Canadian Water Summit 2018

Knowledge to Practice: Applying science, policy, and research to the blue economy

*The organizers of the Canadian Water Summit would like to formally acknowledge the our event will be hosted on the unceded territory of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations.*

Preliminary Program

Wednesday, June 20

8:00  – 8:30 a.m.Registration
9:00 – 9:10Welcome & opening remarks from CWS Co-Chairs

    • Madjid Mohensi, Professor & Scientific Director, RES’EAU and Katherine Balpataky, Editor, Water Canada
9:10 – 9:30Keynote guest
9:30 – 10:30Plenary 1: Tech & Peace: Canada’s Knowledge to Accelerate the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Canada is growing its water cleantech presence globally, but how can we leverage this to help achieve the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals? 

10:30 – 11:00Networking break, exhibits, student academic poster contest
11:00 – 12:15 p.m.Session 2: Reduce, Reuse, Replenish: Data to Informing Decisions to Inform Private Sector Water Use

The global water cycle is changing. How are business responding, putting knowledge to practice?

  • Andreanne Simard, Chief Hydrologist, Nestlé Waters
  • Jon Radtke, Water Sustainability Program Manager, ‎Coca-Cola North America
  • Alexis Morgan, Manager, Water Risk Filter, World Wildlife Fund-International
12:15 – 12:50Networking break, exhibits, student academic poster contest

1:15 – 1:45

Luncheon Keynote

Jill Heinerth Explorer-in-Residence, Royal Canadian Geographical Society: Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer and filmmaker.

2:00 – 3:15Session 3.1: Let it Flow: Innovation in Nation-to-Nation Water Governance

Innovation in water governance across jurisdictional and cultural boundaries

2:00 – 3:15Session 3.2: Capturing Value from Disruptive Technologies

How Canada’s municipal sector can thrive during the emergence of disruptive influences emerge in the ways we manage water 

2:00 – 3:15Session 3.3: Water Leadership in Natural Resource Development

  • Allen Curry Science Director, Canadian Rivers Institute, Professor University of New Brunswick
3:15 – 3:40Networking break and exhibits
3:45 – 5:00Session 4.1: Traditional Knowledge, Science, and Arctic Adaptation
3:45 – 5:00Session 4.2:  Readying Canada’s Future Workforce, powered by Waterlution

  • Featuring the winners of the CWS-Waterlution student and young professional video conference
3:45 – 5:00Session 4.3: Natural Resources, Water, and Indigenous rights 

Innovation in using science, data, and traditional knowledge to inform natural resources decision-making

5:10 – 5:30Closing remarks
5:30 – 7:00Neworking reception
7:30 – 9:30Water’s Next Awards Gala

The Water’s Next national awards program honours the achievements and ideas of individuals and companies that successfully work to change water in our country.

Thursday, June 21

 all day


10:30 – 12:30





TBD/2:00 – 5:00




National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Trout Lake


Women in Water Diversity Workshop & Brunch

The Canadian Water Summit is building upon the success of our 2017 #WomenInWater Networking Breakfast by partnering with Canada’s leading water industry association from to explore knowledge and best practices for increasing workplace diversity in the water sector.


Matinee theatre production of SLIME

SLIME is a work of sonic theatre about the impact of climate change on the ‘great animal orchestra’ – the biophony – in which we are immersed, and from which we have become dangerously disconnected by our infatuation with the sound of our own human voices. The play is set in a fictional conference on marine extinction.

Friday, June 22

7:00 – 8:30 a.m. Stanley Park Run

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Nestlé Hope Bottling Plant and Fraser River Tour

  • Bus tour up the Fraser River to Hope B.C. to learn about how science & data inform decisions at the Hope Nestlé Water Bottling Plan with special guests

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup

RESEAU-WATERNET Annual General Meeting (invitation only)