LWR18 Program

Please note: we are not printing gathering programs this year - if you need a print program, we have a print friendly version HERE (note: this has been last updated on Friday Sept 28th at 7am).

Gathering Venue

HOTEL BEAUSEJOUR - 750 Main St, Moncton, NB E1C 1E6

From the Moncton Airport

Cost for a cab from the airport to the hotel conference is only approximately $25. If you are feeling adventurous, here are the public transit instructions from the Moncton Airport to the conference hotel.


Sunday September 30th

12pm Shediac Bay cruise and tour - MEET IN THE HOTEL BEAUSEJOUR LOBBY

7pm Evening Social - PumpHouse Brew Pub - 5 Orange Lane please RSVP


Monday October 1st  

Light breakfast, lunch and buffet dinner provided 

8:00am - Registration and Light Breakfast

9:00am - Opening Ceremony with Elder Donna Augustine from Elsipogtog First Nation

9:30am - Blanket Exercise HOTEL BEAUSEJOUR - Shediac B

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12:30am - Lunch (provided) Shediac A

1:30pm Reconciliation in our Watersheds Workshop HOTEL BEAUSEJOUR - Shediac A

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5:30pm Break

6:00 pm LWR18 Meet and Greet - Shediac A

6:30 pm Dinner (provided for all LWR18 registered delegates) - HOTEL BEAUSEJOUR - Shediac A




Tuesday October 2nd  

Light breakfast, lunch, and health breaks provided 

8:00am Registration & Light Breakfast Shediac

9:00am Opening Comments Shediac

9:15am Keynote Panel: Responsibility of a Water Guardian  Keynote Panel Shediac A


Tuesday October 2nd - 10:30am Concurrent Sessions #1

Open Access Water Data Shediac A

The movement for open-access water data is growing across the country with the launch of MacKenzie Data Stream just a few years ago to the launch of Atlantic Data Stream just this spring and initiatives building in the Lake Winnipeg and Columbia basin. Come explore how open access data portals can be created to drive central knowledge hubs for freshwater health, how they can help facilitate partnerships and how, if designed with this in mind, can connect us and our water knowledge from coast-to-coast-to-coast.


Getting sewage out of our waters Shediac C

Did you see the headlines? A trillion litres of sewage has entered Canadian waterways over the past 5 -years. A practice that’s long overdo to end. Based on the success of the Ottawa region, Lake Ottawa Riverkeeper has developed a toolkit for driving municipal action to reduce sewage discharges from combined-sewer systems. Come explore tips, tools and techniques that you can return with to your watershed!


Coordinated action to end plastics pollution Petitcodiac

If you’ve ever participated in a shoreline clean-up initiative, you’ll know that plastics pollution make up the vast majority of litter contaminating our waterways - plastics bags, cigarette butts, water bottles and abandoned fishing gear. With alternatives in abundance, single-use plastics serve limited value in today’s society and it’s time that we put an end to their wasteful existence. Join with us as we explore strategies for advancing campaigns to end single-use plastics - with a focus on how municipalities and community groups can offer leadership and direction in these efforts.


Models of Indigenous Water Governance Restigouche

The 2018 Rights and Resources Initiative report on deforestation, a process that inherently ties to water health, confirmed “that Indigenous peoples and local communities are major conservation investors,” who dramatically outperform other methods to protect sensitive environments. Despite protecting their lands Indigenous peoples and local communities are often criminalized for their conservation efforts. Indigenous laws, legal institutions, and their legal processes are essential for fostering healthy self-governing Indigenous citizenries.

Session supported by the Maliseet Nation Conservation Council (MNCC) 

Tuesday October 2nd - 12:45pm Lunchtime Ignite Presentations 

Shediac A


Tuesday October 2nd - 1:30pm Concurrent Sessions #2


Case Studies in Transformative Green Infrastructure Shediac A

It’s hard to argue with the many benefits of green infrastructure--from protecting water quality, to saving municipalities money, to increasing resilience to climate extremes. Despite these benefits, many communities in Canada continue to convey stormwater directly into local waterways, where it can feed flooding and compromise water quality. In this panel session, we’ll hear from community advocates who are working to implement transformative green infrastructure. We’ll invite participants to think about their own communities, discuss what they know about their current stormwater management practices and local water issues, and what would drive green infrastructure implementation locally.


Resilience in a time of shifting politics Shediac C

Have you been feeling a little bit like we are losing ground on environmental and social change in our communities? Are you struggling to build momentum on environmental matters? OR are you feeling really positive about the directions of environmental and justice change and want to share your strategies for success? This facilitated discussion is a circle on how we are embracing this sea of change that many are feeling around elections, weather patterns, and in our social media feeds. Come share, explore and inspire how we embrace a time of shifting politics.

Working Local: UNCONFERENCE SESSION Case Studies in Innovation and Shared Governance Restigouche

We are calling on LWR18 delegates to share their own case studies of innovations in shared governance.

This UNCONFERENCE style session will be co-created with you! During the morning of Day 2 participants will be asked to propose roundtable discussion ideas that they would like to lead or attend.

Examples of themes include:

  • Learning from effective and ineffective partnerships

  • Gov. recognition for Indigenous-led water protection plans

  • Funding / capacity building resources for implementing plans

  • Role of ENGOs in supporting indigenous-led governance

  • Peer-learning: how to apply shared governance practices in your local watershed

Attendees are asked to come with their own case study in mind.

  • Facilitated by Lindsay Telfer, Canadian Freshwater Alliance


Making the Link: From Extreme Events to Climate Change Petitcodiac

As floods, droughts and extreme precipitation events increasingly become the “new normal”, how do we as freshwater advocates seize these moments of influence to advance the discussion on freshwater solutions? How do we connect local events with broader trends? What makes a good message that resonates with media, mobilizes the public and captivates decision-makers? In this interactive workshop, facilitators will engage participants in activities and discussion on how climate change is impacting freshwater across the country and how to tell this story in a mobilizing and compelling way.

Tuesday October 2nd - 3:30pm Concurrent Sessions #3


Linking Worlds: Knowledge mobilization between academic and citizen science Petitcodiac

Water science and monitoring programs should be more than collecting data for reports and publications that collect dust. They should strengthen knowledge, decisions and actions by our communities and policy makers to improve water quality and ecosystem health. We will combine storytelling and interactive activities that will help us better understand the intersections, synergies and challenges of knowledge mobilization between academic science and community-based monitoring programs in Canada. We invite you to share your own stories and success to inform how we can better co-design more meaningful, usable and impactful science and monitoring programs to drive both public and scientific accountability and credibility with the common goal of improving the health of our shared waters.


Responding to front line threats to freshwater health Shediac C

This session will feature those who are working on the ground to respond to freshwater threats in their communities. Water defenders across the country will share stories of their successes, failures, and lessons learned. The audience will have an opportunity to engage in conversation about what is needed to translate science and on the ground realities into committed action.


Towards a new federal water strategy in Canada Restigouche

A comprehensive federal plan for protecting water for drinking and ecosystems is long overdue. Our Federal Water Act is over 30 years old justifying the conclusion: it’s time for a review? Presenters will overview, from their angles, what opportunities exist to renew freshwater legislation in Canada focusing on gaps and opportunities for the Federal Government to embrace the role as a national leader for clean water across the country.  


5pm Dine around Moncton


Wednesday October 3rd  

Light breakfast, lunch, and health breaks provided 

9:00am Opening Comments Shediac A


Wednesday October 3rd - 10:00am Intensive Sessions - Part 1

Introduction to Engagement Organizing Shediac A

‘Engagement Organizing’ is an approach that strives to marry organizing, technology, and a culture of developing leadership in others. It represents a shift away from expert-driven, direct mail groups toward a model that focuses on nimble, data-driven, learning organizations that place relationship building and mobilization of supporters at the heart of their work. The result can be build resilient, effective organizations that continue to advance their work in an ever-more competitive world. The goal of the workshop will be to share the theory and practice of developing successful engagement organizations. Session leaders will describe real world stories and techniques of others doing this kind of work, and also tap into lessons from participants in the room.

The workshop is sponsored by the Better Organizations for Nature initiative hosted by the Sustainability Network and supported by the Gosling Foundation.


Full Spectrum Engagement - strategies for advanced practitioners Shediac C

If you are already familiar with our Introduction to Engagement Organizing content, then this “advanced” stream may be the perfect next step. You are already working on the basics and want to explore deeper successes in digital organizing, distributed leadership models and new engagement approaches. We are excited to be partnering with NewMode communications for this streams facilitation. You’ll walk away with a deeper understanding of what it means to be an organizer in your community, and have practical next steps to take your campaigns to the next level.

Dive deeper into engagement organizing with the Canadian Freshwater Alliance and New Mode, learning from case studies of trial, error, and success from organizations across Canada, including the New Brunswick based not-for-profits like the Nature Trust of New Brunswick and Conservation Council of New Brunswick. In Full Spectrum Engagement we will assess your organization's current status when it comes to the five principles of engagement organizing providing you concrete examples you can walk away with to up your organizing game as soon as you leave. Together we will explore topics ranging from list segmentation, the full spectrum of digital tools for engagement, and government relations as they pertain to charities and engagement organizing. Join us to take your organizing to the next level.

The workshop is sponsored by the Better Organizations for Nature initiative hosted by the Sustainability Network and supported by the Gosling Foundation.


Turning the Curve on Green Infrastructure in Canada   Restigouche

Are you working to change the way rain is managed on the landscape? This session will bring together green infrastructure advocates from the across the country to prioritize collective actions we can take to ‘turn the curve’ on the Our Living Waters Network’s Green Infrastructure impact measure (the number of communities with Transformative Green Infrastructure programs).  The purpose of the workshop is to prioritize actions necessary over the next 1-5 years to support communities across the country to embrace transformative green infrastructure.


National Protocols for Community Based Water Monitoring in Canada Petitcodiac

Between 2000 and 2016, the number of community-based water monitoring programs and projects in Canada more than tripled . As interest in CBWM grows, investments to organize and implement community-driven initiatives are being made across Canada. Dialogues all across the country have demonstrated that there are tangible opportunities to increase federal-level supports for CBWM and that considerable appetite exists for a collaborative, national discussion on the topic. This November, The Gordon Foundation, Living Lakes Canada and WWF-Canada are convening a national roundtable discussion on this topic to collectively answer:

  1. What is needed to build capacity for community-based water monitoring?
  2. What is needed to ensure high-quality monitoring?
  3. What is needed to facilitate regional and national collaboration?
  4. What is needed to improve data management?
  5. What is needed to strengthen knowledge sharing?

This workshop will be a precursor to the November event to inform that discussion, ensuring CBWM groups from across the country are heard. It will include lightning round presentations by participants engaged in CBWM all across the country, breakout discussions on the above topics, and an out-of-the-box visioning session to pinpoint what’s needed to maximize the potential for CBWM in assessing the health of our shared waters.


Wednesday October 3rd - 1:00pm Intensive Sessions - Part 2 see rooms above

Continuation from morning sessions.


Wednesday October 3rd - 3:00pm Closing Ceremonies Shediac A



Thank you to our sponsors, content partners and advisors! 


It couldn’t be more true to say that we simply could not host the Living Waters Rally without the support of our sponsors. They allow us to keep our costs low, help us curate a fantastic agenda, provide a number of travel reimbursements, and ensure that all of you are able to join!



And cheers to our advisory committee for helping us with local details, speaker and topic recommendations, fundraising and promotional help!

  • Anastasia Lintner - Canadian Environmental Law Association
  • Emma Wattie - Atlantic Water Network
  • Rémi Donelle - Shediac Bay Watershed Association
  • Simon Mitchell - WWF-Canada
  • Kelsey Hogan and Bethany Young - Nature Trust of New Brunswick
  • Kaleigh Holder and Lois Corbett - Conservation Council of New Brunswick
  • Danika Billie Littlechild - Ermineskin Cree Nation
  • Kat Hartwig - Living Lakes Canada 
  • Lindsay Gauvin - Petitcodiac Watershed Alliance
  • Graeme Stewart-Robertson, ACAP Saint John
  • Stephanie Merrill - Global Water Futures at the University of Saskatchewan


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