2018 Conference Program

Conference Tracks

Smarter Infrastructure Financing and Design

Climate change, urbanization, fluctuating demands due to economic swings and conservation… the only constant in a utility’s future is change, with a large measure of uncertainty. What infrastructure do we need? What’s achievable? And how do we pay for it?

Working Smarter with Customers

Customer intelligence is the process of gathering and analyzing information on customer needs, attitudes and actions. How can we leverage this understanding and build effective partnerships with customers? Take away research insights, success stories and a few hard-won lessons.

Water as a Core Component of Smart City Design

How do we design cities with water in mind? Where are the opportunities to collaborate with other stakeholders and improve resiliency? Let’s look at the bigger picture and consider the integration of water into broader urban design.

Smarter Ways to Innovate

Get ready to think outside the pipe! This track will highlight the technologies, processes and management techniques that are transforming municipal water systems. Large or small, one-time or continuous – what can be implemented now or in the near future?

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Printable Program
Tuesday May 1 Wednesday May 2
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7:15 AM - 8:00 AM
Breakfast provided
7:15 AM - 8:30 AM

OPTIONAL BREAKFAST SESSION
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

WaterTAP / LIFT Breakfast Session
Connecting Challenges to Innovative Solutions

Location: Salon A

WaterTAP has partnered with The Water Research Foundation's Leaders Innovation Forum for Technology (LIFT), which connects utilities with technology providers to bring new solutions to the field. Learn how the program helps utilities foster innovation and realize more value. Hear from a Canadian participant and discuss challenges in technology adoption, both operationally and organization-wide.

Registration and breakfast
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
CONFERENCE REMARKS
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
CONFERENCE WELCOME
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM

Bernadette Conant, CEO, Canadian Water Network

Blue Cities welcomes two international guests by video:

Dhesigen Naidoo, CEO, Water Research Commission, South Africa
Adam Lovell, Executive Director, Water Services Association of Australia


INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
9:20 AM - 9:45 AM

Rob Renner, CEO, The Water Research Foundation

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Water as a Core Component of Smart City Design
Integrating Water with Urban Design

Location: British Columbia Room

Chair: Don Pearson, Chairman of the Board, Canadian Water Network

Edgar Westerhof, National Director for Flood Risk & Resiliency, Arcadis North America
Christine Zimmer, Senior Manager, Water and Climate Change Science, Credit Valley Conservation

Smarter Ways to Innovate
Innovative Applications of Technology

Location: Quebec Room

Chair: Alicia Fraser, Vice President of Engineering, Capital and Support Services, Ontario Clean Water Agency

Albert Cho, Vice President and General Manager, Advanced Infrastructure Analytics, Xylem
Arjan van Timmeren, Professor of Environmental Technology & Design, Department of Urbanism Delft University of Technology
Nidal Qwasmi, Watson IoT Solution Manager, IBM

PLENARY PANEL
9:45 AM - 11:00 AM

Smarter Water Management Decisions
Given the complex challenges and uncertainty involved in water management today, what does smarter water management look like, now and in the future? Do certain priorities outweigh others? Where are we “stuck” or making real progress? Settle in for a thoughtful discussion with some of water’s best thinkers.

Location: Ballroom

Chair: Carl Yates, General Manager, Halifax Water

Louise Bradette, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Montreal
Nancy Stalker, Manager of Water Quality, Water Services, City of Calgary
John Sullivan, Chief Engineer, Boston Water and Sewer Commission

Refreshment break
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Water as a Core Component of Smart City Design
Roles, Responsibilities and Resiliency

Location: British Columbia Room

Chair: Susan Ancel, Director Stormwater Strategies, EPCOR Water Services

Natalia Moudrak, Director, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
Craig Stewart, Vice President, Federal Affairs, Insurance Bureau of Canada
Jason Thistlethwaite, Assistant Professor, School of Environment, Enterprise and Development, University of Waterloo

Smarter Ways to Innovate
Optimizing People and Processes

Location: Quebec Room

Chair: Wendy Kemp, Director, Strategy and Innovation (Acting), Regional Municipality of York

Craig Bonneville, Director, Edmonton Water Treatment Plants, EPCOR
Andrew Grice, Director, Public Works Department, Hamilton Water, City of Hamilton
Stewart McDonough, Advisor, Strategy and Innovation, Office of the Chief Administrative Officer, City of Guelph

Refreshment break
11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Findings of a National Expert Advisory Panel on Contaminants in Wastewater

Moderator: Bernadette Conant, CEO, Canadian Water Network

Susheel Arora, Director of Wastewater and Stormwater Services, Halifax Water
Mike Darbyshire, General Manager, Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission
Theresa McClenaghan, Executive Director, Canadian Environmental Law Association
Mark Servos, Canada Research Chair in Water Quality Protection, University of Waterloo

Lunch provided
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch provided
12:15 PM - 1:30 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Smarter Infrastructure Financing and Design
Opportunities in Water Financing

Location: British Columbia Room

Chair: Pat Wilson, Director of Water Works, City of Regina

Gregory Baird, President, The Water Finance Research Foundation
Sashen Guneratna, Managing Director, Infrastructure and Project Finance, PwC
John Presta, Director of Environmental Services, Regional Municipality of Durham – Works Department

Working Smarter with Customers
Understanding and Engaging Customers

Location: Quebec Room

Chair: Nancy Stalker, Manager of Water Quality, Water Services, City of Calgary

Julia Baird, Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of Water Resources and Water Resilience, Brock University
Ken Hutchison, Managing Director, Scottish Water International
Sakis Kotsantonis, Managing Partner, KKS Advisors

PLENARY PANEL
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Smarter Decisions from Other Sectors
Some of the challenges, changes and uncertainties that other sectors face are similar to those in water. Learn about the strategies being used in these other sectors to address common challenges faced by municipal water utilities. Wrap up your conference experience with some final “a-hah” moments that you won’t find anywhere else.

Location: Ballroom

Chair: Bev Yee, Deputy Minister, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

Christopher Emery, Vice President, Digital Business Transformation, Rogers Communications Inc.
Jim Keech, President and Chief Executive Officer, Utilities Kingston and Kingston Hydro Corporation
Mary Proc, Chief Marketing Officer, Metrolinx
Refreshment break
3:00 PM - 3:30 PM
CLOSING REMARKS
3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
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3:15 PM - 11:00 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Smarter Infrastructure Financing and Design
Designing Infrastructure for an Uncertain Future

Location: British Columbia Room

Chair: Lou Di Gironimo, General Manager, Toronto Water

Guy Felio, Senior Advisor, Asset Management Solutions and Infrastructure Resilience, Stantec Consulting
Mohsen Mortada, President & CEO, Cole Engineering Group
Afreen Siddiqi, Research Scientist, MIT, Associate Director, MIT Strategic Engineering Research Group

Working Smarter with Customers
Public Engagement Lessons from the Trenches

Location: Quebec Room

Chair: Robert Haller, Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association

Cathy Bernardino Bailey, Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
Larina Lopez, Division Manager, Corporate Communications, Metro Vancouver
Robb Ogilvie, Managing Partner, Ogilvie, Ogilvie & Company

Conference break
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM
WELCOME RECEPTION & POSTER SHOWCASE
6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Sponsored by Cole Engineering

BLUE CITIES NETWORKING (off-site)
8:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Hosted by CWN's Student and Young Professional Committee
Open to the Toronto water community – conference attendance not required

Location: Goose Island Brewhouse, 70 The Esplanade

Tuesday May 1

  • Placeholder
    7:15 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Registration and breakfast
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • CONFERENCE WELCOME
    9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
  • INTRODUCTORY REMARKS
    9:20 AM - 9:45 AM
  • PLENARY PANEL
    9:45 AM - 11:00 AM
  • Refreshment break
    11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
  • SPECIAL PRESENTATION
    11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
  • Lunch provided
    12:15 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 - 6:00 PM
  • WELCOME RECEPTION & POSTER SHOWCASE
    6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • BLUE CITIES NETWORKING (off-site)
    8:30 PM - 11:00 PM

Wednesday May 2

  • Breakfast provided
    7:15 AM - 8:30 AM
  • OPTIONAL BREAKFAST SESSION
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • CONFERENCE 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
    1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
  • CLOSING REMARKS
    3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
  • Placeholder
    3:15 PM - 11:00 PM
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