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January 22, 2015

Window On Ottawa is Moving!

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No it’s not moving cities, or else we couldn't call it the Window on "Ottawa." But it is moving from its traditional dates. 

The Window on Ottawa is truly our signature event that meets two of our core goals – to educate our members on national level activity and to facilitate dialogue with the federal government and its agencies. This very informative event allows delegates to hear the latest news from key members of federal departments and agencies. We get the details of recent legislation, but more importantly, we hear about what is in the development stages and can provide comments.

We hold the event in Ottawa as that allows the easiest access for all of the federal representatives we invite. So this focus on Ottawa and the national efforts will not change.  We normally conduct our CWWA Annual General Meeting at this event and hold a series of CWWA Board meetings. 

Tradition has dictated that this event be held in November, but in recent years, this meant it fell just weeks after our other national conferences – either the Canadian Drinking Water Conference or the Canadian Water and Energy Efficiency Conference. Not only was this hard to coordinate logistically, it was difficult for our members to attend both. With our new event strategy for consolidating to ONE, ANNUAL, NATIONAL conference in October, we saw the need to defer the Window on Ottawa. We discussed this with the delegates, conducted a survey, and consulted with our usual federal contacts and we received very positive support for the move. 

Our first, consolidated conference will be held in Whistler, BC in October of 2015 and will include our Annual General Meeting. So we will NOT hold a Window on Ottawa this Fall. Rather, we will re-introduce the Window on Ottawa event in late Spring 2016 (dates to be determined). Then, the plan is to hold the Window on Ottawa (in Ottawa) every spring and our consolidated conference (moving across the country) every November. That should spread out our workload and provide you with a healthy fix of CWWA every six months. 


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