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






The education program is taking shape! The majority of presentations, hands-on sessions and symposiums have been confirmed, so check out what's in store for attendees. We're always updating the program as more is confirmed, so check back regularly.


Conference Education Program (subject to change. 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

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. Panelists from a variety of Ministries will provide an overview of ongoing climate change adaption work in the BC government and plans for engagement on strategy development. Participants will have an opportunity to provide input on actions to address climate risks and build BC’s resilience to a changing climate.          


Creating Lasting Collaborations between Municipalities and First Nations: Sharing Success

DATE: Monday, May 27

TIME: 3:15 - 4:45 pm

Improving Indigenous participation in the economy and promoting Indigenous business, entrepreneurs, and industry partnerships. Utilizing the shared experiences of municipal & 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.