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Program

The CWS 2017 program will feature:
 

Imogen Coe Alex & Tyler Mifflin
Dean of Science, 
Ryerson University

The Water Brothers

Women in Water Networking Breakfast

SYP Career & Networking Session

 

 

Henry "Hank" Venema  
 Director of Planning,
Prairie Climate Centre
 
 CWS 2017 Chair  

 


More programming details to come!

 

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Canadian Water Summit 2017

Collaboration to Action – Leadership and Investment in Canada’s Blue Economy

Preliminary Program

 

Wednesday, June 21

 

National Aboriginal Day Celebration

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

 

 

Student & Young Professional Career Development Session:

This special pre-Summit session is organized in cooperation with the TRCA. The program will feature 4 special guests who will offer career insights and discussion for the water sector, including Alex & Tyler Mifflin (a.k.a., The Water Brothers).

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Canadian Water Summit Pub Mixer (all welcome; location TBD)

Following the career session, food and drinks will be served and all CWS attendees are encouraged to join and get the networking started!

 

Thursday, June 22 – Sheraton Toronto Hotel

6:30 – 7:45

Women in Water Networking Breakfast: Exploring Trends in Workplace Innovation, Diversity, and Prosperity

Exploring trends in workplace innovation, diversity, and prosperity, hosted by Dr. Imogen Coe, Dean, Faculty of Science at Ryerson University and WXN 2016 Top 100 Powerful Women, Trailblazer for EDI in STEM. Register quickly; space is limited. 

 

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration

8:30 -8:40

Opening remarks

8:40 -8:45

Introduction: Summit Chair

8:45 – 9:15

Keynote

9:15 – 10:30

Plenary 1:  Outside the Water Box — Global Trends Driving Non-Typical Actors to Think About Water

Extreme weather, drought, the climate-energy nexus, and supply chains pressures are driving more private sector actors to examine their relationship with water. This session will explore global trends that are driving those businesses that exist outside the water box to join water solutions providers in addressing them.

 

10:30 – 11:00

Networking break & exhibits

11:00 – 12:15 pm

Session 2: From Zero to Hero: The Journey of Sustainable Resources Management

Water is an underpriced commodity, and so the incentive for large water users to monitor, conserve, recycle, and manage discharge beyond regulation requirements is not always obvious. However, water-related risks due to climate change, social license to operate, competing users, and the desire to meet sustainability objectives have led some companies to completely transform their relationship with water.

 

12:15 – 1:00

Networking lunch and exhibits

1:00 – 1:15

 

1:15 – 1:45

Luncheon Keynote

2:00 – 3:15

Session 3.1:  Policy Pitch — Water Industry Associations Engage in a Collaborative Breakout

This the first of a two-part interactive session will involve a high energy, fast-paced pitch from the executives of Canada’s leading water industry association. In groups, participants will then work with these executives to refine a final set of recommendations for Canadian water infrastructure. The results will be rolled up into a report to be released after the summit. Themes will include: energy-efficiency and procurement, small systems & First Nations communities, data management and resilience, etc.

2:00 – 3:15

Session 3.2: Canada in the Global Marketplace: Canada’s Water Brand in the Circular Economy

With water spending expected to reach $1 trillion per year by 2020, Canada has an opportunity to become a water solutions leader. The global race to get new water technologies to market is real, driven by momentum to mitigate risk and reach a low carbon future. This session will explore our strengths and the gaps that need to be filled to take advantage of global equity sources.

 

3:15 – 3:40

Networking break and exhibits

3:45 – 5:00

Session 4.1: Policy Pitch — Water Industry Associations Engage in a Collaborative Breakout

This is the second of a two-part interactive session will involve a high energy, fast-paced pitch from the executives of Canada’s leading water industry association. In groups, participants will then work with these executives to refine a final set of recommendations for Canadian water infrastructure. The results will be rolled up into a report to be released after the summit. Themes will include: energy-efficiency and procurement, small systems & First Nations communities, data management and resilience, etc.

 

3:45 – 5:00

Session 4.2: Partnerships to Address the Water Gap in Indigenous Communities

Indigenous people across Canada are denied access to clean drinking water and adequate wastewater services. We’ll explore innovative partnerships and approaches that are making a difference and hold promise for replication.

 

5:10 – 5:30

Closing remarks

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception: Networking and pre-Water’s Next Awards gala 

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Water’s Next Awards Gala: dinner to celebrate Canadian water champions (separate registration required)

Friday, June 23

Paddle the Don & Toronto Waterfront, hosted by TRCA

Network on the water! Explore the billion-dollar waterfront revitalization plan to transform the existing mouth of the Don River into a healthier, more naturalized river outlet to the lake. Register quickly; space is limited. 

 

Morning Run Along Lake Ontario’s Shoreline

The Summit is a busy day. So, join us for a relaxing morning run the day after while we take in the shoreline of one of the great fresh water resources of the world: Lake Ontario.

 

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Water Arts & Literature Festival, Wolfe Island, Kingston

Join Canadian Water Summit sponsor, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, for a two-day festival celebrating water in art and literature. More details to come.

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