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.
Best known for his international TV smash, Angry Planet, Kourounis is a fantastic speaker and a vivid storyteller. His unique and unbelievable explorations have fascinated audiences worldwide, and have often resulted in accomplishing world's firsts. While leading a scientific expedition for National Geographic, searching for microbial life forms in extreme places, George became the first person to ever set foot at the bottom of the Darvaza flaming gas crater, a fiery pit that has been burning for over 45 years in the Turkmenistan desert. More people have stood on the surface of the moon.
Watch for details coming soon on George's keynote address. With his background and expertise, it's bound to be exciting!
The effort and resources that go into delivering safe water and wastewater services have traditionally gone unnoticed by most water users. This is a result of our infrastructure being hidden away underground or far from busy residential and commercial areas, but also because our skilled water professionals across the BC and Yukon region deliver these services each and every day without incident.
However, external forces such as population growth and climate change are now pushing water and wastewater services into the spotlight. The “new normal” of alternating floods and droughts in many regions of BC, as well as the recent water shortage faced by communities around the world such as Cape Town, South Africa, are helping to bring our sector and the resources we manage to the forefront of public consciousness. But how do we ensure this increasing profile helps propel us in a positive direction? For example, raising the profile of water issues could create the political will to fix urgent problems, but may also increase public and political scrutiny on the services we deliver. The information we provide, how we provide it, and who we provide it to can help or hinder our efforts to provide safe, sustainable water services to our communities.
The 2019 BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show is focused on The Rise of Water. This theme examines all the work that is taking place behind the scenes to deliver safe and reliable water services, the efforts underway to raise the public profile of the water sector and the importance of the services we provide, as well as how to best navigate the increasing spotlight on our sector as the demand for water increases while the security of its sources is in flux.