About WIL

Water Innovation Labs (WIL) are designed to train young leaders to think holistically and to co- design innovative integrated solutions to pressing water challenges (from local, regional and global solutions).


As a pilot project, the Youth Water Innovation Lab (YWIL) Grand River, is a targeted adaption of the WIL program, specifically for Secondary School students. This YWIL design has emerged from Waterlution’s analysis that Secondary School students are seeking capacity building opportunities, not previously available to this extent, within existing in-school programming offered by Waterlution.

OUR Water needs Youth Engagement

Part 1: May 31 to June 4, 2021

Youth from Dunnville Secondary School (DSS) will participate in virtual field tours, training, and working sessions developing out their vision/pathways to improved community engagement, mentorship, and the development of team co-innovation projects (applicable to their home communities).

Led by Waterlution staff and a series of invited resource guest’s student teams will receive training to develop and present their innovation ideas with an opportunity to earn seed grants to test, prototype and/or pilot their ideas at a local scale.

To secure future watershed health and resiliency, Waterlution and our partners invest in the development and skill building of youth about the inter-linkages of water to their community and offer multiple ways for youth to work together on arts, science and Indigenous approaches to caring for and innovating around water. The Youth Water Innovation Lab is a platform for experts, knowledge holders and youth and young leaders to share timely, relevant ideas and insights across sectors.

Part 2: November 2021

And we are excited to be offering part two as a national youth event coming in November.

Are you interested in having your grade 11/12 class participate?

From science to art classes, we are accepting classes from across Canada to join in this virtual pilot program.  Email to receive additional information on how to participate in this free program.