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We attract over 500 delegates from Canada’s water utilities, our private sector partners, provincial and federal governments, academia and the not-for-profit sectors.

While CWWA has hosted specialized events for over 30 years, this ‘consolidated’ event has merged all of the former events into ONE, all-encompassing national event focused on what the senior water manager needs to know.

This annual conference offers a wide-ranging technical program covering almost all aspects of the municipal water sector, while offering the best networking environment for Canada’s water leaders.

As THE national conference for the water utility sector, this event offers the best opportunity for sponsorship and exhibiting your products and services to Canada’s most senior water managers.

We're excited to share more information on the NWWC 2024 including ways to participate soon.

Chairs: Beth Weir, Regional Municipality of York and Brent Burton, Metro Vancouver

Wastewater and Stormwater

The Wastewater and Stormwater Committee is a group of experts on municipal wastewater and stormwater treatment. The group provided coordination for CWWA’s advocacy activities on the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulation and continues to monitor federal activities related to wastewater and stormwater regulation. The group assists in coordinating the wastewater and stormwater sessions at the National Water and Wastewater Conference.

Chair: Neal Klassen, City of Vancouver

Water Efficiency 

This Committee offers a national platform for information sharing and coordination on water efficiency issues. Part of the mandate is to help coordinate relevant sessions at the National Water and Wastewater Conference.

Chair: Ian McIlwham, Regional Municipality of Durham

Security and Emergency Management

The Security and Emergency Management Committee cooperates with Public Safety Canada and other federal departments concerned with emergency preparedness and national security. The Committee actively contributes to the knowledge base and federal programs related to critical infrastructure.

Chair: Steve Craik, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas

Drinking Water 

CWWA’s Drinking Water Committee focuses on issues impacting water quality and treatment. The Committee monitors and reviews the National Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality, helps organize the drinking water streams at the National Water and Wastewater Conference, and forms an invaluable network of drinking water experts.

Chair: Carl Bodimeade, Hatch

Utility Leadership

The Utility Leadership Committee provides a forum for managers and senior staff of public utilities to discuss the challenge in utility management.

Chair: Hiran Sandanayake, City of Ottawa

Climate Change

The Climate Change Committee monitors and coordinates CWWA’s involvement on federal programs and initiatives to both mitigate and adapt to changing climate. Committee members participate in several national initiatives including Advisory Council on Flooding, National Working Group on Financial Risk of Flooding, National Working Group on Flood Mapping, Strategic Vision for Urban Water Management in Canada for the next 50 years representing the Association. The Committee plays a key role in organizing sessions at the National Water and Wastewater Conference.

Chair: Kaoru Yajima, Regional Municipality of Waterloo

Biosolids

The Biosolids Committee is a national advocate for the beneficial use of biosolids in Canada. The Committee is exploring means of functioning as an independent consortium within CWWA. Until a decision about the future of a national consortium are finalized the Committee is dormant.

Chair: Qing Zhang, EPCOR

Energy Efficiency

The objectives of the Energy Efficiency Committee under the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) include:

  • Monitor the development of legislation and government programs in Canada (federally, provincially and inter-provincially) related to energy efficiency and net-zero emission. Share this information with our members and seek their input and feedback. 
  • Support the CWWA as the national voice for water and wastewater by engaging our members in preparing comments and advice in response to government departments and agencies on behalf of CWWA. 
  • Present/advocate the key issues regarding energy efficiency and net-zero emission to the CWWA members by: 
    • Facilitating a national dialogue on the potential and expected impacts of energy efficiency and net-zero emission;
    • Encouraging cooperative research and experience-sharing on the innovative technology and their applications;
    • Developing CWWA position papers or case studies pertaining to energy conservation and recovery in municipal water and wastewater services, undertaken through task force;
    • Demonstrating the contributions of energy efficiency improvements to the GHG emission reductions.
  • Cooperate with other CWWA committees to support cross committee issues such as climate change actions, water and energy efficiency nexus, and net-zero emission to synergize the resources to achieve common goals of CWWA.
Chair: Jennifer Leno, Town of Coburg

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