Water Canada Announces New Editor, Jennifer Smith

Water Canada, the only national publication dedicated to water quality and stewardship in Canada, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Smith is joining the company as editor. 

Smith will be responsible for managing all editorial content for the print and online offerings, as well as playing a leadership role in the development and direction of the annual Canadian Water Summit and Water’s Next awards program.

With a decade’s worth of editorial experience, creating content, shaping editorial and leading environmental publications, Smith has helmed editorial strategy and the launch of a new print magazine in partnership with a large health store chain. Prior to her foray into eco-conscious publishing, she spent more than 12 years in public education, specifically with marginalized, at-risk, and autistic youth.

“We are excited to welcome Jen to the team,” said Corinne Lynds, content director at Actual Media. “Her combined editorial experience and personal love for Canada’s natural environment are a perfect fit for Water Canada.”

Smith is a self-described environmentalist, urban homesteader, and bird-nerd. She is also a certified landscape designer focusing on waterwise garden design (including xeriscaping, permaculture, native planting, and green irrigation).

“I’m looking forward to taking my environmental interests to the next level, learning from and building relationships with leader experts in the water, environment, and infrastructure sectors who are helping to rebuild and protect Canada for generations to come,” said Smith.

2020-21 Canadian Environment Resource Guide now available!

Actual Media is pleased to announce that the 2020-21 Canadian Environment Resource Guide is now available.

The annual guide provides a comprehensive listings of government officials, industry stakeholders, and service and technology providers within the Canadian environment industry.

This new edition includes 40 biographies of prominent Canadian environmentalists, an expanded environmental chronology & statistics section, updates on intergovernmental offices & environmental trade representatives abroad, and trade show, conference and seminar profiles.

Updated front matter features statistics and reports on air quality, waste, water quality/quantity, biodiversity and conservation, natural resource management, and climate change and energy efficiency.

Click here to order your copy of the 2020-2021 edition. Use the code ‘CERG30A’ before November 9th to receive 30% off.

The Canadian Environmental Resource Guide is owned by Actual Media and distributed by Grey House Publishing Canada.

ReNew Canada Announces Upcoming InfraIntelligence Discussions

Following the success of five online discussion events, the team at ReNew Canada has announced the details of the InfraIntelligence series conversations for the rest of 2020.

ReNew Canada introduced the InfraIntelligence discussion series in April 2020, with the first conversation focusing on infrastructure’s vital role in Ontario’s economic recovery, presented in partnership with the Construction and Design Alliance of Ontario.

In May, ReNew Canada hosted two more online forums, the first in partnership with Global Public Affairs for a discussion with former senior political leaders on the shape of Canada’s infrastructure stimulus, and the second a conversation on construction’s new health and safety regime, held in collaboration with RESCON, the IHSA, and LiUNA 183.

In June, ReNew Canada again partnered with its colleagues from Global Public Affairs to bring together three big-city mayors from across Canada to talk about the future of municipal infrastructure investment. The second conversation focused on market capacity in Canadian infrastructure, with featured speakers from the Canadian Construction Association, BuildForce Canada, and Infrastructure Ontario.

The remaining events for 2020 continue to focus on important conversations in the Canadian infrastructure space ones that, for the most part, are not being held in other open forums across Canada. Here is a look at the topics and dates for the upcoming events:

  • July 30 th – Designing Infrastructure for Disruptive Events
  • August 27 th – Breaking into the Market
  • September 24 th – Putting a Price on Transportation
  • October 22 nd – Electrifying the Economy
  • November 26 th – Mobility on Demand

Each discussion runs 90 minutes, and is moderated by ReNew Canada Managing Editor Andrew Macklin.

Sponsorship and speaking opportunities may be available for these events. For inquiries on sponsorship, please contact Nick Krukowski at nick@actualmedia.ca. For speaking inquiries, contact Andrew at andrew@actualmedia.ca.

Do you have a conversation that you want help pulling together at a national scale? Contact us to learn how you can show your thought leadership in the sector by presenting a conversation to the ReNew Canada audience. Contact Nick for details.

Celebrating the winners of the 2020 Water’s Next awards

The 11th  annual Canadian Water Summit celebrated the winners of the 2020 Water’s Next Awards on June 11, 2020.

Hosted by Water Canada’s Managing Editor Andrew Macklin, the presentation of the 2020 Water’s Next Awards recognized individuals, projects, and technologies that have made significant contributions to the water industry in Canada.

“This year’s Water’s Next award finalists and winners reflect the very best of the Canadian water sector,” said Macklin. “The people, projects, and technologies recognized show the incredible work being done to improve the quality of our drinking water, the health of our water systems, and the resilience of our communities. We are very fortunate to have such a vibrant, dedicated workforce in the water industry here in Canada.”

The winners of the 2020 Water’s Next Awards are:
Category—People: Academic Leader
Julia Baird—Brock University
Category—People: Business Leader
John Gillis—Innovation Cluster, Peterborough and the Kawarthas
Category—People: Government Leader
Barry Orr—City of London
Category—People: Non-Government Leader
Chitra Gowda—Conservation Ontario
Category—People: Water Operator
Krista Derrickson—Westbank First Nation
Category—People: Young Professional
Anum Khan—Ryerson University
Category—Projects and Technology: Conveyance
City of Waterloo
Category—Projects and Technology: Drinking Water
Category—Projects and Technology: Early Adoption
Bishop Water—The Nation Municipality
Category—Projects and Technology: Stormwater
City of Vancouver—Rain City Strategy
Category—Projects and Technology: Wastewater
Sentry and BQE Water (tie)
Category—Projects and Technology: Water Resources
Aclarus Ozone
Project of the Year
City of Vancouver—Rain City Strategy
Water Steward of the Year
Melina Scholefield—City of Vancouver

The 2021 Water’s Next awards will be celebrated as part of the 2021 Canadian Water Summit, which is being hosted in collaboration with the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association’s (CWWA) Window on Ottawa. More information about the 2021 Canadian Water Summit and Window on Ottawa is available here.


Source: Water Canada

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 watersummit.ca. And to learn more about how you can become a sponsor for the annual event, contact Nick Krukowski at nick@actualmedia.ca.

Actual Media and Junction59 form a Strategic Alliance

Today, Actual Media Inc. and Junction59 Ltd., both of Toronto, ON, formed a strategic alliance to better serve their water, infrastructure and environment clients. By combining their respective talents while remaining independent businesses, the agencies will be able to collaborate on projects and better share resources to serve a broader range of their clients’ needs.

The two companies collaborated on a few projects in 2019 and quickly saw the benefits of combining their talents to bring better outcomes for their clients.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer our clients the broader agency services and scope of work that comes with the Junction59 alliance, including their track record as a leading Direct Marketing firm,” says Todd Latham, President of Actual Media.

“In a climate where clients are looking for depth of expertise in their business, this alliance will quickly help us scale to meet those needs,” says Marc Cooper, President of Junction59. “We are looking forward to tapping into the Actual Media team’s deep knowledge of the industries they serve, and their creative approach to problem solving.”

Actual Media is a Toronto-based creative agency, publisher and event specialist for Canada’s water, infrastructure and environment industries. To learn more visit actualmedia.ca

Junction59 is a Canadian, data-driven, integrated advertising agency based in Toronto with clients across a broad range of industry sectors. They are driven by the fact that there is almost always a smarter way to market, and their creative and strategic work is based on creating emotional connections with audiences and measurable results for clients. To learn more visit junction59.com

For more information, contact:


Todd Latham, President, Actual Media Inc.
todd@actualmedia.ca, 416-722-8109




Marc Cooper, President, Junction59 Ltd.
mcooper@junction59.com, 416-484-4861

Actual Media welcomes Becky Umweni

Actual Media is pleased to announce the hiring of Becky Umweni as its new digital marketing specialist.


Umweni has significant experience working with content teams to develop outstanding digital assets to support content and marketing campaigns. Her experience and expertise will be invaluable to the Actual Media team as it looks to expand its digital capabilities.


Umweni will be responsible for preparing digital marketing pieces for both internal and external content initiatives. She will also work with our agency clients to ensure that digital marketing campaigns are built to achieve maximum reach and engagement.

ReNew Canada, WSP partner for Smart Cities roundtable

On October 30, ReNew Canada joined WSP for an in vitiation-only roundtable discussion on smart cities. The objectives of the discussion was to establish how infrastructure helps create a smart city, and how to best target infrastructure investment to ensure we are building the smart cities of tomorrow.

Representative from 18 industry stakeholders from municipal, engineering, government, utility, NGO and technology providers companies and organizations participated in the half-day conversation. The discussion was moderated by ReNew Canada Managing Editor Andrew Macklin.

Much of the conversation focused on three key questions:

  • How can we use smart infrastructure to improve the health, safety, and resilience of our urbane centers?
  • How can we help the government facilitate the transition to smart cities?
  • How do we break down corporate, government, and organizational silos in order to work together to build smart, connected cities?

To learn more about the conversation, read the full article from the January/February edition of ReNew Canada magazine.

Do you want to establish your company’s thought leadership on a key infrastructure issue impacting the industry in Canada? We can work with you to present your own roundtable discussion, one that will engage industry stakeholders from across Canada, and result in an expert editorial feature that you help to facilitate.


For more information, contact Nick Krukowski at nick@actualmedia.ca.

Celebrating the winners of the 2019 Brownie Awards

Over 230 “brownfielders” gathered in Toronto earlier this week to celebrate the winners of the 20th annual Brownie Awards, which recognizes excellence among the people, programs, and projects involved in the redevelopment of brownfield properties across Canada.


The annual event, hosted by Actual Media in association with the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN), provides a forum to celebrate the accomplishments of those who are transforming under-utilized properties across Canada (brownfields) into thriving community assets.


“As in-fill becomes a higher priority for Canadian municipalities, it’s important to recognize the hard work and dedication of the architects, consultants, developers and contractors who turn these unoccupied and often derelict properties into valuable developments,” said Andrew Macklin, member of the 2019 Brownie Awards Jury and the CBN board of directors.


There are 10 awards presented as part of the annual event. The first six awards recognize project and program excellence in the categories of: Reprogram, Remediate, Rebuild, Reinvest, Renew, and Reach Out. There are three additional awards for Best Small-Scale Project, Best Large-Scale Project, and Best Overall Project, which are selected from all of the nominations received. The final award recognizes the “Brownfielder of the Year”. Overall, this year’s winners represented six different Canadian provinces: British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, and New Brunswick.


The list of winners of each of the awards can be found below. For additional information about the awards, visit brownieawards.ca or send an inquiry to the contacts in the signature below. High-resolution images of each award presentation and others from the evening are available upon request.


Find the full lists of winners here.

Water Canada tells the Canadian story at WEFTEC

The team from Water Canada was in Chicago in September to attend WEFTEC, the Water Environment Federation’s annual technical exhibition and conference.


For the 2019 event, the Water Canada team worked in collaboration with the Trade Commissioner Service to provide a presentation on the digital future of water as part of the WEF Global Center programming. Moderated by Water Canada Managing Editor Andrew Macklin, the pane featured industry professionals from across the country, discussing how the use of data, AI and IoT are changing the way water is distributed to the end user.


Joining Macklin on the panel were:

  • EMAGIN CEO Thouheed Gaffoor
  • Maid Labs Technologies president Benoit Beaudoin
  • Aquatic Informatics CEO Ed Quailty
  • Real Tech CEO Jodi Glover


International water professionals from around the world attended the discussion, and were able to interact with the speakers following the conversation.


To learn more about what was discussion, check out the article from the November/December edition of Water Canada.