World Water Day 2019: Event recap

Monday, March 25, 2019

On March 22, 2019, the Water Institute hosted World Water Day celebrations at the University of Waterloo. Nearly 300 water researchers, industry professionals, students, and community members came together to learn about this year's theme, "Leaving no one behind: Water for all."

World Water Day 2019 audience

The event included an all-female Indigenous panel of water leaders exploring solutions to the Indigenous water crisis in Canada, moderated by Waterloo's Dean of Environment Jean Andrey. 

Indigenous panel World Water Day

(from left to right) Kelsey Leonard, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science; Lydia Hwitsum, Board of Governors Royal Roads University; Kathleen Padulo, Environment Director, Chiefs of Ontario; Deborah McGregor, Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Environmental Justice, Osgoode Hall Law Faculty, York University.

Throughout the day, Collaborative Water Program students shared their research through posters and lightning talks. A number of exhibitors including Matrix Solutions Inc., Golder Associates, and Walkerton Clean Water Centre connected with students about potential employment opportunities during the career fair. World Water Day participants were also encouraged to cast a vote for their favourite water photo at the student photo contest.

Exhibitors World Water Day

In the afternoon, former Ontario Premier Bob Rae delivered the 2019 Water Institute RBC Distinguished Lecture, "What the challenge of clean water at home and around the world tells us about ourselves, our country, and our planet," followed by a "fireside" chat with CBC Radio host Craig Norris. The day was closed by Waterloo's Indigenous Student Association and Elder Lila Bruyere.

Craig Norris and Bob Rae

Craig Norris and Bob Rae

Elder Lila Bruyere and Waterloo's Student Indigenous Association

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