Sunday, June 21, 2015

Event: Canadian Water Summit: The Energy of Water

The 6th Annual Canadian Water Summit will take place on June 24 and 25, 2015 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, British Columbia. The water professionals in attendance will be engaged and inspired by the full day program to collaborate and take advantage of the energy of water - in Canada and around the world. Since 2009, the Canadian Water Summit has served as a collaborative forum for leaders from diverse sectors to share insights and further a united mission: to build a sustainable water future for Canada.

Who Should Attend
  • Business professionals and investors
  • Experts in water management and technology
  • Industry associations
  • Building practitioners
  • Municipalities
  • Policymakers
  • Lawyers
  • NGOs
  • Academics
  • Community representatives
  • Watershed groups

Plenaries and Panels

The conference will offer expert plenary sessions and panel presentations filled with case studies, real world projects and positive examples of nexus opportunities that exist for water and energy which benefit government, industry, and First Nations. Here is a summary of these panels and sessions on June 25, 2015.

Water Clusters: Building Capacity through Collaboration  

Morning Panel, 9:15 - 10:30 am

Over the past few years, water technology "clusters" have popped up across the globe, fuelled by the promise of a $560 billion global water market. How are these clusters benefiting economic growth, innovation adoption, and environmental protection? Are they really lending to a more cohesive sector? What are the current goals and models for these clusters? In this session, learn how clusters from Canada, the United States, and Europe are making a difference.

Session Leader: Dr Peter Gallant, President and CEO, WaterTAP

Panelists: Hein Molenkamp, Managing Director, Water Alliance (Netherlands); Bryan Stubbs, Executive Director, Cleveland Water Alliance

What is this “nexus” we are talking about? How do water flows, governance, and energy mix? How do we capture the energy of water? How are water and energy connected? 

Plenary Q&A Panel, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm

Session Leader: Margaret Catley-Carlson, Patron, Global Water Partnership

Panelists: Stephanie Smith, Manager Hydrology, BC Hydro; Nick Reid, Executive Director Strategic Partnerships, OCWA

Water – Energy Nexus Natural resources, mining and gas intersections; electricity, water use, and utilities 

Breakout Session, 2:00 - 3:15 pm

Session Leader: James Fotouhi, Research Analyst, BlueTech Research

Panelists: Matt Horne, Associate Director, Pembina Institute; Matt Kennedy, Vice President, Environment, Innergex; Deborah Harford, Executive Director, ACT

Water – Land Nexus The health of watersheds is a measure of our successes and failures with land and water use. How do we balance protection of our fish, our communities, our farming, our rivers, and our lakes? 

Breakout Session, 2:00 - 3:15 pm

Session Leader: Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board

Panelists: Ted van der Gulik, Chair & Director, Irrigation Industry Association of BC; Fin Donnelly, Board Chair, Rivershed Society of BC; Jordan Point, Executive Director, First Nations Fisheries Council of BC

Evolution of the Water-Food Nexus

Breakout Session, 2:00 - 3:15 pm

Water is a vital ingredient and strategic resource for the food and beverage manufacturing sector and is central to asset management strategies surrounding this resource. How to continually balance production, water use, and food safety while maintaining operational efficiency and economic productivity is an ongoing challenge for food and beverage producers. The panel presentation will provide attendees with a glimpse into the complex water-food nexus, and an understanding of how water stewardship decisions made today will shape the future economic success and competitiveness of the food and beverage sector.

Session Leader: Eric Meliton, Project Manager - Water Stewardship, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Panelists: Linda Delli Santi, Executive Director, BC Greenhouse Growers' Association; Kevin Jones, President and CEO, BLOOM; Andres Palma, Director of Brewing & Compliance - Vancouver Brewery, Molson Coors Canada

Social Nexus Exploring opportunities in water ethics, sustainability and biology. What values and attitudes do we have for water?

Closing Plenary Panel: Water, 3:45 - 5:00 pm


There will be many distinguished speakers at this event. Here is a summary of some of those speakers.
  • Alex & Tyler Mifflin (Co-Hosts, The Water Brothers)
  • Ian Campbell (Chief, Squamish Nation)
  • Margaret Catley-Carlson (Patron, Global Water Partnership)
  • Linda Delli Santi (Executive Director, BC Greenhouse Growers' Association)
  • Fin Donnelly (Board Chair, Rivershed Society of BC)
  • James Fotouhi (Water Reuse and Alternative Water Practice Area Leader, BlueTech Research)
  • Judith Guichon (Lieutenant Governor, Province of British Columbia)
  • Robert Haller (Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association)
  • Deborah Harford (Executive Director, ACT)
  • Matt Horne (Associate Director for British Columbia, Pembina Institute)
  • Kevin Jones (President and CEO, BLOOM)
  • Fred Keating (Emcee)
  • Matt Kennedy, M.Sc., R.P. Bio. (Vice President - Environment, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.)
  • Todd Latham (President, Actual Media Inc.)
  • Eric Meliton (Project Manager - Water Stewardship, TRCA)
  • Hein Molenkamp (Managing Director, Water Alliance)
  • Andres Palma (Director of Brewing and Compliance- Vancouver Brewery, Molson Coors Canada)
  • Dr. Peter Gallant (President and CEO, WaterTAP)
  • Andrew Petter (President & Vice Chancellor, Simon Fraser University )
  • Jordan Point (Executive Director, First Nations Fisheries Council of BC)
  • Mary Polak (Minister of Environment, Province of British Columbia)
  • Nick Reid (Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships, Ontario Clean Water Agency)
  • Stephanie Smith (Manager, Hydrology, BC Hydro)
  • James Snider (VP, Freshwater Program, WWF-Canada)
  • Ingrid Stefanovic (Dean, Faculty of Environment, Simon Fraser University)
  • Bryan Stubbs (Executive Director, Cleveland Water Alliance)
  • Ted van der Gulik (Chair & Director, Irrigation Industry Association of BC)
  • Anna Warwick Sears (Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board)

Click here to register.

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