Kicking off the 8th annual Canadian Water Summit

“Conserving our freshwaters can only happen with the support of businesses and corporations. It is their leadership that can shift market forces from loss and overuse, to conservation and sustainability.” — Dan Kraus, National Conservation Biologist, The Nature Conservancy


On June 22 in Toronto, the 8th annual Canadian Water Summit explores Collaboration to Action—Leadership and Investment in Canada’s Blue Economy  

Event: 8th annual Canadian Water Summit

Date: June 21-23, 2017

Time:  Main event is 8:30 – 5:30 June 22

Location:   Sheraton Toronto Hotel, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5H 2M9 

Media: There will be an opportunity for questions and answers and photos with keynote speakers following their presentations. 


The Canadian Water Summit attracts close to 250 professionals from water industry groups across all orders of government, manufacturing, industry associations, cleantech, local communities, academia, and NGOs. As we celebrate Canada’s 150th, delegates will explore opportunities to collaborate on water technology and infrastructure finance, “blue economy” growth and climate change resilience through progressive policies, smart business and bold investment leadership

The main program on Thursday, June 22:

  • The Hon. Glen Murray, Ontario Minister of Environment and Climate Change, June 22, 8:50 a.m.
  • Nelson Switzer, Nestlé Waters North America, June 22, 9:15 a.m.
  • Chris Godwaldt, Canadian Oil Sands Innovation Alliance (COSIA), June 22, 9:15 a.m.
  • Zafar Adeel, Pacifc Water Research Centre, June 22, 11:00 a.m.
  • The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, 29th Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, June 22, 1:00 p.m.
  • Geoff Green, Students on Ice & Canada C3 will join us live from on board the Canada C3
vessel as it makes its 150-day voyage around Canada, June 22, 1:15.
  • Solutions and partnership for First Nations water issues, June 22, 3:45
  • Water industry association policy pitch session to address climate resiliency June 22, 2:00 and 3:45.
  • S. Consul General Juan Alsace, June 22, 5:10

Consul General Juan Alsace Wants You to Attend CWS 2017.

Friday, June 23:

  • Lakeshore run and guided paddle of the Humber River, with Toronto Region Conservation Authority

Contact: Todd Latham, Director, Canadian Water Summit,

416-444-5842, x. 111

Cell: 416-722-8109


Publisher & CEO Todd Latham Joins QUEST as Senior Associate

QUEST is pleased to welcome five new Senior Associates. These Senior Associates are part of QUEST’s network of best in class leaders from across Canada committed to advancing Smart Energy Communities and include:

  • Bruce Cameron, Principal Consultant and Founder of Envigour Policy Consulting – Bruce is based in Halifax, Nova Scotia and is a leading expert in energy policy development.
  • Richard, Laszlo, Senior Associate serving as Senior Lead, Utilities/CHP and Services – Richard is based in Toronto, Ontario and is currently the Chair of the QUEST Ontario CHP Consortium and the QUEST Alberta CHP Working Group.
  • Todd Latham, President of Actual Media Inc. – Todd is based in Toronto, Ontario and is a media entrepreneur with twenty-five years experience in business publishing, marketing, and communications.
  • Le Luong, Senior Associate serving as the QUEST2017 Project Manager – Le is based in Toronto, Ontario and is the Managing Director of Goals Business Solutions. She is a business strategist with a flair for marketing and events.
  • Eddie Oldfield, Senior Associate serving as Lead, QUEST New Brunswick Services – Eddie is based in Fredericton, New Brunswick and is the Principal and Owner of Spatial Quest Solutions. Eddie works with national and provincial clients to support participatory community energy planning.

QUEST Senior Associates are independent practitioners committed to the success of the organization and collaborate to deliver QUEST initiatives as well as the activities of Caucuses and their related Working Groups and task forces.

Senior Associates have specialized knowledge and expertise, and contribute to the development of Smart Energy Communities by advancing innovative practices and projects, delivering support services, and contributing time for the purposes of broader knowledge exchange and mentoring.

QUEST benefits from the efforts of Senior Associates to support its operations and to help meet its vision and mission.

“We are delighted to welcome these five new Senior Associates, who are leaders in their fields, to our team.” said Brent Gilmour, Executive Director of QUEST. “We are committed to growing the Smart Energy Communities marketplace and the expertise of our Senior Associates will support us to continue to provide a high level of value to the QUEST network.”

For more information on QUEST’s Senior Associates, visit:

QUEST is the leader developing Smart Energy Communities that improve energy efficiency, enhance reliability, cut costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. With a national network that includes 8 provincial and regional Caucuses, their related working groups, and a reach of thousands of stakeholders, QUEST is supporting governments, utilities & energy service providers, the real-estate sector, and the product and professional service sector, among others to make Smart Energy Communities come to life. Follow us: QUESTCanada

Fourth Day announces new partnerships in Canada

Berlin/London/Toronto, February 13, 2017 – Fourth Day has acquired both a new project and a new partner in Canada as it helps to raise its international profile. is disrupting the way people connect to and do business in the cleantech space. The platform, recently started by a group of technology professionals and entrepreneurs, aggregates information from the clean technology industry, helps accelerate project adoption and financing, and matches professionals to new projects and others in their field. Fourth Day has been tasked with improving the hub’s reach within the clean energy industry in Europe.

As a part of the project, Fourth Day has also been able to strike up a strategic partnership with Actual Media, a Toronto-based communications and publications house with a particular focus on the infrastructure, water industry and environment sectors.

“We have been looking to expand our presence further in North America as the next step in Fourth Day’s strategic expansion,” said Danny Stephens, Director of Fourth Day’s Germany office in Berlin.

“To be fortunate enough not only to get a partner with the credentials and standing of Actual Media, but also to find such an interesting project as, in as exciting an industry as environmental technology, is a tremendous fillip.”

“We are looking forward to improving Getcleantech’s global audience and developing our expertise in this industry immensely.”

Susan Sheehan, founder of, sees the acquisition of a good strategic partner in Europe as the next logical step in bringing the Cleantech industry on both sides of the Atlantic closer together.

“Europe, and Germany in particular, is a critical market for environmental technology and developing a good connection to Europe is a crucial part of our strategy,” she said.

“A boutique company like Fourth Day, with its flexibility and international presence, is an ideal fit as we start our own process of expansion. The synergies from the two companies’ relative sizes and strategies should ensure that we enjoy a good understanding and successful collaboration.”

CEO and owner of Actual Media Todd Latham also welcomed the value that a new international partnership would add.

“As Canada and Europe continue to move closer together economically, having a partner with a presence across Europe but with the same close-knit feel and culture is a good addition to Actual Media’s profile,” he said.

“I am looking forward to seeing how we can help each other grow.”

Fourth Day is an independent public relations consultancy with offices in London, Manchester, Paris, Berlin and Casablanca, supported by a network of partners worldwide. Its mission is to devise and deliver the best PR, content and communications campaigns to help clients to achieve their business goals – be they reputation management, lead generation or brand awareness.

Fourth Day Public Relations

For more information, contact:

Danny Stephens

Todd Latham

Berlin ConsultantPresident & CEO
Fourth Day Public RelationsActual Media

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 of the national discussion on water with our publication, we are well positioned to make the Summit’s 2014 return to Toronto a high-impact and influential event” says Todd Latham, publisher of Water Canada.

The 2014 Summit theme will focus on urban water issues and opportunities.


 About the Canadian Water Summit:  The Canadian Water Summit is a landmark forum that fosters domestic expertise and connects leading Canadian work with the global community. This year’s event is scheduled for June 27 at BMO Centre in Calgary. Alberta’s Environment Minister Diana McQueen and Joppe Cramwinckel, director of water, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, will deliver keynote addresses.

*For full list of 2013 speakers and panellists, visit:

*For media accreditation, visit:


For media inquiries contact:

Laura Tozer 647-785-2785

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 Canada’s editor, Mira Shenker. “Of course, by ‘top,’ we mean most expensive. Projects are ranked by dollar value,” she added.

Fast Facts for the 2013 Top 100 Projects:

The total value of the Top100 list is $146 billion—up from last year, an indicator of growth in Canada’s engineering and construction industry

Hydro accounts for 12,631 megawatts of the total 20,930 megawatts of electricity coming online

59 per cent ($34.06 billion) of the total energy projects on the list ($57.66 billion) are hydroelectric projects

There are 49 new projects on this year’s Top 100, 25 of which are in the energy sector

There are 27 public-private partnerships on the list, a total value of $25.52 billion

There are six new transit projects on this year’s list—five of which are LRT projects

The total value of the nine new transportation (highways, roads) projects on the list is $26.13 billion (compared to the $9.3 billion invested in new transit projects)

Visit the Top 100 site to sort the list by categories such as cost, location, funding source, and key player.

Download or view stats related to funding and financing models, sector breakdowns, and other analysis of the Top100 projects at


For a full copy of the report, contact Mira Shenker


Mira Shenker

Editor, ReNew Canada

416.444.5842 x 113