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).


ICOLD 2022 and 2023 locations confirmed
ICOLD has issued Circular Letter 1966 confirming the locations for ICOLD 2022 and 2023.
Communique from CDA RE: COVID-19
Read Catrin Bryan’s message to stakeholders in response to COVID-19.
ICOLD 2020 postponed until the fall
ICOLD has made the decision to postpone ICOLD 2020 from April to Sept. 26-Oct.1.
Course registration now open for Engineers Canada’s National Guideline on Sustainable Development an
This online course is free. It starts March 18 and must be completed by May 15.
CDA Guidance Documents online for members
CDA’s technical guidance documents are now available to members online at no charge.

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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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