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).


Two CDA members to be inducted in 2021 as EIC Fellows
Muskrat Falls Webinar English Recording Available
English - December 16 @ 1 p.m. EST / French - January 13 @ 1 p.m. EST
ICOLD 2022 and 2023 locations confirmed
ICOLD has issued Circular Letter 1966 confirming the locations for ICOLD 2022 and 2023.
2021 Call for Abstracts
Share your knowledge and experience at CDA 2021 by contributing to the technical program
ICOLD bestows Honorary Membership to Tony Bennett
Canadian Tony Bennett receives Honorary Membership from ICOLD.

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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, dam safety reviews, the application of dam safety to mining dams, and public safety around dams. Access to ICOLD Bulletins is provided to members. We also provide continuing professional development events such as an Annual Conference and regional workshops.
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