CWWA’s Annual Window on Ottawa was held June 5-6. This year we tried a new venue – the Lord Elgin Hotel – offering our delegates closer access to the heart of the city. We also tried to renew the program, with more panel discussions and we heard from new voices on the national water scene, along with the important federal departments that are always a cornerstone of this important event.

The Window opened with a snapshot of federal infrastructure funding – with presentations by Infrastructure Canada, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities and CWWA. We heard about the ongoing federal infrastructure funds as well as updates on the newer funds like the Disaster Mitigation Funds and FCM’s Municipal Asset Management Program and Climate Innovation Funds.

The Window then moved on to biosolids issues in Canada. With the move to universal secondary wastewater treatment, there will be more biosolids produced in Canada, and the beneficial use on farm land remains one of the most appealing end uses. However, there are challenges – ranging from public perception, to forming partnerships with local farmers, to meeting provincial requirements. The panel recognized that there is a need for a strong national voice advocating for biosolids use in Canada. However, a lot of work needs to be done to strengthen that voice, and ensure that is in harmony with research and municipal partners.

During lunch we were honoured to welcome Mr. Hakan Cengiz, Counsellor Turkish Embassy, who spoke about water management in Turkey, and shared some stunning photos of his country! Delegates learned about current challenges the Turkish water sector and infrastructure are facing and efforts in meetings water demands.

In the afternoon we had two panel discussions on climate related issues – flooding and adaptation. We were updated on the National Roundtable on Flooding – both the discussion that has occurred at the meetings of this group, and the path forward towards a national strategy to manage and respond to flooding across the country. Delegates got an update about CWWA’s Climate Change technical committee’s support and involvement in the National Research Council’s (NRC) project as well as some research projects developed across the country pertaining to adaptation to climate change. NRC representative invited panelists and delegates to provide ideas for future research priorities.

Our final presenter of the day spoke about Great Lakes Protection. There is a need to reduce nutrient loadings to the Lakes, especially Lake Erie.

On Day 2 we heard from federal departments including an update on Health Canada on the development of Guidelines for Drinking Water Quality and a panel discussion of the new proposed guideline for lead in drinking water – discussing the challenges of implementation for utilities.

On the wastewater side we hosted a panel discussion on the Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations, specifically the difficulty some utilities will have in meeting the Regulations on time. We also had a panel discussion on a recent CWN report on a National Review of Known and Emerging Contaminants in Wastewater, and the next steps to guide research to ensure the priorities identified in the report are reflected in research.

The final presentations of the Window included an update on the Fisheries Act and changes the federal government will be making to restore habitat protection and other provisions, an update from Public Safety Canada on initiatives to protect water as a critical infrastructure sector and a presentation on ISO activities and opportunities for Canadian involvement.



June 5, 2018
8:30 - 5:00 pm

Join us for a full day of presentations and panel discussions from senior federal employees. Speakers and topics to be confirmed. Day one includes breakfast, lunch, 2 refreshment breaks and our evening reception.

7:30 Registration & Breakfast

Welcome and Opening Remarks

Robert Haller – CWWA Executive Director; Francis Scarpaleggia – Liberal MP; Diana Qing Tao – CWWA President

8:45 National Snapshot on Infrastructure – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Carl Bodimeade – Chair of CWWA’s Water Utility Leadership

Chad Nelson-Infrastructure Canada; Alana Lavoie– Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Robert Haller - CWWA
10:15 Refreshment Break

Biosolids Management – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Michael Payne – Chair of CWWA’s Biosolids Committee

Glenn Murray, Canadian Food Inspection Agency; Laurie Ford, Metro Vancouver; Nancy Kodousek, Region of Waterloo; Banu Ormeci , Carleton University

12:00 Lunch

National Roundtable on Flooding – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Hiran Sandanayake – Chair of CWWA’s Climate Change Committee

Patrick Tanguy – Public Safety Canada, Alana Lavoie– Federation of Canadian Municipalities; Robert Haller – CWWA


Adaption to Climate Change Impacts on Urban/Rural Storm Flooding – Panel
Session Moderator: Yehuda Kleiner - National Research Council of Canada

Yehuda Kleiner – NRC, Ehsan Roshani –National Research Council of Canada

2:30 Refreshment Break

Adaption to Climate Change Impacts on Urban/Rural Storm Flooding & National Roundtable on Flooding (continued) – Panel Discussion


Great Lakes Protection

Michael Goffin, Regional Director General for Ontario, Environment and Climate Change Canada

4:15 Closing remarks

Dinner Reception (included for delegates attending both days, extra for single day registrations and guests)

at the Lowertown Brewery!

Located in the ByWard Market in Ottawa, Lowertown Brewery is the newest addition to the Ontario craft beer market. Serving great comfort food and pre-prohibition cocktails, you won't want to miss what we're brewing next! Lowertown Brewery opened in June 2014, and features a fully functioning brewery and open-concept kitchen, replete with a smoker and chicken rotisserie to "meat" all of your hunger needs.- website


June 6, 2018
8:30 - 4:30pm

Join us for a full day of presentations from senior federal employees. Speakers and topics to be confirmed. Day two includes breakfast, lunch and 2 refreshment breaks.

7:30 Registration & Breakfast
8:30 QUEST (Quality Urban Energy Systems of Tomorrow) – Smart Energy Communities
Brent Gilmour – QUEST

Drinking Water Quality – Lowering of Lead Guideline
Session Moderator: Klas Ohman – Chair of CWWA’s Water Quality Committee

France Lemieux – Health Canada; Elise Deshommes – Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal, Ian Douglas – City of Ottawa, Reid Campbell – Halifax Water
10:30 Refreshment Break
10:45 Drinking Water Programs Updates
Stephanie McFadyen– Health Canada
11:15 Freshwater in Canada (and update on Water Survey)
Francois Soulard – Statistics Canada
12:00 Lunch

Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Ed von Euw – Chair of CWWA’s Wastewater Committee

Marc D’Iorio – Environment and Climate Change Canada; Lynnann Winsor – City of St. John’s; Susheel Arora – Halifax Water

National Review of Known & Emerging Contaminants in Municipal Wastewater & Options to Deal With – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Beth Weir – Co-chair of CWWA’s Wastewater Committee

Yves Commeau – Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal; Susheel Arora – Halifax Water, Mike Darbyshire – Alberta Capital Region Wastewater Commission

2:45 Refreshment Break

Fisheries Act Amendments 
Neil Fisher – Fisheries and Oceans Canada


Public Safety Updates
Ryan Hunt – Public Safety Canada

4:00 Updates CWWA Technical Committees
Robert Haller, CWWA
4:10 ISO Updates
Ian Mcilwham – Region of Durham
4:30 Wrap-up



Lord Elgin Hotel is one of the most centrally located downtown Ottawa hotels, just a stone’s throw away from the Rideau Canal, Confederation Park and Parliament Hill. Staying at the event venue will not only put you at the doorstop of everything the national capital has to offer, but is also the most convenient way to attend the event.

We've negotiated a fantastic deal at the Lord Elgin Hotel - just $229/night for our delegates.

To make reservations at our special rate phone 1-800-267-4298 or email


Registration is now open! CWWA members receive great discounts, so be sure to verify your member status.

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