Blue Economy Webinar Series

Water Canada presents its Blue Economy Webinar Series. This series focuses on how Canada should define its Blue Economy and all of the key elements that will ensure a strong national water sector.

Upcoming Webinar: What’s up with PFAS?

Date: August 17, 2022 @ 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Description: This webinar will explore questions such as: What are PFAS? How can PFAS get into drinking water? What are the health and/or environmental concerns associated with PFAS? What types of treatment technologies are available?

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Upcoming Webinar: Adopting the One Water Approach

Date: October 19, 2022 @ 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM EST
Description: Typically, we think about water in silos like drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater. During this webinar, we’ll explore the benefits and drawbacks of integrating these silos under the One Water Approach. We’ll also explore what changes might be needed if the Canadian water industry adopts this as an overarching concept going forward.

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Past Webinar: Protecting Our Source Water

Description: There are many benefits of source water protection, including the fact that it can help reduce the health risks associated with exposure to contaminated water. This webinar will explore projects and initiatives that have protected our source water while also providing social, environmental, and economic benefits.

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Past Webinar: Implementing Green Infrastructure

Description: This webinar will provide examples of initiatives, projects and municipalities that have successfully implemented green infrastructure. In this important discussion, we’ll explore questions such as: What are the key factors that should be considered when implementing projects? What are some best practices? Are there factors that haven’t typically been taken into account, but should be? How can we encourage more municipalities to prioritize green infrastructure?

Past Webinar: Tackling Plastics in Freshwater

Description: While there has been a significant amount of focus on the plastic that ends up in our oceans, we also need to consider the amount of plastic pollution that’s entering our freshwater. This session explored the challenges and opportunities associated with managing plastic pollution in Canada’s freshwater. During the discussion, we considered how plastics were managed in Canada at the time of the webinar, what opportunities there were for improvement, the implications for municipalities, and what technology companies could do to support municipalities.

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Past Webinar: Advancing Municipal Co-digestion

Description: Many stakeholders recognize that the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions entering the atmosphere needs to be limited, if not reduced, given the negative implications of global warming. At the municipal level, there’s an opportunity to help reduce emissions by diverting organic waste from landfills to wastewater treatment plants. This is so that the organic waste can be co-digested to produce biogas, which has a number of benefits. Industry experts joined us for a webinar that examined the benefits of municipal co-digestion, explored regulatory requirements and financing options for projects, and provided examples of municipalities that are currently undertaking projects.

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Past Webinar: Ensuring Reliable Access to Safe Drinking Water

Description: In Canada, the federal and provincial governments play an important role in setting and updating the guidelines and regulations needed to provide reliable access to safe drinking water. This session explored questions such as: What’s working? What’s not working? What more is needed?

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Past Webinar: Driving Diversity in Canada’s Water Industry

Description: Increasing diversity can help to drive creativity, generate new ideas, and support succession planning. This webinar explored why it’s important to encourage diversity, what the current barriers are, and what strategies can be used to increase diversity.

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Past Webinar: Innovating in the Blue Economy

Description: Innovation comes from a pressing need, often involves disruption, and is best deployed when there is an urgency for new solutions. As an example, the pandemic forced global governments, health care, and scientific communities to innovate quickly in order to protect ourselves and develop vaccines. Similarly, there is urgency in Canada’s water industry to adopt clean technologies, change our habits, and think outside the box to help provide safe drinking water, more effective wastewater treatment, and better managed stormwater. In this session, we asked questions such as: What drives (or hinders) municipalities to adopt innovative technologies? Who are the champions of water innovation? Where are the projects that demonstrate positive impacts for the communities and companies involved? What’s in the crystal ball for Canada’s Blue Economy in 2026?

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Past Webinar: Governing the Blue Economy

Description: Who’s in charge of our water? How can we break down geographical silos and avoid politically influenced water regulation? In order to have a functional and prosperous blue economy, Canada will need to have an alignment between municipal, provincial, and federal policies. Citizen engagement and stakeholder inclusivity will be critical to achieving new governance models that work for the benefit of all Canadians—while also protecting our most valued resource. In our third session of the Blue Economy series, we looked at the existing policy regimes across the country and where new governance structures are being proposed (or are needed). We also looked at how water sector leaders can influence government bodies to make the changes needed to ensure real actions that can drive effective governance of Canadian water in both the short and the long-term.

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Past Webinar: Building the Blue Economy

Description: Following our webinar on “Defining the Blue Economy,” we shifted our focus to “Building” the Blue Economy. Where are the infrastructure demands that can help ensure the Canadian water sector continues to prosper? This session explored how municipalities are moving forward in the face of new and ongoing challenges like public funding, ratepayer demands, and health concerns. How are municipalities managing the operation and maintenance of their existing drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure at the same time as building new capabilities and services? Where do municipalities need more support? What are water technology and consulting firms doing to provide solutions that meet the environmental, social, and economic needs of municipalities and their water utilities?

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Past Webinar: Defining the Blue Economy

Description: Currently, predominant definitions of the term Blue Economy are synonymous with ocean resources. For example, the World Bank defines the Blue Economy as the “sustainable use of ocean resources for economic growth, improved livelihoods and jobs, and ocean ecosystem health.” Our team at Water Canada believes that this definition of the Blue Economy is too narrow and that it needs to be expanded to encompass the broader water sector. During our first webinar in the Blue Economy Webinar Series, we explored why the wider definition is warranted and why it’s important for the future of the Canadian water sector.

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