Special Events


‘Hockey Night in Calgary’

Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 4:30 – 9:00 pm

Included in registration, free attendance available – contact the office for details

Wear your favourite team jersey, prepare for friendly team ribbing and, on Tuesday evening “Game Night”, show us your best shot in an NHL All-Star style skills contest. The winner goes home with an official jersey so start practising now

Lunch & ‘Learn on the Go’ with Exhibitors

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 11:00 am – 2:00 pm

Cost: Included in registration

Sponsored by the Municipal Service and Suppliers Association (MSSA)

Best of the Best Taste Test

Wednesday, October 5th, 2016 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

The 4th Annual Best of the Best Taste Test showcasing participants from municipalities across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Sponsored by WCS AWWA


Wednesday October 5, 2016

Opening Session: Breakfast, Awards Presentations and Keynote Speaker

Breakfast: 7:30 – 8:30 am
Opening Session: 8:30 – 10:00 am
Cost: Included in registration

WCW President Ryan Roberts will open the conference after breakfast. Special speakers, awards and our Keynote Speaker Bob Stanford will be featured.

Sponsored by WSP Canada Inc


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)

Professor Paulin Coulibaly 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 Coulibaly based at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.



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

This event is intended for young professionals and those who are attending the WCW Conference for the first time to meet other delegates, gain some insight on the next few days at the conference, learn more about what the WCW YP group has to offer and get the chance to win great prizes! The First Timers’ Orientation is meant to encourage networking and serves as a perfect icebreaker for delegates to socialize and get the most out of the WCW Conference experience.

Sponsored by WCS AWWA


Wednesday October 5, 2016 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Cost: Included in registration

Join us at the Palomino Smokehouse for the Annual YP Pub Night hosted by the WCS AWWA YP Committee. This event is intended for all delegates (Not just Young Professionals). Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be available on a limited time basis.

Sponsored by WCS AWWA

 ‘Back to the 80’s’ Bash

Wednesday October 5, 8:00 to 11:00 pm

Cost: Included in registration

All delegates are invited to a big haired, loud clothed, 80s themed evening of fun. Local 80’s band Broken Toyz will entertain while delegates partake in food, drinks, gaming, and prizes. A photo booth will ensure that the leopard print and hairspray is not forgotten.

Sponsored by City of Lethbridge.
Additional Sponsorship is still available for this event


Thursday October 6, 2016 7:30 – 8:30 am

Cost: $30

Join us Thursday morning for a Western Stampede Breakfast to learn about Water For People and hear from Eleanor Allen, CEO of Water For People.

Sponsored by Xylem Water Solutions


Thursday October 6, 2016 8:30 to 12:00 am

The Fresh Ideas Poster Contest is a national poster competition organized by AWWA. The contest provides young professionals and students an excellent opportunity to showcase and share their insight and experience and to exchange ideas with a wide range of water professionals. The Western Canada Section of AWWA will be holding its first annual competition at the 2016 Western Canada Water Annual Conference to determine who will represent western Canada at the 2017 AWWA Annual Conference and Expo (ACE). At the conference, presenters will be showcasing their posters on October 6, 2016 and a panel of experts will choose the winner. Please join us to learn more about the research and projects our young delegates are working on. The contest winner will be awarded at the WCS-AWWA Breakfast on Friday, October 7, 2016.

Sponsored by MPE Engineering Ltd


Thursday October 6, 2016 12:00 – 1:30 pm

Cost: Included in registration

The WCWEA presentations will include awards and special guest Jenny Hartfelder, Water Environment Association President-Elect

Sponsored by ClearTech Industries Inc


Thursday October 6, 2016 6:00 to 10:00 pm

COST: $85.00

Join us for our Cocktail Hour and Conference Gala as we enjoy a night of networking and celebrate another successful conference. Magician Atshushi Ono will be performing his award winning comedic magic.

Sponsored by AECOM


Friday October 7, 2016 7:30 – 9:00 am

Cost: Included in registration

The WCS AWWA presentations will include awards and special guest Jeanne Bennett-Bailey, AWWA President

Sponsored by City of Regina