International Water Association

August 27, 2010 10:00 ET

Shaping the Future of Water-The IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition in Montreal 19-24 September 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND--(Marketwire - Aug. 27, 2010) - Leading water experts from around the world will gather at the Palais des Congrès in Montreal in September to discuss the issues and trends that are driving a global transformation of the water economy and urban water services.

Key highlights of the Congress include debates on:
  • New sources of water and optimal use of existing resources such as water recycling
  • Linkages between water and energy, including climate change adaptation and mitigation strategies
  • Urban water service delivery, including water loss prevention strategies and water quality and treatment improvements. 

Existing water and wastewater management facilities and infrastructure have been built over decades, and in many cases are significantly beyond the capacity and life span for which they were originally intended. The costs of delivering water have risen dramatically due to increasing demand and other factors such as the increasing costs of energy, chemicals and other materials. Stringent regulations, higher performance standards and greater management control will further compound these higher costs.

Decreasing snowpack and increasing glacial melts are transforming fresh water to saline water. Continued loss of this natural and cost-effective method of storing fresh water is having a dramatic impact on the water supplies that are needed to sustain regional economies.

The global market for water and wastewater is estimated to be in excess of $400 billion (US). There are significant market opportunities for effective water infrastructure solutions, and a number of jurisdictions with competitive strengths in the water industry are putting in place progressive policies to position themselves as sustainable water leaders.

"The World Water Congress is an excellent opportunity for all Canadians interested in water issues to meet top international water experts. We look forward to five days of discussion and engagement on the water challenges and opportunities that will shape our communities over the next 20 to 30 years. It's an opportunity to check where Canada stands on the global scale and how we can move forward to address global water challenges", said Prof. Peter Jones, Congress President and Board member of the Canadian Association on Water Quality.

Congress highlights include technical sessions, workshops and industry forums on water technology innovation; water infrastructure optimization; performance measurement and verification; watershed protection; and capacity building. There will also be a special North America Regional Forum focusing on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence River corridor and featuring best practices in integrated water resource management of lakes and reservoirs.

Exhibition participants include: Environment Canada; the Province of Ontario; Canadian universities and companies; as well as exhibitors from around the world, including pavilions from Austria, Demark, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Norway, Singapore and Sweden.

Keynote speakers will include Dr. Rita Colwell, winner of the 2010 Stockholm Water Prize. Dr. Colwell's pioneering research on the prevention of waterborne infectious diseases has helped protect the health and lives of millions. Other speakers include: Chad Holiday, former CEO and President of DuPont; Arjun Tappan, Vice-President of the Asian Development Bank; Khoo Teng Chye, CEO of Public Utilities in Singapore; Wim van Vierssen, CEO of the KWR Water Recycle Institute in the Netherlands; Pedro Pablo Errázuriz, Chairman of Essbio, Esval, Saesa and Frontel in Chile.

The IWA World Water Congress and Exhibition is a high-profile international event attracting thousands of water professionals and organisations from across the globe. It is organised by the International Water Association (IWA) and in previous years has been held in Vienna, Beijing, Marrakech, Melbourne, Berlin and Paris. Principal sponsors of the Congress are ITT, Suez Environnement and Veolia Water.

For more information, please visit the congress website

The IWA World of Water Exhibition is open free to the public from 20-23 September 2010.

A detailed list of media opportunities will be published in early September. For more information on IWA, please visit

Contact Information

  • For more information locally, please contact:
    Prof. Peter Jones
    (819) 821 8000 ext 62165
    Mr. Duncan Ellison
    (613) 882 4219 (Cell Phone)
    For information and free media registration, please contact:
    Ms Michaela Lauren, Communications Manager
    +31 621 879 553