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The AquaHacking Challenge Lake Winnipeg will Kick-off in January 2020 and run through to the Final in  October 2020.


Water Issues

Drinking Water in Northern Communities

Drinking Water in Northern Communities

We need innovative and cost-effective solutions to support northern communities to test the quality of their own drinking water supplies while addressing community needs and Indigenous perspectives. Water Issue Leader: Pauline Gerrard from IISD

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Water and Land Management

Water and Land Management

We need exciting and innovative solutions to help farmers understand their fields in this changing climate so they can increase their profitability sustainably while reducing the amount of phosphorus that ends up in Lake Winnipeg. Water Issue Leaders are Mitchell Timmerman from Manitoba Agriculture and Resource Development and Alanna Gray from Keystone Agricultural Producers

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Financing a healthier Lake Winnipeg

Financing a healthier Lake Winnipeg

We need exciting and innovative solutions, ideally using new financial technologies, to help concerned citizens easily invest money in the protection of Lake Winnipeg and find out what the impact of their money has been. Water Issue Leaders are Geoff Gunn and Madeline Stanley from the International Institute for Sustainable Development

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Fish Health

Fish Health

We need exciting and innovative solutions to remove drug residue from wastewater before it ends up in Lake Winnipeg and to assess fish health and populations without having to kill the fish being tested. Water Issue Leaders are Vince Palace, Lee Hrenchuk and Lauren Hayhurst from IISD Experimental Lakes Area

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We need exciting and innovative solutions to understand how microplastics end up in Lake Winnipeg and to remove microplastics from wastewater before they reach Lake Winnipeg. Water Issue Leaders are Chelsea Rochman, University of Toronto, Michael Rennie, Lakehead University and Sarah Warrack, IISD Experimental Lakes Area

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On-campus info-sessions will take place on campuses in Winnipeg and across the Prairies starting January 2020

A virtual info-session will be available for those who cannot attend in-person.


ACE Project Space: January 15th, 9:00 – 10:00 AM (Members only)

University of Saskatchewan: February 5th, 12:30 – 1:30 PM in Arts Building, Room Arts 109

Red River College – Notre Dame Campus: February 7, 12:00 – 1:00 PM in Skilled Trades & Technology Centre Galleria (Main Floor), Notre Dame Campus

University of Winnipeg: February 13th, 3:30 – 5:00 PM in the Richardson College for the Environment and Science Complex Atrium

Assiniboine Community College: February 14 – Two Sessions: 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM and 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM – Room 428, Main Campus

Red River College – Exchange District Campus: March 9, 2:00 – 3:00 PM in P107 – 160 Princess Street, Exchange District Campus


Info session/webinar scheduled: April 15 @ 11:00 AM CDT

Registration link: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_nNSzMTemTZKf18vY366ZNQ

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Ask Me Anything Networking Sessions – Register here

MICROPLASTICS: Wednesday, April 29 @ 4 PM CDT

with Dr. Chelsea Rochman (U of T Trash Team) and AquaHacking alumni Lauren Smith (PolyGone Technologies) and Brendan Carberry (The Green Stop)

WATER & LAND MANAGEMENT: Thursday April 30 @ 12 PM CDT

with Patty Rosher and Alanna Gray (Keystone Agricultural Producers) and AquaHacking alumni Rebecca Swabbey and Patrick Sapinski (Maple Precision)

FISH HEALTH: Thursday, April 30 @ 4 PM CDT

with Dr. Vince Palace (IISD Experimental Lakes Area)



with Geoff Gunn and Madeline Stanley (IISD) and AquaHacking alumnus Kat Kavanagh (Water Rangers)

DRINKING WATER: Date To Be Confirmed

These sessions are being organized in collaboration with Hackworks and Aqua Forum.


Stay tuned for other dates and locations!



Contact Catherine van Reenen, AquaHacking Project Coordinator, IISD

at cvanreenen@iisd.ca


Peter Tielmann, President, Palliser; IISD Board Member – Palliser Furniture Holdings Ltd.

Ray Bouchard, President, Chair of EMILI – Enns Brothers + EMILI

Jay Myers, Co-Founder & VP Growth – Bold Commerce

Glenn Crook, VP Commercial Financial Services, MB West; IISD-ELA Board Member – RBC

Mark Alexiuk, CTO & Co-Founder – Sightline Innovation Inc.

Teresa Dukes, President – North Forge

Annette Trimbee, President & Vice-Chancellor – University of Winnipeg

Dayna Spiring, President & CEO – Economic Development Winnipeg

Ray Hoemsen, Executive Director, Research Partnerships & Innovation – Red River College

Masoud Asadzadeh, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering (Water Resources) – University of Manitoba

Joanne Zuk, Assistant Deputy Minister, Renewal and Strategic Alignment – Government of Manitoba

Chris Kirby, Senior Technology Leader – IBM

Anne-Pascale Richardson, Program Manager – AquaHacking


National Financial Partners

Local Financial Partners

Academic Partners

Contact Catherine van Reenen, AquaHacking Project Coordinator, IISD at cvanreenen@iisd.ca

to learn how to become an academic partner.

Implementation Partners