Back to where it all began 70th Annual Western Canada Water Conference coming to RBC Convention Centre this September

Bill Burfoot T

he 70th Annual Western Canada Water Conference and Exhibition is coming back to the RBC Convention Centre September 18-21.

Western Canada Water (WCW) is an association of seven

water organizations made up of water professionals from across Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, The Northwest Territories and Nunavut. WCW was founded in 1948 to promote the exchange of

knowledge of water treatment, sewage treatment, distribu- tion of water and collection of sewage for towns and cities in Western Canada. Today WCW represents over 5,500 members from many different sectors including engineers, lab techs, municipal workers, operators and more. “The WCW members represent a diverse and skilled

workforce that is united in propelling the water industry to innovate and respond to constant change,” says Kristen McGillivray, Deputy Executive Director of WCW.

Delegates for the conference typically come from West-

ern Canada, but exhibitors from across North America frequently attend the event. Every conference has its own theme, and for this year’s conference WCW is highlighting “Water, The Platinum Standard.” There’s also something a little extra special about this year’s event. “It’s the 70th anniversary of the WCW this year,” says

McGillivray. “And it’s always special to come back and hold the conference in Winnipeg because our association’s very first meeting took place at the Royal Alexandra Hotel on September 1, 1948 in Winnipeg.” The WCW Conference, which is expected to see close

to 350 attendees and 150 exhibitors, will host a variety of different opportunities for the delegates to participate in including an exhibition, workshops as well as many networking opportunities for those in the water industry. McGillivray adds they also have a pair of tours planned

during the conference. “We’ll be going on the FortWhyte Alive Water Quality Eco Tour as well as the visiting the Headingley Water and

The possibilities are endless

Diversity at its best

Life and culture was celebrated in August when we hosted seven pavilions during the largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world – Folklorama!

First Nations Pavilion. Photo courtesy of First Nations Pavilion.

Wastewater Treatment Facilities.” This will be the first opportunity for many of the del-

egates to visit the Headingley Water Treatment Facility, which began operations in April 2016. It was constructed to supply the Centreport development in the Rural Munici- pality (RM) of Rosser to take the demand off the existing water treatment facility in St. Eustache. No matter what sector you represent, the workshops cover

a diverse number of topics including: - Sewer Inspection and Asset Management Principals - Well Development and Operations - Fundamentals of Contract Law and Administration - Drone Technologies and Applications - Odour control The event is not open to the public, but McGillivray en-

courages people who work in the wastewater industry to attend the conference. “We encourage local municipal water or wastewater em-

ployees from across Manitoba to attend the exhibition free of charge on Tuesday, September 18 from 4:30-8:00 PM.”

Mexican Pavilion. Photograph by Carlos Olguin.

Brazilian Pavilion. Photo courtesy of Brazilian Pavilion.

Polish Pavilion. Photograph by Greg Romaniuk.

Hungary-Pannonia Pavilion. Photographer Erika Deak.

United Kingdom Pavilion. Photo courtesy of Folklorama, photo by Dwayne Larson. 6 Centre News

India Pavilion. Photo courtesy of Folklorama, photo by Dwayne Larson. Autumn 2018

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