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AquaHacking United for Lake Erie Announces Finalists

Posted on June 27, 2017
The de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation, in collaboration with the Water Institute at the University of Waterloo, announced the 2017 finalists of the AquaHacking Challenge: United for Lake Erie. Over the last three months, students in technology, water management, engineering, and entrepreneurship took part in five challenge days to create technology solutions to address environmental challenges affecting Lake Erie. These applications aim to sustain the health of the lake, its watersheds, and its local communities. On June 21st, seventeen teams competed in the semi-final at the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) in [...]

Ducks Unlimited Canada Elects New President

Posted on June 26, 2017
Yesterday, Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) elected David Blom as its 43rd president at the organization's national board of directors' meeting. The Calgary businessman credits the conservation influences of family and friends for fostering his passion for water, wildlife, and the environment. Blom has been volunteering with DUC for more than 30 years. "I was raised with the attitude that we all have a responsibility to leave the land in a better state than how we found it," said Blom. "It's an honour to serve as Ducks Unlimited Canada's president and to help lead efforts that are conserving critical natural areas across the country." Established [...]

Water’s Next Winners Announced

Posted on June 23, 2017
On June 22nd, over one hundred and sixty water professionals came together to celebrate innovators and influencers in the water sector at the Water's Next Awards Gala—part of the 8th annual Canadian Water Summit. Gala attendees enjoyed a four-course meal, laughter, and even shed a few tears. Water Canada editor, Katherine Balpataky and emcee, Fred Keating presented awards in 11 categories with forty finalists from across Canada. "This year, we received nearly 60 submissions, and with the Selection Committee’s help they were whittled down to three or four finalists in each award category," said Balpataky. "The awards themselves [...]

Wastewater Energy and Stormwater Projects Get Boost From New FCM Grants

Posted on June 23, 2017
Whether rural, urban or remote, municipalities across Canada can now apply for grants of up to one million dollars for capital projects that will help them adapt to climate change impacts, such as flooding, extreme temperatures and drought, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Municipalities have influence over roughly half of Canada's GHG emissions and they are already modelling some of the most innovative green initiatives in the country. This funding for capital projects will support municipal leadership on climate change for the benefit of Canadians and their communities. This funding is offered by FCM through the Municipalities [...]

Stantec Appoints New President and CEO

Posted on June 21, 2017
Stantec announced today that following a successful eight-year tenure as the company’s president and chief executive officer, Bob Gomes will retire at year’s end, effective December 31, 2017. The firm also announced that Gord Johnston, executive vice president of Stantec’s Infrastructure business operating unit, was selected by the board of directors to assume the role of president and chief executive officer, effective January 1, 2018. Johnston has more than 30 years of industry leadership experience, including more than 20 years with Stantec. He has also played an active role in helping guide the Company’s Strategic Plan [...]

Experts Question First Nations Drinking Water Engagement Process

Posted on June 19, 2017
On May 29, 2017, the federal ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada posted a notice online that engagement with First Nations for safe drinking water would be undertaken. The announcement came as a surprise to some leaders within the First Nations community and advocacy groups. Details of the engagement strategy were not presented to the communities or representative organizations prior to or at the time of its launch. The information presented on the website also lacks direct or clear details regarding the engagement process. Instead, it describes: “The Government of Canada will engage with: national and regional [...]

Alta. Cleantech Reduces Water Use for In Situ Extraction

Posted on June 14, 2017
Acceleware Ltd. announced that it has won the 2017 Global Petroleum Show Award for Emerging Clean Technology. Acceleware’s radio frequency heating technology can be used for without water to process in situ oil and gas reservoirs. “Acceleware would like to thank the Global Petroleum Show and the awards panel for recognizing our work to change the economic and environmental reality of oil sands and heavy oil production, and we would also like to acknowledge the great work of our fellow nominees," said Mike Tourigny, vice president commercialization for RF Heating. The company's patent-pending RF XL heating technology offers [...]

Report: More Enforcement Needed to Lower Residential Flood Risk

Posted on June 14, 2017
The Institute for Catastrophic Loss Reduction reports that better coordination and enforcement of municipal efforts to curb private lot flood risk is needed. The report, released in May, found that to better manage inflow and infiltration (I&I) of private residences, municipalities should empower coordination and enforcement measures. “Mandatory measures,” wrote authors Joanna Kyriazis, Zizzo Strategy Inc., Laura Zizzo, Zizzo Strategy Inc., and Dan Sandink, ICLR, “can serve as a tool in the toolbox for municipalities seeking to increase homeowner engagement in urban flood risk reduction and I&I management programs.” [...]

FCM Announces Advisors for Municipal Climate Resilience

Posted on June 13, 2017
The Government of Canada and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) announced today a new initiative connecting municipalities with local environmental experts to assist in climate change adaptation. The Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) regional climate advisors offer a range of services and direct, on-the-ground support tailored specifically to the needs of municipalities locally. “We are proud to partner with the FCM to support local governments across Canada in their efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Innovative green infrastructure projects contribute to a clean growth economy and strengthen [...]

Survey Suggests Canadian Perception of Water's Importance Conflicted

Posted on June 13, 2017
FluksAqua, a collaborative, online platform for water utility professionals has released the results of a survey on the public perceptions of water across Canada. The survey found that 93.6 per cent of all respondents think that tax dollars should be spent on necessities other than water. Healthcare ranked highest and was followed by Education. In their announcement of the results, FluksAqua stated that “Canadians were surprisingly unconcerned when asked about water and how vital it is to their everyday lives. With the hot summer months just around the corner, the lack of awareness about water and water utilities may come back [...]
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