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Partners For the Saskatchewan River Basin: Bow River Reservoir Options

Partners For the Saskatchewan River Basin: Bow River Reservoir Options

In lieu of our annual conference, PFSRB is pleased to bring you a series of FREE monthly webinars featuring timely and relevant topics.

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Bow River Reservoir Options

This project is currently in Phase 2, the Feasibility Assessment, of identifying a new dam on the Bow River (upstream of Calgary) to provide flood and drought mitigation.


Denise Auriat, Senior Manager of Community Resilience, Government of Alberta

Ms. Denise Auriat graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Conservation Sciences from the University of Alberta in 1998. Early in her career, Ms. Auriat worked in the environmental science field at the Alberta Research Council (Vegreville), for consulting firms in California, and for the Gwich’in Renewable Resource Board in Inuvik.

Ms. Auriat joined Alberta Environment in 2004, applying a systems approach to integrate science and corporate functions when part of policy development, divisional operations, and strategic program planning. In support of the Chief Scientist and the Ministry, Ms. Auriat played a key role in conceptualizing and establishing the inaugural international Science Advisory Panel and the Indigenous Wisdom Advisory Panel. Although a substantial part of Ms. Auriat’s work has been associated with the oil sands in north east Alberta, in the last several years her focus has returned to a provincial scope.

A Senior Manager in Alberta Environment and Parks, Ms. Auriat leads the Watershed Resilience Unit, overseeing programs that support and enable the mitigation of impacts from flood and drought throughout the province. One of Ms. Auriat’s current priorities is her role as the Project Director for the Bow River Reservoir Options feasibility study, which is assessing the feasibility of three potential dam and reservoir options on the Bow River upstream of Calgary.

Ken Kress, Principal Engineer with Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions

Mr. Ken Kress graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1975. Following graduation Mr. Kress worked for 5 years in Saskatchewan with the Federal Government Department of Economic Expansion, Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Agency, i.e., P.F.R.A., Water Resources Design Office. He then moved to Alberta from where he has since worked as a water resources consultancy specialist.

Most of Mr. Kress’s now over 45-year career has been devoted to working on surface water projects located within the Western Prairie Region of Canada, and particularly within the South Saskatchewan River Basin of Alberta. Mr. Kress has also ventured abroad on occasion, providing specialist water resource design, construction and advisory services in numerous countries including Egypt, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Indonesia, Suriname and China.

Mr. Kress is currently a Principal Engineer with Wood Environment & Infrastructure Solutions. In this capacity he works as a specialist manager, designer and advisor for multi-discipline water resources and heavy civil projects, with an emphasis on dams, flood and drought management, and irrigation system design.

Sponsored by City of Saskatoon.


Nov 18 2021


11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Nov 18 2021
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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