Ensuring equitable, safe, and resilient water systems for societies and ecosystems is a priority challenge globally—requiring research across disciplines (e.g., engineering, ecology, health, policy, law, art). UBC has some of the world’s leading scholars on water-related research. Water connects all living things, reflects memory and culture, is crucial to community sustainability, and expresses the fundamental need of human and natural systems to thrive under global change. We propose strengthening our nascent water network to leverage our research efforts, develop new training opportunities and consolidate UBC’s international water research profile.