MFGA Aquanty Project Backgrounder

August 2017

Funding for the MFGA’s Aquanty project is chiefly provided by an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Agri-Risk Initiatives (ARI) Program – Research and Development Stream funding commitment of $1,145,800 and Manitoba Agriculture’s commitment of $180,000 to the two-year project. The remainder of the $1,732,300 total project funding will be provided by partners and supporters via a combination of in-kind and cash contributions.

Term of the Project: March 1, 2016-March 31, 2018

Applicant/Recipient: Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA)

Primary Funder/Program: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC), Growing Forward 2, AgriRisk Initiative

Secondary Funding Partner: Manitoba Agriculture, Growing Forward 2, federal-provincial-territorial Initiative

Key Partner: The Assiniboine River Basin Initiative (ARBI)

Core Contractors:

  1. Aquanty Inc: Aquanty Inc.’s core technology is the hydro geosphere (HGS) hydrologic simulation software. Aquanty Inc. uses a range of high performance computing resources to run physically complex simulations of water movement through surface water and groundwater flow systems.
  1. ISM/IBM: ISM, sub-contracted to Aquanty Inc., will develop a web based data analytics system (based on the Cognos platform) to interpret the output from the HGS model for the ARB and its major subbasins,and will provide user friendly interfaces for multiple stakeholders to interact with the HGS output.

Project Management Team:

The purpose of the Project Management Team are to:

  • Administer Contribution Agreement with AAFC
  • Provide Admin support and coordination for the Steering Committee
  • Support Communications and Marketing activities
  • Develop and coordinate stakeholder workshops and public conference with Contractors

Chair – Henry Nelson, Project Manager, HGS model development ARB and Vice Chair, MFGA
Finance – Chris Yuzdepski, Financial Officer, MFGA
Communications Coordinator and Project Contact – Duncan Morrison, Executive Director, MFGA
Basin Stakeholder and Admin Support – Allan Preston, Chair ARBI and Wanda McFadyen, Executive Director, ARBI

Steering Committee:

The members of the Steering Committee were selected due to their interest in the HGS model. Their purpose is to:

  • Review Quarterly Progress Reports on the project
  • Keep their respective organizations apprised of progress on model development
  • Have awareness and to collaborate on Communications, Education and Marketing efforts, especially to their own internal audiences and opportunities.
  • Strategize future development interests/needs for the model

– Manitoba Forage and Grassland Association (MFGA) Co-Chair,
– Assiniboine River Basin Initiative (ARBI) Co-Chair,
– Keystone Agricultural Producers (KAP),
– Agricultural Producers Association of Saskatchewan (APAS),
– Manitoba Beef Producers (MBP),
– Manitoba Conservation Districts Association (MCDA),
– Upper Assiniboine River Conservation District (UARCD),
– Brandon University (BU),
– Assiniboine Community College (ACC),
– Manitoba Agriculture,
– Manitoba Infrastructure,
– Manitoba Sustainable Development,
– City of Minot, North Dakota,
– Town of Virden
– Aquanty Inc.,

Letters of Support:
– International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD),
– Manitoba Habitat Heritage Corporation (MHHC),
– Manitoba Canola Growers Association (MCGA),
– Manitoba Agricultural Services Corporation (MASC), and
– Prairie Improvement Network (PIN).

Governance: Project Management Team comprised of MFGA and ARBI will oversee project. Steering Committee of key supporters will provide feedback and liaison to their organizations.

For More information:
Duncan Morrison, MFGA Executive Director
p: 204-770-3548