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 session 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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7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
Breakfast provided
7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
Registration and breakfast
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
WELCOME REMARKS & DISTINGUISHED GUEST
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
CONFERENCE WELCOME & DISTINGUISHED GUEST
9:00 AM - 9:30 AM

Bernadette Conant, CEO, Canadian Water Network

CONCURRENT SESSIONS
9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

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

Chair: Don Pearson, CWN Board Chair

Edgar Westerhof, National Director for Flood Risk & Resiliency, Arcadis North America

Smarter Ways to Innovate
Innovative Applications of Technology

Chair: Alicia Fraser, Vice President of Engineering, Capital and Support Services, Ontario Clean Water Agency
OPENING KEYNOTE
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Refreshment break
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Refreshment break
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
PLENARY PANEL
10:30 AM - 11:45 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 trump others? Where are we “stuck” or making real progress? Settle in for a thoughtful discussion with some of water’s best thinkers.

Chair: Linda Gowman, Chief Technology Officer, Trojan Technologies

Louise Bradette, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Montreal
Elliott Cappell, Chief Resilience Officer, City of Toronto
Erin Mahoney, Commissioner of Environmental Services, York Region
John Sullivan, Chief Engineer, Boston Water and Sewer Commission
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

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

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

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

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
SPECIAL PRESENTATION
11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Findings of the National Expert Advisory Panel on Contaminants in Wastewater
Lunch provided
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Lunch provided
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
CONFERENCE REMARKS
1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
CONCURRENT SESSIONS
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

Smarter Infrastructure Financing and Design
Opportunities in Water Financing

Sashen Guneratna, Managing Director, Infrastructure and Project Finance, PwC

Working Smarter with Customers
Customer Motivation and Behaviour

Chair: Nancy Stalker, Acting Director, Water Services, City of Calgary

Julia Baird, Canada Research Chair in Human Dimensions of Water Resources and Water Resilience, Brock University
Sakis Kotsantonis, Managing Partner, KKS Advisors
PLENARY PANEL
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Chair: Bev Yee, Deputy Minister, Alberta Agriculture and Forestry

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

Smarter Infrastructure Financing and Design
Designing Infrastructure for an Uncertain Future

Chair: Lou Di Gironimo, General Manager, Toronto Water


Guy Felio, Senior Advisor, Asset Management Solutions and Infrastructure Resilience, Stantec Consulting
Afreen Siddiqi, Research Scientist, MIT, Associate Director, MIT Strategic Engineering Research Group

Working Smarter with Customers
Public Engagement Lessons from the Trenches

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

Cathy Bernardino Bailey, Director, Greater Cincinnati Water Works
Ken Hutchison, Managing Director, Scottish Water International
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3:30 PM - 11:00 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

Tuesday May 1

  • Placeholder
    7:30 AM - 8:00 AM
  • Registration and breakfast
    8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
  • CONFERENCE WELCOME & DISTINGUISHED GUEST
    9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • OPENING KEYNOTE
    9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
  • Refreshment break
    10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
  • PLENARY PANEL
    10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
  • SPECIAL PRESENTATION
    11:45 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 - 6:00 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
    7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • WELCOME REMARKS & DISTINGUISHED GUEST
    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 - 1:00 PM
  • CONFERENCE REMARKS
    1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • PLENARY PANEL
    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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