Community Partners

  • CatIQ Connect would like to recognize the support from academic institutions, groups, committees, forums, as well as professional and government organizations operating with the goals of either resiliency from catastrophes, hazard science, risk management or bringing together different sectors in Canada.

    To learn more about our various Community Partners click their logo below:

    The Canadian Water Resources Association (CWRA) is a national organization of individuals and organizations from the public, private and academic sectors that are committed to raising awareness of the value of water and to promoting responsible and effective water resource management in Canada. CWRA membership consists of water users and water resource professionals including managers, administrators, scientists, academics, students and young professionals.

    CWRA mottoCWRA has branch organizations most provinces and members throughout Canada and beyond. Members can also participate in the affiliates dealing with education, hydrology or water and agriculture.

    CWRA activities include organizing conferences, symposiums and workshops dealing with a wide range of water issues, quarterly publication of the Canadian Water Resources Journal and the newsletter, Water News, as well as publishing papers and reports. or follow on Twitter: @CWRA_Flows

    CWRA 2019 National Conference - Water Week at Blue will be held at the Blue Mountain Resort near Collingwood, Ontario, on May 26-31, 2019. For more information:

    The mission of IAEM is to advance the profession by promoting the principles of emergency management; to serve its members by providing information, networking and professional development opportunities; and to advance the emergency management profession.

    The 2019 IAEM-Canada Conference: Bridging Public-Private Partnerships in Emergency Management, will be held June 4-7, 2019 in Calgary, AB. Join the conversation: #IAEMCanada19.

    The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction (ICLR) is a world-class centre for multi-disciplinary disaster prevention research and communications. ICLR was established by Canada’s property and casualty (p&c) insurance industry as an independent, not-for-profit research institution affiliated with the University of Western Ontario. Institute staff and research associates are world leaders in wind and seismic engineering, atmospheric science, risk perception, hydrology, economics, geography, health sciences, public policy and a number of other disciplines. or follow on Twitter @ICLRCanada

    ICLR hosts monthly Friday Forums to foster discussions of current research and insurance industry issues related to natural hazards.

    The Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) is the national society of individuals and organizations dedicated to advancing atmospheric and oceanic sciences and related environmental disciplines in Canada. The Society’s aim is to promote meteorology and oceanography in Canada and it is a major non-governmental organization serving the interest of meteorologists, climatologists, oceanographers, limnologists, hydrologists and cryospheric scientists in Canada. or follow on Twitter: @CMOS_SCMO

    The CMOS 2019 Congress will be held from July 8th to 18th in Montreal as part of the International Union of Geodesy and Geophysics (IUGG) General Assembly. CMOS will be co-hosting with the IUGG General Assembly along with the Canadian Geophysical Union (CGU).

    Conservation Ontario is the non-profit association that represents Ontario’s 36 Conservation Authorities. Through their watershed management programs and services, Conservation Authorities provide significant added value to their many partners including all levels of government, other agencies, businesses, landowners and residents. With their ability to deliver many programs province-wide, Conservation Authorities provide local watershed expertise and experience that can be leveraged for multiple outcomes around climate change adaptation, healthy Great Lakes, protection of drinking water sources, and resilient land and water resources. Priorities addressed by Conservation Ontario and the Conservation Authorities include building support for Conservation Authority flood operations, programs, services and services in order to continue to address more frequent extreme weather impacts in Ontario watersheds. The impacts of climate change we are experiencing today such as flooding, extreme heat, and drought affect not only our land and water resources, but also disrupt business, create costly household damages, and impact our own health. As Ontario’s ‘on the ground’ local watershed managers, Conservation Authorities see their role as key partners of choice for managing and adapting to climate change and growing the green economy. Please visit our website: or follow on Twitter: @conont

    ICLEI, Local Governments for Sustainability is an association of local governments. Their mission is to build and serve a worldwide movement of local and regional governments that are committed to achieving tangible improvements in environmental sustainability. Activities specific to the Canadian region started in 1993 with the Ontario Municipal Energy Collaborative (OMEC) project which expanded into a non-profit, fee-for-service consulting unit called ICLEI Energy Services (IES) in 1995. In 2003, ICLEI’s global Executive Committee expanded the IES mandate to become ICLEI’s country office for Canada. As a country office, Canadian staff is able to provide a much broader level of support to Canadian ICLEI members and more diversified sustainability initiatives. or follow on Twitter @ICLEI_Canada

    About the Canadian Red Cross

    Here in Canada and overseas, the Red Cross stands ready to help people before, during and after a disaster.

    As a member of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement – which is made up of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, the International Committee of the Red Cross and 190 national Red Cross and Red Crescent societies – the Canadian Red Cross is dedicated to improving the lives of vulnerable people by mobilizing the power of humanity in Canada and throughout the world.

    The range of Canadian Red Cross programs and services includes:

    •First Aid and CPR
    •Emergency and Disaster Management in Canada
    •Swimming and Water Safety
    •Health Services in Canada
    •Violence, Bullying and Abuse Prevention
    •Global Health
    •Migrant and Refugee Services
    •International Humanitarian Law

    2017-2018 AT A GLANCE:

    • 2,977 disaster responses in Canada
    • 132,472 Canadians assisted
    • More than 6,000 engaged volunteers
    • More than 3 million assisted globally
    • 167 Canadian experts deployed to 37 countries
    • 2 field clinics deployed to Bangladesh and Somaliland with 8,850 medical consultations performed
    • 1.04 million Canadians took Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety courses
    • 557,000 Canadians took Red Cross First Aid courses
    • 8,000 people reached in disaster preparedness awareness
    • 783,000 children, youth and adults attended violence, bullying and abuse prevention workshops in Canada
    • 8,600 first aid instructors trained
    • 1,100 lifeguards trained

    You can support the work of the Canadian Red Cross by making an online donation . or follow on Twitter @redcrosscanada

    Ouranos is a research and development consortium of more than 400 scientists and professionals working in regional climatology and climate change adaptation. Its activities are determined based on the issues and needs facing its members and Quebec and Canadian government departments and institutions. Ouranos’ mission is to acquire and develop knowledge on climate change, its impact and the related socio-economic and environmental vulnerabilities in order to inform decision makers about probable climate trends and advise them on identifying, assessing, promoting and implementing local and regional adaptation strategies. or follow on Twitter: @Ouranos_CC

    Conservation Authorities were created by a provincial Act in 1946, and mandated to ensure the conservation, restoration and responsible management of Ontario’s water, land and natural habitats through programs that balance human, environmental and economic needs. Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) has a strong history in watershed management and leadership in applying sustainability practices. In the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel in 1954, TRCA’s responsibilities extended to include flood risk management. To this end, we undertake land use management, riverine flood forecasting and warning, operate flood control infrastructure, and advise our partner municipalities before, during, and after flood events. In addition, TRCA undertakes priority research initiatives that advance our understanding, assessment and appropriate adaptation response to potential impacts of climate change and extreme weather on water resources, natural systems and the urban forest; growing expertise in vulnerability and risk assessment at the local scale is a current focus. TRCA also hosts the Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC) Secretariat which enables a broader spectrum of climate adaptation and mitigation research activities to be implemented and shared through a partnership platform that mobilizes knowledge and tightly aligns academic expertise with needs of policy makers and practitioners. For more information about TRCA please visit TRCA Website.