The Window on Ottawa is CWWA's core event featuring presentations from federal departments on new legislative initiatives impacting the water and wastewater sector.

The federal government is poised to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure in the coming years, they have also recently introduced extensive amendments to the environmental assessment process and the Fisheries Act. This is a turbulent time for our industry, with many challenges, but also many opportunities. Be informed, be there!

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June 5, 2018
8:30 - 5:00 pm

Join us for a full day of presentations and panel discussions from senior federal employees. Speakers and topics to be confirmed. Day one includes breakfast, lunch, 2 refreshment breaks and our evening reception.

7:30 Registration & Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Robert Haller – CWWA Executive Director; Francis Scarpaleggia – Liberal MP; Diana Qing Tao – CWWA President

8:45 National Snapshot on Infrastructure – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Carl Bodimeade – Chair of CWWA’s Water Utility Leadership

Chad Nelson-Infrastructure Canada; Alana Lavoie– Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Robert Haller - CWWA
10:15 Refreshment Break

Biosolids Management – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Michael Payne – Chair of CWWA’s Biosolids Committee

Glenn Murray, Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Laurie Ford, Metro Vancouver; Nancy Kodousek, Region of Waterloo; Banu Ormeci , Carleton University

12:00 Lunch

National Roundtable on Flooding – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Hiran Sandanayake – Chair of CWWA’s Climate Change Committee

Patrick Tanguy – Public Safety Canada, Alana Lavoie– Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Robert Haller – CWWA


Adaption to Climate Change Impacts on Urban/Rural Storm Flooding – Panel
Session Moderator: Yehuda Kleiner - National Research Council of Canada

Yehuda Kleiner – NRC, Ehsan Roshani –National Research Council of Canada

2:30 Refreshment Break

Adaption to Climate Change Impacts on Urban/Rural Storm Flooding & National Roundtable on Flooding (continued) – Panel Discussion


Great Lakes Protection

Michael Goffin, Regional Director General for Ontario, Environment and Climate Change Canada

4:15 Closing remarks

Dinner Reception (included for delegates attending both days, extra for single day registrations and guests)

at the Lowertown Brewery!

Located in the ByWard Market in Ottawa, Lowertown Brewery is the newest addition to the Ontario craft beer market. Serving great comfort food and pre-prohibition cocktails, you won't want to miss what we're brewing next! Lowertown Brewery opened in June 2014, and features a fully functioning brewery and open-concept kitchen, replete with a smoker and chicken rotisserie to "meat" all of your hunger needs.- website


June 6, 2018
8:30 - 4:30pm

Join us for a full day of presentations from senior federal employees. Speakers and topics to be confirmed. Day two includes breakfast, lunch and 2 refreshment breaks.

7:30 Registration & Breakfast
8:30 QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow) – Smart Energy Communities
Brent Gilmour – QUEST

Drinking Water Quality – Lowering of Lead Guideline
Session Moderator: Klas Ohman – Chair of CWWA’s Water Quality Committee

France Lemieux – Health Canada; Elise Deshommes – Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Ian Douglas – City of Ottawa, Reid Campbell – Halifax Water
10:30 Refreshment Break
10:45 Drinking Water Programs Updates
Stephanie McFadyen– Health Canada
11:15 Freshwater in Canada (and update on Water Survey)
Francois Soulard – Statistics Canada
12:00 Lunch

Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Ed von Euw – Chair of CWWA’s Wastewater Committee

Marc D’Iorio – Environment and Climate Change Canada; Lynnann Winsor – City of St. John’s; Susheel Arora – Halifax Water

National Review of Known & Emerging Contaminants in Municipal Wastewater & Options to Deal With – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Beth Weir – Co-chair of CWWA’s Wastewater Committee

Yves Commeau – Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal; Susheel Arora – Halifax Water, Mike Darbyshire – Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission

2:45 Refreshment Break

Fisheries Act Amendments 
Neil Fisher – Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Public Safety Updates
Ryan Hunt – Public Safety Canada

4:00 Updates CWWA Technical Committees
Robert Haller, CWWA
4:10 ISO Updates
Ian Mcilwham – Region of Durham
4:30 Wrap-up



Lord Elgin Hotel is one of the most centrally located downtown Ottawa hotels, just a stone’s throw away from the Rideau Canal, Confederation Park and Parliament Hill. Staying at the event venue will not only put you at the doorstop of everything the national capital has to offer, but is also the most convenient way to attend the event.

We've negotiated a fantastic deal at the Lord Elgin Hotel - just $229/night for our delegates.

To make reservations at our special rate phone 1-800-267-4298 or email


Registration is now open! CWWA members receive great discounts, so be sure to verify your member status.

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