About This Webinar
Municipalities, water and wastewater utilities across Canada have more data available than they ever had before. For many utilities, there is an abundance of metered consumption and demand data that can be used for forecasting, planning for hard and green infrastructure, demand management, revenue and pricing. There are other utilities still in need of the metering infrastructure, or taking great strides to overcome outdated estimating with advanced smart metering infrastructure.

So, how are utilities utilizing data to drive demand management, infrastructure planning and design? Are current planning strategies, policies, programming and modelling working for us? What are the success stories? What are the roadblocks?

This session will host three presentations from various perspectives across utility, municipality, provincially and private-sector, examining demand and consumption data availability and application. This will be followed by a panel discussion hosted by the moderator with questions fielded from the audience

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  • Welcome and Introductions - Robert Haller, CWWA
  • Sponsor Introduction - Colwyn Sunderland, KWL
  • Developing a provincial Water Efficiency Strategy without universal metering - Pierre-Olivier Kwemi, Affaires municipales et Habitation, Quebec
  • Don’t Let Outdated Standards Drive Current Infrastructure Decisions- Heather Zarski, Epcor
  • Smart Home Technology: Potential Impacts Water on Demand Management - Kirk Stinchcombe, Econics
  • Panel Discussion
  • Question and Answers - audience participation
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    Robert Haller
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    Colwyn Sunderland
    Moderator and Sponsor: Kerr Wood Leidel
    Colwyn is an infrastructure planning engineer with Kerr Wood Leidal with 23 years of experience in water treatment system construction and operation, local government, and consulting including 8 years with the Capital Regional District. An integration specialist, Colwyn excels at supporting local government management teams in multidisciplinary decision making and development of systems, policies and programs. He is a past President of the BC Water and Waste Association and the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association.
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    Kirk Stinchcombe
    Kirk Stinchcombe is the founder and managing director of Econics, a consulting firm based in British Columbia Canada. Econics’ mission is to help sustain water systems and the communities that depend on them.

    He is the former vice-chair of the Chicago-based Alliance for Water Efficiency, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to advocacy of the efficient and sustainable use of water across North America. He is also a research associate with the University of Victoria's POLIS Water Sustainability Project.

    He also co-founded and is the former CEO of Waterworth, a start up software company that helps water and wastewater service providers across North America sustainably fund their infrastructure.

    Prior to starting Econics, Kirk held various positions in local and provincial government.
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    Mr. Pierre-Olivier Kwemi is a project manager for the Quebec Water Efficiency Strategy at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs. Thus, he prepares annual reports and develops tools to support municipalities in their water and infrastructure sustainable management. Mr. Kwemi holds a Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering from École Polytechnique de Montréal and is pursuing graduate studies at the École de technologie supérieure. He’s also a Qualified Water Loss Auditor.
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    Heather Zarski
    Manager, Integrated Planning, EPCOR Water Services
    Heather Zarski began her career with EPCOR after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Civil & Environmental Engineering from the University of Alberta. In her current role as Integrated Planning Manager, she focuses on integrated resource planning to ensure the long term sustainability of Edmonton’s municipal One Water system. Heather uses data driven techniques paired with GIS analysis to both understand Edmonton’s current water usage patterns as well as predict future trends. This analysis informs capital planning, is used for water consumption forecasting, and is used to develop programs/policies that optimize water use.