving to Waterloo in 2013, Simon worked for 24 years as a research scientist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans in New Brunswick and for the last 9 of those years also as a research professor at the University of New Brunswick. Simon’s passion is estuarine ecology and ecotoxicology, exploring the uses that animals make of the complex environments where rivers meet the sea and how our human activities affect that ecology. Presently Simon is supervising or co-supervising ten graduate students spread across four universities, most of whom are working on aspects of the Canadian Water Network’s Watershed Consortium. Working with a large team of collaborators and partners they are trying to understand how to design monitoring frameworks in support of cumulative effects assessment at the watershed and regional levels and how to connect that monitoring to decision making for better, more adaptive, monitoring and management.

Panel: How can we reduce vulnerability and increase the resilience of water resources?

A panel discussion bringing together various water resources specialists will be held on Friday, May 27, 2016. Confirmed panelists are:

David Huard

David_Huard_webDavid Huard is a specialist in climate scenarios and the coordinator of the Energy Program of Montreal-based Ouranos, a consortium on regional climatology. Ouranos offers its member organizations advice on climate products and services, runs regional climate simulations and tends a large portfolio of impact and adaptation studies. David’s job is to assist organizations in identifying opportunities and vulnerabilities associated with climate change and potential adaptation options. To do this, he builds on multiple data sources, including meteorological stations, satellite observations and simulations from different models projecting the future climate. David holds a PhD in water science and pursued postdoctoral work on the modeling of sea ice.

Chandra Madramootoo

Chandra_MadramootooChandra Madramootoo is professor in the Department of Bioresource Engineering at McGill University. He was Dean of the Faculty of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at McGill from 2005 to 2015. Prior to that, he was Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management. In an academic career of over 30 years at McGill, he has supervised over 80 graduate students, and authored or co-authored over 200 refereed journal papers. He has been invited to deliver some 100 presentations at national and international conferences. Professor Madramootoo’s areas of expertise include water management, irrigation, drainage, agricultural research, and international agriculture development. Chandra Madramootoo has been recognized with numerous awards for his contributions to water resources and food security teaching and research, including a DSc (honoris causa) from the University of Guelph and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. He is a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Bioengineering and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers.

Michel Dolbec

Michel_Dolbec_webM. Michel Dolbec is an engineer drawing on more than 30 years of experience in the fields of water, dams and environmental management. He held various positions at the Centre d’expertise hydrique du Québec such as hydraulic specialist, dam manager and director of dam safety. He actively participated to the development of dam safety regulations in the province of Quebec. Throughout his career, he also worked on legal issues associated with dams such as flooding rights and the lease of hydraulic power. For more than 20 years he has been an active member of the Canadian Dam Association and he contributed to various committees within the organization. Since 2012, M. Dolbec has been working at the engineering consulting firm WSP where his vast experience helps provide guidance on dam safety, implementation of water-related laws and regulations and relationships with government authorities.

Hervé Logé

HerveLogeHervé Logé graduated from the École nationale d’ingénieurs de Poitiers (France) and holds a masters in public administraiton from the École nationale d’administration publique (ENAP). He started his career as an engineer at the Service de l’environnement of the Communauté urbaine de Montréal. He then worked a number of years for the Sodexen group as deputy director for international projects. In 2005, he started working at the City of Montreal to develop expertise relative to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and on climate change. Since 2009, he works at the Service de l’eau and now acts as the director of the division Gestion durable de l’eau, a group in charge of the regulations that protect the sewer and aqueduct systems.