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Canadian Water Summit 2017

Final Program

Collaboration to Action – Leadership and Investment in Canada’s Blue Economy

 For a complete list of announced participants and their biographies, visit our speakers page.

 

Wednesday, June 21

 

National Aboriginal Day Celebration

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Financing Stormwater Management – Infrastructure Funding Gap

Hosted by: The University of Toronto, School of the Environment’s Environmental Finance Advisory Committee is pleased to participate in the 2017 Canadian Water Summit.

Session lead: Rosemary Martin, VP and Chief Sustainability Officer, First Capital Realty Management Services LP 

Please join us for an informative and interactive discussion on stormwater management. Municipalities across Canada are challenged with funding stormwater management.  What is the best approach to manage stormwater in our region ecologically and economically? 

  • Development charges
  • Storm water levies and credits
  • Municipal bonds
  • Distributed models 

An informative and interactive discussion on stormwater management. Municipalities across Canada are challenged with funding stormwater management. What is the best approach to manage stormwater in our region ecologically and economically?

Moderator: Katherine Balpataky, Water Canada

  • Helge Daebel, Emerald Technology Ventures
  • Phil James, Integrated Water Management, Credit Valley Conservation Authority
  • Victoria Kramkowski, Stormwater Charge Program Coordinator, City of Mississauga
  • Tracy Patterson, Principal Freeman Associates

Cost: $25.00. Register with Eventbrite HERE

Location: Bennett Jones, LLP, One First Canadian Place – Suite 3400 Toronto, Ontario

6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 

 

 

 

Student & Young Professional Speed Mentoring Session 

Location: The Merchant, a Traveller's Tavern
Second Floor Dining Room, 181 University Ave.

This special pre-Summit event is organized in cooperation with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority, Royal Bank of Canada, and the Clean Water Foundation. Special guest will offer career insights and engage students and young professional with an interest in the water sector.

Guests:

  • Alex & Tyler Mifflin, The Water Brothers
  • Ellen Schwartzel, Deputy Commissioner at the Environment Commissioner of Ontario
  • Kim Howson, Strategic Initiatives Social Impact, RBC
  • Emma Rogers, Manager Corporate Environmental Affairs, RBC

7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Canadian Water Summit Ice Breaker Reception

All welcome.

Location: The Merchant, a Traveller's Tavern

Second Floor Dining Room, 181 University Ave.

Following the career session, food and drinks will be served and all CWS attendees are encouraged to join and get the networking started! Sponsored by the Clean Water Foundation.

Register HERE.

Thursday, June 22 – Sheraton Toronto Hotel

6:30 – 8:20

Women in Water Networking Breakfast: Exploring Trends in Workplace Innovation, Diversity, and Prosperity

An intimate and interactive breakfast and panel session aimed at fostering a discussion that will continue on an ongoing basis. Register HERE.

Session Lead: Dr. Imogen Coe, Ryerson University

Panelists:

  • Marisa Sterling, York University
  • Jen Pate, eXXpedition
  • Robin Kind, Ontario Clean Water Agency

Networking Ambassadors:

  • Alicia Fraser, Ontario Clean Water Agency 
  • Lisa Kinasewich, Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA)
  • Katherine Balpataky, Water Canada

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Registration

8:30 – 8:50

Welcome & opening remarks: Fred Keating, emcee & Hank Venema, CWS Chair

8:50 – 9:15

Keynote: The Honourable Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change

9:15 – 10:30

Plenary 1:  

From Zero to Hero: The Journey of Sustainable Resources Management

Water is an underpriced resource, and so the incentive for large water users to monitor, conserve, recycle, and manage discharge beyond regulation requirements is not always obvious. However, water-related risks due to climate change, social license to operate, competing users, and the desire to meet sustainability objectives have led some companies to completely transform their relationship with water.

Session lead: Dr. Tima Bansal, Ivey School of Business

  • Nelson Switzer, Nestlé Waters North America
  • Jonathan Radtke, Coca-Cola
  • Dan Kraus, The Nature Conservancy of Canada
  • Chris Godwaldt, Canada's Oil Sands Innovation Alliance 

10:30 – 11:00

Networking break & exhibits

11:00 – 12:15 pm

Plenary 2: 

Outside the Water Box — Global Trends Driving Non-Typical Actors to Think About Water

Extreme weather, drought, the climate-energy nexus, and supply chains pressures are driving more private sector actors to examine their relationship with water. This session will explore global trends that are driving those businesses that exist outside the water box to join water solutions providers in addressing them.

 

Session lead: Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

  • Hank Venema, IISD
  • Dr. Zafar Adeel, Pacific Water Research Centre
  • Helge Daebel, Emerald Technology Ventures
  • Eric Meliton, TRCA 

12:15 – 1:00

Networking lunch and exhibits

1:00 – 1:15

 

1:15 – 1:45

Introduction: Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

Luncheon Keynote: Geoff Green, Students on Ice & the C3 expedition

2:00 – 3:15

Session 1.1:  

Canada in the Global Marketplace: Canada’s Water Brand in the Circular Economy

With water spending expected to reach $1 trillion per year by 2020, Canada has an opportunity to become a water solutions leader. The global race to get new water technologies to market is real, driven by momentum to mitigate risk and reach a low carbon future. This session will explore our strengths and the gaps that need to be filled to take advantage of global equity sources.

Session lead: Kerry Freek, WaterTAP

  • Linda Gowman, Trojan Technologies
  • Tony Van Bommel, Business Development Canada
  • George Tsintzouras, Alert Labs Inc.

2:00 – 3:15

Session 1.2: 

Policy Pitch Part 1:  Water Industry Associations Engage in a Collaborative Breakout

Canada has demonstrated global leadership by having ratified the historic Paris climate agreement. Now it will be necessary for the water sector to set an ambitious infrastructure agenda that ensures public spending will help us meet those goals and leverage diverse, global funding sources to aid this transition.

Global pools of capital to finance more energy efficient and resilient grey and green infrastructure exist, but procurement policies and implementation practices that unlock the full value for these investments must be more clearly articulated. 

The purpose of this session is to bring together leaders from different segments of the water sector to discuss actions to help seize Canada’s potential to lead as a climate resilient nation and market innovator. Together, we will identify tangible and practical measures to identify the risks, gaps, and ways to attract new investment opportunities. 

Part 1 will involve a fast-paced pitch session to address recommendations to improve design protocols impacting the water sector to achieve climate resilience.

Your input is sought during breakout sessions to design a blueprint for action. 

Session leader: Brenda Lucas, Southern Ontario Water Consortium 

Participating associations:

  • Robert Haller, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association  
  • Kevin Wong & Aysha Muzaffar, Canadian Water Quality Association 
  • Bu Lam, Canadian Water Network 
  • Irene Hassas & Douglas Wilton, ONEIA Water Subcommittee 
  • Anne Egan & Rick Esselment, Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association 
  • Michele Grenier, Ontario Water Works Association
  • Giovanni Cautillo, Sewer and Watermain Construction Association
  • John Presta, Water Environment Association of Ontario

3:15 – 3:40

Networking break and exhibits

3:45 – 5:00

Session 2.1: 

Partnerships to Address the Water Gap in Indigenous Communities

Indigenous people across Canada are struggling for access to clean drinking water and adequate wastewater services. We’ll explore innovative partnerships and approaches that are making a difference and hold promise for expansion.

Session Lead: Kerry Black, Assembly of First Nations

  • Mary Jane Loustel, IBM
  • Wesley Bova, OFNTSC
  • John Kingsbury, Ontario Clean Water Agency 

3:45 – 5:00

Session 2.2: 

Policy Pitch Part 2:  Water Industry Associations Engage in a Collaborative Breakout

Canada has demonstrated global leadership by having ratified the historic Paris climate agreement. Now it will be necessary for the water sector to set an ambitious infrastructure agenda that ensures public spending will help us meet those goals and leverage diverse, global funding sources to aid this transition. 

Global pools of capital to finance more energy efficient and resilient grey and green infrastructure exist, but procurement policies and implementation practices that unlock the full value for these investments must be more clearly articulated. 

Part 2 of this interactive session will involve a high energy, fast-paced pitches from the executives of Canada’s leading water industry association related to procurement, global capital, and the value proposition for Canada achieving climate resilience in water infrastructure. 

Your input is sought during breakout sessions to design a blueprint for action. 

Session leader: Brenda Lucas, Southern Ontario Water Consortium 

Participating associations:

  • Robert Haller, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association  
  • Kevin Wong & Aysha Muzaffar, Canadian Water Quality Association 
  • Bu Lam, Canadian Water Network 
  • Irene Hassas & Douglas Wilton, ONEIA Water Subcommittee 
  • Anne Egan & Rick Esselment, Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association 
  • Michele Grenier, Ontario Water Works Association
  • Giovanni Cautillo, Sewer and Watermain Construction Association
  • John Presta, Water Environment Association of Ontario

5:10 – 5:30

Closing remarks: 

Introduction: Hank Venema and Katherine Balpataky

U.S. Counsel General Juan Alsace

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Cocktail Reception: Networking and pre-Water’s Next Awards gala 

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Water’s Next Awards Gala: dinner to celebrate Canadian water champions

Awards finalist are posted online.

Register HERE. To purchase a table, contact Jane Buckland.

Friday, June 23

Paddle the Toronto Shore and Don River, hosted by TRCA

Network on the water! Explore the billion-dollar waterfront revitalization plan to transform the existing mouth of the Don River into a healthier, more naturalized river outlet to the lake. Register HERE.

 

Morning Run Along Lake Ontario’s Shoreline

The Summit is a busy day. So, join us for a relaxing morning run the day after while we take in the shoreline of one of the great fresh water resources of the world: Lake Ontario.

 

Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Water Arts & Literature Festival, Wolfe Island, Kingston

Join Canadian Water Summit sponsor, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, for a two-day festival celebrating water in art and literature. More details to come.

Exhibitors:

  • AlertLabs
  • Auto Hot
  • Ryerson Urban Water
  • The GREATNESS Great Lakes art project wall
  • Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Watermark video booth
  • Nestlé Waters North America
  • Ontario Clean Water Agency
  • Global Water Futures, University of Saskatchewan
  • Water Matrix

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Jane Buckland
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Katherine Balpataky
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