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Laurier is one of four Canadian university partners leading Global Water Futures (GWF), the largest and most-cited freshwater research program in the world. The program aims to manage water futures in Canada and other cold regions where global warming is changing landscapes, ecosystems and the water environment. It also aims to position Canada as a global leader in water science for cold regions and to address the strategic needs of the Canadian economy in adapting to change and managing risks of uncertain water futures and extreme events.

GWF began in 2016 with $77.8 million in funding from the highly competitive Canada First Research Excellence Fund. It has since attracted a total funding package of $143.67 million through linked contributions from the University of Saskatchewan ($17.5 million), University of Waterloo ($15 million), McMaster University ($12.14 million), Wilfrid Laurier University ($10.58 million), and various industry partners. In addition, GWF partners include hundreds of researchers at dozens of higher educational institutions, multiple levels of government, international organizations, civil society organizations and Indigenous communities and governments.

Laurier leads three major projects as part of GWF: Northern Water Futures, the Sub-Arctic Metal Mobility Study and Global Water Citizenship.

Laurier researchers also co-lead multiple major projects as part of GWF: 

Laurier also co-leads two unique GWF projects with Indigenous communities:

Laurier’s Core GWF Team

Through GWF, Laurier has secured funding for personnel dedicated to advancing our strategic priorities in cold regions and water science. The core Laurier team includes five technical staff who will work on field sites throughout the Northwest Territories (NWT) and support analytical and instrument libraries, a data management technician, and a knowledge mobilization research specialist.

Some members of the core Laurier team are based out of the year-round Yellowknife Office. Find out more about the GWF staff who work out of our Yellowknife Office.

Some members of the core Laurier team are based out of the year-round Yellowknife Office. Find out more about the GWF staff who work out of our Yellowknife Office.

Office of Research Services

E: research@wlu.ca
T: 519.884.0710 x3689
Office Location: Alumni Hall, AH231, 75 University Ave. W., Waterloo, ON, N2L 3C5

Yellowknife Research Office

E: ykoffice@wlu.ca
T: 867.688.2605
Office Location: 5007-50th Ave., Yellowknife, NT, X1A 2P8

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