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MEA Annual Workshop – Registration Now Open!

The Municipal Engineers Association’s Annual Workshop & AGM is being held from November 26 to 29 at the Blue Mountain Resort. The Workshop is expected to draw over 150 professional engineers/technical staff from municipalities across the province, consultants and agencies.

This year, the MEA Workshop’s theme of “For All Seasons” is about the meaning of being a smaller municipality geared towards the tourism industry providing amenities for people of all ages and abilities. This year’s Workshop is strategically located at prestigious Blue Mountain Resort and is hosted by the three very distinct municipalities of Collingwood, Wasaga Beach and the Town of The Blue Mountains.

View the Technical Program and Schedule of Events/Activities here

CLICK HERE to register. You  may also submit your registration by email/fax by downloading the registration form.

Ontario’s Water Conference & Trade Show Call For Abstracts

The 2020 Call for Abstracts is now open!

Be a part of the 2020 dynamic Conference program by submitting your innovative session abstract(s). The Conference continues to be the preeminent drinking water Conference in Ontario, consistently attracting over 1,000 delegates from all areas of our industry: operators and owners, manufacturers and suppliers, consultants, academics and regulators. The Trade Show has more than 100 exhibitors representing manufacturers and suppliers of products and services to the water industry. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your knowledge at Ontario’s Water Conference & Trade Show!

The objective of the Conference program is to create an environment for knowledge creation and exchange by examining:

  • New ideas and approaches to problem solving
  • Leading-edge and topical presentations
  • Opportunities to connect with key individuals and organizations across the drinking water industry

Don’t miss the deadline of October 28!

Submit your abstract here 

Ontario Environmental Mission to Mexico

Green Expo and Aquatech 2019
Mexico City, September 2-5, 2019

Expand your cleantech business to Mexico, home to a rapidly-growing cleantech sector that serves over 120 million residents.  The Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) invites eligible Ontario environmental companies to join our mission to Green Expo 2019 and Aquatech, September 2–5 in Mexico City. Ontario participants will share an Ontario Canada-branded pavilion space and have the opportunity to meet with interested Mexican buyers.

Mission Details

  • Cost of registration:  $1,500 CAD
  • Space is limited and space will be awarded to qualified applicants on a first-come, first-served basis

Benefits offered exclusively to Ontario pavilion companies:

  • Visible presence as part of the Ontario pavilion at a key industry event including Inclusion in a bilingual show directory.
  • Access to two major, co-located cleantech events.
  • On-site sales introductions with potential buyers and partners

About Green Expo and Aquatech Shows in Mexico City

The Green Expo is Mexico’s premier event focused on environment and water management sectors.  In 2018 the Green Expo hosted close to 200 exhibitors from 34 countries and had 9,500 attendees.

Adjacent to the Green Expo is the Aquatech Mexico conference, the largest event for water technology in Mexico.  Aquatech is an international exhibition that presents innovative solutions and treatments for the water sector, integrating the most advanced technology for the water industry

Preliminary Program

Mon, Sept 2nd – Arrival of mission participants to mission hotel

Tue, Sept 3rd – Briefing session and set up

Wed, Sept 4th – Exhibition and B2B program at Green Expo and Aquatech

Thu, Sept 5th – Exhibition and B2B program at Green Expo and Aquatech

Other Expenses

Airfare: Participants are responsible for their own travel costs/arrangements.

Ground Transportation: Mission organizers will pre-arrange local transportation for site visits.

Accommodation: Participants are responsible for their own hotel and meal costs.

To Register for the Mission 

Please send us an email by August 7, 2019. Space is limited; a maximum of two persons per company will be considered. For further information, please contact the Area Director, Mexico for the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT):

Fabiola Sicard
fabiola.sicard@ontario.ca
647-205-7133

 

Événements The Green Expo 2019 et Aquatech
Mexico, du 2 au 5 septembre 2019

Faites croître votre entreprise de technologies propres au Mexique, où l’on retrouve un secteur de technologies propres en pleine croissance au service de plus de 120 millions d’habitants.  Le ministère du Développement économique, de la Création d’emplois et du Commerce (MDECEC) de l’Ontario invite les entreprises environnementales ontariennes admissibles à se joindre à la mission de l’Ontario aux événements The Green Expo 2019 et Aquatech, à Mexico, du 2 au 5 septembre. Les participants ontariens partageront un pavillon aux couleurs du Canada et auront la chance de rencontrer des acheteurs mexicains intéressés.

Détails de la mission

  • Coût d’inscription : 1 500 $ CA
  • Le nombre de places est limité et la priorité sera accordée aux demandeurs admissibles selon le principe du premier arrivé, premier servi.

Avantages offerts exclusivement aux entreprises du pavillon de l’Ontario :

  • Présence visible au pavillon de l’Ontario dans le cadre d’un événement majeur de l’industrie, notamment l’inclusion dans un répertoire bilingue
  • Accès aux deux événements majeurs liés aux technologies propres regroupés au même endroit
  • Présentations de vente sur place avec des acheteurs et des partenaires potentiels

Au sujet des événements The Green Expo et Aquatech à Mexico

The Green Expo est l’événement le plus important au Mexique pour les secteurs de la gestion de l’environnement et de l’eau.  En 2018, l’événement a attiré près de 200 exposants provenant de 34 pays et plus de 9 500 visiteurs.

La conférence Aquatech Mexico, l’événement le plus important pour les technologies de l’eau au Mexique, aura lieu en parallèle de l’événement The Green Expo.  Aquatech est une exposition internationale qui présente des solutions et des traitements novateurs pour le secteur de l’eau, intégrant les technologies les plus évoluées de ce secteur.

Programme préliminaire

Lundi 2 septembre – Arrivée des participants à l’hôtel de la mission

Mardi 3 septembre – Séance d’information et installation

Mercredi 4 septembre – Exposition et programme interentreprises aux événements The Green Expo et Aquatech

Jeudi 5 septembre – Exposition et programme interentreprises aux événements The Green Expo et Aquatech

Autres dépenses

Tarif aérien : Les participants doivent assumer leurs frais et préparatifs de transport.

Transport terrestre : Les organisateurs de la mission prendront des dispositions à l’avance pour assurer le transport local des visites d’établissements.

Hébergement : Les participants doivent assumer leurs frais d’hébergement et de repas.

Contactez nous avant le 7 août 2019. Le nombre de places est limité. Un maximum de deux personnes par entreprise sera pris en compte.

Pour obtenir de plus amples renseignements, veuillez communiquer avec la directrice régionale, Mexique du ministère du Développement économique, de la Création d’emplois et du Commerce (MDECEC) de l’Ontario :

Fabiola Sicard
fabiola.sicard @ontario.ca
647 205-7133

Webinar: Cleantech Sector Opportunities in Mexico

Webinar: Cleantech sector opportunities in Mexico

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

11: 00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Ontario’s Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT) invites you to join a webinar to learn about:

  • Cleantech sector opportunities in Mexico
  • Green Expo and Aquatech Mexico events
  • The Ontario trade mission to Mexico.

Click here to learn more!

To register for the webinar:

Please complete the online registration form. A Webex link and call-in number will be sent to you upon registration.

For further information please contact:

Fabiola Sicard
fabiola.sicard @ontario.ca
647-205-7133

Register now! 

 

Webinaire: les occasions d’affaires dans le secteur des technologies propres au Mexique

31 juillet 2019

11 h 00 à 12h 00

Le ministère du Développement économique, de la Création d’emplois et du Commerce vous invite à un webinaire sur :

  • les occasions d’affaires dans le secteur des technologies propres au Mexique;
  • Green Expo et Aquatech Mexico;
  • la mission commerciale de l’Ontario au Mexique.

Remplissez le formulaire en ligne. Le lien WebEx et le numéro de téléphone du webinaire vous seront envoyés dès que nous recevrons le formulaire.

Pour tous les détails, contactez :

Fabiola Sicard
fabiola.sicard @ontario.ca
647 205-7133

Inscrivez-vous dès maintenant!

Swing Into Summer With AWWA Membership!

New Individual Members that join AWWA by September 30, 2019 will receive an AWWA baseball cap!

New members can join using the promo code PLAYBALL at checkout or by clicking ‘Join Now’!

Updated “Taking Care of Your Drinking Water” Guide now available from MECP

The popular “Taking Care of Your Drinking Water”: A Guide for Members of Municipal Councils” has been updated and is now available on Ontario.ca.

This guide helps municipal councilors understand their responsibilities to provide a standard of care under the Safe Drinking Water Act, 2002.

The content of the guide was refreshed for new and returning councillors. As part of updates to the guide, information has been added on the Asset Management Planning for Municipal Infrastructure Regulation, Ontario Regulation 588/17.

Municipal officials can also learn more through standard of care training developed and delivered by the Walkerton Clean Water Centre. Get course details and session offerings at www.wcwc.ca or by phoning toll-free 1-866-515-0550.

Infrastructure Asset Management Readiness Assessment of Ontario Municipal Water Utilities

Infrastructure Asset Management practices are well-recognized in Canada for enabling municipalities to make strategic investment decisions. The Province of Ontario has required municipalities to develop asset management plans in order to receive Provincial funding. This has resulted in over 90 percent of municipalities to have council approved asset management plans. In addition, the Municipal Asset Management Program is a $50 million capacity-building fund entrusted to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) by Infrastructure Canada (INFC) to enable the adoption and improvement of asset management practices across Canada’s municipal sector.

Water utilities in particular strive to keep pipelines, pumping stations and treatment plants in sound condition and capable of delivering the targeted Levels of Service, all of this without burdening users with excessive fees. Readiness or maturity assessments are commonly used by organizations to identify how advanced they are regarding the adoption of the asset management framework. However, even when municipalities choose to perform a readiness assessment, the results are not shared with the industry. As a consequence, there is little information concerning water utilities asset management processes implementation.

Bridging the information gap

The Centre for Advancement of Trenchless Technologies (CATT) with support from the Southern Ontario Water Consortium (SOWC), has developed a straightforward web-based survey to understand the implementation of asset management processes and practices in Ontario municipal water utilities.

FCM’s Readiness Scale, ISO 55000 series and Ontario Regulation 588/17 were adapted and used as a framework for questions. Respondents were classified into four Readiness Levels (RLs), from 0 to 3, in five competency areas: (1) policy and governance; (2) people and leadership; (3) data and information; (4) planning and decision-making; and (5) contribution to asset management practice. Survey respondents consisted of 31 municipalities representing 50.6% of Ontario’s total population.

Readiness assessment report

Results of the 2018 survey are presented in the recently released Water and Wastewater Asset Management Readiness Assessment report available here.  

This report provides a baseline for municipal water utilities readiness levels in Ontario. The main outcome is a readiness snapshot that is comparable between municipalities of different backgrounds and in time. Additionally, the study investigates the use of Asset Management Plans as sources of information in evidence-based decision-making, compliance with Ontario Regulation 588/17, identified funding gaps and asset management perceived value.

The results indicate that small and medium municipal water utilities are moving towards RL 1 – Learning, while large municipalities are approaching or have already reached RL 1 and are moving towards RL 2 – Developing. If water utilities want to achieve RL 3, there is still much work to be done regarding formalizing and communicating asset management key documents and information. In general, municipalities are steadily advancing on implementing asset management processes, contributing to the development of stronger and efficient municipal water utilities.

Individual Membership Promotion!

Join as an Individual Member before June 30, 2019 and receive a No Water No Beer T-Shirt! Use promo code FREESHIRT

How to take advantage of this offer:

  • Visit the Individual Membership Join Page
  • Choose your membership type
  • Enter FREESHIRT in the Promo Code Box
  • After your order has been completed, the AWWA membership team will reach out to you for your T-shirt size (Small – 3XL available)
  • If you have any questions please contact us at membership@awwa.org

Lakeview WTP to be renamed in honour of Arthur Kennedy

Peel Region Council recently passed a resolution to mark Arthur Kennedy’s 100th birthday, and announced that the Region’s Lakeview Water Treatment Plant will be renamed to “Arthur P. Kennedy Water Treatment Plant”. We would like to thank the Region of Peel for their generous gesture in honoring Mr. Kennedy for his many contributions to the water industry.

Throughout his career, he was the manager of the Toronto Township Public Utilities Commission that was established in 1955, which managed the waterworks for Toronto Township. From 1968 to 1974, he was the manager of the Public Utilities Commission of the Town of Mississauga before it became the Region of Peel.

From 1974 until his retirement, Mr. Kennedy was the Director of the Water and Wastewater Division at the Region of Peel.

Mr. Kennedy was instrumental in the establishment of the Ontario Section of the American Water Works Association (AWWA) in 1971. From 1973 to 1976 he was the Ontario Section Director on the Board of the AWWA. He also served as the Ontario Section’s Secretary Treasurer from 1971 to 1973.

In recognition of  his dedication and service to the water industry, he received the George Warren Fuller Award from the Ontario Water Works Association in 1974.

The renaming ceremony will take place in May 2019. Addition details to follow.

MECP Optimization Guidance Manual for Drinking Water Systems now available on www.owwa.ca

The MECP’s Optimization Guidance Manual for Drinking Water Systems is now available on the OWWA website. Click here to view the manual.

 

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