The Window on Ottawa is CWWA's core event featuring presentations from federal departments on new legislative initiatives impacting the water and wastewater sector.

The federal government is poised to spend billions of dollars on infrastructure in the coming years, they have also recently introduced extensive amendments to the environmental assessment process and the Fisheries Act. This is a turbulent time for our industry, with many challenges, but also many opportunities. Be informed, be there!

Program Hotel Registration


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
8:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks
8:45 National Snapshot on Infrastructure – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Carl Bodimeade – Chair of CWWA’s Water Utility Leadership

Chad Nelson-Infrastructure Canada; Matt Gemmel – FCM; Robert Haller - CWWA
10:15 Refreshment Break
10:30 Biosolids Management – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Michael Payne – Chair of CWWA’s Biosolids Committee

CFIA; Metro Vancouver; City of Toronto
12:00 Lunch

National Roundtable on Flooding & Adaption to Climate Change Impacts on Urban/Rural Storm Flooding – Panel Discussion
Session Moderator: Hiran Sandanayake – Chair of CWWA’s Climate Change Committee

Yehuda Kleiner – NRC, Ehsan Roshani – NRC, Patrik Tanguay - PSC, Robert Haller – CWWA

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, ECCC

4:15 Closing remarks
6:30 Dinner Reception (included for delegates attending both days, extra for single day registrations and guests)

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 Updates CWWA Technical Committees

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
Michele Giddings – 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 van Euw – Chair of CWWA’s Wastewater Committee

Sue McKay – Environment 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

2:30 Refreshment Break

Fisheries Act Amendments 

3.:15 QUEST
Brent Gilmour/Helen Platis – QUEST
3:45 Public Safety Updates
Ryan Hunt – Public Safety Canada
4:15 ISO Updates
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.

Register now