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2013 DRINKING WATER LEADERSHIP SUMMIT CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
 
9:00 am – 9:45 am Registration, Breakfast and Welcome Remarks
Following the Opening Breakfast and networking opportunities, welcome remarks will be provided by: the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA), including an introduction of the OMWA Board and an overview of the OMWA’s activities; the producers of the Summit, MediaEdge Communications; and the Summit’s Platinum Sponsor, Torys LLP.
 
9:45 am – 10:55 am Safe Drinking Water Act and the Effect on Elected Officials

Thirteen years after Walkerton, Ontario’s tough new drinking water safety rules put civic politicians on the hook for water disasters on their watch, and some elected officials are running scared. There's no need to be concerned about running for political office if the proper processes and teams are in place to deliver clean drinking water to a municipality. This session will provide an overview of the new Act and offer suggestive advice to make sure politicians are delivering the goods.

Moderator:
Ed Houghton, President and CEO, Collingwood Utilities
 
Panelists:
Ken Graham, Councillor, Town of Smiths Falls
Andrew J. Henry, P.Eng., Division Manager, Regional Water Supply, Lake Huron & Elgin Area Water Supply Systems
Dr. Dianne Saxe, Certified Specialist in Environmental Law, Saxe Law Office

Presentation

 
10:55 am – 11:10 am Coffee and Networking Break

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11:10 am – 11:30 am The Honourable Jim Bradley, Minister of the Environment, Province of Ontario

Jim Bradley is the MPP for St. Catharines. He was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 1977 and has been re-elected ten consecutive times. He was appointed Minister of the Environment in October 2011. Bradley has served as Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services, Municipal Affairs and Housing, Transportation, Tourism, Minister Responsible for Seniors and Government House Leader. He served as interim leader of the Ontario Liberal Party from November 1991 to April 1992. Before his election to the legislature, Bradley was a teacher with the Lincoln County Board of Education. He also served as a member of the St. Catharines City Council from 1970 to 1977.

Attend to hear the latest information about Ontario’s drinking water programs and initiatives.

11:30 am – 11:45 am Networking Break
 
11:45 am – 1:15 pm Creating a Civil and Healthy Workplace Environment

Professional actors are used to illustrate a simple way to communicate and resolve differences in the workplace.  Strategies for maintaining a healthy workplace environment are discussed. Five key ingredients: Respect, Resistance, Listening, Follow Up and Reinforcement will be explored.

Speaker:
Philippe A. Barrette, Ph.D., President, Reconcilable Differences Inc.

 
1:15 pm – 3:05 pm Lunch and Keynote - Dissemination of Information to the Public

What should or should not be provided to the general public, and why, when and how. Items such as the Freedom of Information Act, municipal messaging, crisis management, social media and much more will be explored in this fast-paced and entertaining session.

There are a lot of people who call themselves communications experts. There is just one Karen Gordon. Karen is Toronto’s only independent communications consultant specializing in labour and legal public relations. Employers and their lawyers rely on her to advise them on their most difficult communications challenges: challenges like contract negotiations with emergency service workers, having to let a senior executive go, or a complicated litigation. Over the last ten years Karen has worked with employers in industries ranging from the municipal sector to sports, and from manufacturing to health care.

Before establishing her own firm, Squeaky Wheel Communications, Karen was director of corporate communications for a North American health care company, senior advisor to the chair of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, and press secretary to a cabinet minister.

When Karen is not guiding her clients on their most crucial files, she is a regular speaker and commentator on communications and media relations. You can hear her fencing regularly with Bill Carroll on AM 640. Karen’s assessments and observations about business, labour, sports and popular culture manage to be blunt, funny and true all that the same time.

Presentation

 
3:05 pm – 3:20 pm Coffee and Networking Break
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3:20 pm – 4:30 pm Climate Change and Legal Liability Related to Municipal Water Systems

This presentation will discuss the impact of climate change on drinking water sources, both surface and ground water. Issues covered will include: being prepared; costs of not being prepared; and municipal liabilities associated with climate change; and legal liability as a driver to adapt.

Speaker:
Laura Zizzo B.E.S., J.D., Partner, Zizzo Allan Professional Corporation

Presentation

 
5:00 pm – 6:30 pm Industry Reception
Drinking Water Leadership Summit delegates can join their industry colleagues on Wednesday evening to enjoy appetizers and cocktails. Mix and mingle with old friends and new acquaintances and discuss the day’s sessions and events.
 
Thursday, October 17, 2013
 
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast and Morning Remarks
 
9:00 am – 10:10 am Asset Management As A Motivator

System Managers, Engineers, Accountants or Politicians? Well developed and well understood Asset Management is essential for sustaining water infrastructure. However, it is viewed differently by those who need and use the information to sustain systems. For example, system managers view asset management from a point of view of ensuring there is ongoing funding available to sustain a system, engineers tend to ascertain particular near-term needs, accountants tend to look at it from a system present-worth point of view and politicians for a more practical political point of view. As the infrastructure deficit exceeds capital and operational budgets, the leaders in charge of Canada's municipal water and wastewater assets and operations are being asked to do more with less.

Moderator:
M.G. (Max) Christie, Engineer, XIE (Environmental)
 
Panelists:
Zoran M. Filinov, P.Eng., Principal, R.V. Anderson Associates Limited
Christopher Manning, Licensing Program Coordinator, Ontario Ministry of Environment
Gary Scandlan, Associate Director, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.

Presentation: Gary Scandlan

Presentation: Reg Andres

 
10:10 am – 10:20 am Coffee and Networking Break

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10:20 am – 11:30 am Innovation as a Necessity for Sustainability

This session will cover why Ontario needs to continue to innovate for sustainability rather than wait for catastrophic failure. Ontario possesses the technology now to solve a lot of issues related to drinking water systems and the infrastructure used to deliver water. Understanding how innovation leads to sustainable drinking water is vital to its success. This session will cover sustainable drinking water infrastructure from three points of view and the benefits to local companies, municipalities, and the province.
 
There are a lot of local companies that have and are developing ground breaking technologies that can improve Ontario drinking water infrastructure. These technologies help us understand our infrastructure better to diagnose potential issues, repair or rehab those issues, and/or tell us when they need to be replaced.
 
Municipalities have been reaping benefits from this based on the ability to spend a little bit of money up front to save money down the line. Partnering with companies enables municipalities to tailor the technologies to their specific needs and constituencies.
 
By utilizing innovative technologies the infrastructure gap that currently exists can be decreased. Technologies exist to extend the lifetime of distribution systems. Case studies of municipalities who have partnered with technology companies will be discussed and the ROI of Innovation will be demonstrated.
 
Moderator:
 
Jonathan Grant MSc, LLM, Research Manager, WaterTAP Ontario
 
Panelists:
Lesley Herstein, PhD Candidate, University of Toronto Department of Civil Engineering
Trish Johnson, ‎Senior Environmental Consultant, R.V. Anderson Associates Limited
Mark Knight, Executive Director, Centre for Trenchless Technologies
Brenda Lucas, Operations Manager, Southern Ontario Water Consortium
Barb McMurray, Lead, Showcasing Water Innovation, Ontario Ministry of the Environment

Presentation

 
11:30 am – 11:40 am Coffee and Networking Break

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11:40 am – 12:50 pm Long-Term Sustainability of Municipal Water Systems in Ontario

An overview of governance models of LDCs (Local Distribution Companies), Municipal Water Boards or Joint Municipal Water Boards and the ins and outs of LDCs operating water and wastewater on behalf of provinces.

Moderator:
Ed Houghton, President and CEO, Collingwood Utilities

Panelists:
Andrew J. Henry, P.Eng., Division Manager, Regional Water Supply, Lake Huron & Elgin Area Water Supply Systems,
James A. Keech, President and Chief Executive Officer, Utilities Kingston,
John Loucks, EDA VP Corporate and Member Affairs, Vice President, Corporate and Member Affairs, Electricity Distributors Association (EDA)

Presentation: Andrew Henry

Presentation: James A. Keech

 
12:50 pm – 3:00 pm Lunch, Awards and Closing Industry Roundtable

The Thursday lunch will include recognition and celebration with the Ontario Municipal Water Association presenting a number of awards for significant continuous contribution to the water industry.

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Closing Industry Roundtable - What the Future Holds for the Ontario Water Industry
 
To correct the infrastructure deficit of drinking water utilities and to enable them to become and remain sustainable, reform is required. Without general reform through provincial public policy, municipal corporations will have to take the lead and explore alternative arrangements.  What direction should municipalities pursue - regulation, corporatization of water assets, self-financing water assets, private public partnerships, leveraging other municipal services and entities. How should the balance be struck between political control and the involvement of private enterprise service providers or partners, lender and regulatory regimes.
 
Moderator:
Charles Keizer, Partner, Torys LLP
 
Panelists:
Shawn C. Bunting, Vice President & General Counsel, American Water Enterprises, Inc.
Pelino Colaiacovo, Managing Director, Morrison Park Advisors
Stephen E. Lewis, Senior Vice President, Ernst & Young Orenda Corporate Finance Inc.
Maxwell Zalev, President and CEO, EnWin Utilities Ltd.

 

 

 Thank you to our 2013 Sponsors


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Municipal Government

 

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