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Brenda Lucas
 Executive Director
Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Brenda is the lead for CWS's Policy Pitch Session:
Water Industry Associations Engage in a Collaborative Breakout

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

Canadian Water Summit 2017

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

Preliminary Program

 

Wednesday, June 21

 

National Aboriginal Day Celebration

3:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Financing Stormwater Management – Infrastructure Funding Gap

Hosted by: University of Toronto, Environmental Finance Advisory Committee

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

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
  • Toronto Region Conservation Authority
  • Chris Hilkene, Clean Water Foundation



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.

 

Thursday, June 22 – Sheraton Toronto Hotel

6:30 – 8:20

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

Exploring trends in workplace innovation, diversity, and prosperity, hosted by Dr. Imogen Coe, Dean, Faculty of Science at Ryerson University and WXN 2016 Top 100 Powerful Women, Trailblazer for EDI in STEM. Register quickly; space is limited. 

  • Marisa Sterling, Assistant Dean, Inclusivity and Diversity, York University
  • Jen Pate, eXXpedition
  • Robin Kind, Ontario Clean Water Agency
  • Lisa Kinasewich, Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA)

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: 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: Tima Bansal, Ivey School of Business

  • Nelson Switzer, Nestlé Waters North America
  • Jonathan Radtke, Coca-Cola
  • Dan Kraus, The Nature Conservancy of Canada

 

10:30 – 11:00

Networking break & exhibits

11:00 – 12:15 pm

Session 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:  Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

  • Hank Venema, IISD

 

12:15 – 1:00

Networking lunch and exhibits

1:00 – 1:15

 

1:15 – 1:45

Introduction: Lieutenant Governor Elizabeth Dowdeswell

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

2:00 – 3:15

Session 3.1:  

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

2:00 – 3:15

Session 3.2: 

Policy Pitch Session 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. Join leading water industry association experts in an interactive session to develop recommendations that seize Canada’s potential to lead as a climate resilient nation and market innovator

 

Part 1 will involve a fast-paced pitch sessions to address each group’s vision, barriers and solutions 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, ONEIA Water Subcommittee 
  • Doug Wilton, ONEIA Water Subcommittee 
  • Anne Egan, Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association 
  • Michele Grenier, Ontario Water Works Association
  • Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC
  • Heather Tyrrell, Water Environment Association of Ontario
  • Giovanni Cautillo, Sewer and Watermain Construction Association

 

3:15 – 3:40

Networking break and exhibits

3:45 – 5:00

Session 4.1: 

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.

  • Robin Kind, Ontario Clean Water Agency
  • Mary Jane Loustel, IBM

 

3:45 – 5:00

Session 4.2: 

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

Join leading water industry association experts in an interactive session to develop recommendations that seize Canada’s potential to lead as a climate resilient nation and market innovator.

 

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 groups:

  • Robert Haller, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association  
  • Kevin Wong & Aysha Muzaffar, Canadian Water Quality Association 
  • Bu Lam, Canadian Water Network 
  • Alex Gill, Ontario Environment Industry Association 
  • Anne Egan, Ontario Onsite Wastewater Association 
  • Michele Grenier, Ontario Water Works Association
  • Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC
  • John Presta, Water Environment Association of Ontario
  • Giovanni Cautillo, Sewer and Watermain Construction Association

 

5:10 – 5:30

Closing remarks: 

Introduction: Hank Venema and Katherine Balpataky

The Hon. Minister Catherine McKenna (invited)

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 (separate registration required)

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 quickly; space is limited. 

 

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.

Also at the Summit:  An interactive networking area with a video booth from Lake Ontario Waterkeeper Watermark
and The GREATNESS Great Lakes art project wall.


We're still adding programming! Check back soon.

 

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