TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
Peering Around the Corner - Canada and Water
Canadians tend to be complacent about water as a resource and a service. Climate change, population growth, evolving consumption patterns, and degrading water quality paint a picture that requires careful thinking and planning at the national scale. These emerging challenges also bring new opportunities for Canada in general, but particularly for the private sector. Integration of emerging technologies with artificial intelligence and machine learning can create innovative solutions that are applicable not only in Canada but around the world. Creating urban water systems that are resilient to changing climatic conditions and lower the carbon footprint can be game-changers. Canada can also offer intellectual leadership to the world in managing waters shared across borders, based on our extensive experience of the International Joint Commission and the new provincial agreements.
Dr. Zafar Adeel, the Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre and former UN-Water chair, offers insights into the future of water from both a national and global perspective, while offering insights into the challenges and future opportunities for our most precious resource.While the future is difficult to predict, available freshwater resources are expected to decrease in the coming years due to the increasing demand of a growing world population, exacerbating the global freshwater crisis.
5:30 p.m. Reception
6:00 p.m. Discussion
$25. per person
Members & guests. Includes canapé reception. Chit bar available
By Reservation at 604 685 9321
ABOUT THE SPEAKER:
Dr. Zafar Adeel is the Executive Director of the Pacific Water Research Centre and a professor at Simon Fraser University and has over 25 years of experience in a broad range of environmental and policy issues. He served as the Director, UNU-INWEH from 2006 to 2016. He also served in a number of international leadershiproles, including chairing a group of over 60 organizations called UN-Water (2010-2012), and co-chairing the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment team that produced the global desertification synthesis in 2005. Presently, Dr. Adeel serves as the Series Editor for a book series by Springer: “Water Security in a New World.”