Ready, Set… Network!

For the first time ever, CWS is hosting a speed networking event to bring current and future generations of water industry professionals together to cultivate an inclusive, diverse, and thriving water sector.

Students and other early career industry professionals will learn from and network with experts representing different streams of Canada’s water sector. They will take part in a series of seven 15-minute roundtable discussions facilitated by experienced water professionals.

Downstream by the Numbers

7 experts
56 students
105 minutes

How does it work?

Following quick introductions and rules of engagement, students will cycle through a series of brief roundtable discussions that aim to address three key questions in relation to the table’s predetermined topic:

      1. What are the trends in this stream
      2. What are the challenges?
      3. What are the opportunities for early career professionals?

Stationed at each table, alongside the expert will be a notetaker who captures comments, questions, and feedback that will be included in a followup industry report. The report will provide guidance to industry organizations looking to attract and retain early career professionals as we continue to address an ongoing skills shortage in the environment and water sectors.

What are the benefits?

For Students

Students will come away with key contacts and information that will provide direction and opportunities for career growth.

      • A better understanding of potential career paths that are available to them.
      • Opportunity to connect with other early career professionals.

For Industry

      • Industry professionals will gain valuable insights to better attract and retain young talent.
      • Engage with future generations of water sector leaders, ultimately learning what motivates and excites new graduates as they choose areas of specialty

Meet the experts

Who can attend:

Early career professionals and students are personally invited by program directors and industry organizations in partnership with Water Canada magazine.

Downstream participants are invited to participate in and attend Canadian Water Summit events on Friday June 3rd, including a networking breakfast, panel discussion on diversity, and the closing keynote luncheon featuring Simon Jackson, founder of the Spirit Bear Youth Coalition.

If you are interested in either attending or sponsoring this speed networking event, please reach out to [email protected] for more information.