A major objective of the CAWQ is to promote the research and capabilities of people involved in water quality research in Canada. This is accomplished by hosting regional conferences each year in the three regional areas (Eastern, Central and Western) of Canada.

37th Eastern Canada Symposium On Water Quality Research
October 27, 2023
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Typical themes of CAWQ conferences include:

  • Surface and ground water quality
  • Management of agricultural runoff
  • Polluted precipitation
  • Urban runoff
  • Municipal and industrial wastewater treatment processes
  • Modelling applications
  • Constructed wetlands
  • Groundwater contamination and remediation
  • Innovative pollution control technologies
  • Sludge management
  • Production and distribution of potable water
  • Laboratory tests of properties of chemicals that provide information on their aquatic fate and effects
  • Microcosm testing which provides information on chemical fate and effects
  • Bioaccumulation of contaminants in and from polluted aquatic ecosystems
  • Aquatic ecotoxicology
  • Endocrine disruptors
  • Pathogenic organisms
  • Modelling of the fate of contaminants in aquatic ecosystems
  • Regulation
  • Preventive measures
  • Strategies and policies related to water pollution control

Particular emphasis is placed on providing exposure of the talents, skills and work of students who have entered the water quality field. At each of these conferences, the presenter of the "best student presentation" is awarded the Philip H. Jones Award, which includes several honours and a cash prize.

Please contact the CAWQ if you are interested in getting involved in the organization or hosting of these conferences. In particular, you can assist the CAWQ by volunteering to:

  • chair a conference session
  • organize a theme session at a conference
  • become a member of a technical committee for reviewing abstracts
  • judging student presentation for the Philip H. Jones Award
  • hosting a conference

IWA Specialist group conferences to be held in Canada

The CAWQ can officially support competent organising committees for IWA Specialist group conferences to be held in Canada. Click here to download guidance notes for organisers of IWA sponsored conferences.

View CAWQ supported conferences