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11th annual Canadian Water Summit a digital success

On June 11 th , Water Canada presented the first-ever digital edition of the Canadian Water Summit, in collaboration with the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s (CWWA) Window on Ottawa.

Hundreds of people from across Canada and around the world joined us for two thoughtful discussions on key industry issues, followed by the presentation of the 2020 Water’s Next awards.

To kick-off the event, Hiran Sandanayake, chair of the CWWA Climate Change Committee and Senior Engineer, Water Resources, at the City of Ottawa was joined by Deborah Horford, Executive Director of Simon Fraser University’s Adaptation to Climate Change Team for a conversation on whether or not Canadian municipalities are doing enough to act on climate change.

The second discussion, led by Water Canada’s Managing Editor Andrew Macklin, focused on how we define the blue economy in a post-COVID-19 Canada. The discussion included how investments in water should be targeted in the aftermath of the pandemic, and how the business of water will change in the country. Andrew was joined by Matthew Howard, VP Water Stewardship at The Water Council and Director, Alliance for Water Stewardship – North America and Irene Hassas, VP Corporate Development, Aslan Technologies.

With the successful digital edition of CWS/WOO behind us, our focus now shifts to the 2021 event, which will take place in the nation’s capital at the Delta Ottawa City Centre from June 9-11. The first day of programming will be dedicated to the CWWA’s Window on Ottawa, while June 10-11 will be reserved for the 12 th annual Canadian Water Summit. The 2021 edition of the Water’s Next awards will take on the evening of Thursday, June 11th .

To stay up-to-date on all things related to the Canadian Water Summit, visit And to learn more about how you can become a sponsor for the annual event, contact Nick Krukowski at

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