The Centre brings together staff from several McGill faculties, to undertake research, teaching, specialized training, and policy and strategic studies in water resources management, both in Canada and internationally.
McGill is one of Canada's most comprehensive and research intensive universities. The Brace Centre for Water Resources Management draws on the wide range of expertise and facilities available within the University. Researchers currently affiliated with the Centre are drawn from the following McGill Faculties: Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Engineering, Science, Law, and Management.
The Centre's administrative operations are funded in part through the generosity of a bequest to McGill University by Major James Henry Brace. A Civil Engineer, Major Brace devoted much of his career to water and construction projects in the US and Canada. He dreamed that through research, a way might be found to bring large quantities of water to arid lands for food production and rural development. The Centre is therefore named in honour of James Henry Brace, to recognize his generosity to McGill, and his vision for a better quality of life by providing water and food in rural communities.