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Natural Channel Systems Conference 2018
University of Guelph, 23rd-25th May 2018
Sustaining Connectivity: Exploring the Importance of Connectivity in Systems, Knowledge, Practice and Policy

At the 6th Natural Channel Conference we will explore Sustaining Connectivity – linking knowledge through generations, practice among disciplines, policy amidst practitioners, and science across the landscape. In 2018 we will take a multidisciplinary look at natural channel systems with a widened view of cause and effect, employing the knowledge of past work with present research to connect the landscape to the channel.

This conference is geared to practitioners, academics, policy makers and other stakeholders from government, conservation authorities, consulting firms and environmental organizations. It will provide an avenue to discuss, share and learn new science, policy, practices and academic research. In line with the theme, we encourage all disciplines to join the conversation to make connections professionally, in knowledge, and in practice.

Call for Abstracts NOW OPEN

The Natural Channels Initiative Conference Committee encourages practitioners from across Canada and beyond to submit proposals. We welcome submissions for our Sustaining Connectivity theme in the following sessions:

  • Collaborative Design
  • Communications
  • Economics
  • Environmental Flows
  • Innovation
  • Monitoring
  • Policy and Regulation
  • Urban Hydro-modification

Descriptions of the sessions and example topics can be found on the conference website under “Call for Abstracts”. You will also find more information on the conference, presentation formats, and instructions on how to submit your abstract.

Deadline to Submit Abstracts

  • The deadline for abstract submission is Monday November 13, 2017.
  • The Program committee will advise all accepted abstract contributors by Friday January 12, 2018.
  • The intended presenter(s) should indicate his/her full contact details and include a brief (approximately 100 words) biography with the submission.
  • Please note that while all abstracts will be considered, not all can be accommodated within our program.

Volunteer Opportunities

We are looking for people to help us prepare for the 2018 conference as well as to support the event itself. The conference sub committees that require additional support include:

  • Communications - support the communications lead in developing a communications plan, take a lead on social media for the conference or help develop content for conference newsletters
  • Sponsorship - work with the conference organizers to solicit sponsorship opportunities
  • Living Lab - assist the committee in finding exhibits to showcase as part of the living lab, help to set up or run equipment on the day or develop your own ideas
  • Entertainment / Social - perhaps you in a band and want to entertain us at the ice breaker or know someone who can, perhaps you know Guelph well and can help us prepare some ideas of places to go or things to do for people visiting the city for the conference
  • Program - we are looking for one person to assist each session lead in reviewing abstracts
  • Organize a site tour - do you have an example of a project site within driving distance to Guelph that you would like to showcase?

To register your interest to volunteer, please visit: In addition to competing this form, we ask that you please also send your resume to to help us evaluate the best fit for volunteer applicants. If you have ideas to share at this stage please feel free to include them in the email.

Once you have registered interest, a committee member will contact you to discuss your role.

We look forward to seeing you at the 6th Conference on Natural Channel Systems!

Conference Committee Members
- Alexandra Veglio, Credit Valley Conservation
- Dr. Andrea Bradford, University of Guelph
- Bill Trenouth, Credit Valley Conservation
- Cassie Schrembri (co-chair), Credit Valley Conservation
- Ed Gazendam, Water’s Edge
- Jack Imhof, Trout Unlimited Canada (retired)
- Jacqui Empson Laporte, Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs
- Jeff Hirvonen, GeoProcess Research Associates
- Karen Anderson, Allset Inc.
- Mariette Pushkar, Ecosystem Recovery
- Rick Portiss, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
- Sally-Beth Betts (co-chair), Credit Valley Conservation

Contact Us

For any questions, please contact:

Karen Anderson
Conference Coordinator, 6th Conference on Natural Channel Systems
1‑888‑274‑1364 ext. 103


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