Actual Media to Lead 2014 Canadian Water Summit


For Immediate Release

Fifth Annual Canadian Water Summit returning to Toronto in 2014

 (Toronto – May 30, 2013) – The Canadian Water Summit – Canada’s largest multi-stakeholder water conference – is returning to Toronto after two years in Calgary, Alberta.  The 5th annual gathering of water professionals, policy makers, and stakeholders will be held at the International Centre on June 18, 2014.

Bridging strategy and policy, science and innovation, the Canadian Water Summit has become an important stop on the annual water sector calendar. For its return to Toronto, the team at Water Canada magazine and parent company Actual Media Inc. have been asked to lead the charge in programming and stakeholder engagement.

“The Canadian Water Summit was built on partnerships and collaboration,” says Anthony Watanabe, founder of the Summit. “And this is why I’m pleased to take our partnership with Water Canada to the next level as they assume a leadership role for CWS 2014.”

“The Water Canada magazine team has been a partner of the Canadian Water Summit since its inception. As a leader …

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Students on Ice Fundraiser

Actual Media is proud to support Geoff Green and the Students on Ice Foundation.  On April 28, we invited a few clients and friends to join us for a wonderful evening at Nota Bene restaurant in Toronto and helped to raise funds to send students on the SOI 2013 Arctic Expedition. The stories from SOI Alumni, supporters, and host of the evening, CBC’s Peter Mansbridge were engaging and inspirational. Our polar regions are the world’s classroom – let’s fill the hearts and minds of youth everywhere of their importance.

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The Blue Bash 2013: Bigger, Better, Bluer

Actual Media and its publications, Water Canada and ReNew Canada, happily supported The Blue Bash for the second year in a row. The sold-out event was held on April 24 at Toronto’s historic Steam Whistle Roundhouse. All ticket and raffle proceeds supported WaterCan/EauVive. The Ottawa-based charity works on water and sanitation projects in East Africa.

Special guests Alex and Tyler Mifflin of TVO’s The Water Brothers screened their forthcoming episode “No Woman, No Water,” filmed in part during the 2012 Kilimanjaro Climb for Life. Water Canada’s editor, Kerry Freek, participated in the climb with 20 others Canadians in October 2012. The team collectively raised over $270,000 for the charity.

For information about joining the 2014 climb, email For more pictures from the event, join Water Canada’s Facebook group.

L-R: Todd Latham, Actual Media; Andy Manahan, Residential and Civil Construction Alliance of Ontario; and Kent James, FER-PAL. Credit: Nick Spector Photography

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Municipal P3 Learning Symposium – April 30 – Regina, Saskatchewan

Actual Media and Parkridge Consulting joined forces in 2011 to deliver P3 training seminars across Canada. This P3 educational programming has enabled dozens of organizations and hundreds of individuals to prepare for the implementation of P3 infrastructure projects. The latest seminar in the series was held (during a freak spring snowstorm) at the Radisson Hotel Saskatchewan in Regina on April 30.

Cynthia Robertson and Stanley Strug led the training session that included expert presentations from Morrison Hershfield and Grant Thornton. Delegates at the full day session engaged in an interactive dialogue on public-private partnerships, project procurement and risk management that used case studies and real-world scenarios to inform and educate. Delegates were also treated to a luncheon address by Rob Penny, the Deputy Minister of Infrastructure & Transportation. We learned that on June 1, Mr. Penny will leave his post in the Saskatchewan government and move to Edmonton as the Deputy Minister of Transportation for Alberta.

SaskBuilds, the newly created provincial infrastructure agency, plans to announce their CEO appointment in September but in the interim, they expect to roll out …

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Canada: A Hydro Superpower

With 15 hydroelectric projects (valued at $34 billion) now underway across Canada, over 12,600 megawatts of new power is expected to come online in the next few years. And that’s only a quarter of the total value of the 2013 Top 100: Canada’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects.

ReNew Canada’s annual Top 100: Canada’s Biggest Infrastructure Projects report is dominated by hydroelectric megaprojects this year. The top three projects on the list are hydroelectric generating facilities, starting with this year’s number one project, the $7.9-billion Site C Clean Energy Project in Fort St. John, British Columbia. The fifteen hydroelectric projects on the list outnumber all other major project categories, with health care, highway, LRT, and wind projects following close behind.

The controversial Muskrat Falls Hydroelectric Project in Newfoundland and Labrador ranks at number 12, with the associated transmission project, Maritime Transmission Link, landing at number 41.

“Last year’s number one project was a transit project—Toronto’s notorious Eglinton Crosstown LRT, down at five this year due to a reversion to the original design scheme. This year, energy is back on top,” says ReNew …

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Actual Media Supports The Stop

Actual Media is proud to have contributed to the fundraising efforts of Toronto collective Choir! Choir! Choir! The group of singers is embarking on a choir-a-thon to raise funds for The Stop Community Food Centre. On December 14, members of Choir! Choir! Choir! will pile into school buses and tour three hospitals: Sunnybrook Hospital, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital, and The Briton House Retirement Centre. The original fundraising foal of $10,000 has been surpassed thanks to the generosity of a long list of donors, including Actual Media. Actual Media’s executive editor, Mira Shenker, will be one of over 100 singers taking part in this day-long event.

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PRESS RELEASE: Canada’s First National State of Municipal Infrastructure Report Card Released

TORONTO, September 11, 2012 – Canada’s first-ever report card on the state of its public works assets has been released. ReNew Canada magazine released an exclusive first look at the results of the report in their recent issue. The article is available online at It turns out that the system with the worst result in this report is neither roads nor water—it’s asset management.

Just in time to weigh in on the importance of asset management in the next federal long-term infrastructure plan, four of Canada’s biggest industry associations (CCA, FCM, CSCE, CPWA) have released the results of a municipal assessment of the condition of four primary municipal infrastructure asset categories: drinking water systems, wastewater and stormwater networks, and municipal roads.

After a big initial push to get communities to submit data, 346 municipalities registered to participate. In the end, only 123 contributed. Part of the reason: municipalities lack a detailed inventory of their infrastructure. What the Report Card found that many municipalities lack the internal capacity to assess the state of their infrastructure accurately on their own. “Asset …

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ReNew Canada and EDC Launch

Export Development Canada (EDC) announced that is has parlayed the success of its annual Canadians at Work: 50 International Infrastructure Projects publication into a new online resource for Canadian companies.

“Connecting Canadian companies to global infrastructure projects, and to other Canadian companies already involved in them, is another opportunity to help create trade opportunities for Canada’s infrastructure sector,” said Francoise Faverjon-Fortin, Vice-President, Infrastructure and Environment, EDC.

EDC developed the site to deliver three key benefits for Canadian companies:

First, companies can register their projects online, giving them international exposure in the infrastructure sector. Second, companies can be alerted to new opportunities being presented to EDC and DFAIT through local networks around the world. Third, companies can research and learn about other Canadian companies in the infrastructure sector, allowing for information-sharing and networking opportunities.

As Canadian companies register their companies and their projects online, the website will evolve and expand its network. More than four new projects will be posted monthly, as will a feature article discussing a specific area of Canadian innovation or expertise in the infrastructure sector.

“Enhancing the ability of Canadian companies …

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