Water is one of the most fundamental and vital resources we have on our planet. Today, more than ever, individuals, communities, and businesses are facing new and different water challenges that have resulted from economic, environmental, and technological change. With water being such an essential part of life and a valued resource, individuals, communities, and businesses need to work collectively to address both current and emerging challenges including extreme weather events and failure to respond to climate change. This mini-course will touch on the many sectors that water sustainability is instrumental in, and the role that water professionals play in integrating design thinking, leadership, project management, and applied skills for collectively advancing water management.
You will be taught by Pablo Pina. Pablo has over 15 years of experience in higher education, research, teaching, and consulting. Pablo was trained in biosciences, forest hydrology, and water resources management. Water has always been Pablo’s passion and a core component of his work. In his Masters, he worked with the Long-Term Ecological Research Network (Mexico and the US) conducting watersheds monitoring and management. In his Doctorate, he focused on the effects of insects’ infestations on the water cycle in forested areas in Alberta. Following his studies, Pablo worked at the University of Calgary as a research associate teaching and developing a framework for resiliency building in the Calgary region. Later, he moved into consulting with governments, non-profits, industry, and post-secondary institutions to develop sustainability programs. His work has been utilized in Canada, the US, Latin America, and Europe. Pablo is a systems-based and interdisciplinary professional who embraces innovation and new challenges. Since 2017, he joined the MacPhail School of Energy at SAIT. As the Academic Chair of Sustainability, his role is to contribute to talent development for the 21st Century.