News About the Summit

June 21, 2017

Consul General Juan Alsace Wants You to Attend CWS 2017.

Consul General Juan Alsace will speak to Canada-U.S. partnerships in water management at the 2017 Canadian Water Summit.

U.S. Consul General Alsace will deliver the closing remarks on June 22nd.

June 3, 2017

Water Canada magazine’s Water’s Next Award program is the only national awards program to honour leadership across the entire water sector—including public servants, non-governmental groups, researchers, municipalities, and technology providers. Since 2010, Water Canada has hosted the awards to help strengthen and celebrate the thriving national community by showcasing Canada’s water leaders, champions, and innovators.

Follow the link above for the full list of finalists.

May 26, 2017

On Canada’s 150th year, we celebrate why freshwater is part of our identity, in addition to the business case for caring for this precious resource.

As such, CWS 2017 will bring Waterlution's Great Art for Great Lakes and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's Watermark Project to the Sheraton Centre Hotel Toronto on June 22nd.

Read more in our recent newsletter.

May 8, 2017

Our program has received a big update this week! We've announced a number of session leads and participants, including:

Kerry Freek Marisa Sterling
Senior Manager
of Communications

Assistant Dean,
Inclusivity and Diversity

Water Technology
Acceleration Project
York University

Check our Program page for more details and our Speakers page for a full list of who's attending.

April 24, 2017
From Zero to Hero:
The Journey of Sustainable Resource Management

Nelson Switzer Jonathan Radtke Dan Kraus
Chief Sustainability Officer  Water Resource Sustainability Manager National Conservation Biologist
Nestlé Waters
North America
North America
The Nature Conservancy

Water is an undervalued 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.

March 22, 2017

In honour of World Water Day, Geoff Green, founder of Students on Ice, an award-winning program that has taken over 2,000 students, teachers, scientists, artists, musicians and leaders from around the world on educational expeditions to the Arctic and the Antarctic, has bid Canadian Water Summit delegates a happy world water day.

World Water Day Message, from Geoff Green.

On June 22nd, Green will address CWS delegates from a ship voyaging through Canada's three boundary waters, speaking on Canada as a water and ocean nation, Students on Ice, and sharing the latest news from the Canada C3 ice breaker.

For more about the Canadian Water Summit, visit

To learn about Canada C3, visit

March 13, 2017

Join Alex & Tyler Mifflin (a.k.a., The Water Brothers) in a special pre-Summit session organized in cooperation with the Toronto Region Conservation Authority.

The session will feature special guests who will offer career insights and discussion for the water sector, including The Water Brothers.

March 2, 2017

We are exceptionally pleased to announce that Henry David "Hank" Venema will be the Chair of the 8th annual Canadian Water Summit.

Everyone at the Canadian Water Summit is excited to work with and learn from Hank. This year will not be one to miss!

February 15, 2017

We're happy to announce that the 2017 program will include a Women in Water Networking Breakfast with leading ladies in water, STEM, and business fields. Registration is limited.

November 10, 2016
CWS has launched a survey to gain your help in shaping the 2017 program!
Please take this short, six-question survey to share your ideas with us:

November 8, 2016

The organizers of the 2017 Canadian Water Summit are proud to announce that The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario; Geoff Green, Executive Director & Expedition Leader of Students On Ice; Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change; and
Catherine McKenna (invited), federal Minister of the Environment and Climate Change have been added to our program.

August 11, 2016
Read Roy MacGregor’s feature on the history of the Don River, inspired by the CWS Paddle the Don excursion.
Bringing Toronto's Don River back from the dead

It reads: This year, a second ‘paddle' was part of the Canadian Water Summit held in Toronto in late June. “In Canada,” Amarjeet Sohi, federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities told the gathering, “we cannot begin to speak about improving the quality of life without improving the quality of water.”

July 20, 2016

Feedback from the attendees:

“The panel format was very refreshing as there were lots of ideas presented and different ideas.”
“I really enjoyed the beverage session. I learned about some of the water challenges and gain a deeper appreciation for the efforts and challenge the community faces.”
“The best part for me was the networking with such a broad cross section of participants, especially those from other geographies.”
“I enjoyed listening to how small companies and entrepreneurs stayed determined on their path to achieving success in the water industry.”
“The best part was networking at the Paddle the Don River event!”

July 14, 2016
Notable Highlights from 2016 Canadian Water Summit:
  • Anne Van Leeuwen, Consulate General of Netherlands highlighted the crucial role of water innovation and management in the Dutch economy.
  • Minister Glen Murray discussed the growing concerns about water taking in global geopolitics.
  • Jonathan Radtke of Coca-Cola described the company’s 100 per cent water replenishment goal for 2016.
  • Jodi Glover of RealTech delivered an impassioned speech about what motivates water entrepreneurs to pursue their ambitions.
  • Roy MacGregor described his experiences reporting on Canada’s major rivers.
  • Kevin Jones of BLOOM shared his ambitions to improve waste streams in the food and beverage sector across Ontario.
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Jonathan Wilkinson delivered perspectives on the federal governments innovation agenda.
  • Minister Amarjeet Sohi shared an eloquent and touching story about how infrastructure—including water infrastructure—help him achieve his full potential as an immigrant of India.

July 10, 2016

Thank you to all who participated in the 2016 Canadian Water Summit. Pictures and presentations are available on our 2016 Archives Page.

You can also read about it in the July-August 2016 edition of Water Canada magazine here.

June 17, 2016

June 17, 2016 - Media representatives are advised that the Amarjeet Sohi, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, will deliver the closing remarks at the 2016 Canadian Water Summit, June 23rd in Toronto (5:10 p.m.)

Also participating in the program:

Jonathan Wilkinson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Environment & Climate Change will provide opening remarks for Minister Sohi.
Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray (8:50 – 9:15 a.m.), with opening remarks by Anne Van Leeuwen, Consulate General of the Netherlands.
Roy MacGregor, Globe & Mail columnist and author (1:10 – 1:45 pm.) with opening remarks by Juan Alsace, Consul General, U.S. Consulate General Toronto, Canada
Event: Canadian Water Summit
Date: Thursday, June 23, 2016
Time: 8:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Location: Toronto Hilton Hotel, 145 Richmond Street West

Following the Minister’s remarks there will be a Q&A with audience members. The Minister will be available to media after the event.

Contacts: Todd Latham, Director, Canadian Water Summit,
416-444-5842, x. 111 or cell: 416-722-8109.

Brook Simpson, Press Secretary, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities tel: 613-219-0149

Background: The Canadian Water Summit ( is Canada’s national conference which convenes leaders from diverse stakeholder groups to share best practices and to collaborate on achieving a united mission: a sustainable water future for Canada. With $2 billion of funding announced in the recent federal budget for a dedicated Clean Water and Wastewater fund, it’s obvious that water is big business in Canada. Delegates will join in discussion with industry and technology leaders on how Canada can grow its economy by capitalizing on its strengths in the water sector.

Information: and updates at @CdnWaterSummit #CWSummit2016

May 18, 2016

Consul General Juan Alsace has been added to our speakers panel.

April 30, 2016

Book your room at the Hilton before May 13 and receive our group rate of $309: MAKE A RESERVATION

April 12, 2016

Stay tuned for upcoming details on how to register for the "Green Infrastructure/Urban Renewal Tour" of green roof, rainwater harvesting, bioretention sites, as well as the Black Creek Sustainable Neighbourhood Retrofit Action Plan. We will also announce registration opportunities to paddle the Don River soon. Sign up for updates or follow social media for details!

April 4, 2016

CWS is thrilled to add BlueTech Research as our latest media sponsor—the world’s best, most accessible intelligence platform on water innovation and the companies behind it.

February 29, 2016

The Canadian Water Summit is proud to announce that IBM has joined as its latest Silver sponsor. IBM is a demonstrated leader in Canada in cognitive water management for government and business.

February 23, 2016

Coca-Cola has joined the Canadian Water Summit as a Silver sponsor. We are pleased to partner with Coca-Cola and learn about the company's efforts to ‘give back’ an amount of water equivalent to what is used use its products and their production by 2020, including projects in Toronto.

February 15, 2016

The Water Summit welcomes The Dutch Consulate General as a Silver sponsor, and looks forward to building stronger connections between Dutch companies and Canadian water providers during the Summit.

February 2, 2016

The Canadian Water Summit is thrilled to announce that Brenda Lucas, executive director of the Southern Ontario Water Consortium will be chair of the 2016 Summit.
Brenda has led the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC) since it was created in 2011. SOWC helps water companies access unique facilities for real world demonstration, find the right researcher match across its 10 academic partner institutions, and leverage R&D investments.

January 25, 2016

More Sponsors Announced!

The organizers of the Summit are pleased to announce our latest sponsors: CleanTech North, FLOW Ventures, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper (Contributing); and Corporate Knights, WALRUS (Media).

January 15, 2016

The organizers of the Summit are thrilled to announce the addition of several side events and field trips leading towards our very own Water Week!

  • Wednesday, June 22, The Toronto Board of Trade will host a VIP roundtable and networking event to discuss water, and TRCA will host a pub mixer for students and young professionals (all ages are welcome).
  • Thursday June 23, immediately after the Water Summit, the organizers will host a cocktail reception will precede the Water’s Next Awards Gala, a dinner to celebrate the accomplishments of water leaders and innovators across Canada.
  • Friday, June 24, TRCA plans to host a bus tour site visit, and a paddling event; and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities will offer a training course on net zero water for buildings (registration required).

January 5, 2016

Stay tuned for news about an exclusive event hosted by the Toronto Region Board of Trade in conjunction with the Canadian Water Summit on June 22!

December 18, 2015

2016 Latest Sponsors Announced!

The organizers of the Summit are pleased to announce our latest sponsors: TRCA (Gold), WaterTAP, Toronto Region Board of Trade (Silver); Canadian Water & Wastewater Association, Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESSA) (Contributing), and Water Canada magazine (Media)

October 2, 2015

2016 Advisory Committee Announced!

The Canadian Water Summit is proud to announce this year's Summit Advisory Committee. The 2016 Committee boasts some of Canada's leading water experts and champions, who will provide advice and counsel the the development of the program.

June 22, 2015

2015 Canadian Water Summit Media Advisory

The 6th annual Canadian Water Summit, taking place June 25 in Vancouver, will explore the energy of water through technology hubs, public attitudes toward water, and the intersections between water, natural resources, and the food and beverage industry. Featuring speakers like BC Minister of Environment Mary Polak, Squamish Nation Chief Ian Campbell, and TVO’s Alex and Tyler Mifflin, the 2015 Canadian Water Summit is a highly anticipated opportunity for Canadian water professionals and stakeholders to meet, mingle, and share ideas.

Read the full media advisory here.

May 21, 2015

BC Lieutenant Governor Joins CWS 2015 Speaker Roster

The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, will provide closing remarks at the conclusion of the 2015 Canadian Water Summit. We're proud to have her aboard and excited to hear her insights. Check out the full list of speakers here.

May 6, 2015

A Letter From Conference Chair Margaret Catley-Carlson

Canadian Water Summit 2015 Chair Margaret Catley-Carlson has penned a letter of welcome to this year's conference attendees.

"I'm delighted that I will see Canada Water Network partners and many others at the Canadian Water Summit on June 25th - join me for this unique opportunity to be part of a critical, forward-looking discussion," Catley-Carlson writes.

To read the full letter, click here.

May 5, 2015

Holland Returns as Sponsor

CWS 2015 is very pleased to announce the return of the Dutch as a sponsor. Holland has been a key supporter of the Canadian Water Summit in the past, and we look forward to hearing their fascinating insights this summer in Vancouver!

For a look at all of CWS 2015's sponsors, click here.

May 4, 2015

Discounted Room Rate Ends May 25

As of May 25, all unreserved hotel rooms in the Water Summit room block will be automatically released, and requests for the Water Summit group rate will be processed on a case by case basis.

In order to guarantee your Water Summit discounted room rate, book your room now!

For more hotel information, click here.

April 29, 2015

Water Brothers Join CWS 2015 Speaker Roster

We're excited to announce Alex and Tyler Mifflin as luncheon keynote speakers. Alex and Tyler host The Water Brothers on TVO, an eco-adventure documentary series that follows the brothers as they explore the world, uncovering the most important water issues of our time.

Find out more about the Water Brothers here:

Check out all our confirmed speakers here:

April 6, 2015

CWS 2015 in the new Corporate Knights

Canadian Water Summit is proud to be included in the Spring 2015 edition of Corporate Knights magazine!

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,

Todd Latham, President & CCO, Actual Media, 1.444.5842 x111,

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.

Click here 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 17, 2013

Register today and you will receive a free copy of the new book Down the Drain: How We Are Failing to Protect Our Water Resources at the Summit!

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.

July 24, 2012

The Digital Report publishes an in depth review of the Canadian Water Summit.

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!

May 8, 2011

"Global Water Security Poses Risk to Canadian Supply Chains." "Corporate Water Use Measured For the First Time." - Topics to be addressed at the upcoming Canadian Water Summit covered in Canadian trade media.
Read more:
Corporate Water Use Measured For the First Time - Construction Links
Does a global water scarcity poses a risk to Canadian industrial supply chains? - MRO Magazine
Global Water Security Poses Risk to Canadian Supply Chains - CIEN Magazine
Corporate Water Use Measured For the First Time - Exchange Magazine
Global water scarcity poses risk to Canadian supply chains - Canadian Environmental Protection Magazine

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.

April 5, 2011

Check out highlights from the 2011 Canadian Water Attitudes Study, commissioned by RBC and Unilever Canada.
2011 Canadian Water Attitudes Study NR.pdf

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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December 1, 2010

Check out the article, "Canada on doorstep of global water boom," with stats sourced from the "Water and the Future of the Canadian Economy Report."

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!

July 15, 2010

See the latest issue of Water Canada for an overview of the Canadian Water Summit.

June 16, 2010

Check out the latest press release on the Summit: The Innovolve Group Hosts Inaugural Canadian Water Summit.

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:

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 or

December 17, 2009

The Canadian Water Summit officially launched. Read the national press release.

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.

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