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Call for Applications: Canadian Water Technology Tour to Netherlands, Germany, and Croatia

With funding from the Global Opportunities for Associations (GOA) federal government grants and contribution program, and in partnership with Canadian Trade Commissioner Service, WaterTAP is organizing a week-long European trade mission from February 17-22, 2019 to the Netherlands (Leeuwarden), Germany (Düsseldorf and Berlin), and Croatia (Zagreb) to showcase Canadian water technologies to utility partners.

Program Highlights (complete agenda coming soon)

  • Tour the globally recognized WaterCampus in Leeuwarden, Netherlands
  • Pitch your technologies to decision makers at the Croatian National Water Company
  • Tour water and wastewater facilities in Berlin, Düsseldorf, and Zagreb
  • Learn about market opportunities in Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria
  • Meet and network with end users, government, and potential local partners

Is this program right for you?

  • Your Canadian company owns a proven technology and has experience doing business in Europe
  • Your company is established but has a new technology, and an available prototype
  • Your company has the capacity to supply or service large utilities

Why these locations?

Netherlands: WaterCampus Leeuwarden is the meeting point of the Dutch water technology sector and has the ambition to play a sector uniting role for the rest of Europe. WaterCampus stimulates cooperation between international businesses, knowledge institutes, and governments in order to create synergy for world-class innovation, education and entrepreneurship. It is also home to the Water Alliance, one of WaterTAP’s peer organizations.

Germany: In Berlin and Düsseldorf, tour participants will tour water and wastewater facilities, pitch their solutions to utilities, and meet with potential B2B partners.

Water technology interests:

  • Nutrients – reducing nitrogen and/or phosphorus
  • Lower energy costs; recycling/reusing energy
  • Resource recovery
  • Green infrastructure – stormwater solutions for residential stormwater
  • Preventative maintenance using digital technologies and/or virtual or augmented reality
  • Recovering product (such as heat) from process waste
  • Water 4.0

Tip: German utilities prefer to do business with companies that have local service capabilities.

Croatia: In Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city, tour participants will meet with the Croatian National Water Company (Hrvatske vode). This state-owned utility is responsible for administration of all water projects in Croatia often in partnership with municipal and regional government authorities. Hrvatske vode is responsible for planning documents for water management, water regulation and protection from adverse effects of water, amelioration drainage, water use, water protection, irrigation, management of the public water assets. The company is under the authority of the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Energy.

Hrvatske vode is planning more than €1 billion in public procurement in the coming year in the water and wastewater sectors, with the lion’s share allocated to the wastewater system. Tenders will be announced for dozens of wastewater treatment plants in the next year, plus 3,000 km of sewer networks and 1,000 km of water supply networks.

Water technology interests:

  • Designing primary, secondary and tertiary wastewater treatment facilities
  • Physical, chemical and biological approaches to wastewater treatment
  • Managing wastewater silt and ash (and their use in agriculture, incineration, construction applications, etc.), and the phosphorus removal procedure
  • Other important topics: Water management legislation governing draining system projects, software applications.


Selected participants will receive financial support for 50% of airfare (to a maximum of CAD $2000), accommodation (to a maximum of CAD $200/night) and ground transportation such as a taxi, car or bus (to a maximum of CAD $225). The program covers ground transfers specific to the itinerary. Participants are responsible for the remaining percentage of these costs, some meal costs, and any costs related to non-program business. Participants must also pay a $500 program fee. For full details about costs, please contact Cie-Kay Lam at WaterTAP: cie-kay.lam@WaterTAPontario.com.

How to Apply

This tour is open to up to seven Canadian water technology companies (one representative per company). If your company is interested in participating, please submit this application form to Raad Seraj at WaterTAP (raad.seraj@WaterTAPontario.comno later than January 11, 2019.

Selected companies will be notified by January 15, 2019.