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2015 Program

The 6th Annual Canadian Water Summit will be held at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver on June 25 2015. The conference 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 water professionals in attendance will be engaged and inspired by the full day program to collaborate and take advantage of the energy of water - in Canada and around the world.

On June 24, as a preamble to CWS 2015, Simon Fraser University is hosting SFU BLUE - a dialogue
of community engaged water research, profiling work emerging between the university and its partner organizations. Register here!

Thursday - June 25, 2015

7:30 - 8:30 am     Registration
Stanley Park Ballroom Foyer, Westin Bayshore Hotel.
All morning sessions will be held in the Stanley Park Ballroom 1 & 2. Lunch and networking breaks will be served in Stanley Park Ballroom 3.

8:30 - 8:35 am     Opening Ceremony
Ian Campbell, Chief, Squamish Nation

8:35 - 8:50 am     Welcome Remarks
Todd Latham, Publisher, Water Canada;
Fred Keating, Emcee & Moderator, CWS 2015;
Margaret Catley-Carlson, Chair, CWS 2015

8:50 - 9:15 am     Morning Address
The Hon. Mary Polak, BC Minister of Environment

9:15 - 10:30 am     Morning Panel - Water Clusters: Building Capacity through Collaboration
Over the past few years, water technology "clusters" have popped up across the globe, fuelled by the promise of a $560 billion global water market. How are these clusters benefiting economic growth, innovation adoption, and environmental protection? Are they really lending to a more cohesive sector? What are the current goals and models for these clusters? In this session, learn how clusters from Canada, the United States, and Europe are making a difference.

Session Leader:
Dr Peter Gallant, President and CEO, WaterTAP: View presentation

Hein Molenkamp, Managing Director, Water Alliance (Netherlands): View presentation
Bryan Stubbs, Executive Director, Cleveland Water Alliance: View presentation

10:30 - 11:00 am     Networking Break & Exhibits

11:00 am - 12:15 pm     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 are water and energy connected?

Session Leader:
Margaret Catley-Carlson, Patron, Global Water Partnership: View presentation
Stephanie Smith, Manager Hydrology, BC Hydro: View presentation
Nick Reid, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships, OCWA: view presentation

12:15 - 1:00 pm     Networking Lunch

1:00 - 1:10 pm     Welcome Remarks
Andrew Petter, President, SFU

1:10 - 1:45 pm     Luncheon Keynote
Alex and Tyler Mifflin, Co-Hosts, The Water Brothers

1:45 - 1:55 pm     Special Presentation
Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean - Faculty of Environment,
Simon Fraser University Student Competition

2:00 - 3:15 pm     Breakout Sessions
Delegates chose their preferred session at registration and now move into the designated rooms for these three breakout sessions. Please follow the instructions after lunch.

2:00 - 3:15 pm     Breakout Session 1.1: Water – Energy Nexus
Natural resources, mining and gas intersections; electricity, water use, and utilities.

Session Leader:
James Fotouhi, Research Analyst, BlueTech Research: View presentation

Matt Horne, Associate Director, Pembina Institute: View presentation
Matt Kennedy, Vice President, Environment, Innergex: View presentation
Deborah Harford, Executive Director, ACT: View presentation

2:00 - 3:15 pm     Breakout Session 1.2: Water – Land Nexus
The health of watersheds is a measure of our successes and failures with land and water use. How do we balance protection of our fish, our communities, our farming, our rivers, and our lakes?

Session Leader:
Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board

Ted van der Gulik, Chair & Director, Irrigation Industry Association of BC: View presentation
Fin Donnelly, Board Chair, Rivershed Society of BC;
Jordan Point, Executive Director, First Nations Fisheries Council of BC: View presentation

2:00 - 3:15 pm     Breakout Session 1.3: Evolution of the Water-Food Nexus
Water is a vital ingredient and strategic resource for the food and beverage manufacturing sector and is central to asset management strategies surrounding this resource. How to continually balance production, water use, and food safety while maintaining operational efficiency and economic productivity is an ongoing challenge for food and beverage producers. The panel presentation will provide attendees with a glimpse into the complex water-food nexus, and an understanding of how water stewardship decisions made today will shape the future economic success and competitiveness of the food and beverage sector.

Session Leader:
Eric Meliton, Project Manager - Water Stewardship, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority: View presentation

Linda Delli Santi, Executive Director, BC Greenhouse Growers' Association: View presentation
Kevin Jones, President and CEO, BLOOM;
Andres Palma, Director of Brewing & Compliance - Vancouver Brewery, Molson Coors Canada: View presentation

3:15 - 3:40 pm     Networking Break & Exhibits

3:40 - 3:45 pm     Video - RBC Annual Blue Water Day

3:45 - 5:00 pm     Closing Plenary Panel: Water – Social Nexus
Exploring opportunities in water ethics, sustainability and biology. What values and attitudes do we have for water?

Session Leader:
Robert Haller, Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association: View presentation

Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean - Faculty of Environment, SFU: View presentation
Ian Campbell, Chief, Squamish Nation;
James Snider, VP - Freshwater Program, WWF-Canada: View presentation

5:00 - 5:15 pm     Closing Remarks
Summit Recap and Announcement of CWS 2016
Margaret Catley-Carlson and Fred Keating

5:15 - 5:30 pm     Closing Ceremony
Ian Campbell, Chief, Squamish Nation;
The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

5:30 - 7:00 pm     Cocktail Reception
Networking post-CWS and pre-Water’s Next Awards Reception

7:00 - 9:30 pm     Water’s Next Awards
Gala dinner celebrating the champions of water across Canada. Organized by Water Canada magazine.

This is a separate event from the Canadian Water Summit. For tickets and more information, please inquire at the registration desk.

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