Water professionals have counted on the Window on Ottawa for over 20 years to hear the latest updates from the federal government. Not to hear what each department did last year, but rather to learn what they are working on right now and what is coming next year. For over 10 years, Water Canada and the Canadian Water Summit have hosted in-depth panel discussions on the most critical issues affecting the industry. Together, we hope to reach an even wider audience through these new online opportunities.
Each conversation will provide a keynote presentation from senior staff at a federal government ministry on work being done that impacts the Canadian water sector. We will then convene a utility leaders panel to generate thoughtful dialogue that will build on the initial conversation.
August 26, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT
Window on Drinking Water
Health Canada senior staff will provide informative updates on aspects of the Canada Drinking Water Guidelines that are currently under review or soon to be reviewed. This will provide tremendous insight into the changes that could be coming our way and how one can make comments early.
Following the keynote presentation, the utility leaders panel will discuss where is that line between municipal responsibilities and those of the property owner? What does the law say versus a moral or practical obligation? The panel will consider these questions as they relate to issues such as lead, legionella, and the re-opening of buildings post COVID-19.
- Steve Craik—Director of Quality Assurance and Environment at EPCOR, and Chair of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s (CWWA) Drinking Water Committee—Moderator
September 16, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT
Window on Infrastructure
We will hear from the Canada Infrastructure Bank on its developing role in the national infrastructure landscape, and the opportunities available to the water sector. The Federation of Canadian Municipalities will provide an update on the funding and programming support it is offering to municipalities, as well as its reaction to federal infrastructure investments for municipal water infrastructure.
Following the presentations, the utility leaders panel will discuss the reality in the water sector and have a conversation about how funding opportunities are being accessed. Are they meeting the federal goals? Are they meeting municipal needs? Is there more needed, especially post-COVID-19?
- Carl Bodimeade—Senior Vice President of Infrastructure at Hatch, and Chair of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s (CWWA) Utility Leadership Committee—Moderator
October 21, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT
Window on Wastewater
Senior policy staff from Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) will provide updates on policy work related to the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations (WSER), the Northern Regulatory Framework, and monitoring of chemicals in wastewater. We’ll also receive updates on ECCC’s work on monitoring of effluent, influent and biosolids, as well as reporting on the ECCC’s work on the Technology Inventory for Small Communities.
Following the ECCC’s update, we’ll provide a presentation on recent amendments to the Canada Plumbing Code and the implications this may have on water and wastewater utilities.
- Beth Weir—Manager of Operations, Maintenance and Monitoring at York Region, and Chair of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s (CWWA) Wastewater Committee—Moderator
July 29, 2020 1:00 p.m. EDT
Window on Security and Emergency Management
Insider risk relates to people working within an organization to subvert the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of the information contained within the walls of that entity.
During the Window on Security and Emergency Management webinar, Public Safety Canada provided case studies of related events and insights on what organizations can do today to protect their systems from the “threat from within.”
Following the keynote presentation, the utility leaders panel provided highlights of the response (up to the time of the webinar) to COVID-19 in the water sector and how incident management systems can assist with crisis leadership when having to deal with a “disaster within a disaster.”
- Moderator: Ian Mcilwham—Compliance Manager at the Regional Municipality of Durham, and Chair of the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s (CWWA) Security and Emergency Committee.
- Speaker: Robert Pitcher—Manager of Critical Infrastructure Partnerships at Public Safety Canada.
- Speaker: Gregory Solecki—Director of Crisis Leadership—Pandemic Response at Sandhurst Consulting.