2015 Water Summit Program Released – Comments and suggestions invited

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A draft outline of the three days of programming around the June 25 Canadian Water Summit has been released by the Advisory Committee. Information on plenary panels, breakout sessions, and full event scheduling is now available on the program page.

2015 Program

The 6th Annual Canadian Water Summit in Vancouver, BC 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. The professionals in attendance will be engaged and inspired by a program that encourages collaboration and seizing advantages of the energy of water in Canada and around the world.

*This is a draft program and is subject to change.


9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. BlueSFU: Water Research Day: WOSC Centre for Dialogue

5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Canadian Water Summit Opening Reception: WOSC Centre for Dialogue

THURSDAY – JUNE 25, 2015

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Registration: Stanley Park Ballroom, Westin Bayshore Hotel

8:30 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. Welcome Remarks: Welcome to the sixth annual Canadian Water Summit (Fred Keating, MC and Margaret Catley-Carlson, CWS 2015 Chair)

8:50 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Morning Address: Water and Energy in BC—The new Water Sustainability Act (The Hon.Mary Polak, BC Minister of Environment)

9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Morning Panel: The role of water innovation hubs in Singapore, Israel, Holland, USA and Canada. Moderated by Ontario’s WaterTAP, a group of international speakers will discuss how to capitalize on global ‘energy of water’ opportunities.

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Networking Break & Exhibits

11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Plenary Q&A Panel: 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 is water and energy connected?This expert panel will enage the audience and set the stage for “deeper dives” into the subject during afternoon breakout sessions.

12:15 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Networking Lunch

1:00 p.m. – 1:40 p.m. Luncheon Keynote: First Nations, Government and Business. What are the positive ways forward? (Perry Bellegarde, Chief of AFN, invited)

1:40 p.m. – 1:50 p.m. Special Presentation: Simon Fraser University Student Competition (Ingrid Stefanovic, Dean, Faculty of Environment, SFU)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions: Sessions will feature expert panelists from industry, academia and government and will be monitored and recorded by volunteers. Highlights will be reported in the afternoon plenary session.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1.1: Water – Energy Nexus Natural resources, mining and gas intersections. Electricity, water use and utilities.

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1.2: Water – Land Nexus Farming, fishery and watershed connections.(Anna Warwick Sears, Executive Director, Okanagan Basin Water Board; Ted Van der Gulik, Chair & Director, Irrigation Industry Assoication of BC)

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Breakout Session 1.3: Water – Food/Beverage Nexus Food processing, bottled water, soft drinks and the industrial water footprint.

3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Networking Break & Exhibits

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m. Closing Plenary Panel: Water – Social Nexus Exploring opportunities in water ethics, sustainability and biology. What values and attitudes do we have for water? Reports from Breakout sessions.

5:15 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Closing Remarks: Summit Summary and Highlight Reel from CWS 2015 Chair and MC

5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception: Networking post-Summit and pre-Water’s Next Awards gala

7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Water’s Next Awards: Gala dinner celebrating the champions of water across Canada. Ninety submissions, eight award categories, and one very fun evening. Sponsored by Water Canada magazine and RBC. (Fred Keating, MC). Get your tickets here.

FRIDAY – JUNE 26, 2015

Field Trips and Social Events (to be confirmed):

• Ecological Restoration in Burrard Inlet: A tour of four urban estuaries within Vancouver.

• Public Screening “Rivers Blue”: Local rivers advocate (Mark Angelo) documentary – Rivers Blue Option to contact Mark and arrange a public screening that would CWS 2105 delegates.

• ‘Water Run’ in Stanley Park: A jog around the seawall of Stanley Park – leaving directly from Westin Bayshore hotel.

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