CDA 2015 annual conference theme is “Dams for the People”

The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) is seeking abstracts of technical papers in order to consider the papers for presentation at its 2015 annual conference, which is themed, “Dams for the People.” The conference is scheduled at the Delta Meadowvale Hotel & Conference Centre in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, on Oct. 3-8.

According to the CDA, authors of technical papers are invited to submit a 300 to 500-word abstract by Feb. 20. Abstracts of papers should be titled, contain each author’s name and affiliation, and may be submitted in either English or French to

Technical papers presented, related to “Dams for the People,” will cover a wide subject range that includes:

− Operating dams to protect communities from flooding;
− Dams as a source of clean, renewable energy;
− Sustainable water use;
− Responsible management of mining and industrial waste to protect the environment;
− Ecosystems around dams;
− Operating dams to achieve water management objectives;
− Managing small dams;
− Life cycle management of dams;
− Managing risk and reward; and
− Technical developments in the dam industry.

The conference will feature technical tours and although confirmed locations have not yet been announced, all technical tours are scheduled for Oct. 8.

Additional important dates include:

− Early-bird registration deadline is Aug. 15;
− Pre-Conference workshops are Oct. 3-4;
− CDA annual general meeting is Oct. 5; and
− Conference actual is Oct. 5-7.

According to the organization, “the conference offers attendees the opportunity to exchange ideas and information concerning the operations, maintenance and management of both water control dams and mining dams.”

The CDA also said its conference will provide an opportunity for engineers, geoscientists, dam owners and operators and additional stakeholders to remain current on advancements in dam design, construction and remedial works.

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