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OWWA PRESIDENT'S REPORT Doing Things Right: Towards Section Sustainability A t OWWA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) in 2014, concerns were raised about the organization's decreasing revenues and increasing expenses. To address this situation, the Board undertook several measures including a review and revision of service contracts to negotiate more competitive rates, hiring a new accounting firm, and deferring hiring of an Executive Director for a period of time. The resulting administrative burden was quickly picked up by the other members of the OWWA Board. The Board also created a new treasurer position and appointed Michael Pugliese, a highly regarded expert in financial planning and accounting, to assist OWWA with financial considerations. In addition, we established a new committee, called the Section Sustainability Committee, with a past president (Lee Anne Jones) as the chair. The Section Sustainability Committee's mandate is to establish long-term direction and objectives for the OWWA's budget and programs. The Committee will also review and provide recommendations on establishing separate capital and operating budgets; appropriate staffing levels; OWWA projects and contracted services and their value; and other factors affecting expenses and revenues. As a result of the OWWA Board's concerted efforts, the preliminary results of our audit show that we have already turned the corner towards a financially sustainable future. To remain viable, every organization needs to periodically review its strategic plan and modify it accordingly to meet future challenges. The OWWA recently reviewed the AWWA's newly adopted strategic plan and aligned its own Strategic Plan with the revised vision/mission statements and strategic goals and objectives. The 2015-2020 OWWA Strategic Plan will be presented at the AGM on April 26, 2015 during the conference for ratification by the general membership. Another step in the right direction is to create a unified and stronger front for the water industry in Ontario. As such, we have been working to revise the Memorandum of understanding between the three associations-the Ontario Municipal Water Association (OMWA), Ontario Water Works Equipment Association (OWWEA), and the OWWA-and have rebranded the conference as Ontario's Water conference and Trade Show. under Gary Houghton's leadership, the Conference and Trade Show Committee has been working hard to present an outstanding technical and social program in April. Personally, I am very excited that the conference is in my home town and that my employer, the City of Toronto, will be receiving the Dr. Albert E. Berry Award, which recognizes extraordinary contributions to membership promotion and OWWA activities throughout the province (Believe me; I had nothing to do with the selection of the recipient!). The conference will also present an opportunity on the opening Sunday for a technical tour of the R.C. Harris Water Treatment Plant, recent recipient of the AWWA Canadian Water Landmark Award. I would like to extend my personal invitation to you all to attend this conference. 8 | O N T A R I O P i P E L i n E | SPRING 2015 ABHAY TADWALkAR TORONTO WATER PRESIDENT, OWWA AS A RESULT OF THE OWWA bOARD'S CONCERTED EFFORTS, THE PRELIMINARy RESULTS OF OUR AUDIT SHOW THAT WE HAvE ALREADy TURNED THE CORNER TOWARDS A FINANCIALLy SUSTAINAbLE FUTURE.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Ontario Pipeline - Spring 2015

From the Publications Chair
The OWWA Report
The OMWA Report
The OWWEA Report
From Our AWWA Director
Ontario’s Water Conference and Tradeshow
Acclamation of 2015–2018 OWWA Directors
Let’s Drink to That!
New Possibilities with Municipal Water Data
The NSERC Industrial Research Chair in Water Treatment at the University of Waterloo
Making a Mark
AWWAO Certification Week
Novel Use of Stabilized Hydrogen Peroxide in Drinking Water
Water for People India Impact Tour
Committee Reports
Certification Corner
Welcome New Members
Calendar of Events
OWWEA Member Listing
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Ontario Pipeline - Spring 2015