Blue Cities a conference for water executives to exchange insights and shape transformative actions for municipal water management. It's a focal point for ongoing conversations between decision makers from all levels of government, the private sector, researchers and knowledge and technology providers. Blue Cities is the annual flagship event of the Canadian Municipal Water Consortium.
Water professionals from the Netherlands are a frequent guest of Canada and Toronto. Blue Cities is one of those occassions. The Dutch are strongly represented in the program to share their experience and contribute to the discussion. Read more these program elements below.
Breakfast session (May 8): Ideas to uptake - The Dutch experience of launching promising technologies in challenging markets
Innovative businesses can help develop solutions to major social issues like safe water, global food security, renewable energy, aging populations and life-threatening diseases. However, getting innovative ideas and technologies to market can be challenging. In this breakfast session, learn how innovation ecosystems like the WaterCampus in the Netherlands can help fast-track ideas, and hear about the experiences of two Dutch companies, DeSaH and Aquacare, who have successfully brought their ideas to domestic and international markets.
Panel discussion (May 7): Making the Case for Resource Recovery in Canada
Jantienne van der Meij will also join a lively debate on the potential for resource recovery in Canada, both now and in the years ahead. What are feasible opportunities, drivers and barriers for adoption? Are there small gains to be made, or does the potential exist for bigger impacts? The panel will talk about onsite and offsite resource recovery options (such as biosolids, energy, reuse and nutrient recovery) and how the costs/benefits of their application are being weighed by municipalities across Canada.
Panel discussion (May 8): Good Governance for Today’s Utility Needs
Good decision-making is vital for long-term sustainability, yet current municipal and utility governance structures may limit or impede a utility’s adoption of the best options or decisions. What elements can best support good business decisions? How can utility governance models be adapted to incorporate these elements? Mariëlle van der Zouwen will join other municipal and industry leaders to discuss governance models that can adapt to evolving realities and learn from participants who have implemented these approaches.
Read more about the event here.
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