Check out the information below about the CWRA-BC Branch’s 2015 Conference, which takes place November 18th and 19th in Richmond: 

Keynote Speaker 


Emanuel Machado, CAO Town of Gibsons

The Gibsons Experience – Nature is our most valuable infrastructure

“Our rationale is that the natural services provided by these systems, in the form of rainwater management, flood control and water purification, have tangible value to the community as, or more, effective as engineered infrastructure”

Emanuel’s passion and commitment to creating sustainable communities is evident in his work in the Town of Gibsons, by combining the Official Community Plan, Strategic Plan and Sustainability Plan to create a hybrid document that balances economic development, the natural environment, and social well-being. It is this integration and balance that has been the key element of his work.

More recently, Emanuel has been developing a program for the Town of Gibsons, called Eco-Assets, which recognizes the role of nature as a fundamental component of the municipal infrastructure system, leading to a greater understanding of the value of ecosystems services and improved financial and operational management plans of the community’s natural assets.

Come learn why the Town of Gibsons is becoming one of Canada’s first municipalities to explore managing the natural capital in their community.

Register Now:

Registration information can be found here:

The Canadian Water Resources Association BC Branch conference is being held 

 November 18th and 19th in Richmond BC on the theme of 

“Floods, Droughts and Everything in Between”


Students and Young Professionals

 We are still accepting abstracts for our PechaKucha session!

 Presentations will consists of simply showing 20 slides for 20s each, which is an informal and fun way to share your work/research project with the water resources community!

Submit a brief summary (i.e. 100 – 200 words) of your research work or project here:

Perk: For students having trouble finding the funds/time to attend the whole conference, we are offering a discount conference registration rate to present in the PechaKucha Session. For $75 you can attend the afternoon of your presentation & take part in networking events.