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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Video Release: Globe2016 in Vancouver Session; Water Integrity - Infrastructure & Innovation

“Canada is sleepwalking into an uncertain future” - Howard Wheater, Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan

March 8, 2016 - Vancouver BC, Point Roberts WA -, a digital global news source covering leading sectors including renewable energy and water, reports on the recently held GLOBE 2016 Conference & Innovation Expo (#Globe2016), held in Vancouver last week.

Leaders from around the world gathered to discuss key topics in sustainability, including water. In this panel session, “Water Integrity: Infrastructure & Innovation”, water scarcity and water security were discussed.

Climate change, pollution, the way land is managed and drinking water problems all demonstrate a host of issues here in water-rich Canada.

Howard Wheater, Director of the Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, told the audience that “the Canadian Government recently reported it will be spending $1 billion a year on floods and droughts. Globally, we may have 6 billion people in water scarce areas in just a few decades time. Most Canadians think that applies to rest of the world but is not an issue here because we have lots of water.”  

He also points out the degradation of water quality across Canada. With all the challenges, he also pointed out that smarter technologies for land and water management could provide solutions.

“When it comes to assuming responsibility,” he says “the Federal Government does not take strong responsibility for managing the water; it lies with provinces and they have mixed levels of capability.”

He also went on to say “Canada is the canary in the coal mine for global warming. We are seeing some of the world’s most rapid rates of warming.” 

Karen Bakker, a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia said, “One of the truths about water issues is that they are global in scale but they are locally expressed.”

She narrows in on one region as an example; the Peace-Athabasca Delta. The Peace-Athabasca Delta, located in northeast Alberta, is the largest freshwater inland river delta in North America. “Not far from there is major hydraulic fracturing activity and not far from that, one of BC’s largest wind farm projects and also in this area, one of the sources of major-proposed LNG pipelines. When you look at this, you get a sense of the water nexus. In one of Northern Canada’s most important food producing regions, you have intense competition for water; water for energy, food, drinking - and water for nature.”

Water Integrity: Infrastructure & Innovation Panel Session
This session brings a solutions-oriented outlook on water security trends to ensure access to water and catalyze economic growth. Join leading experts to learn how investment, emerging models of delegated water governance, innovation and technology deployment are scaling solutions and addressing water scarcity.  Take away key insights on how cross-sector partnerships create opportunities for sustainable business and effectively conserve, manage and distribute this vital resource.

Topic Speakers:
Lindsay Bass is Head of the US Corporate Water Stewardship Initiative for the World Wildlife Fund. The initiative leverages private sector partnerships to conserve water resources and freshwater ecosystems.

Karen Bakker is a Professor and Canada Research Chair at the University of British Columbia, where she is the Director of the Program on Water Governance ( The mandate of the program is to spur policy innovation in water governance. Her team has worked in over a dozen countries on four continents.

John Coburn - Managing Director, XPV Water Partners & Director, FilterBoxx Water & Environmental Corp. John has over 40 years’ experience of leading, operating and investing in water and wastewater companies.

Howard Wheater - Director, Global Institute for Water Security. Professor Wheater holds the positions of Canada Excellence Research Chair in Water Security and Director, Global Institute for Water Security at the University of Saskatchewan, Canada, and Distinguished Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Hydrology at Imperial College, London, United Kingdom (UK). Global Institute for Water Security:

About GLOBE 2016 Conference & Innovation Expo:
GLOBE 2016 Conference & Innovation Expo (GLOBE 2016), is the next GLOBE event within the iconic GLOBE Series, North America’s largest and longest-running Conference and Exposition series dedicated to business innovation for the planet. A world-leading sustainability GLOBE Conference coupled with an exciting GLOBE Innovation Exposition, GLOBE™ is about relationship building to fuel your business. It’s about thinking outside the box. It’s where leaders come to devise winning strategies to conserve resources, ignite innovation, and develop ideas and partnerships that help them be more resilient, more efficient, and reduce risk.

Taking place every two years in Vancouver, Canada, GLOBE draws the ‘best and brightest’ of the international sustainable business community, making it an unsurpassed forum for learning and networking.

With an exciting vibe and an international flair, GLOBE is not only the undisputed thought leader worldwide, it’s where future markets are shaped, and public policy is fostered. It’s where innovators come and launch new ideas. Where Corporate America finds solutions. It is where you can begin lasting, high quality relationships that will enhance your business long into the future.

For 2016, we’ve sharpened our scope, strengthened our leadership team, and doubled down on our commitment to doing more of what GLOBE does best: Catalyzing collaborations between “unusual suspects” both on and off the stage.

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