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OWWA PRESIDENT'S REPORT The Leading Resource for Ontario's Water Y ear 2014-15 was quite challenging. It was a year of seeking the right balance between revenues and expenditures for the association. Due to concerted efforts by the OWWA Board members, the association is on its way to a financially sustainable future. As a first step in creating a unified and stronger front for the water industry in Ontario, the OWWA re-branded the annual conference as Ontario's Water Conference and Trade Show. 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. This very successful annual conference was held in April this year in Toronto. The event was very well attended, had valuable technical sessions along with the Trade Show and was packed with networking opportunities such as the Meet & Greet, Water Cup Challenge, "Pirates of the Harbour Casino Night," among others, and was followed by the OWWEA's Annual Charity Golf Tournament. At the Annual General Meeting (AGM) on April 26, 2015, the 2015-2020 OWWA Strategic Plan was ratified by the general membership. With its strategic goals and objectives, the plan provides new challenges and directions for the association. Climate change continued to dominate the discussions in the industry. The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) began taking action in climate change mitigation and adaptation while building a low-carbon economy and protecting Ontario's ecosystem. To fight climate change, the Province is putting a limit on the main sources of greenhouse gas pollution through a cap and trade system to protect the air we breathe, the water we drink, and the health of our children and grandchildren. Throughout the year, we continued our joint meetings with MOECC, OMWA and OWWA. OWWA committees were asked to provide input, advice, and representatives on several key initiatives over the past year. OWWA also continued to play an active role as a partner in the Ontario Coalition for Sustainable Infrastructure. As Gary Houghton takes over as President, the OWWA will be undertaking some of the key initiatives as follows: * Implementation of the 2015-2020 OWWA Strategic Plan * Review of the OWWA Policies and Procedures to ensure compliance with legislation * Finalizing the Memorandum of Understanding between the three associations-the OMWA, OWWEA, and the OWWA * The search for a new Executive Director * Continuing to focus efforts on controlling finances, in particular expenses * Looking for new revenue opportunities * Exploring the idea of a joint conference with WEAO likely in 2020 In closing, I would like to thank you all for the opportunity to serve as your OWWA President and I look forward to continued participation. ABHAY TADWALKAR TORONTO WATER PRESIDENT, OWWA AT THE ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING ON APRIL 26, 2015, THE 2015-2020 OWWA STRATEGIC PLAN WAS RATIFIED BY THE GENERAL MEMBERSHIP. O N T A R I O P I P E L I N E | SUMMER 2015 | 7

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

From the Publications Chair
The OWWA Report
The OMWA Report
The OWWEA Report
From Our AWWA Director
Water on the Water: Ontario’s Water Conference and Trade Show
Conference Sponsors
2015 Fuller Award
2015 OWWA Awards
Student Art Awards
When Big Users Cut Back, Utilities Left Scrambling
Small Town Dilemma
Committee Reports
Certification Corner
Calendar of Events
Welcome New Members
OWWEA Member Listing
OWWEA Member News
Index of Advertisers

Ontario Pipeline - Summer 2015