Blue Cities Conference

  • Posted on: 7 May 2019
  • By: Lotte Meijers

On the 7th and 8th of May, Blue Cities will this place. It is a conference for water executives to exchange insights and shape transformative actions for municipal water management and is the annual flagship event of the Canadian Municipal Water Consortium. Dutch water professionals are a frequent quest in Canada and they will be represented during this event as well.

On 7 May a panel discussion about the potential for resource recovery in Canada will take place. Jantienne van der Meij from Watercampus Leeuwarden will join the debate.

On the 8th of May a breakfast session will be organized. During this session innovation ecosystems like the WaterCampus in the Netherlands and how it can help fast-track ideas will be discussed. The experiences of two Dutch companies, DeSaH and Aquacare, who have successfully brought their ideas to domestic and international markets will be shared. Dutch participants include Jantienne van der Meij-Kranendonk, Brendo Meulman, Technical Director at DeSaH BV and Koos J. Baas, Founder/ EVP of Aquacare.

This day also includes a panel discussion about good governance for today’s utility needs. Good decision-making is vital for long-term sustainability, yet current municipal and utility governance structures may limit or impede a utility’s adoption of the best options or decisions. Questions that will be discussed include:  What elements can best support good business decisions? How can utility governance models be adapted to incorporate these elements? Mariëlle van der Zouwen, of the Knowledge Management Group will join other municipal and industry leaders to discuss governance models that can adapt to evolving realities and learn from participants who have implemented these approaches.

More information about the programme can be found on: