Please sign up for updates (menu to the right) as we build the program for 2016. Below is a link to the speakers and their presentations from 2015. The CWS Advisory Committee is convening soon and would like to hear from you on topics, presentations or speakers you would like to see included at the 2016 Summit on June 23.

Please submit abstracts and presentation ideas to Katherine Balpataky at 416-444-5842 x116 or

View 2015 Advisory Panel here.

Eric Meliton (Project Manager - Water Stewardship, TRCA)
Glen Murray (Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Province of Ontario)
Dr. Peter Gallant (President and CEO, WaterTAP)
Nick Reid (Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ontario Clean Water Agency)

Robert Haller

Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
Robert Haller Robert Haller is the executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association. He started with the CWWA in May of 2012 after 20 years as a senior municipal administrator where he oversaw several infrastructure projects including a new wastewater treatment facility. Robert holds a BA in Geography from Carleton University and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario where his work focused on water policy following the Walkerton tragedy. Robert has served on the Source Protection Working Group for the St. Lawrence River and has served on the Municipal Advisory Panel to the Ontario Clean Water Agency. He feels his work as a municipal town manager has made him a jack of all trades when it comes to municipal government and provides him the credentials to speak on behalf of municipal utilities across Canada.
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Todd Latham

President, Actual Media Inc.
Todd Latham Actual Media’s president, Todd Latham, is a media entrepreneur with over 22 years of experience in business publishing and communications within the Canadian environment, infrastructure and water sectors.
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Brenda Lucas - Canadian Water Summit Chair

Executive Director, Southern Ontario Water Consortium
Brenda Lucas - Canadian Water Summit Chair Brenda has led the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) since it was created in 2011. SOWC helps water companies access unique facilities for real world demonstration, find the right researcher match across its 10 academic partner institutions and leverage R&D investments. With support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario, SOWC has recently established the Advancing Water Technologies fund for collaborative demonstration projects by southern Ontario water companies. As Senior Policy Advisor to two Ontario Ministers of Environment Brenda played a key role in the introduction and passage of the Water Opportunities and Water Conservation Act. She is a member of the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW Canada).
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Roy MacGregor

Author, Globe and Mail
Roy MacGregor Roy MacGregor has been a journalist for 40 years and has been with the Globe and Mail since 2002. He has been nominated for 10 National Newspaper Awards, winning twice, as well as winning four National Magazine Awards and two ACTRA Awards for television screenwriting. He is the author of some 50 books, 30 of them in the internationally successful Screech Owls hockey mystery series for young readers. He has written several books on hockey, on Canada, on the James Bay Cree, and on Tom Thomson. His latest book is Canoe Country: The Making of Canada (published in September 2015). His book Home Team: Fathers, Sons & Hockey was shortlisted for the Governor-General’s Award and his memoir about his father, A Life in the Bush, won the prestigious U.S. Rutstrum Award as the best book on the wilderness. In 2005, Roy was named an Officer in the Order of Canada. He is currently working on a book about Canadian rivers to be released in 2017. He lives in Kanata, Ontario, with his wife Ellen.
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Eric Meliton

Project Manager - Water Stewardship, TRCA
Eric Meliton Eric is water stewardship project manager for Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA). In this position, he facilitates industry support for businesses in their initiatives related to water sustainability through stakeholder engagement, partnership development, and execution of corporate social responsibility objectives.
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Glen Murray

Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Province of Ontario
Glen Murray Glen Murray has a lifetime of activism in urban planning, sustainable development and community health. He was the Senior Resident and Visiting Fellow at the Faculty of Architecture and Landscape Design at Massey College, University of Toronto and worked on the Development of the University’s City Centre. He was a Managing Partner of AuthentiCITY, a Toronto based Urban Sustainability consulting and planning firm. He was appointed President and CEO of the Canadian Urban Institute in 2007 and led the development of award winning programs in community energy mapping & planning, regional economic development and culture lead regeneration of urban centres. He has served on several university, hospital and community boards including the Expo 2015 Bid Committee and the Toronto District School Board’s Reference Group for Improving Services for Marginalized Students. Glen was appointed by the Prime Minister of Canada to Chair the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE), where he helped to shape environmental policy and respond to climate change in Canada.
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Dr. Peter Gallant

President and CEO, WaterTAP
Dr. Peter Gallant Dr. Peter Gallant is a serial entrepreneur with extensive experience in the global water technology sector. As the founding President and CEO of Kingston, Ontario-based Pathogen Detection Systems Inc. (PDS), he led the development of a novel automated microbial detection system. In 2009, PDS was acquired by Veolia Water Solutions and Technologies, a division of the world’s largest environmental services company – and became ENDETEC – the global water quality sensor platform for Veolia Water. From 2009 until April, 2015, Dr. Gallant served as Vice President, Business Development and Regulatory Affairs of ENDETEC, notably leading the team that secured the first-ever US EPA approval for an automated microbiological testing system for regulatory compliance testing of drinking water samples under the Total Coliform Rule. Over his career he has founded and led a start-up in the software industry, has served in several advisory roles for government agencies and start-up companies, and he currently serves as co-Chair of the Steering Committee of the American Water Works Association’s committee on barriers to innovation in the water sector. He has authored or co-authored numerous technical publications, is a co-inventor on several patents on innovative water quality sensor technologies, and is a frequent speaker at industry events worldwide. Dr. Gallant is also an adjunct faculty member in the internationally ranked Queen’s School of Business, where he lectures on entrepreneurship, strategy, innovation and new venture finance at the undergraduate and MBA level. Dr. Gallant holds B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Prior to joining the WaterTAP management team, he served as a Director of WaterTAP from its inception until March 2015, including most recently a term as Vice Chair of the Board. Previously, he had been appointed by the Provincial Government to serve on the Ontario Council on University Affairs.
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Nick Reid

Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ontario Clean Water Agency
Nick Reid Nick is Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Ontario Clean Water Agency and the former General Manager of Operations and Maintenance for the Lakeview and Lorne Park Water Treatment Plants and the G.E. Booth and Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Plants. He will speak on the Water-Energy Nexus
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