On behalf of the B.C. Ground Water Association, I am pleased to invite you to our upcoming Trade Show and Convention at the Coast Kamloops Hotel & Convention Centre in Kamloops from March 1st to 3rd, 2016. Our theme this year is “Groundwater – Our Shared Resource.”
The event will kick-off on Tuesday March 1st with a hands-on workshop on “How to use EWELLS,” and Ministry-led information sessions on the new Ground Water Protection Regulation (sneak previews were offered at our Regional Meetings this fall) and the new Water Sustainability Regulation (including new requirements for groundwater licensing). These regulations will support the new Water Sustainability Act which is expected to come into force in early 2016.
On the morning of Wednesday March 2nd we will be holding our Annual General Meeting (AGM), starting with an energizing breakfast for all AGM participants. This is an important opportunity for members to comment on industry-related issues and developments across the Province, and to define the Association’s priorities for the coming year. This year’s AGM is not to be missed, as we will be (re)electing several members of our Board of Directors and Executive Committee. A members Motion form for corporate members is included in your December Newsletter. If you have an issue which you would like added to the AGM agenda, please fax or mail it to Deborah Lamont at our office.
Wednesday’s luncheon will include a welcoming address from your General Manger, Kathy Tixier, with introductions of the elected BCGWA Board of Directors and Executive. Next, the event will really kick into gear with our 25-boothTrade Show and trade and technical talks. One-on-one instruction on how to use EWELLS will also be offered during the convention. Long coffee breaks will provide opportunities for networking and ruminating over talk materials, as well as visiting the Trade Show area to take in the impressive displays and place a bid (or two or three) at our Silent Auction.
When everyone’s brains are full for the day, join us for a Meet & Greet cocktail hour in the Trade Show area and the announcement of our Silent Auction winners. Festivities will continue at our evening awards Banquet with live entertainment. At this time we will announce the winner of a draw for a full pass to the Canadian Groundwater Conference & Expo 2016 in Niagara Falls in June. All sponsors and Silent Auction contributors are eligible to enter the draw. Be sure to get your name in, and join in on Wednesday evening’s best gig in town!
On Thursday we are pleased to welcome Dr. Diana Allen, professor of hydrogeology Simon Fraser University and acclaimed advocate for sustainable groundwater resource development, to deliver a keynote technical talk on climate change and the hydrologic cycle. Our lunchtime speaker will be Russ Dantu, business coach and top 10 finalist at Toastmaster’s International competition in Las Vegas in 2015. He will entertain and enlighten us on finer points of customer service, business communication, and employee satisfaction.
Please register for the event early (before January 29) to take advantage of discount room prices at the Coast Hotel, and to keep your planning committee in good spirits. Don’t let progress pass you by – see you in March!
President, B.C. Ground Water Association
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The BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show is British Columbia’s premier water and wastewater industry event, featuring one of the largest trade shows of its kind in western Canada! This event facilitates professional development and networking for those working in the water industry in BC and the Yukon.
The BCWWA is celebrating 45 years of bringing the water community together for dialogue, collaboration and knowledge-sharing on key industry issues. Join us in Victoria for our 45th Annual Conference & Trade Show to connect with exhibitors; network with colleagues; engage in educational sessions; and build your skills and industry knowledge.
Conference: May 28 – 30, 2017
Trade Show: May 28 & 29, 2017
Road Safety at Work representatives will be in Campbell River on May 29-30 to participate in the 2017 Upper Island Safety Conference, offering a great line-up of presenters and 17 educational sessions to choose from to help you implement change in the workplace and get you passionate about safety!
We invite you to stop by our booth to chat about the road safety challenges your organization faces, and the resources and consulting services we can provide to help solve them. Enter your name and you could win a roadside safety kit that includes a free subscription to one year of road side assistance. We look forward to seeing you there!
The 2017 Technical Conference and Trade Show will be held in beautiful Penticton from September 17-20, 2017! Thank you Mayor Andrew Jakubeit for the warm welcome. Save the date.
All exhibitor registration is now available online only. This year’s Trade Show will be in Penticton on Monday, September 18 and Tuesday, September 19, 2017. View details and register now.
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Program information and conference registration will be available in mid-May.
The BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show in British Columbia`s premier water and wastewater industry event, featuring one of the largest trade shows of its kind in western Canada! This event facilitates professional development and networking for those working in the water industry in BC and the Yukon.
Join us in Penticton for our 46th Annual Conference and Trade Show to connect with exhibitors; network with colleagues; engage in educational sessions; and build your skills and industry knowledge.
Dates & Times:
Conference: Sunday May 13 – Tuesday May 15, 2018 I TBC
Trade Show: Sunday May 13 – Monday May 14, 2018 I TBC
The Penticton Lakeside Resort & Conference Centre, 21 Lakeshore Drive West, Penticton BC
Penticton Trade and Convention Centre, 273 Power Street, Penticton BC