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2014 Program

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7:30 - 8:45 REGISTRATION
8:45 - 9:00 WELCOME REMARKS from the CWS Chair, David Miller, President & CEO, WWF-Canada

Introduced by Todd Latham, Publisher, Water Canada

9:00 - 9:15

MORNING ADDRESS from the Honourable Glen Murray, Minister of Infrastructure and Minister of Transportation, Government of Ontario (TBC)

9:15 - 10:30

PANEL: Global Cities and Water

Government and business best practices for urban water management in Canada and beyond.

Moderator: Christopher Gasson, Publisher, Global Water Intelligence

David Angus, 2013 Chair, Joint Public Advisory Committee, NAAEC
Alexis Morgan, Director, AWS Global Water Roundtable, WWF/Alliance for Water Stewardship
Paulien Hartog, Strategic Advisor for Water, Region of Amsterdam

11:00 -12:15

PANEL: The Canadian Scene

As we face depleted infrastructure funding, a changing climate, and a growing population, how are Canadian cities adapting their approach to water management?

Moderator: David Moran, Director of Sustainability and Community Investment, Coca-Cola Canada

Ramona Doyle, Sustainability Coordinator, City of Charlottetown
David Main, Director of Asset Management and National Benchmarking, AECOM
Bernadette Conant, Executive Director, Canadian Water Network
Mike Nemeth, Environmental Specialist, Alberta WaterSMART

1:00 - 1:40

LUNCHEON KEYNOTE: Edward Burtynsky, Award-winning photographer and filmmaker, Watermark

Introduction by CWS Chair, David Miller, President & CEO, WWF-Canada

Edward Burtynsky is known as one of Canada's most respected photographers. His remarkable photographs are included in the collections of over fifty major museums around the world. Burtynsky’s new movie Watermark and his highly anticipated book Water tells us stories of where water comes from, how we use it, distribute and often, waste it. Frequently using a bird’s-eye perspective, the photographer shows us water’s remote sources, remarkable ancient step-wells and mass bathing rituals.

1:40 - 1:50

AWARD PRESENTATION: Imogen Coe, Dean of Science, Ryerson and Mr. Anne van Leeuwen, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands will jointly present the award to the winners of the International Wetskills Competition.


Putting Water on Page One

When it comes to water perception and management, the public is the chief driver of change. How do we put water front and centre in the public eye?

Moderator: Doug Saunders, Columnist, The Globe and Mail

Lynn Patterson, Director of Corporate Responsibility, RBC
Krystyn Tully, Co-Founder and Vice President, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
Alex and Tyler Mifflin, The Water Brothers

Urban Emergency: Managing Extreme Water Crises in Cities

As 2013’s floods in southern Alberta and Toronto demonstrated, Canada is in need of adaptation measures. How are cities dealing with more extreme effects of a changing climate? How are we better planning for times of emergency?

Moderator: Brenda Lucas, Executive Director, Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Bryan Karney, Professor, University of Toronto
Blair Feltmate, Associate Professor, University of Waterloo
Darwin Durnie, President, CPWA

Financing Urban Water

Phenomenal response to conservation programming has left some cities clambering for revenue. At the same time, infrastructure funding is growing hard to come by. How are cities paying for water infrastructure? What are the emerging models?

Moderator: Rob Andrews, President & CEO, OCWA

Brian Mergelas, CEO, WaterTAP
Bruce Lounsbury, CEO, Newterra
Ahmed Badruddin, CEO, WatrHub Inc.

4:00 - 5:00

CLOSING PANEL: How Water is Changing Cities

From daylighting buried rivers to soft infrastructure to thinking like a watershed, urban water management is evolving to consider how cities and nature can work harmoniously for the benefit of environment, economy, and enjoyment. Examples of the present and future of Water in Cities.

Moderator: Robert Haller, Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association

John Campbell, President and CEO, WaterfrontTO
MaryLynn Lodor, Deputy Director, Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati and Greater Cincinnati Water Works
David Rudolph, Professor, University of Waterloo

5:00 - 5:10 CLOSING REMARKS from CWS Chair David Miller, President & CEO, WWF-Canada

5:10 - 5:30 CLOSING KEYNOTE from Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair, Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of the United Nations Water for Life Decade


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