CWWA ‘Window’ Wrapup

CWWA’s Window On Ottawa was back…and better than ever!  Shifted from its regular Fall time slot to June 8th & 9th, CWWA’s signature event returned with an outstanding agenda of topics and speakers.

All agreed that June was a far better time to visit the nation’s capital.  There were so many things to see in Ottawa…including the giant sinkhole that occurred during our event…a great attraction for all the asset managers at the Window.

The 16th Window On Ottawa brought together almost 100 delegates and speakers.  It certainly accomplished the goal of getting Canadian utility leaders and consultants to meet face to face with national policy makers.  Not only could you ask questions from the floor, but following each session, presenters were available in the post-panel room for further discussion.  We were please to facilitate this new opportunity for national dialogue and it was well-received.

THE HIGHLIGHTS

  • His Excellency, Rafael Barak, Ambassador of Israel spoke about the challenges of water management in a country where water scarcity is a constant threat. Israel has been a global leader in water conservation, security and wastewater reuse techniques that could be invaluable as we deal with Canadian climate change.
  • CWWA was honoured to welcome our good friend and water champion, Mr. Francis Scarpeleggia. As the Liberal MP Lac St. Louis he shared his own passion for water and his efforts to make water a national priority for his government. His efforts are beginning to really show.
  • CWWA’s Robert Haller led a panel discussion on water issues and ‘how’ we conduct national advocacy for water in Ottawa versus Washington. FCM’s Brock Carlton spoke to the Canadian experience while WEF’s Tim Williams shared the American story.

THE PANELS & PRESENTATIONS

If you weren’t there, you missed some great presentations and discussions. Delegates expressed their satisfaction with the content of the program which focused on current and emerging issues impacting the municipal water sector.

INFRASTRUCTURE

  • a presentation on Canadian Infrastructure Report Card (CIRC)
  • the Panel on Infrastructure Investment with Infrastructure Canada, PPP Canada, Price Waterhouse Canada and the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure

WSER

  • the Panel on Wastewater Systems Effluents Regulations (WSER)
  • the challenges in St.John’s and in MetroVancouver
  • a discussion with Environment Canada staff

PHYSICAL INFRASTRUCTURE PROTECTION & CYBER SECURITY

  • panel on vulnerabilities, risk assessment and protection
  • Defence Research & Development Canada and Public Safety Canada
  • a demonstration of the Nat’l Critical Infrastructure Interdependency model

CLIMATE CHANGE AND FLOOD RISK MAPPING

  • presentations from Natural Resources Canada and the Federal Flood Plain Mapping Committee, the Insurance Bureau of Canada and our partners at the Canadian Water Resources Association
  • a panel discussion on coordinating our mapping efforts

WATER & ENVIRONMENT

  • Health Canada on the Drinking Water Guidelines and a report on Gastrointestinal Illness
  • Environment Canada on the National Pollutants Release Inventory
  • Public Health Agency of Canada on potable water on trains, planes, boats, buses
  • Canada Food Inspection Agency on anaerobic digestion

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION PARTNERS

  • updates on the activities of our partners at Canadian Association for Water Quality, Canadian Water Network and Canadian Water Resources Association

AWARDS BANQUET

The 2016 CWWA Utility Excellence Awards for Community Outreach were presented at our annual banquet.

Large Utilities

  • MetroVancouver – Wipes Pilot Project
  • Ontario Clean Water Agency – I Don’t Flush Campaign

Small-Medium Utilities

  • East Hants, NS – Source Water Protection Plan – Public Engagement Process
  • Municipal Enforcement Sewer Use Group (MESUG) – Sewer Use Brochures

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