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Student and Young Professional Scholarships

Canadian Water Network offered a limited number of conference scholarships to students and young professionals who were able to demonstrate knowledge to action through their work in the water industry. Successful applicants were required to cover a scholarship fee of $350. Canadian Water Network provided return travel to Ottawa and accommodations for Connecting Water Resources 2015: From Knowledge to Action.


  • Graduate students and young professionals in any discipline in water management
  • Currently living in Canada
  • Able to stay on-site for the duration of the conference and participate in its entirety

Registration was not transferable.

Scholarship Responsibilities

Accepted applicants were split into groups and assigned to one of the concurrent tracks. Each group had a number of questions to answer from within the assigned concurrent tracks and conversations throughout the conference. Groups were asked to collaborate on creating a synopsis on the insights that were generated during the conference. Information gathered was published on the Connecting Water Resources website and through social media.

Conference Tracks

Blue Cities: Moving to the systems we need - Conference Track

Blue Cities: Moving to the systems we need

As issues of sustainability, resiliency and liveability come into focus for planning and policy-making in Canada, ensuring the sustainability of municipal water systems is emerging as a central element.  This stems from water’s vital importance to maintaining healthy communities that can meet the diverse demands of a growing and increasingly urbanized population; one which is facing change and uncertainty on many fronts, including the impacts of a changing climate.

Our discussions in this conference track focused on what drives the uptake of innovations in municipal water management, encompassing wastewater, drinking water and stormwater. We explored the knowledge and actions needed to get there and key opportunities to move toward “Blue Cities.”

Resource Development and Agriculture: Securing our Future - Conference Track

Resource Development and Agriculture: Securing our future

Resource development and the agri-food sector represent key pillars of our economy and water is critical to their success.  Ensuring sustainable development is vital not only to ensuring responsible stewardship, but also to maintaining a global competitive advantage that secures our ability to meet growing global needs.

This conference track examined the growing awareness of water risks facing the resource development sector (particularly in oil and gas, and mining), as well as in agriculture. Discussions focused on strategies for serving public and private interests through the intervention of innovations and options that will prepare us well for the future.

Small and Aboriginal Communities: Solutions that fit - Conference Track

Small and Aboriginal Communities: Solutions that fit

Addressing the water management needs of smaller and aboriginal communities represents both a priority need and a major stumbling block for Canada and many other countries. Using conventional management solutions to support aboriginal, small and remote communities often does not fit and results in failure.  Conventional solutions (technical, financial, governance) have been developed for larger centres in different cultural and geographic settings and their relevance to aboriginal, small and remote communities is questionable.

This conference track explored ways to catalyze progress via relevant innovations, recent initiatives and the potential for better application and results through ensuring an improved “fit” with community needs, cultures and the realities of local priorities.

Application Process

The deadline to apply was 4:00 PM EST on Friday, December 12, 2014.

  • Incomplete or late applications were not accepted.
  • Interest in our scholarships exceeded available spaces.  Participants were selected on the strength of their application.
  • Applicants were emailed about the status of their application on Thursday, January 8, 2015.
  • Successful applicants were required to submit a high resolution work/study-related photo, 150 word biography (written in the 3rd person) and scholarship registration fee.

Travel guidelines

Accepted applicants were responsible for booking their own travel to Ottawa. Applicants received reimbursement claims at the conference to expense their travel costs. Applicants were expected to arrive in Ottawa by 2:00 PM on Monday, March 9 and remain for the duration of the conference.