News About the Summit
January 9, 2015
New Partnership for Canadian Water Summit
(TORONTO – January 9, 2015) – The Innovolve Group is pleased to announce that it has entered into a non-binding agreement to sell a majority stake of its flagship Canadian Water Summit to partners Actual Media (publisher of Water Canada and ReNew Canada) and PAC, Packaging Consortium. The expected closing date is January 30, 2015.
“After five very successful years, the time has come to welcome new partners to help expand the scope and impact of the Canadian Water Summit”, says Innovolve CEO, Anthony Watanabe. “I couldn’t think of two better partners to help realize that goal than Actual Media and the Packaging Consortium. Both organizations have played important roles in the Summit’s success to date and this share purchase represents a strategic next step in our relationship.”
“As a supporter of the CWS since its inception in 2009, I’m particularly pleased to take an ownership stake in this important event on the water calendar in Canada,” claims Todd Latham, COO of Actual Media, who led the charge on the 2014 CWS in Toronto.
“For PAC and for me personally, this partnership with sustainability trailblazers continues the expansion of PAC’s leadership in the North American packaging community for waste reduction. In 2011 we initiated PAC NEXT for A World without Packaging Waste. In 2013 we launched PAC FOOD WASTE to be A Catalyst for Food Waste Packaging Solutions. This year we are adding water to build out our sustainability portfolio. This is a significant milestone for our industry”, says James D Downham, CEO of PAC, who has managed CWS event logistics for the past two years.
The partners will hold their interest in the CWS under the banner of Blue Events Inc. an Ontario, Canada corporation.
The 2015 Canadian Water Summit will take place in Vancouver on June 25 with a theme of “The Energy of Water.”
About the Canadian Water Summit
The Canadian Water Summit is the leading, national conference for water professionals seeking in-person and high value networking, industry-specific content and innovative leadership, technology and thinking on water issues in Canada from a local, national and international perspective. Together, the Blue Events Inc. team will build the CWS brand equity and ensure the event continues to deliver value to Canadian and international water leaders.
About the Innovolve Group Inc.
Innovolve is a boutique consultancy serving government and corporate clients on a range of sustainability projects relating to policy, strategy and communications. Our key sectors of activity are energy and water.
About Actual Media
Actual Media is a national publishing and creative agency firm that serves the infrastructure, water and environment industries in Canada. Actual Media produces two trade magazines, Water Canada and ReNew Canada. Actual Media also manages the annual Water’s Next Awards and Dinner. Additionally, Actual Media conducts water industry Roundtables, provides water industry research and reports and supports/sponsors other water events and conferences. Actual Media has supported the Canadian Water Summit since the event’s inception in 2009.
About the Packaging Consortium
PAC, Packaging Consortium is a not-for-profit corporation, founded in 1950. PAC is North American centric with global access. We advocate for all materials and for package neutrality through an all inclusive, transparent and collaborative process. Our 2200 members come from all sectors of the packaging value chain, from start of life to next life. Our networking process includes PAC webinars, seminars, conferences, competitions, facility tours, education programs, trade shows, technical work groups and social activities. From PAC Next, our initiative to eliminate packaging waste, to PAC Food Waste and now with this interest in Blue Events Inc., our industry is on a deliberate path to sustainability.
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For Media inquiries, contact:
James D Downham, President & CEO, PAC, Packaging Consortium, 1.647.993.7600, email@example.com
Todd Latham, President & CCO, Actual Media, 1.444.5842 x111, firstname.lastname@example.org
December 11, 2014
Registration now open
Early Bird registration is now open! Get your ticket for the 2015 Canadian Water Summit early and save on registration.
Click here to register.
August 12, 2014
David Miller, President and CEO of WWF Canada and chair of the 2014 Canadian Water Summit, recently published a blog post on WWF Canada's website giving some insight into this year's summit.
"We must recognize that Canada is a very lucky country when it comes to water," Miller writes. "We're home to some of the world's most exceptional and largest freshwater ecosystems, and we're not as affected by water quality problems and shortages as many other parts of the planet. However, the landscape is changing."
Read the full article HERE.
June 11, 2014
225 Water Nerds, 33 Engaging Speakers, 26 Supporting Organizations -- ONE Canadian Water Summit!
For one day, and at the height of a surge of water related activity across Ontario, the Canadian Water Summit makes it’s big splash on June 18th at the international Centre in Toronto - next week!
David Miller, President & CEO, WWF-Canada, Edward Burtynsky, Award-winning photographer and filmmaker, Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair, Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of the United Nations Water for Life Decade, Bernadette Conant, Executive Director, Canadian Water Network and The Water Brothers are just a few of the special guests who will talk water next Wednesday, June 18!
June 5, 2014
Less than two weeks to go before the Canadian Water Summit and advance registration ends on June 15th. Be sure to register for your ticket before it is too late.
June 2, 2014
PANEL: Urban Emergency – Managing Extreme Water Crises in Cities
As the floods in southern Alberta and Toronto demonstrated last year, adaptation and resiliency measures are a critical necessity for many cities. How are cities dealing with the increasingly extreme effects of climate change? How are we better planning for times of emergency? Hear from Brenda Lucas (Executive Director, Southern Ontario Water Consortium), Bryan Karney (Professor, University of Toronto), Blair Feltmate (Associate Professor, University of Waterloo), and Darwin Durnie (President, CPWA). Click here to see the whole program!
May 28, 2014
Thought leaders and top executives from the water industry are speaking at the Canadian Water Summit on June 18th in Toronto. Don't miss Glen Murray, David Miller, Edward Burtynsky, and Bob Sandford, as well as CEOs from WaterTAP, newterra, Waterfront Toronto.
From panels like Global Cities and Water: “Government and business best practices for urban water management in Canada and beyond” to breakout sessions focused on everything from Financing Urban Water to Managing Extreme Water Crises in Cities, check out the full agenda.
May 15, 2014
Announcing a New Panel: 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? Featuring Doug Saunders (Columnist, The Globe and Mail), Lynn Patterson, (Director of Corporate Responsibilty, RBC), Krystyn Tully, (Co-Founder and Vice President, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper) and Alex and Tyler Mifflin (The Water Brothers). See the full conference program.
May 14, 2014
Only one month to go before the Canadian Water Summit. Be sure to register for your ticket before it is too late.
May 8, 2014
Announcing the Closing Keynote from Bob Sandford, EPCOR Chair, Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations “Water for Life” Decade.
to see the updated program.
April 16, 2014
Early Bird registration rates have been extended until April 30th. Take advantage of the lower rates and register today.
April 11, 2014
Turn your visit to the Canadian Water Summit into a whole week of water events. Check out the related events connected to the 2014 Canadian Water Summit. Exciting events include Ryerson Urban Water Day on June 17th, the WetSkills Water Challenge for students, and a certificate workshop in water auditing offered by the University of Toronto on June 19th and 20th. You can also take advantage of registration discounts if you attend the Canadian Water Summit and either the Groundswell Conference or the CWRA 2014 Congress. Click HERE for all of the details.
April 3, 2014
Announcing a new panel at the 2014 Canadian Water Summit, 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? Rob Andrews (President, OCWA), Brian Mergelas, (CEO, WaterTAP), Bruce Lounsbury (CEO, Newterra), and Cynthia Robertson (Principal, Parkridge Consulting) will share their insights. Find out more.
March 5, 2014
What people have said about past Canadian Water Summits:
“It was a great mix of people with different perspectives which brought about real, tough questions and helped us all see a different view or angle.”
“Representation from industry was phenomenal.”
“The overall discussion was thought- provoking and the speakers were very passionate and frank with their opinions.”
“It was interesting to learn about all the desires for making policy regarding water in Canada. It was good to see the business sector involved with these discussions. Other events sometimes ignore those who would be funding such studies.”
February 6, 2014
The CWS Advisory Committee is excited to announce that a draft program outline is now available online.
January 23, 2014
Announcing CWS 2014 Chair David Miller
David Miller is President and CEO of World Wildlife Fund - Canada, Canada’s foremost conservation organization. The WWF creates solutions to the most serious conservation challenges facing our planet, helping people and nature thrive. David Miller joins advisors from WaterTAP, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, Actual Media, Brock University, Alberta WaterSMART and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper on the 2014 CWS Advisory Team.
November 28, 2013
Announcing Keynote Luncheon Speaker Edward Burtynsky
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, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Museum of Modern Art and the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in California.
Burtynsky’s new film 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. Come to the Canadian Water Summit to hear and see this iconic Canadian’s perspective on water.
November 27, 2013
Early Bird registration is now open! Get your ticket for the 2014 Canadian Water Summit early and save on registration.
November 6, 2013
Join us for the 5th annual Canadian Water Summit in Toronto at the International Centre on June 18, 2014.
June 27, 2013
Canadian Red Cross teams are actively responding across the province to ensure that immediate needs for flood victims across Alberta are being met. The Red Cross has raised over $2.1 million for Alberta flood relief so far and your help is urgently needed. Please consider making a donation to the Red Cross to help flood victims in Alberta.
Make a donation to the Alberta Floods Fund.
June 24, 2013
NEW LOCATION: We are very pleased to see a number of evacuation notices lifted in Calgary. Due to the unbelievable flooding, we have had to change our meeting venue for the Summit, as the BMO Centre was flooded. The Summit is still on...same date, same times, same agenda... but at a new location! We will now be at the Delta Calgary Airport Hotel. Find out more...
June 21, 2013
Please note we are monitoring the situation in Calgary and are sending our good wishes to our friends in Southern Alberta. We are hoping for a safe end to the floods in the area and are looking forward to a successful Summit on June 27. A venue change to be announced shortly due to flooding at BMO Centre.
June 17, 2013
The deadline for the Cenovus Young Leaders Challenge has been extended to June 19th. Enter your response today to win free registration to the Canadian Water Summit. Find out more...
May 31, 2013
Win a FREE PASS to the Canadian Water Summit! The Canadian Water Summit and Cenovus Energy are looking for big ideas from young leaders on how Canada's industry and public can make our country a world leader in water innovation and conservation. Enter your idea in the Cenovus Young Leaders Challenge to win a FREE pass to the Canadian Water Summit on June 27 AND an exclusive Networking & Development Workshop on June 26. Click here to find out more.
May 16, 2013
Check out the updated list of organizations attending the 2013 Canadian Water Summit. Find out which organizations will be there by clicking here.
April 29, 2013
Announcing keynote speaker Joppe Cramwinckel, Water Director for the World Business Council on Sustainable Development. Mr. Cramwinckel will make the business case for local engagement and watershed-level collaboration and describe how we can ensure a viable business future in water.
April 11, 2013
The Honourable Diana McQueen, Minister of Environment and Sustainable Resource Development for the Government of Alberta, will deliver the morning keynote for the Summit!
April 8, 2013
COSIA Chief Executive Dan Wicklum is the latest speaker to join the Canadian Water Summit program. Dan Wicklum will join Tony Maas from WWF Canada and Geoff Riggs from Smarter Cities IBM Canada to debate the merits of collaboration as the cleanest path to new innovations in the water arena.
April 3, 2013
Alberta Innovates is the latest sponsor for the Summit!
March 5, 2013
Registration is now open for the 4th annual Canadian Water Summit. Across Canada and across the world, organizations have realized that tackling our most pressing water challenges can drive multiple benefits, both environmental and economic. Leaders also realize that collaboration across geographic and sector boundaries will get us there faster and with longer lasting impact. Register today and get the Early Bird Special.
June 6, 2011
NEW Regional Panel on "Canadian Water Leadership"
We are proud to announce that the Canadian Water Leadership panel will feature leaders from Saskatchewan, Ontario, Manitoba, British Columbia, and Turtle Clan Mohawk. Refer to the to learn more.
May 20, 2011
If you missed it, check out the latest Water Summit newsletter. Be sure to sign up for updates and register for the Summit!
April 11, 2011
What would happen if water became scarce in a region that Canada depends on for imports? How would Canadian businesses adapt to shortages in the inputs they need to produce goods and services domestically? Do buisnesses have the tools needed to manage this risk? Water is emerging as a long-term risk and opportunity for corporations according to a new UK study, the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Water Disclosure. Read the press releases to learn more.
Water Summit PR Finance Apr11.pdf
Water Summit PR Investing Apr11.pdf
April 5, 2011
Last week's Canadian Water Summit in Calgary was without a doubt the most meaningful Summit in the history of the event. As in years past, participants were part of a rich mix of water leaders convening to share best practices and explore opportunities for innovation. But unlike past events, our discussions were informed by the very real and very recent Calgary floods.
While some of us have left Calgary, most of the participants were locals who continue to deal with the aftermath of the floods as they affect friends and family. We were humbled by the devastation, and inspired by Calgarians' reaction to it.
We strongly encourage the entire CWS community, from Europe to Mexico to the US and across Canada, to make a donation to the Red Cross Alberta Floods Fund.
As articulated by our keynote speaker, Joppe Cramwinckel, the Calgary floods coincided with floods in India, Germany and Ontario. Clearly our water work, in all its complexity and simplicity, is more important than ever before.
March 21, 2011
The Innovolve Group announced that for the first time, executive Chris Hedemann from the The Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Water Disclosure will be coming to Canada to share insights into how water measurement is changing the policy and practice of business globally at this spring’s Canadian Water Summit on June 14th in Toronto.
CDP CWS 2011 Release.pdf
February 8, 2011
Check out the Water Canada feature on the addition of CDP Water Disclosure the 2011 program.
January 17, 2011
Watch Anthony Watanabe, President & CEO of the Innovolve Group, talk about exporting Canada's water expertise in an interview on Daytime Toronto.
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November 30, 2010
Anthony Watanabe, President and CEO of the Innovolve Group, will present findings of Innovolve’s new report, "Water and the Future of Canadian Economy" at the 2010 Lake Winnipeg Basin Summit on November 30th.
Nov 29 2010 - Media Advisory
Nov 29 2010 - Media Release
November 4, 2010
We are proud to present the 2nd Annual Canadian Water Summit. Check out the new website and save your seat a "Water and the Future of the Canadian Economy" Report Presentation in a city near you!
June 7, 2010
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty will be joining the
conversation at the 2010 Canadian Water Summit.
Don't miss this important opportunity to take part in
the Premier's luncheon address.
March 16, 2010
Speakers that recently joined the Canadian Water Summit program include:
- The Honourable John Milloy
Ontario Minister of Research and Innovation
Opening Keynote Speaker
- Gerald Butts, President and CEO, WWF-Canada
- Adam Chamberlain, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
- Suzanne Fallender, Director, CSR Strategy & Communications, Intel Corporation
- Lisa French, Principal, Guidance & Support, Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants (CICA)
- William Humber, Director, Office of Eco Seneca initiatives (OESi), Seneca College
- Dr. Gail Krantzberg, Professor and Director, Centre for Engineering and Public Policy, The School of Engineering Practice, McMaster University
- Sandra Odendahl, Director of Corporate Environmental Affairs, Royal Bank of Canada (RBC)
- David G. Sim, Director - Sales & Solutions, SMART Watering Systems Inc.
February 19, 2010
Registration is now open! Secure your spot before April 22nd to take advantage of early bird pricing.
December 17, 2009
Canadian Water Summit advisor, Tony Maas, Director of the Freshwater Program at WWF-Canada, will participate in a discussion on the importance of water on Friday, December 18 at 3:30pm EST on "The Drive with Dan Ahlstrand" on News 88.9 Saint John and News 91.9 Moncton. Listen online at www.news919.com or www.news889.com
December 8, 2009
The Canadian Water Summit launched its new website, featuring information on programming, partners, sponsors and water issues.
November 19, 2009
The 2010 Canadian Water Summit recently appeared in the November/December 2009 issue of Canadian Water Treatment Magazine, now known as Water Canada.