In addition to the Trade Show and other interactive events, the 2019 Annual Conference featured two full days of educational presentations from subject matter experts in all areas of the water and wastewater sector.


If you would like to review the slides from a particular session, please contact us by email and we will do our best to accommodate your request.






The education program at the 2019 Annual Conference & Trade Show had something for everyone! Thanks to all our speakers, panellists and moderators for pulling out all the stops.


Conference Education Program (PDF, 8 MB) 










George Kourounis travels to the most remote and inhospitable places on Earth to document extremes of nature and climate. He frequently finds himself up close to the world's most fearsome forces: vicious tornadoes, the eyes of hurricanes, and inside erupting volcanoes. 


Check out the Keynote Speaker page for full details of George's background and his opening address.





Building a Climate Change Adaptation Strategy for BC

DATE: Monday, May 27

TIME: 9:30 – 11:00 am


- Tina Neale – Director, Climate Risk Management, Climate Action Secretariat, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

- Trevor Murdock – Lead, Regional Climate Impacts, Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

- Dr. Junying Qu – Senior Hydrotechnical Engineer, Flood Safety Section, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

- Jenny Fraser - Water Protection and Sustainability Branch, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

- Thomas White – Director, Climate Change and Integrated Planning Branch, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development

- Willow Minaker – Director, Strengthening Farming, Ministry of Agriculture

- Lee Nicol – Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing


Panellists from the Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Ministry of Agriculture, and Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, will provide an overview of ongoing climate change adaption work in the BC government and plans for engagement on strategy development. The CleanBC plan commits the BC government to develop a provincial climate change adaptation strategy. The strategy will build on adaptation initiatives in several ministries and will be developed through a comprehensive engagement process and in collaboration with Indigenous peoples. Participants will have an opportunity to provide input on actions to address climate risks and build BC’s resilience to a changing climate.


First Nation Water Stewardship: Present and Future Pathways

DATE: Monday, May 27

TIME: 3:15 - 4:45 pm

Improving Indigenous participation in water systems and promoting Indigenous business, entrepreneurs, and industry partnerships. Utilizing the shared experiences of First Nations representatives, this panel highlights the tangible and strategic opportunities to support best practice in the water and wastewater sector.

This panel has been developed with the Indigenous Business and Investment Council and Indigenous Services Canada.


Water Sustainability Act: Looking Back on the First Three Years and Forging Ahead

DATE: Tuesday, May 28

TIME: 9:45 - 11:15 am

In this engagement session the BC Government will provide an update on the Water Sustainability Act. The session will reflect on the first three years of WSA implementation and plans for moving forward. This session will include presentations and breakout discussion sessions with opportunities to engage with Government representatives to ask questions and provide feedback. Key topics include plans for WSA outreach and communication strategies, groundwater licensing updates and approaches for engaging with groundwater users, water sustainability plans, and First Nations.


Lead in Drinking Water Guidelines: What water purveyors should know

DATE: Tuesday, May 28

TIME: 1:15 - 2:45 pm

In the spring of 2019, new guidelines were announced for Lead in drinking water. These guidelines have implications for all water purveyors in British Columbia. In response to these guideline changes, the BCWWA created a task force to assess these changes and provide resources to support water purveyors. This interactive session is part of the task force’s mandate, and is designed to outline requirements of the regulations, present examples of how others have addressed this issue and provide the opportunity for dialogue regarding next steps.