NCC 2023 – Balance:
Balancing Driving and Resisting Forces to Achieve Project Goals

Building on recent meetings, the theme for the 7th Natural Channels Conference is Balance.  Balance in the approach to design and project goals, balancing driving and resisting forces in order to ensure outcomes that match the process.  This work is created over generations and integrates knowledge and practice from geomorphologists, engineers, landscape architects, and stream biologists. In 2020 we will continue to use a multidisciplinary lens to evaluate natural channel systems with a widened view of cause and effect, employing the knowledge of past work with present research to connect the landscape to the channel.

Often Indigenous perspectives and understanding is side-lined or second to Western views, at the 2023 Natural Channels Conference we seek to promote and showcase projects where Indigenous perspectives and voices lead the project or are an equal partner. Co-production of knowledge and integration of multiple perspectives is important to ensuring designs and their projects, work to the advantage of all involved. We encourage all projects to consider their connection with stakeholders, and in particular Indigenous communities, and hope to see this work highlighted this summer.

We look forward to welcoming you to Guelph, Ontario this June.

Preliminary Program-At-A-Glance

Key dates:

  • June 21-23 – ROM Fish ID Course at University of Guelph (more info coming)
  • Jun 24-25 – Peter Wilcock Training Workshop
  • June 25 – Additional Training Opportunities
  • June 25 evening – Registration, Early Career Panel, Ice Breaker, Exhibitor Hall Open
  • June 26-28* – Keynotes, sessions, posters, activities on June 28 end ~1pm
  • June 26 evening – Wine and Cheese
  • June 27 evening – Banquet

2023 Sessions

There are a number of sessions for our conference that are carry-overs from the 2020 plans, are currently accepting additional session proposals until Dec 15, 2023 (form for submitting session proposals).  During your abstract submission please indicate your preferred session, the Program Committee will do its best to honour selections, but we reserve the right to place a presentation in any session.

  • Channeling Innovation: from ideas to implementation
  • Design Parameters – balancing approaches and setting goals
  • The Landscape Perspective on the Riparian Zone – meaning outside the channel
  • Learning from Failure – lessons drawn from projects ‘gone wrong’
  • Legislation Changes – navigating the new Federal and Provincial legislative updates
  • The Port Lands Flood Protection and Enabling Infrastructure Project: Waterfront Toronto/City of Toronto /TRCA

For more information on each session topic and abstract submission, please visit either the session submission page or abstract submission page.