The Canadian Dam Association (CDA) is a group of dam owners, operators, regulators, engineers and others who share the goal of advancing knowledge and practices related to dams. We are involved in all types of dams used for many different purposes: hydroelectric power, irrigation, flood control, water supply and mining operations.

CDA envisions a future in which all dams are safe, well-managed and benefit society. Our mission is to encourage cooperation, advance technical knowledge, and build competency related to dams in Canada. CDA serves as the Canadian National Committee of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD).


CDA seeks lead for Young Professionals program at ICOLD 2019
CDA is looking for an enthusiastic Young Professional with an interest in dams and association activity, to lead the Young Professionals program at the ICOLD 2019 Meeting and Symposium in Ottawa.
ICOLD 2017 – Abstracts Due October 15
Members are reminded the deadline for abstracts for ICOLD 2017 are due October 15.
Notice of CDA Annual General Meeting
Democracy in action … come to the Annual General Meeting
ICOLD 14th International Benchmark Workshop on Numerical Analysis of Dams
Theme proposals will be available in November – watch for more details.
CDA Technical Bulletins on Dam Safety Reviews available!
The latest in CDA’s suite of guidance documents helps qualified engineers conduct dam safety reviews (DSRs). Order yours now!

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To advertise a job opportunity, use the Employer Posting Form in the CDA Careers Section. As a member society of the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC), we also link to job postings of

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CDA is the Canadian National Committee 

 CDA is the Canadian National Committee of the International Commission on Large Dams (ICOLD), and provides representation at ICOLD meetings and on Technical Committees. In this way, CDA members are linked with international developments and best practice.


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Publications & Events

CDA offers publications on dam safety, public safety around dams, and access to ICOLD Bulletins. We also provide continuing professional development events such as an Annual Conference and regional workshops.
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