Water Canada presents its newest online discussion series: The Keys to a Blue Economy.
This four-part series focuses on how Canada should define its blue economy and all of the key elements that will ensure a strong national water sector.
Each session is 60 minutes and takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. eastern time on the third Wednesday of the month from January 2021 to April 2021.
Session #1—Defining the Blue Economy
The United Nations defines the Blue Economy as an “ocean economy that aims at “the improvement of human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities.” However, we believe that definition is too narrow and needs to be more all-encompassing of the entire water sector from coast to coast to coast.
In our first session, we’ll explore why the wider definition is warranted, why it’s important for the future of the Canadian water sector, and the importance of gaining a greater appreciation of all of our Canadian watersheds.
Session #2—Building the Blue Economy
Building the Blue Economy focuses on the infrastructure needed to ensure that the Canadian water sector continues to prosper.
Our second session will discuss the types of assets that are needed to build a robust blue economy that incorporates the needs of all stakeholders, from flood resilience and source water protection to watershed rehabilitation and contaminants removal.
Session #3—Governing the Blue Economy
For Canada to have a prosperous blue economy, it takes the alignment of municipal, provincial, and federal policy that can open the door for strong protection of our national water assets.
In our third session, we’ll take a look at existing policy regimes across the country, where new governance structures are needed, and how we influence those government bodies to make the changes needed to ensure the short-term and long-term health of Canadian water.
Session #4—Innovating the Blue Economy
The strength of Canada’s blue economy is dependant, in part, on the technologies developed to help protect our precious water resources.
In our fourth session, we’ll dive deeper into the technology developed to protect our drinking water, help us track contaminants in our wastewater, better process our stormwater, and protect our watersheds.
Each session will feature speakers from throughout the Canadian water sector, providing multiple perspectives on each issue. We’ll touch on impacts on drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, water resources, and more.
Interested in being at the forefront of one of the Blue Economy discussions? Contact Nick Krukowski at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn about sponsorship opportunities associated with each session.
To inquire about speaking opportunities for the Blue Economy series, please contact Water Canada’s Managing Editor Andrew Macklin at email@example.com.