Education and Events
2014 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
"The Value of ALL Water"
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel
October 19-October 22, 2014
MANY THANKS TO ALL WHO ATTENDED!
Hope to see you all again next year in St. John's, NL!
October 4th - 7th, 2015!!
By: John Eisnor, P.Eng. & Rob Gillis, P.Eng., 2014 ACWWA Annual Conference Co-Chairs
Please join us in Halifax from October 19 to 22 for the 2014 ACWWA Annual Conference. This will mark the 67th year for the conference, which is the marquee must attend event for the association. The Halifax conference committee has been working hard to produce a top notch conference program targeted to all sectors of the water and wastewater industry in Atlantic Canada. As we look to continuously improve and grow the conference, we have listened to our members and have extended the schedule into Wednesday morning. The result is new programming and even more opportunities to network with water and wastewater professionals.
The 2014 Annual Conference will be held in the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel, which overlooks beautiful Halifax Harbour and is only steps away from the vibrant downtown where you will find an abundance of dining, entertainment and shopping opportunities. Recent renovations at the hotel have transformed the lobby area into a Great Room, which includes lounge areas, meeting space and a new restaurant all of which are meant to bring people together, much like our conference.
Atlantic Canada is blessed to have an abundance of fresh water sources. However this is something that should not be taken for granted. This year’s conference theme is, The Value of ALL Water. What does The Value of ALL Water mean to you? Have you ever thought of the essential role that water plays in our daily lives? Some take for granted the quality and safety of tap water. Few give much thought as we flush water from our homes, businesses and factories. How we extract, use and return this valuable resource has a significant impact on our communities, environment, and the economy. It is our job to teach current and future generations, not the price of water, but its true value as an essential and irreplaceable asset.
The conference committee is very excited about this year’s program. The conference will start on Sunday with technical tours and golf in the afternoon followed by the Meet and Greet in the evening. On Monday morning, during the opening general session the major AWWA and WEF awards will be handed out, and we will hear from our keynote speaker. As always, a strong technical program is the core of the conference and once again this year a strong schedule of papers will be presented during technical sessions on Monday morning and afternoon, Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday morning. On Monday afternoon the ever popular Top Ops competition will be held. Again this year, Monday night will be your opportunity to dine at the restaurant/pub of your choice, as the night is your own. This will be a great opportunity to enjoy the tastes of Halifax before heading to the ABEA Hospitality night. Tuesday morning will start off with the Best Tasting Water Competition followed by the ABEA Trade Show that will run all morning. Tuesday will wrap up with the Down East Feast and the music of the Mellotones. As mentioned above, in an effort to provide you more value and further networking opportunities, the conference schedule has been extended into Wednesday morning...a conference first. Wednesday morning will start with the annual Awards Breakfast followed by more technical sessions.
The 2013 conference in Fredericton set a new fundraising record for Water for People. We hope to replicate the same success here in Halifax. Once again a Water For People Walk/Run and Silent Auction will be held along with other interesting opportunities to raise money for the worthy cause.
Make plans to attend this first class conference from October 19 to 22. We will see you in Halifax. Check back regularly for 2014 Conference updates.