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Our 2019 Annual Conference, including AGM, Trade Show and Operator Courses is scheduled for April 4-5, 2019 at the Coast Bastion Hotel in Nanaimo.

We’re putting together a great agenda of Administrative Workshops across a broad range of topics for water system managers and operators.

Plus the AGM, and the Trade Show (April 4th) 8:45am-5:00pm

Notice of Annual General Meeting

When: Thursday April 4th, 2019, 12:30pm

Where: Ballroom, Coast Bastion Hotel, Nanaimo BC

Administrative Workshop Speakers include:

Kevin Ramsay- President, Innova Strategy Group.

Kevin is the former CAO of Port Moody and Squamish, Past President of the BCWWA and is an expert on water system operation and management as well as governance for small utility systems. He has worked extensively on Vancouver Island and will speak to current day challenges faced by those of us managing financial, regulatory and systemic issues. His presentations have been described by previous participants as informative, engaging and fun.

Ken Nentwig- CANARM, Rainwater Harvesting System Standard

The CSA B805-18/ICC 805-2018 Rainwater Harvesting Systems standard has been  published for Canada and the US – the first comprehensive international standard for this topic. Utilities, system designers, design professionals and anyone involved in utilizing rainwater as a water source will want to be informed. This session will overview the just-released (April) standard, and then apply it to case studies chosen from dozens of projects across Canada.

Ken is an educator and retired landscape architect, and has been involved in rainwater harvesting through CANARM and through Gaia College since 2012. He has developed the CANARM training and certification program for Canada, and has spoken to over two thousand professional and trade members in various associations across the country. Ken is located in Victoria, BC and consults on RWH systems in BC and across Canada.

Tim Lambert, Mike Nolan, Aline Bennett – Creating a Resilient Utility: Using System Risk Management Planning in Your Organization

As an elected official, manager, or senior operator, you are responsible for the effective stewardship of your community’s water services and valuable infrastructure assets, as well as protecting public health and the environment. The Water System Risk Management Planning (WSRMP) process can help strengthen your system resiliency as it uses a collaborative process to examine the risks your water systems and organization may face, from watershed to tap and from drain to the receiving environment. The approach brings in expertise from across the width and depth of an organization to create a common professional voice.

Tim Lambert, BC Ministry of Health. Tim is the Executive Director of Health Protection, BC Ministry of Health. The Health Protection branch addresses food safety, source and drinking water, on-site sewerage, air quality, and healthy community environments, personal service establishments, and environmental determinants of health.

Mike Nolan, Kerr Wood Leidal. Mike is a civil engineer with a master’s degree in water resources engineering. He has dedicated his 30-year career to improving water services in communities from small to large and has broad experience in municipal and regional engineering and public works.

Aline Bennett, WSP. Aline is a wastewater engineer at WSP where she is a member of the Wastewater Design Team, helping municipalities in British Columbia tackle complex water management issues and plan infrastructure for the long-term. She holds a master’s degree from UBC and a B.Eng. from McGill University.

Jenni Green, P. Eng, EOCP- Navigating the EOCP’s Customer Relationship Management System: a ‘One Stop’ system for Operators, facility owners, training providers, and regulators
This interactive presentation will highlight the EOCP’s new Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system. Including the basics such as registration and searching, detailed functions such as facility classifications and career management applications, highlighting the system functions from the perspective of the Operator, the Facility Owner, and the Regulator. No other water and wastewater certification group in Canada has a system like it.

Jenni holds a Bachelor of Engineering from Dalhousie University and is a registered professional engineer. She has worked in the water and wastewater industry for the last ten years as a municipal infrastructure engineer, a land development consultant and most recently as the technical expert for the EOCP. Jenni is passionate about working with Operators in the field and in the office. When not at work, you will likely find her playing in the mountains with her husband and new baby.

Also presenting: Mike Seymour and Associates, MSR Consulting; Jamie Eichenberger- IKEN.

Stay tuned for further details.

Registration Details:

Cost for the Administrative Workshop is $150 for members/$200 for non-members. To register manually please print out the Registration Form 2019 and mail it to the address on the form along with a check.

If you plan to travel to our conference ahead of time, we are hosting a Meet and Greet in the lounge from 7:00pm-9:00pm, Wednesday, April 3rd. Appetizers are courtesy of CWSA.

Staying overnight? Coast Bastion has reserved a block of rooms under our name. Please call 1-800-716-6199 to reserve your room.

As we did last year, along with our regular door prizes during the Trade Show, CWSA members with 100 connections or less will be entered into a draw for one free Operator Course to be taken in 2020. The winner will be announced at the AGM.

Coastal Water Suppliers Association is pleased to offer the opportunity for water operators to acquire valuable CEU’s locally.

Operator Courses (April 4-5) 8-4:00

Cost per workshop:  $275/members; $325 non-members*

Thursday:            Disinfecting and Sampling of Small Water Systems. Instructor: Bernie Morris. This is a one-day training seminar to provide water system operators with an understanding of technical issues, underlying risk and best practices that apply to proper disinfection and quality assurance for drinking water systems serving population under 10,000.  Based on real experiences and practical perspectives of operators involved in the provision of good quality potable water, the primary focus is on identifying risks, disinfection techniques, sampling protocol and programs, water quality complaint investigation, emergency management and administration. Information is based on AWWA and government sources, and is recommended for operators regardless of experience.

Friday:                  Plan Reading Skills. Instructor: Eric de Jong. Public Works Superintendent, City of Colwood. Eric has over thirty years’ experience in municipal utility operation and management throughout BC. This workshop will provide new and experienced water system operators, equipment operators and managers with a refresher on understanding and analyzing maps, plans, project drawings and as builts, including how to do take offs and estimates and set up project work zones safely and efficiently.

*15% Discount for 3 or more Operators from the same organization.

Trade Show Vendors can also register online, or click Trade Show Vendors Registration for a form and pay with check.

Deadline to register is March 29th