The Glacial Ice Hazards Working Group is managed informally by individuals and is not attached at any particular organization or group of organizations. The venue of meetings is expected to rotate to different cities. It is hoped that the meetings and activities will be run by interested individuals with the support of a variety of affiliated organizations.
The origin of the group is based on one of the recommendations from a report entitled Preliminary Research Plan for Glacial Ice Hazards (Saper:2011), which called for a biannual meeting convened by the Applied Science Group of the Canadian Ice Service (CIS). This report was a deliverable to the CIS under a contract managed by Tom Carrieres. Later, in 2014, Adrienne Tivy (CIS) and Ron Saper (Carleton University) decided to organize such a meeting, but rather than being sponsored by CIS, the meeting would be organized by a committee of individuals from various organizations. Derek Mueller of Carleton University agreed to host the initial meeting, and he joined the organizing committee along with Greg Crocker (Ballicater), Angela Cheng (CIS) and Hai Tran (CIS).