Technical Program

Honouring the Full Circle” – the core of the work we do – is the theme for the 2016 conference.  As water professionals, we strive to preserve our resources for future generations, withdrawing water from the environment and returning it as clean or cleaner. The infrastructure supporting this work is increasingly under the pressure of continuous growth. We must optimize the lifespan of infrastructure while recognizing that “Full Circle” planning, from construction to the end of an asset’s life, includes preserving, limiting the use of, recycling and reusing materials and resources that go beyond water.

The annual conference is an opportunity to exchange ideas and share your experiences, challenges and successes with your water colleagues. Together, we can Honour the Full Circle and ensure preservation of our resources for future generations.

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Wednesday October 5, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

An Effective First Nation Engagement Strategy – How to Bridge the Gap (A Practical Guide to First Nation Consultation)

Tonya Crowchild is a member of Tsuut’ina Nation in the Province of Alberta. Throughout the years, she has worked in a variety of areas that have allowed her to enhance/gain knowledge, experience and education in First Nations culture, history and identity. She was employed with the Treaty 7 First Nations Chiefs Association for 4.5 years. Her role as a Political Technician allowed her to gain an understanding of First Nations political issues and further her Indigenous history through twelve political portfolios that she housed. Since graduating in April 2013 from the First Nations University of Canada with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree in Indigenous Studies, she is now the consultation director for her Nation. She has been enhancing the Tsuut’ina Nation consultation department to ensure that all partners – governments, industry, and Alberta Regulated Service providers meet the needs of meaningful consultation. Her mandate is to protect Tsuut’ina Nation lands, traditional territories, aboriginal rights, and treaty rights.

Nation-Wide Flood Alert System (NSERC Research)

Dr. Kurt Kornelsen will present on research into a nation-wide flood alert system called FloodNet – an NSERC (Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada) Canadian Strategic Network. ”Over the last five decades, floods have been the deadliest natural disaster in the world after earthquakes and tsunamis, affecting millions of people worldwide. In Canada, floods are recognized as the most common, largely distributed, natural hazard to life, property, the economy, community/industry water systems, and the environment.”

FloodNet is a vehicle for a concerted nation-wide effort to enhance flood forecasting and management capacity in Canada and is led by Professor Paulin Coulibaly based at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.

Session themes include:


  • Low Impact Development (LID)
  • Ponds
  • Stormwater Planning
  • Stream
  • Watershed

Round Table:  Stormwater Reuse


  • Biosolids
  • Conveyance
  • Emergency Recovery
  • Modeling
  • New Technology
  • Nutrients
  • Planning and Delivery
  • Preliminary Treatment
  • Reuse
  • Small Systems

Round Table:  Biosolids


  • Asset Management
  • Distribution
  • Emergency Response
  • First Nations
  • Planning for the Future
  • Small Systems
  • Small Systems/First Nations
  • Source Water Management
  • Water Demand
  • Water Treatment Optimization & Technology

Round Table:  Distribution System Risks