We’re excited to announce that Water Canada has been recognized by the Canadian Online Publishing Awards (COPAs) as a finalist in the Best Virtual Event category in the B2B division.

Water Canada was nominated for the Canadian Water Summit that took place from June 8-10, 2021 in collaboration with the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s Window on Ottawa. Held through WHOVA, the event brought together 250+ water “nerds” to discuss a variety of current topics relevant to the Canadian water industry. Each session included discussions with industry leaders and included questions from the audience.

The Canadian Water Summit concluded with a celebration of the 2021 Water’s Next Awards. The awards recognized individuals, projects, and technologies that have made significant contributions to the water industry in Canada and beyond. We received 70 submissions this year (up from 31 in 2020). As part of the judging process, the Selection Committee identified 38 finalists and 15 award winners.

“At the outset of the pandemic, we recognized that we needed to adapt quickly from hosting in-person events to hosting virtual events,” said Simran Chattha, editor of Water Canada. “This was so that we could continue promote information sharing in the Canadian water industry while protecting the health of attendees. In delivering the 2021 Canadian Water Summit, we built on the lessons we learned last year so that we could deliver an event that was both engaging and informative.”

Water Canada’s affiliate publication, the Environment Journal, was recognized as a finalist in the Best Industry Feature category in the B2B division.

The COPAs has become the tip of the spear for the digital publishing industry in Canada by showcasing and helping Canadian content creators move the needle forward for their brands on the global stage. The COPAs was started in 2009 as an industry showcase of the Best Digital Content creators in the magazine and newspaper industries. In 13 years, it has become the largest digital publishing awards program in Canada with four divisions—Academic, B2B, B2C, and News/Sports—with a mandate to reflect Canada’s multicultural diversity whenever possible.


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