The Business of Water – Innovation Across the Entire Life Cycle

Every year, hundreds of water leaders from government, industry, non-profit organizations, and academia gather for the Canadian Water Summit. This year’s event drew business leaders from major sectors of the Canadian economy with an interest in best practices in water innovation and the latest trends in water-related risks.

On behalf of the organizers and 2016 CWS Advisory Committee, we wish to thank everyone who attended the 2016 Canadian Water Summit. Special thanks to each of our participants, guests, and sponsors. We appreciate you for taking the time and for sharing your ideas and expertise.

Our objective for this conference was to build a collaborative forum for leaders from diverse sectors to share insights and further a united mission: to build a sustainable water future for Canada.

Thank you for all who participated this year. Stay tuned for details of our 2017 Canadian Water Summit.


News About the Summit

August 11, 2016
Read Roy MacGregor’s feature on the history of the Don River, inspired by the CWS Paddle the Don excursion.
Bringing Toronto's Don River back from the dead

It reads: This year, a second ‘paddle' was part of the Canadian Water Summit held in Toronto in late June. “In Canada,” Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities told the gathering, “we cannot begin to speak about improving the quality of life without improving the quality of water.”

July 20, 2016

Feedback from the attendees:

“The panel format was very refreshing as there were lots of ideas presented and different ideas.”
“I really enjoyed the beverage session. I learned about some of the water challenges and gain a deeper appreciation for the efforts and challenge the community faces.”
“The best part for me was the networking with such a broad cross section of participants, especially those from other geographies.”
“I enjoyed listening to how small companies and entrepreneurs stayed determined on their path to achieving success in the water industry.”
“The best part was networking at the Paddle the Don River event!”

July 14, 2016
Notable Highlights from 2016 Canadian Water Summit:
  • Anne Van Leeuwen, Consulate General of Netherlands highlighted the crucial role of water innovation and management in the Dutch economy.
  • Minister Glen Murray discussed the growing concerns about water taking in global geopolitics.
  • Jonathan Radtke of Coca-Cola described the company’s 100 per cent water replenishment goal for 2016.
  • Jodi Glover of RealTech delivered an impassioned speech about what motivates water entrepreneurs to pursue their ambitions.
  • Roy MacGregor described his experiences reporting on Canada’s major rivers.
  • Kevin Jones of BLOOM shared his ambitions to improve waste streams in the food and beverage sector across Ontario.
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson delivered perspectives on the federal governments innovation agenda.
  • Minister Amarjeet Sohi shared an eloquent and touching story about how infrastructure—including water infrastructure—help him achieve his full potential as an immigrant of India.

July 10, 2016

Thank you to all who participated in the 2016 Canadian Water Summit. Pictures and presentations are available on our 2016 Archives Page.

You can also read about it in the July-August 2016 edition of Water Canada magazine here.

June 17, 2016

June 17, 2016 - Media representatives are advised that the Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, will deliver the closing remarks at the 2016 Canadian Water Summit, June 23rd in Toronto (5:10 p.m.)

Also participating in the program:

Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change will provide opening remarks for Minister Sohi.
Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray (8:50 – 9:15 a.m.), with opening remarks by Anne Van Leeuwen, Consulate General of the Netherlands.
Roy MacGregor, Globe & Mail columnist and author (1:10 – 1:45 pm.) with opening remarks by Juan Alsace, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Toronto, Canada
Event: Canadian Water Summit
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: 8:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto Hilton Hotel, 145 Richmond Street West

Following the Minister’s remarks there will be a Q&A with audience members. The Minister will be available to media after the event.

Contacts: Todd Latham, Director, Canadian Water Summit,
416-444-5842, x. 111 or cell: 416-722-8109.

Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities tel: 613-219-0149

Background: The Canadian Water Summit ( is Canada’s national conference which convenes leaders from diverse stakeholder groups to share best practices and to collaborate on achieving a united mission: a sustainable water future for Canada. With $2 billion of funding announced in the recent federal budget for a dedicated Clean Water and Wastewater fund, it’s obvious that water is big business in Canada. Delegates will join in discussion with industry and technology leaders on how Canada can grow its economy by capitalizing on its strengths in the water sector.

Information: and updates at @CdnWaterSummit #CWSummit2016


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