May 2017: Welcome Chris Brunet, Student Project Engineer

Chris is joining us for the summer and we're delighted to have him on board!

“I'm a Student Project Engineer heading into my third year at Queen’s University in the faculty of mechanical engineering. Growing up in Calgary and spending many weekends in the Rocky Mountains, I've always had a passion for the environment as well as industry in Alberta. From watersports to swimming in glacial lakes, water has been a resource I've grown up to enjoy. I hope to continue learning about the water industry and its interconnectedness with other industries in Alberta.”

Chris Brunet

September 2016: Dr. Ryan MacDonald recognized as University of Lethbridge 2016 Alumni Honour Society inductee

A three-time alumnus, Dr. Ryan MacDonald has been conducting research and working in the hydrological sciences for more than 10 years. His work on catchment-scale hydrological processes and aquatic ecosystems has played a lead role in the development and application of process-based hydrological models for mountain watersheds. From all the team at WaterSMART, congratulations Ryan!

August 2016: New Hydrated Lime Best Practice Guidelines

Two hydrated lime handing systems for thermal enhanced oil recovery best practice documents were published by Alberta WaterSMART this month. The objective of this work was to collaborate with facility operators to develop common guidelines for the design and operation of dosing systems. These guidelines aim to increase the efficiency and operability of the dosing system. Click here to read more about this best practice project and download the reports.

June 2016: Kim Sturgess awarded Honorary Doctorate of Sciences from Queen's University

"Today was a very special day. I received an Honorary Doctorate of Sciences from my beloved Alma Mater, Queen’s University. I can’t put into words how overwhelmed I am by this honour. This is a very big deal for me and I am truly blessed. Thanks to all my colleagues at WaterSMART, our board members, and all our collaborators and partners. This is a really great moment for water and for us all."

March 2016: Team published in the Journal of the American Resources Association

Congratulations to Mike Nemeth and Ryan MacDonald from our team, along with their co-authors (Dave Sauchyn, Jeannine St Jacques, Dan Sheer, Mike Sheer) for being published in the 2016 Journal of the American Water Resources Association (JAWRA).

Paper reference: Sauchyn, D.J., St-Jacques, J., Barrow, E., Nemeth, M., MacDonald, R.J., Sheer, A.M., Sheer, D.P. 2015. Adaptive Water Resource Planning in the South Saskatchewan River Basin: Use of Scenarios of Hydroclimatic Variability and Extremes. Journal of the American Water Resources Association. 1-19. DOI: 10.1111/1752-1688.12378

February 2016: CEO and founder Kim Sturgess receives the Order of Canada

Kim has received her Order of Canada from The Governor General of Canada His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, recognizing her outstanding achievement, dedication to the community, and service to the nation. Kim joins her father as a member of the order, and we’re delighted her work in water management is deservedly acknowledged and valued as a contribution to a better country.

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Photo: MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Rideau Hall © Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada represented by the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General, 2016.


December 2015: Welcome to the team

We welcome Harris Switzman and Denise Di Santo to the WaterSMART team!

November 2015: Kim Sturgess awarded the 2015 Outstanding Contribution To The Alberta Science And Technology Community at the ASTech Awards

Water is easily the most important resource we interact with every day. It is vital to our survival and it is also unique because every industry uses it in some capacity. As CEO of Alberta WaterSMART Kim makes it her business to know how to effectively manage water across a wide range of scenarios.

October 2015: Flood and Drought: What's next for watershed management?

Recording of a webinar organized by the Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction.

August 2015: Water expert astonished by proposed location of CalgaryNEXT along Bow River

Comments by CEO Kim Sturgess in the Calgary Herald

June 2013: When the Next Flood Hits 

Column by CEO Kim Sturgess in the National Post.

January 2012: Women of Influence

Deloitte Women of Influence Luncheon Series presents Kim Sturgess, CEO and Founder, Alberta WaterSMART.