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Water trade show takes place June 11-14 in Toronto

This year’s AWWA Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE) June 11-14 in Toronto features many compelling speakers, including top executives, experts and thought leaders from many parts of the water community. Below is the rundown that ACE is promoting for the show.

Opening General Session Monday, June 12, 8:30 a.m. EST

  • Innovation and disruption strategist Shawn Kanungo will offer an inspiring presentation, Creating the Future, Together. Explore how concepts from AWWA’s Water 2050 initiative can help organizations become more adaptable, experimental, and collaborative. Ultimately, this can help the water community foster a sustainable, resilient long-term water future.

Association of Environmental Engineering and Science Professors Lecture Monday, June 12, 11:30 a.m. EST

  • This year’s AEESP lecture, Integrated Systems of Potable Reuse and Desalination for Flexible Water Supply, summarizes conceptual analyses of blending scenarios to make highest use of the water resource while minimizing energy and environmental impacts. Features discussion of ways to augment both potable reuse and ocean water desalination systems.

  • Presenter: Amy Childress, Gabilan Distinguished Professor of Science and Engineering and Director of Environmental Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Southern California.

Monday Keynote Monday, June 12, 1:00 p.m. EST

  • A.P Black Research Award winner, Professor Detlef Knappe, (Deputy Director of the NCSU Superfund Program Research Center for Environmental and Health Effects of PFAS) will present My journey from activated carbon adsorption to PFAS. Also, AWWA Technical and Educational Council members Susan Teefy and Jeanine Dudle will recognize several other award winners and accomplishments.

The Last Drop Wednesday, June 14, 11:15 a.m. EST

  • AWWA CEO David LaFrance will recap the momentum that has been gained this year for the Water 2050 initiative, culminating with the completion of 5 Think Tanks focused on key drivers influencing the future of water (sustainability, technology, economics, governance, and social/demographic issues). This engaging conversation will feature one representative from each Think Tank. We’ll examine future priorities for the water community, actionable steps to implement Water 2050 recommendations, and barriers that may need to be broken.

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