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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

The 2018 conference will provide an avenue to discuss new science, practices and academic research. This event will provide the opportunity for sharing and evolving our understanding of the importance, complexity, and interconnectedness of watercourses, and their relationship with hydrological, geomorphological, chemical and ecological processes.

Meet Our Keynotes

The Natural Channel System Conference Sustaining Connectivity 2018 is excited to announce this year’s keynote speaker line-up. This year Dr. Ellen Wohl of Colorado State University, Dr. Andrew Brookes of the UK River Restoration Centre, and Richard W. Hill of the Beaver Clan of Tuscarora Nation will inspire you and rekindle your passion for natural channel systems.

Dr. Ellen Wohl Dr. Andrew Brookes Richard W. Hill

Our keynotes will provoke a new perspective of rivers. They will conceptualize rivers as corridors to emphasize interactions among physical process and form and facilitate understanding of human alterations of rivers through time. They will discuss how human activities cause disconnection and some of the challenges of reconnecting through restoration in urban settings. They will tackle difficult questions such as what form should urban rivers take in light of a new flow regimes? They will set forth to change some of the current paradigms of river restoration and reawaken your spiritual connection to rivers. Come be inspired! Join us from May 23rd-25th and enter the 2018 stream restoration year with a renewed enthusiasm and new perspective.

To read the full bios and a summary of this year’s keynote speaker presentations, please visit


The Preliminary Program is now available for viewing.

This year’s program offers attendees a wide range of learning opportunities from sediment dynamics to environmental flows, with panel discussion and practical tools that can be used on the job. Visit the website for details on the concurrent sessions and an additional full day of training and tour opportunities.

NEW THIS YEAR – Check out the full day Training Opportunities held on Wednesday May 23rd. For full details visit the website.

  • Channel Design Principles
  • Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Certification Course
  • Sediment Transport, Fish Passage and Open Channel Hydraulics

Registration NOW OPEN

Registration is now open – visit the website for full details on packages and rates offered.

Early Bird - Don’t miss the early bird rate! Save $100 when registering for the Two Day Registration Package prior to the early bird deadline of Monday April 16, 2018.

NGO and Students – Special rates are offered to qualifying NGO’s and full time students.

Sign up for all 3 days and get an additional discount. Delegates registered for May 24th and 25th who are also participating in one of May 23rd training day events can receive an additional discount of $25 (delegate) and $10 (NGO and Student).

Please note: Sessions selection for May 24th and 25th are mandatory fields during the registration process (for room logistics only). Please view the preliminary program for details and time of sessions prior to entering the registration system. During the conference, you are welcome to attend alternative sessions.

Accommodations and Parking


There are many choices of accommodations in and around Guelph. We have secured space at two University of Guelph on-campus residences and at the Delta Hotel located across the street from the university campus.

On Campus:

Both traditional rooms (East Residence) and townhouses are available for our conference delegates. Rates range from $48 (students) and $60 (adult) to $114, per person plus taxes and service charges. There is also an option to add breakfast. Parking is included for delegates staying on campus – for further details see below. Use this link to see accommodation options, rates, and to book your room on-campus.

Delta Hotel:

A limited discounted block of rooms has been reserved at the Delta by Marriott, Guelph at 50 Stone Road West until April 23, 2018. Cost is $144 for guest room with 2 Queen beds and $154 for a one bedroom suite with a Queen sized bed, plus applicable taxes. Please note that hotel parking is an additional charge. For on-campus parking details, see below. For delegates wanting to reserve outside of Wednesday May 23 and Thursday May 24, please call the Delta directly at 1-519-780-3700.

Use the following link to book your accommodations at the Delta, Guelph.


If you are staying at one of the University of Guelph Residences:

For delegates staying overnight at the University of Guelph residence, parking is included in the accommodation rates. You will receive a Green parking pass upon check in and the front desk will advise you on what parking lots you may park in.

If you are a commuting delegate or staying at a local hotel including the Delta and want to park on campus:

Conference delegates can purchase a discounted parking pass before they arrive on campus by using the following link. This pass must be printed and placed on the vehicle dashboard while on campus. This pass allows you to park in P13, P14, P15, and P30. Parking is $7.96 per day, plus tax.

Call for Graduate Student Poster Abstracts Reminder – NEW: Printing Costs Covered

We are soliciting abstracts from graduate students who are in a position showcase their research to interested professionals working within a diverse number of environmental fields. Through the generous sponsorship of Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, your poster will be printed at no cost to you.

This is an opportunity to showcase your research to interested professionals, get feedback, and connect with leaders in the industry. The Abstract submission deadline is Monday, March 5, 2018.

View the flyer for further information on the type of projects we are looking to showcase and submission details, or visit the Call for Graduate Student Poster section on our website.

Let's All Promote

We ask for your assistance with our marketing efforts to increase traffic to this event. Below are the ways in which you can help us promote this year’s event.

  • Post the Natural Channels logo on your website and link it to . Please request the logo from Mario Maillet (
  • Add Natural Channels Conference to your website Calendar of Events – May 23-25, 2018 at the University of Guelph
  • Include this newsletter in your upcoming newsletters, announcements or emails
  • Promote this event through Social Media networking - Let your members, colleagues, fans and followers know you are participating at the Natural Channels Conference.
  • Write a blog or an article mentioning Natural Channels and email us a copy and we will add it to our website and provide a link in our newsletters.

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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