Agriculture and Food Production: Abundant agricultural resources in Canada have allowed the country to become the world's breadbasket, standing as one of the top global exporters of wheat, canola and beef, according to Statistics Canada. How will water management approaches and new technologies help Canadian farmers and food processors sustain long-term production of exports to satisfy the growing global population and demand for food?
"Each region and industry is affected by unique water challenges and opportunities. It isn't about building a better faucet; it's about looking at the heart of what the issues are today and how these will evolve in future. By connecting water experts, industry and business leaders, policy makers and researchers, we can collaboratively identify the underlying water challenges to establish economically viable models for sustainable water management that organizations and countries around the world can adapt and build on," notes Margaret Catley-Carlson, Patron of the Global Water Partnership.
The Ottawa conference will be attended by leading experts and organizations to highlight new ways of looking at water issues, climate change and risk management challenges, and identify new approaches and technologies for sustainable water management.
Experts available for commentary on key topics covered during the event, and the broader water challenges and opportunities facing Canada include:
-- Dr. Erwann Michel-Kerjan, Advisor to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and Wharton University expert on risk management and the impact of climate and water-related disasters on businesses, our economy and social health.-- Margaret Catley-Carlson, Patron, Global Water Partnership on the big picture of agriculture and food production-- Honourable Michael Miltenberger, Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, and Minister Responsible for the Northwest Territories Power Corporation, is one of the longest serving Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories.-- Shawn A-in-chut Atleo, National Chief, Assembly of First Nations, advocates First Nations engagement with all sectors of Canadian society.-- Helmi Ansari, Director of Sustainability and Organizational Capability at PepsiCo Foods Canada.-- Nicholas Parker, Chairman, Cleantech Group LLC and Senior Advisor of Blue Economy Initiative to discuss the concept of 'clean capitalism'-- Michael D'Andrea, City of Toronto Water, Infrastructure Challenges-- Jean-Francois Barsoum, Senior Managing Consultant of Smart Cities (Water and Transportation) at IBM specializing in urban innovation and the impact of climate change.-- William Cosgrove, Senior Research Scholar, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, Project Director, Global Water Scenarios Project-- Don Lowry, President & CEO Emeritus of EPCOR, a North American water and power company.-- Simon Courtenay, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Research Scientist, Canadian Rivers Institute, University of New Brunswick
For a complete list of keynote speakers and conference session details, visit http://new.cwn-rce.ca/events/conferences/connecting-water-resources-2013/ and follow Canadian Water Network @CdnWaterNetwork for the latest news from the event.
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Headquartered at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canadian Water Network (www.cwn-rce.ca) was created in 2001 by the Networks of Centres of Excellence Program to connect international water researchers with decision-makers engaged in priority water management issues. Canadian Water Network works to unite the expertise of researchers, practitioners and implementers to respond to water challenges.