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Across Ontario and around the world Utility Managers face similar issues, from how to fund infrastructure improvements, to how to manage drastic changes in the level of micro-organisms after storms, to how to attract and train the next generation of industry leaders. 

Recognizing the enormous potential in sharing experience, brainstorming ideas and uniting the industry behind solving its biggest challenges, Cole Engineering is pleased to be playing an instrumental role in the Water Environment Association of Ontario's (WEAO) first annual Utility Management Forum (UMF). The UMF will take place on Monday October 19th, 2015 at the Kingbridge Centre in the Region of York.

Inspired by the annual conference hosted in the United States by The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Water and Wastewater Association (AWWA), the UMF will facilitate proactive discussions of potential strategies and innovative problem solving of the common developmental, economic, environmental and social issues facing the water and wastewater industries in Ontario today. Major themes relevant to utility management will be front and centre during the UMF, including: adapting to change, succession planning and the growing need to bridge the generation gap, as well as emergency preparedness, and determining the value of water. 

The day long event will include seven individual panel sessions, where small focus groups of representatives from both municipalities and industry organizations will discuss: Employee Leadership and Development, Climate Change, Demographic Changes, Water Efficiency, Urbanization, Customer Service and Public Engagement, the Value of Water (Rates and Financing) Benchmarking and Performance Measurement, Emergency Preparedness and Technology and Innovation.

The UMF will also feature keynote addresses by Adam Krantz, CEO of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA); Carl Yates, General Manager of Halifax Water; Thomas Kunetz, Board of Trustees for Water Environment Federation; and Lynn Patterson, Director of Corporate Responsibility with RBC and RBC's Blue Water Project; who will share their considerable expertise and unique perspectives.

We are incredibly excited to be part of the UMF planning committee, supporting the WEAO alongside the City of Toronto, and the Regions of Durham, Peel, Waterloo and York. Cole Engineering is a firm believer in life-long learning and collaboration and invites you to participate, share your experiences and best-practices, and hopefully take away some innovative solutions for your utility management challenges.

We hope you’ll join us and other leaders in Utility Management from across Ontario and the U.S. in this important event. To register visit: