The organizing team of the 2021 Water’s Next awards is excited to present 15 awards that will recognize people, projects, and technologies that demonstrate a strong commitment to improving the quality of the Canadian water sector.
Academic Leader: This award is given to an individual who has demonstrated leadership in the academic sector through their administration of water programs, involvement in the operation of water programming, research of water issues of national significance, and/or the teaching of students on the subject of water within an academic institution.
Business Leader: This award is presented to a person in the private sector who has demonstrated leadership in the Canadian water sector both inside and outside of their professional position.
Government Leader: This award is presented to a person in the public sector who has demonstrated significant leadership, innovation, and influence in the public sector for the benefit of Canada’s water resources. This category includes municipalities, agencies, watershed authorities, and First Nations government. This award will not only evaluate the work done within the person’s profession, but also within the greater Canadian water community.
Non-Government Leader: This award is given to a person in the non-government sector that has demonstrated significant leadership, innovation, and influence in the water sector. These characteristics should be demonstrated through work completed both within their professional mandate, as well as in working with other leaders in the Canadian water sector.
Operator (Water/Wastewater): This award is given to an operator whose demonstrated leadership shows a commitment to going above and beyond the demands of the job to ensure the safety and quality of water resources.
Young Professional: This award is presented to an individual under the age of 30 working in the water sector who has demonstrated exemplary leadership, innovation, and growth potential. This category is open to both students working towards careers in the Canadian water sector, as well as those who are already working within the industry.
Projects & Technology:
Conveyance: This award is given to a project or technology that has significantly improved the distribution of water within a municipal, commercial, or institutional water system (i.e., everything man-made and designed—from pipes to pumps to valves—that makes water move from source to tap and back).
Drinking Water: This award is given to a project or technology that has significantly improved the quality of or access to reliable drinking water.
Early Adoption: One of Canada’s first demonstrations of a new technology or innovation. This award is given to both the technology provider and the municipality, corporation, or institution that has made the bold move to experiment with the installation of a new technology that could ultimately set them apart from other similar entities.
Education and Outreach (new for 2021): This award is given to a municipality, academic institution, government organization, or non-government organization that has made significant strides in driving a new initiative forward that will provide tangible benefits for the Canadian water sector.
Stormwater: This award is given to a project or technology that has been installed to efficiently and effectively manage and treat stormwater in a municipal, commercial, or industrial setting.
Wastewater: This category recognizes a project or technology that manages and treats municipal or industrial wastewater, including non-point source pollution. Applicants that demonstrate effective resource recovery are also considered for this award.
Water Resources: Awarded to a project, technology, or innovation that aids in the protection of surface water, groundwater, and aquatic ecosystems.
Company/Organization of the Year: This award is presented to a company or organization that has demonstrated a strong dedication to improving the overall quality of the Canadian water sector. The winner of this award is chosen from the finalists of the seven awards in the Projects and Technology category.
Water Steward of the Year: This award is given to an individual whose exemplary leadership, innovation, and creativity is worthy of national recognition.
The 2021 Water’s Next Awards will be presented on June 10, 2021. The Water’s Next Awards are part of the 2021 Canadian Water Summit, which is being hosted in partnership with the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s Window on Ottawa.