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2015 Program

The 6th Annual Canadian Water Summit in Vancouver, BC will offer expert plenary sessions and panel presentations filled with case studies, real world projects and positive examples of nexus opportunities that exist for water and energy which benefit government, industry and first nations. The professionals in attendance will be engaged and inspired by a program that encourages collaboration and seizing advantages of the energy of water in Canada and around the world.

*This is a draft program and is subject to change.

Thursday - June 25, 2015

7:30 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Registration: Stanley Park Ballroom, Westin Bayshore Hotel

8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Opening Prayer: Welcome to the sixth annual Canadian Water Summit (Fred Keating, MC and Margaret Catley-Carlson, CWS 2015 Chair, with prayer by Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish Nation, invited)

8:50 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Morning Address: Water and Energy in BC—The new Water Sustainability Act (The Hon. Mary Polak, BC Minister of Environment)

9:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Morning Panel: The role of water innovation hubs in Singapore, Israel, Holland, USA and Canada. Moderated by Ontario’s WaterTAP, a group of international speakers will discuss how to capitalize on global ‘energy of water’ opportunities.

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Networking Break & Exhibits

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Plenary Q&A Panel: What is this “nexus” we are talking about? How do water flows, governance and energy mix? How do we capture the energy of water? How is water and energy connected?This expert panel will enage the audience and set the stage for “deeper dives” into the subject during afternoon breakout sessions.

12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. - 1:10 p.m. Welcome Remarks: President Andrew Petter, President, SFU

1:10 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Luncheon Keynote: First Nations, Government and Business. What are the positive ways forward? (Perry Bellegarde, Chief of AFN, invited)

1:45 p.m. - 1:55 p.m. Special Presentation: Simon Fraser University Student Competition (Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean, Faculty of Environment, SFU)

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions: Sessions will feature expert panelists from industry, academia and government and will be monitored and recorded by volunteers. Highlights will be reported in the afternoon plenary session.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1.1: Water – Energy Nexus Natural resources, mining and gas intersections. Electricity, water use and utilities.

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1.2: Water – Land Nexus Farming, fishery and watershed connections.(Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board; Ted Van der Gulik, Chair & Director, Irrigation Industry Association of BC)

2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1.3: Water – Food/Beverage Nexus Food processing, bottled water, soft drinks and the industrial water footprint. (Linda Delli Santi, Executive Director, BC Greenhouse Growers' Association)

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Networking Break & Exhibits

4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. Closing Plenary Panel: Water – Social Nexus Exploring opportunities in water ethics, sustainability and biology. What values and attitudes do we have for water? Reports from Breakout sessions. (Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean, Faculty of Environment, SFU; Robert Haller, Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association; Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish Nation, invited)

5:15 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks and Closing Prayer: Summit Summary and Highlight Reel from CWS 2015 Chair and MC, prayer from Chief Ian Campbell, Squamish Nation, invited.

5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception: Networking post-Summit and pre-Water’s Next Awards gala

7:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m. Water’s Next Awards: Gala dinner celebrating the champions of water across Canada. Ninety submissions, eight award categories, and one very fun evening. Sponsored by Water Canada magazine and RBC. (Fred Keating, MC). Get your tickets here.

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