Water Canada Webinar Series

Launched in 2021, Water Canada’s Blue Economy webinar series, now called Water Canada webinars, focuses on expert insights into the state of the water industry in wastewater, drinking water, and stormwater.

Past topics of discussion include: 

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Have an idea for an upcoming Water Canada webinar? Reach out to editor Jen Smith at [email protected]

Interested in sponsoring an upcoming webinar or aligning your brand with a specific topic, reach out to Jackie Pagaduan at [email protected]


Upcoming Webinar:

Date: NOV. 30, 2022, 11 A.M EST

Description: After Walkerton, Ontario municipalities were tasked with ensuring their populations had access to clean, safe drinking water systems in a way that was financially sustainable. This meant that in order to protect people, they’d also be responsible for enforcing a program of increased costs for water usage—a trickle-down effect, that some feel is not only warranted, but absolutely necessary in order to combat critical repair deferrals and ensure well-monitored water distribution, while others feel this unfairly targets vulnerable community members. With inflation seemingly on an endless rise, supply chain shortages, and a lack of skilled labour, how can municipalities ensure safe, equitable water delivery and treatment through a utility rate structure that is fair, but also provides the necessary funds for ongoing maintenance and operations?

Confirmed Panelists

 

Martin Bureau, Vice-President Innovation, Sanexen Services Environnementaux inc.

Martin Bureau is a professional engineer who has been working in Research and Development (R&D) since 1992. He holds a Doctorate of Material Sciences in Polymer Composites, a Master of Applied Sciences in Metallurgy, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgy). He joined Sanexen in 2013 as Senior Director Research and Development, and is now Vice-President Innovation. His primary responsibilities consist of supporting the growth of the Infrastructure and Environment Divisions, as well as of affiliate company Niedner Inc., through the development and introduction of new products and processes, including intellectual property management. Mr. Bureau also acts as an expert in the process development and manufacturing for Sanexen’s needs.

 

Martin has extensive expertise in manufacturing processes, process-structure-performance relationships, and the mechanical behaviour of composites, polymers and foams, which he gained at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) between 1998 and 2012. Over the course of his career, Mr. Bureau has developed a broad experience in the management of technological research and development programs involving several stakeholders from industrial, academic and government entities. 

Robert Haller, Executive Director, Canadian Water and Wastewater Association

Robert Haller is the executive director of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, a role he took on after almost 20 years as a senior municipal administrator – most of those years serving as a CAO for small and medium-sized communities.   Robert leads the CWWA as the national voice for water and wastewater in Ottawa and promotes collaboration between all the water organizations across Canada.  Robert has served on a number of national roundtables representing the utility sector to the federal government.  

 

Kathy Vassilakos, OMWA Vice President, Co-Chair of Lead Working Group, Former City of Stratford Councillor

 

William Fernandes, Director, Water Treatment and Supply at City of Toronto

William Fernandes

William Fernandes is currently the Director of Water Treatment and Supply within Toronto Water.

He is a Professional Engineer with over 35 years both in private and public sector, working in operations, maintenance and capital delivery.

 

 

 

 


Past 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?

Confirmed panelists:

Luxmy Begum – MTE Consultants

Luxmy Begum, Ph.D., P.Eng., PMP, has over 20 years experience of process, research, project management and consultancy experience in the environmental sector. She is a wastewater treatment and resource recovery specialist, complete solution provider, engineer, founder, educator and author with consultancy experiences throughout North America in plant upgrade, technology selection and evaluation, equipment selection and procurement for water, wastewater and anaerobic digestion plants. Luxmy as also authored over 50 international journals, conference papers and technical reports.

Bharat Chandramouli – SGS Canada

Bharat Chandramouli is a senior scientist with 20+ years of experience in the occurrence, fate and transport of persistent organic pollutants and contaminants of emerging concern. He is a published author on several peer-review articles and book chapters on atmospheric chemistry, per- and polyfluorinated substances (PFAS) measurement, emerging contaminants occurrence, semivolatiles fate and transport and more. At SGS, Bharat manages the development of new products and services in North America, provides technical leadership on analytical methods and coordinates between product development, sales, management and clients to ensure that SGS services meets everyone’s needs. In addition to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in engineering and environmental science, Bharat completed his Ph. D in environmental science and atmospheric chemistry from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Fe de Leon – Canadian Environmental Law Association

Fe is a researcher and a paralegal with the Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA).  Fe holds a Masters degree in Public Health. She has worked on chemicals and waste management policy for over 20 years. Her work has focused on promoting preventative approaches to chemicals across the Great Lakes Basin within Canada’s chemicals management program and international agreements such the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement, and the Minimata Convention on Mercury. She has worked collaboratively with Canadian and international non-governmental organizations for the listing of chrysotile asbestos for Prior Informed Consent Procedures under the Rotterdam Convention. Fe works to promote right to know regimes and improve access to public participation in decision making processes, through the implementation of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, and the use of the National Pollutant Release Inventory (NPRI). She was a member of Canada’s Chemicals Management Plan Stakeholder Advisory Council since 2007 and a current member of the NPRI Working Group.

Martin Bureau, VP – Sanexen

Martin is a professional engineer who has been working in Research and Development (R&D) since 1992. He holds a Doctorate of Material Sciences in Polymer Composites, a Master of Applied Sciences in Metallurgy, and a Bachelor of Engineering (Metallurgy). He joined Sanexen in 2013 as Senior Director Research and Development, and is now Vice-President Innovation. His primary responsibilities consist of supporting the growth of the Infrastructure and Environment Divisions, as well as of affiliate company Niedner Inc., through the development and introduction of new products and processes, including intellectual property management. Mr. Bureau also acts as an expert in the process development and manufacturing for Sanexen’s needs.

Martin has extensive expertise in manufacturing processes, process-structure-performance relationships, and the mechanical behaviour of composites, polymers and foams, which he gained at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC) between 1998 and 2012. Over the course of his career, Mr. Bureau has developed a broad experience in the management of technological research and development programs involving several stakeholders from industrial, academic and government entities.  

Maureen Dooley, VP – REGENESIS

Maureen has over twenty-five years of experience in many aspects of remediation industry, including project management, research and development, senior technical oversight, remedial design and laboratory management. Her prior experience includes the completion of numerous treatability studies designed to evaluate the biodegradation of a wide range of chemical constituents that include chlorinated solvents, petroleum hydrocarbons, explosives, aromatic hydrocarbons and pesticides. In her current role at REGENESIS, she provides technical leadership for complex soil and groundwater remediation projects, including PFAS groundwater contamination treatment, throughout North America, as well as remediation design, strategy, and business development in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.

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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.

Watch the Replay: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/BEProtectSourceWater/register


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.

Watch the Replay: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/betacklingplastics


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.

Watch the Replay: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/BEMunicipalCodigestion/


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?


Watch the Replay: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/BESafeDrinkingWater


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.


Watch the Replay: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/bedrivingdiversity


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?

Watch the Replay: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/innovateblueecon


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.

Watch the Replay: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/governblueecon


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?

Watch the Replay: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/buildblueecon


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.

Watch the Replay: https://www.crowdcast.io/e/defineblueecon