June 23, 2015 12:41 ET

MEDIA ADVISORY: WWF-Canada VP Freshwater, James Snider, at the Canadian Water Summit

VANCOUVER, BC--(Marketwired - June 23, 2015) - The 6th annual Canadian Water Summit will be held this year at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver on Thursday June 25. The conference offers expert plenary sessions and panel presentations filled with case studies and real-life projects. Water professionals from across the country will be in attendance and leading educational panels throughout the day.

WWF-Canada's James Snider, VP Freshwater programs, will speak at the closing panel about the huge undertaking his team is in the process of completing right now: Assessing the health of, and threats to, all of Canada's watershed at both the national and local level.

On July 7, WWF-Canada will officially launch its new "Watershed Reports" website, which will house all of the completed assessments. WWF has assessed 50 per cent of Canada's rivers so far using a methodology based on four indicators of water health (water flow, water quality, bugs and fish) and seven indicators of threats (pollution, climate change, habitat loss and fragmentation, overuse of water, alteration of waterflows and invasive species).

This is the first time that Canadian watersheds have been graded based on a common methodology -- and so, for the first time, WWF's research will show the complete picture of freshwater health across Canada. Think of this session as a sort of "Watersheds 101" crash course.

The panel that Snider is participating in is themed around "what values and attitudes do we have for water." The session runs from 3:45 to 5:00 p.m. and the other panelists are Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean, Faculty of Environment at SFU, and Ian Campbell, Chief, Squamish Nation.

James Snider, VP Freshwater Program, WWF-Canada, said, "I'm pleased to be presenting the results of our health and threats assessment research and providing a sneak peak of our new 'Watershed Reports' website at this year's Water Summit. This new research will be useful for industry insiders as well as the wider public. Anyone who cares about water quality will want to use this website to find out more about their watershed."

WWF-Canada will be hosting Google hangouts on Tuesday, July 7, to unveil the new website both for the media and for the public. The public hangout will feature WWF-Canada CEO David Miller, The Water Brothers and James Snider.

WWF-Canada is part of WWF (World Wildlife Fund), one of the world's largest and most respected conservation organizations. WWF-Canada has close to 50 years of experience implementing science-based knowledge and research into on-the-ground projects. WWF is creating solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive. Visit for more information.

Contact Information

  • For more information or to receive an invitation to one of our Google Hangouts please contact:
    Tammy Thorne
    Senior manager communications
    C: 416-347-1894