Climate Connections:
Water Edition

  • Date: November 29, 2023
  • Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  • Cost: Free
  • Venue: Zoom
  • Organizer: Foresight
Climate Connections: Water Edition

The urgent need to address climate change poses significant difficulties for various sectors, which are now required to reorient their plans and activities in support of a low-carbon economy. As industries rise to confront these pressing climate challenges, they also encounter promising prospects for turning research findings into tangible outcomes.

Introducing Climate Connections, our event series focused on addressing real-world climate issues. This initiative brings together individuals seeking solutions from different industries with researchers and innovators from academia, fostering collaborations across sectors to tackle the climate challenge head-on.

On November 29, we’re focused on water bringing together industry experts who will present short “reverse pitches” on the challenges they see.

Our speakers will illuminate the vital role of water in both the Oil & Gas and Mining sectors. The discussion will delve into sustainable water management practices, emphasizing the shared commitment of these sectors to balancing operational needs with environmental responsibility. Join us as we explore the innovative approaches and technologies employed to ensure efficient water resource utilization, echoing the industry's dedication to responsible and sustainable development.


Chamirai Charles Nyabeze holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mining Engineering and an MBA. As the VP of Business Development for the Centre for Excellence in Mining Innovation (CEMI) and the Network Director for the Mining Innovation Commercialization Accelerator (MICA) Network, he focuses on creating long-term value for organizations and clients. Chamirai identifies business development opportunities in both the public and private sectors, aiming to generate revenue, leverage funds, foster collaboration, and expand networks. He leads CEMI’s Commercialization Support Services division, helping clients bridge the gap between new mining technologies and commercialization. Additionally, as the MICA Network Director, Chamirai drives the expansion of the national collaborative platform for mining industry innovation, overseeing ecosystem engagement, project support, operations, government relations, and revenue generation for the network.

Chris Godwaldt is the COSIA Water Director. Chris works with COSIA member water experts aligning their research and technology development efforts. Chris studied civil engineering at the University of Alberta, and has an MBA from the Ivey School of Business, with studies in Mexico and China. Chris has lived and worked around the globe in technical, marketing and managerial capacities on projects ranging from individual consulting contracts through to multi-billion-dollar regional projects, and has been part of several technology start-ups. Prior to working with COSIA, Chris was one of the founders of a not for profit, Alberta WaterSMART.

About Climate Connections

The climate imperative presents enormous challenges for industries that must now align their strategy and operations with the goal of a low-carbon economy. As industry steps up to meet these pressing climate challenges, there are exciting new opportunities for the translation of research into impact.

Enter Climate Connections, our problem-driven event series that connects solution-seekers from industry with researchers and innovators from academia, and fosters cross-sector connections to address the climate challenge.

Event proudly supported by:

  • UBC
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  • McMaster Univ