2017 Conference Program

Wednesday May 17 Thursday May 18
Placeholder
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Breakfast provided
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and breakfast
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
WELCOME REMARKS
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Peter Steblin, Canadian Water Network

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Smart Decisions: Data-driven Prioritization and Asset Management
What data matters and how do we manage it? What technological advances can help us collect this data and better manage our assets? How can big data analytics and advanced systems be used to better inform decision making?

Chair: Kealy Dedman, City of Guelph
Susan Ancel, EPCOR
Mark Knight, University of Waterloo
Luis Montestruque, EmNet

Innovation in a World of Regulations, Policies and Guidelines
Water and wastewater utilities need to meet multiple objectives and regulations, leading to extremely complex decision making. How do we ensure the best strategies are prioritized today and that future regulations support the adoption of optimal solutions?

Chair: David Szeptycki, York Region
Susheel Arora, Halifax Water
Nicola Crawhall, Westbrook Public Affairs
Robert Haller, CWWA

CONFERENCE WELCOME
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM

Bernadette Conant, Canadian Water Network

OPENING REMARKS
9:45 AM - 10:15 AM

Refreshment break
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Refreshment break
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
PLENARY PANEL AND DISCUSSION
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Utilities of the Future
Exploring new trends, technologies and management innovations that are currently shaping the water landscape, offering a glimpse into what is possible for water utilities in the near future.

Chair: Linda Gowman, Trojan Technologies
Cathy Bailey, City of Cincinnati
David Henderson, XPV Water Partners
Carl Yates, Halifax Water

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

CONTINUED

Smart Decisions: Data-Driven Prioritization and Asset Management

Chair: Kealy Dedman, City of Guelph
Christine Boyle, Valor Water Analytics, Inc.
Atif Sheikh, IBM
Jason Speers, OCWA

Innovation in a World of Regulations, Policies and Guidelines

Chair: David Szeptycki, York Region
Michelle Brownlee, Smart Prosperity Institute
Peter Gallant, WaterTap
Tom Kaszas, Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change

Lunch provided
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch provided
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Progressive Planning for Financially Robust Water Systems
The water infrastructure gap is growing and the main source of revenue for water utilities in Canada is sales. What are the strategic and emerging financing options and rate structures that ensure affordability and long-term revenue stability?

Chair: Roy Brouwer, University of Waterloo
Newsha K. Ajami, Stanford University
John Presta, Regional Municipality of Durham
Kyle Toffan, Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc.

Achieving Resilience: Preparation, Response and Recovery from Water Crisis
Extreme events are becoming more frequent, but failure to provide water and sanitation is not an option. What steps should we be taking before, during and after emergencies to ensure reliable water services?

Chair: Bev Yee, Deputy Minister, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Robert Andrews, OCWA
Alec Hay, University of Toronto

PLENARY PANEL AND DISCUSSION
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Complex Challenges, Varied Solutions:
Finding the right balance for progressive water management

Climate change, aging infrastructure and population growth are just some of the many challenges facing municipal water utilities. The recipe for effective water management requires progressive thinking, a dash of innovation and a willingness to think outside of the box. Many municipalities have come up with just the right blend for success. Join the panelists in the session as they share their insights and shed light on opportunities to apply their management approaches to local realities.

Chair: Lou Di Gironimo, City of Toronto
Chantal Morissette, City of Montréal
Ted Robbins, Capital Regional District
Rob Spackman, City of Calgary
Patricia Wilson, City of Regina

Refreshment break
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
CLOSING REMARKS
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

CONTINUED

Progressive Planning for Financially Robust Water Systems

Chair: Roy Brouwer, University of Waterloo
Michael Fenn, StrategyCorp
Erin Mahoney, York Region
Kishia Powell, City of Atlanta

Achieving Resilience: Preparation, Response and Recovery from Water Crisis

Chair: Bev Yee, Deputy Minister, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
Monica Emelko, University of Waterloo
Scott Potter, Metro Government of Nashville & Davidson County Tennessee
John Thompson, City of Barrie

Placeholder
3:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Conference break
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
RBC WELCOME RECEPTION & RESEARCH AND SOLUTIONS POSTER SHOWCASE
6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
Blue Cities Networking
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

SCADDABUSH Italian Kitchen and Bar
382 Yonge Street Unit #7 Toronto
Reservation under: Canadian Water Network

Wednesday May 17

  • Placeholder
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Registration and breakfast
    8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
  • CONFERENCE WELCOME
    9:30 AM - 9:45 AM
  • OPENING REMARKS
    9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Refreshment break
    10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
  • PLENARY PANEL AND DISCUSSION
    10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Lunch provided
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • CONCURRENT SESSIONS
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Refreshment break
    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • CONCURRENT SESSIONS
    3:30 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Conference break
    5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
  • RBC WELCOME RECEPTION & RESEARCH AND SOLUTIONS POSTER SHOWCASE
    6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
  • Blue Cities Networking
    8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Thursday May 18

  • Breakfast provided
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • WELCOME REMARKS
    8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
  • CONCURRENT SESSIONS
    9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Refreshment break
    10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
  • CONCURRENT SESSIONS
    10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Lunch provided
    12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • PLENARY PANEL AND DISCUSSION
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • CLOSING REMARKS
    3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Placeholder
    3:30 PM - 11:00 PM
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