8:00 am // Registration and Coffee

Welcome! Meet your colleagues and settle in for a day of sharing and networking.

8:30 am // Welcome Remarks

Land acknowledgement and words of welcome from WaterTAP and partners.


Host: Misha Glouberman

Dr. Peter Gallant, President and CEO, WaterTAP

Stephanie Berlet, Deputy Director, Clean Technologies, Global Affairs Canada

Dominique Monchamp, Senior Advisor, Aqua Forum

8:45 am // Transitioning from Waste to Resource in Ontario

In recent years, moving to a circular economy has been a priority for Ontario, and steps have been taken to transition to a “waste-free” province. This session will highlight efforts by the Southern Ontario Water Consortium and the Ontario Clean Water Agency to leverage this opportunity for the wastewater sector. Speakers will showcase the success and leadership demonstrated to date, and explore the challenges and opportunities that such a transition presents for Ontario’s municipalities and the water sector.

Brenda Lucas, Executive Director, Southern Ontario Water Consortium

Alicia Fraser, VP Engineering, Capital Delivery and Support Services, Ontario Clean Water Agency

Ed Dujlovic, Director of Infrastructure & Development Services, City of Stratford

Phil Sidhwa, President, Orgatec Energy Inc.

9:45 am // Icebreaker: Get Talking!

Our “un-keynote” expert, Misha Glouberman, facilitates this lively, fun, and productive session where you’ll have the chance to identify the water industry topics, issues, and challenges that matter most to you, and meet with others who care about them. Come prepared to participate!

10:30 am // Networking Break

Meet and greet your colleagues, as well as semi-finalists from the AquaHacking Challenge and the George Barley Water Prize, over coffee and snacks.

11:00 am // #OntarioWater Roundtables

Choose your own adventure! In this session, you can pick the water topics that appeal to you and join tables hosted by industry experts.

Being the Best We Can Be: Breaking Down Barriers for Innovative Water Solutions

Lynne Maclennan, Practice Lead - Large Systems, Change Leaders Lab, WaterTAP

Cannabis and Water: Opportunities for Ontario Tech in a New Legal Industry

Adam Doran, Co-Founder and VP, Marketing and Sales, Aclarus Ozone Water Systems

Water Usage and Wastewater Trends: Implications for O&M and Infrastructure Investments 

Dr. Bu Lam, Manager of Municipal Programs, Canadian Water Network

Water Sector Deals: How Can Your Company Successfully Secure Investment?

Colin Kelleher, CEO, Kelleher Financial

Big Conversations About Small Systems

Trish Johnson, Practice Lead - Small Systems, Change Leaders Lab, WaterTAP

The Circular Economy in Practice in Municipalities: Barriers and Opportunities

Pearce Fallis, VP Operations, StormFisher Environmental

Women in Clean Water Tech: Encouraging and Supporting Entrepreneurs

Jane Kearns, Senior Advisor, MaRS Cleantech

Engineers and Innovative Water Technologies

Michael Bidwell, Project Manager, Regional Design Leader, Jacobs

Modernizing Procurement Practices to Include Innovation

Curtis Ching, Asset Management Ontario

11:40 am // Ideas to Action

Leading into lunch, four special guests share their compelling Ontario water innovation stories, from technology to policy to city building to global water challenges. The catch? They have 20 slides -- and only 20 seconds per slide -- to capture the audience.


Dr. Victoria Kramkowski, Stormwater Charge Program Coordinator, City of Mississauga

Esmeralda Smith Romero, Founder and CEO, olive+elliot

Steve S.J. Lee, Executive Director, The 3% Project and Foundation for Environmental Stewardship

Evelyn Allen, Co-Founder and CEO, Evercloak

12:10 pm // Networking Lunch

Loren Parra, Director, The George Barley Water Prize

More time to catch up with old friends and meet new ones.

Afternoon Breakouts

In the afternoon sessions, participants will either continue the Water Innovation in Action program on the Trading Floor or join a technical workshop hosted by The George Barley Water Prize in the Exhibition Hall (pre-registration is required).

All participants will return to the Trading Floor for the final session, The Hot Seat.

1:15 pm // The George Barley Water Prize Technical Workshop

The Everglades Foundation's George Barley Water Prize launched in 2016 in the hopes of inspiring innovation around the world. The Prize offered $10 million to the person or team who could create a cost-effective, scalable technology to extract phosphorus from freshwater bodies. Stage 3 of the Barley Prize brought nine teams from four different countries to the Holland Marsh in Ontario for a 90-day field test. In this workshop, participants will meet the Barley Prize teams as they present their findings and results, and introduce the latest innovative phosphorus removal technology. Exhibition Hall. Pre-registration is required.

1:15 pm // Civic Accelerators: A New Approach to Municipal Water Challenges

Civic accelerators are popping up in municipalities all over Ontario. These in-house municipal programs invite companies to work with municipal staff to address burning challenges. There is no standard model for these programs; they differ in how they treat IP, project timelines, staff involvement, selection processes, and other program elements. During this session, you will learn about some of Ontario’s brand new and established civic accelerator programs and the water tech companies with whom they are working. We will also put you to work to help us identify elements of the ideal civic accelerator program.

Facilitator: Dr. Lesley Herstein, Director, Change Leaders Lab, WaterTAP

Rob McMonagle, Senior Advisor, Business Growth Services - Green Sector Development Office, City of Toronto

Karen Gomez, Program Manager – Municipal Innovation Exchange, City of Guelph

Sergio De Lara, Senior Associate, Innovation Catalyst, MaRS Solutions Lab

2:15 pm // Strength in Partnerships

This session explores how industry, governments, academic institutions, and other (sometimes unlikely) partners have come together to discover value, leverage assets, and create new opportunities while solving water challenges in Ontario and the world. How it works: Two partners from each featured project will sit at each table and present the story of their partnership. Throughout the session, you’ll switch to new tables to hear new stories.​

R. Mark Palmer, GREENLAND Group of Companies, and Martin Rydlo, Town of Collingwood

Harnessing big data from niche internet technology and low impact development systems, a group of local organizations have come together to conduct a landmark project in Collingwood, Ontario focused on reducing the risk of basement flooding during extreme weather events. Learn how these disparate groups worked together to form a functioning and successful project team.

Dr. Lesley Herstein, WaterTAP, and Lisa Lin, York Region

Is your municipality ready to innovate? Does it have the internal systems in place to enable staff to turn ideas into successful projects? Learn about how WaterTAP's Change Leaders Lab and York Region's Environmental Services Branch worked together to map the municipality's innovation pathway.

David Mackie, Heron Instruments, and Martin Carrier, Smartrek Technologies

These two companies - with different products, solutions, and skills -- have come together to build and offer a new product. How did they do it, and how are they working together to approach new markets?


Stacey Fruitman, SWS Ventures, and Marilyn McNeil-Morin, George Brown College

The fashion industry is often considered the second most polluted industry in the world. Citing the need for tech solutions, SWS Ventures, the George Brown Fashion Exchange and the MaRS Catalyst Fund came together to host a pitch competition at MaRS in October 2018 with a goal to find Canadian innovations to help reduce the environmental impact of the industry, including its extensive use of water, as well as challenges with chemicals, dyes, and microfibres.

Doug Wilton, TECTA-PDS, and Krista Eisan, Consulate General of Canada in Los Angeles

Description coming soon.

Jeff Ranson, Canada Green Building Council, and Dr. Jen Hill, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

Water technology in the building sector has seen relatively slow adoption despite increasing water costs and global interest in conservation and water management at the property level. This session will explore the market for building-level water technologies and the current opportunities and challenges for innovators and technology providers in the Ontario climate and hydrological context.

Julia St. Michael, Enwave Energy Corporation, and Niall Robertson, City of Toronto

This session will explore the cooperative partnership of Enwave Energy Corporation and Toronto Water which has enabled the design, construction and operation of Deep Lake Water Cooling in the City’s downtown core. The partners will discuss how the partnership was built, the critical pathway(s) to discovering and driving value for both parties, and the key success factors that have allowed for continued growth and collaboration.

3:30 pm // Networking Break

Recharge with some refreshments, and continue conversations about the day's ideas.

4:00 pm // Interrupting the Flow: How Global Politics, Trade Issues, and Regulatory Shifts are Affecting the Water Business

The world economic landscape has shifted considerably in the past few years. Long-held norms about freer trade, labour mobility, and progressive regulation have been challenged in ways we could never have imagined. How is this impacting Ontario’s water tech companies as they try to make their mark globally? What are the implications for supply chains, investment, trade, and export? And, importantly, where are the opportunities? In this session, we’ll discuss this new reality and explore how businesses are coping with change.

Stephanie Berlet, Deputy Director, Clean Technologies, Global Affairs Canada

Irene Hassas, Vice President, Corporate Development and Partnerships, Aslan Technologies

Robert Menegotto, President and CEO, MANTECH Inc.

Michael Albanese, President, H2Flow Equipment Inc.

Cheryl Hart, Senior Account Executive, Cleantech & Materials, Ontario Investment Office

David Pal, Team Lead, Trade Negotiation Unit, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

5:15 pm // The Hot Seat

Afternoon breakouts reconvene on the Trading Floor as young professionals and established water leaders go head to head, answering tough questions from our moderator and the audience about where Ontario’s water sector needs to go, what has to change, and how we must get there. Not to be missed!

Moderator: Peter Davey, Managing and Online Editor, Environmental Science & Engineering

Established Leaders

Allen K. Lucas, Manager, Research and Projects, Utilities Kingston

Vincent Nazareth, Vice President, R.V. Anderson Associates Limited

Marvin DeVries, President (former), Trojan Technologies

Young Leaders

Akosua Pepra, Graduate Student, McMaster University

Priya Persaud, Design Engineer, City of Brantford

Kat Kavanagh, Founder and Executive Director, Water Rangers

6:00 pm // Closing Remarks

Rick VanSant, Vice Chair, WaterTAP

6:30 pm // Ontario Water Innovation Week Opening Party

The year's best water industry networking party! Participants of Water Innovation in Action and World Water-Tech North America - and special guests - converge at Design Exchange at the close of the day's program to celebrate the opening of another fantastic OnWIN.