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2015 Program

The 6th Annual Canadian Water Summit will be held on at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver on June 25, 2015. The conference will offer expert plenary sessions and panel presentations filled with case studies, real world projects and positive examples of nexus opportunities that exist for water and energy which benefit government, industry, and First Nations. The 250 water professionals in attendance will be engaged and inspired by the full day program to collaborate and take advantage of the energy of water - in Canada and around the world.

On June 24, as a preamble to CWS 2015, Simon Fraser University is hosting SFU BLUE - a dialogue of community engaged water research, profiling work emerging between the university and its partner organizations. Register here!

*This is a draft program and is subject to change.

Thursday - June 25, 2015

7:30 - 8:30 am     Registration
Stanley Park Ballroom, Westin Bayshore Hotel

8:30 - 8:35 am     Opening Ceremony
Ian Campbell, Chief, Squamish Nation

8:35 - 8:50 am     Welcome Remarks
Welcome to the sixth annual Canadian Water Summit

Todd Latham, Publisher, Water Canada; Fred Keating, Emcee, CWS 2015; Margaret Catley-Carlson, Chair, CWS 2015

8:50 - 9:15 am     Morning Address
Water and Energy in BC — The new Water Sustainability Act

The Hon. Mary Polak, BC Minister of Environment

9:15 - 10:30 am     Morning Panel - Water Clusters: Building Capacity through Collaboration
Over the past few years, water technology "clusters" have popped up across the globe, fuelled by the promise of a $560 billion global water market. How are these clusters benefiting economic growth, innovation adoption, and environmental protection? Are they really lending to a more cohesive sector? What are the current goals and models for these clusters? In this session, learn how clusters from Canada, the United States, and Europe are making a difference.

Session Leader: Dr Peter Gallant, President and CEO, WaterTAP
Panelists: Kathy Shandling, Executive Director, IPWA; Hein Molenkamp, Managing Director, Water Alliance (Netherlands); Bryan Stubbs, Executive Director, Cleveland Water Alliance

10:30 - 11:00 am     Networking Break & Exhibits

11:00 am - 12:15 pm     Plenary Q&A Panel
What is this “nexus” we are talking about? How do water flows, governance and energy mix? How do we capture the energy of water? How is water and energy connected? This expert panel will engage the audience and set the stage for “deeper dives” into the subject during afternoon breakout sessions.

Session Leader: Margaret Catley-Carlson, Patron, Global Water Partnership
Panelists: Stephanie Smith, Manager Hydrology, BC Hydro; Nick Reid, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships, OCWA

12:15 - 1:00 pm     Networking Lunch

1:00 - 1:10 pm     Welcome Remarks
Andrew Petter, President, SFU

1:10 - 1:45 pm     Luncheon Keynote
Alex and Tyler Mifflin, Hosts, The Water Brothers

1:45 - 1:55 pm     Special Presentation
Simon Fraser University Student Competition

Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean, Faculty of Environment, SFU

2:00 - 3:15 pm     Breakout Sessions
Sessions will feature expert panelists from industry, academia and government and will be monitored and recorded by volunteers. Highlights will be reported in the afternoon plenary session.

2:00 - 3:15 pm     Breakout Session 1.1: Water – Energy Nexus
Natural resources, mining and gas intersections. Electricity, water use and utilities.

Session Leader: James Fotouhi, Research Analyst, BlueTech Research
Panelists: Matt Horne, Associate Director, Pembina Institute; Matt Kennedy, Vice President, Environment, Innergex

2:00 - 3:15 pm     Breakout Session 1.2: Water – Land Nexus
Farming, fishery and watershed connections.

Session Leader: Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board
Panelists: Ted Van der Gulik, Chair & Director, Irrigation Industry Association of BC; Fin Donnelly, Board Chair, Rivershed Society of BC; Jordan Point, Executive Director, First Nations Fisheries Council of BC

2:00 - 3:15 pm     Breakout Session 1.3: Water – Food/Beverage Nexus
Food processing, bottled water, soft drinks and the industrial water footprint.

Session Leader: Rachel Phan, Editor, Water Canada
Panelists: Linda Delli Santi, Executive Director, BC Greenhouse Growers' Association; Kevin Jones, President and CEO, BLOOM; Andres Palma, Molson Coors

3:15 - 3:40 pm     Networking Break & Exhibits

3:40 - 3:45 pm     Video
RBC Annual Blue Water Day

Heather Colquhoun, Manager - Corporate Citizenship, RBC

3:45 - 5:00 pm     Closing Plenary Panel: Water – Social Nexus
Exploring opportunities in water ethics, sustainability and biology. What values and attitudes do we have for water? Reports from Breakout sessions.

Session Leader: Robert Haller, Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association
Panelists: Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean, Faculty of Environment, SFU; Ian Campbell, Chief, Squamish Nation; James Snider, VP, Freshwater Program, WWF-Canada

5:00 - 5:15 pm     Closing Remarks
Summit Summary and Highlight Reel from CWS 2015 Chair and MC

5:15 - 5:30 pm     Closing Ceremony
Ian Campbell, Chief, Squamish Nation; Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia

5:30 - 7:00 pm     Cocktail Reception
Networking post-CWS and pre-Water’s Next Awards Reception; Short sponsor remarks; CWS 2016 announcement

Eric Meliton, Project Manager - Water Stewardship, TRCA

7:00 - 9:30 pm     Water’s Next Awards
Gala dinner celebrating the champions of water across Canada. Ninety submissions, eight award categories, and one very fun evening. Sponsored by Water Canada Magazine and RBC. (Fred Keating, Emcee). Get your tickets here.

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