Ontario Water News

Five Spring Industry Events in Ontario You Shouldn’t Miss

Now that spring has sprung, Ontario’s water industry event season is heating up. To help you solidify your conference calendar, we’ve assembled a list of five stand-out events, complete with opportunities to cultivate your networks and your business.

1. Ensuring Affordability: Strategies for Rural Water Infrastructure – Eganville – April 25 Website

Small, rural municipalities face unique challenges in providing water and wastewater services to the public. With small, dispersed populations, the economics of traditional big pipe solutions may not be favourable or affordable in the long-term for the rural community. And further, the policies, regulations, programs, and practices tend not to favour alternatives to the traditional solutions. The result is that municipalities either have or are influenced to build infrastructure that they and their constituents cannot afford in the long term.

WaterTAP, the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure, and the Municipal Finance Officers’ Association of Ontario have partnered to host this workshop to help municipalities gain a better understanding of affordability issues impacting their own water infrastructure. The group will collectively determine how to move forward in delivering sustainable services.

This workshop is open Eastern Ontario municipalities. If your municipality is interested in attending, please contact Lesley Herstein (lesley.herstein@WaterTAPontario.com, 416-593-0303 x108) for more information. Space is limited, so be sure to contact us to book your spot as soon as possible.

2. CANECT – Mississauga– May 1-3 Website

CANECT is Canada’s leading environmental management and compliance training forum, annually attracting conference registrants and speakers and thousands of additional trade show attendees. Conveniently co-located with “Partners in Prevention,” CANECT offers registrants free admission to Canada’s largest environmental and health & safety exhibition. Over 350 exhibits and displays feature the latest in environmental, EHS and related ideas, solutions and technologies.

Register and save: Check out the extensive course list and take advantage of special discounts when you register for all three days.

3. Ontario’s Water Conference and Trade Show – Niagara Falls – May 7-10 Website

The Ontario Water Works Association, the Ontario Municipal Water Association, and the Ontario Water Works Equipment Association host this annual event and promise a dynamic conference program that will challenge delegates to re-examine traditional concepts and methods.

Don’t miss it: Tuesday’s opening keynote is Bob McDonald, host of CBC Radio’s Quirks & Quarks. His award-winning science program is heard by 500,000 people each week.

4. Blue Cities – Toronto – May 17-18 – Website

Blue Cities is the annual flagship event of the Canadian Municipal Water Consortium, a nation-wide collaboration that enables those involved in the management of municipal water to anticipate, respond and adapt to key challenges and emerging trends. The Consortium connects municipalities, researchers, industry and government to create meaningful partnerships and collectively address Canada’s municipal water management challenges.

We’ll be there: WaterTAP’s President and CEO, Dr. Peter Gallant, will participate on the conference track on innovation in a world of regulations, policies and guidelines.

5. ONEIA Environment and Cleantech Business and Policy Forum – Toronto – May 30 – Website

Ontario is transitioning to a low-carbon circular economy and moving rapidly on implementing a cap-and-trade program and a new resource recovery framework, while also rolling out major infrastructure projects. What new opportunities can Ontario’s clean technology sector expect and how can it innovate and prosper during this transition? How will various external factors – in Canada and beyond – impact the situation in Ontario?

Let’s talk policy: Look forward to special insights from Ontario’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Glen Murray, as well as key Ontario Deputy Ministers on current and future policies and programs. In the afternoon, choose from several roundtable discussion topics with senior government officials.

P.S. Beyond spring and into summer, be sure not to miss Window on Ottawa and the eighth annual Canadian Water Summit.

Don’t see your event on WaterTAP’s listings page? Email kerry.freek@WaterTAPontario.com to have it included.