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NWO Water & Wastewater Conference and Tradeshow Begins


October 27, 2011 – The 57th Annual Northwestern Ontario Water & Wastewater Conference (NWOWWC) kicked off today at the Valhalla Inn in Thunder Bay, welcoming water and wastewater professionals from across Northwestern Ontario.

The conference provides technical education and training for hundreds of water quality experts who treat water and return it safely to the environment. During the day-and-a-half of sessions, delegates interact with policy makers, suppliers and other industry professionals. Throughout the conference, attendees will have the opportunity to network, socialize, share talent and explore challenges in the protection and treatment of our water supply.

We are pleased to announce that Maude Barlow is this year’s featured guest speaker.  She will provide a presentation on The Global Water Crisis and the Coming Battle for the Right to Water.  Barlow is the National Chairperson of The Council of Canadians, Canada's largest citizen's advocacy organization; the co-founder of the Blue Planet Project, which works to stop commodification of the world's water; and a Director with the International Forum on Globalization, a San Francisco based research and education institution opposed to economic globalization. Barlow may be Canada's best known voice of dissent: a highly opinionated, passionate and knowledgeable speaker.

Highlights from the technical sessions this year include changes to the Ontario Ministry of the Environment approval processes, innovations in storm water management around the Great Lakes, drinking water treatment system design, asset management and process improvements in water and wastewater. 

”This year’s conference really builds upon the success of previous conferences,” says Kerri Marshall, NWOWWC Chair. “We are pleased to have such a world renowned keynote speaker attend this year and provide a global perspective on water as well as the many technical sessions.”

Suppliers and local agencies have booths set up displaying water and wastewater equipment, supplies, health and safety product information along with water conservation and environmental information.

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Contact: Kerri Marshall, Chair – NWOWWC, 625-2195