Receptions  Activities

The BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show offers many activities and receptions for attendees.


Tap Water Taste Test 


Date: Tuesday, May 30
Time: 9:30am - 10:30am
Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Saanich 2

The 4th Annual Tap Water Taste Test will be held once again at the BCWWA Annual Conference. Similar in many ways to wine tasting, 'aqualiers', or water taste professionals, judge water samples based on appearance, aroma, taste, mouth feel, aftertaste and overall impression. Stop by the Conference Centre Tuesday morning to see if the District of Hope will keep their title, or if a new municipality will be crowned the “Best of the Best” Tap Water in BC and Yukon. This is one event you won’t want to miss! 

Enter today

British Columbia and Yukon drinking water providers are invited to submit a drinking water sample.  Judging will take place the morning of Tuesday, May 30, with the winner announced at the BCWWA Lunch Awards immediately after the taste test.

There is no cost to compete, however, registration is required for participation. For more information and to register, please click here.



Young Professional Reception 


Sponsored by: CUPE

Date: Sunday, May 28
Time: 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Location: Fairmont Empress Hotel, Crystal Ballroom

Please join us at the Young Professional (YP) Reception for an evening of compelling discussion and networking.  

All conference attendees are welcome to attend. Refreshments and appetizers will be provided.

The Young Professional (YP) Reception is aimed at providing a meaningful networking experience for Young Professionals, Students, and Industry Professionals at British Columbia’s premier water and wastewater industry event – the BCWWA Annual Conference & Trade Show.

The 2017 YP Reception centers around the theme: “Reflect, Engage and Lead: Sharing Experiences in BC’s Water Industry”, aligning with this year’s Annual Conference theme. The event will feature a keynote speaker from the water industry and the winning presentation from the BCWWA Student Design Competition.

Event schedule: 




Opening Remarks


A word from our Sponsor: CUPE BC




Keynote Speaker: Jim Walsh


SDC Winner Presentation



7:00pm Program ends



AGM and Reception 


Date: Monday, May 29
Time: 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Room Saanich 1

BCWWA Board Reception & Annual General Meeting

The BCWWA Board is hosting a reception in conjunction with the 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM). The AGM includes adoption of the minutes from the 2016 AGM, the audited financial statements, appointment of the auditor and the results of 2017-18 Board election. Join us as we welcome incoming Board members.

BC Section of AWWA Annual General Meeting

The BC Section of AWWA Annual General Meeting takes place immediately following the BCWWA AGM. The agenda includes adoption of the minutes from the 2016 AGM, the financial statements and election of Directors and Officers. Information about the slate of candidates is available at Nominations may also be made from the floor by BC Section members in good standing during the AGM.



Water for People Fundraising Activities 


Date & Time: Sunday, May 28, 3:00pm - 8:00pm and Monday, May 29, 9:15am - 3:00pm

Water for People-Canada is a charitable, non-profit, international humanitarian organization dedicated to the development and delivery of clean, safe water and sanitation solutions in developing nations. The BC Committee of Water for People-Canada is once again hosting a fantastic silent auction which will be at the Victoria Conference Centre.

If you would like to support this organization with an auction donation please contact Elaine Connors by email at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or call or text 604 885 2956.  For more information on Water for People please visit

Auction donations will be picked up from your exhibitor booth during your load-in and/or can be dropped off at the Water for People Silent Auction tables that will be located at the Victoria Conference Centre, Level 1 in the registration area.


Jazz Age Wrap Reception

Sponsored by: Environmental Operators Certification Program (EOCP)

Date: Tuesday, May 30
Time: 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location: Fairmont Empress, Crystal Ballroom 

Included in full delegate, operator, full conference SWS, exhibitor upgrade, student, and one-day Tuesday pass types. Additional tickets available for purchase prior to, and at the conference. 


Scavenger Hunt 


Sponsored by: Brenntag, EJ, Evoqua Water Technology, Fluks Aqua, UA Piping Industry College and Walsn Enterprises

Date & Time: Sunday, May 28, 3:00pm - 7:00pm and Monday, May 29, 10:30am - 1:30pm
Location: Victoria Conference Centre & Crystal Garden

Join the hunt and enter to win a daily grand prize! Conference attendees will receive a scavenger hunt map in their pocket programs. Complete the scavenger hunt questions or activities correctly to enter the draw. Participating exhibitors hold the answers to the questions, so check out their booths!


Resource Zone 

Date & Time: Sunday May 28, 3:00pm - 8:00pm, Monday May 29, 6:15am - 4:30pm and Tuesday May 30, 7:00am - 4:00pm
Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Level 1
Looking for news and industry information? Want to learn more about a sponsor organization? Pick up the latest brochures, a copy of the BCWWA's Watermark Magazine and other reference materials with a visit to the conference and trade show Resource Zone.


Archive Project


Sponosored by: Clark & Pattison (BC) Ltd.

Date & Time: Sunday May 28, 3:00pm - 8:00pm, Monday May 29, 7:00am - 4:00pm and Tuesday May 30, 11:00am - 4:30pm
Location: Victoria Conference Centre, Saanich 2

In honour of Canada's 150th anniversary, the BCWWA's 2017 Annual Conference is focused on Reflect. Engage. Lead. To reflect on our past, the BCWWA will have an archive display at the conference highlighting the water and wastewater industry's past.

We invite municipalities and water providers to participate in this archive project. The BCWWA is asking water providers in British Columbia and the Yukon to lend archival photos and materials to help visually depict the water and wastewater industry's past accomplishments and lessons learned.

We need the support of librarians, archivists and history enthusiasts to build this temporary display for the May BCWWA Conference.

Deadline to participate is May 1.

What are we looking for?
• Archival material you have already created
• Historic photos - digital

Click here for more information. 



Aqualibrium Water Competition

Date: Sunday, May 28, 4:00pm - 7:00pm and Monday, May 29, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Locations: Victoria Conference Centre, Level 2


Aquilibrium is a simple looking game involving plastic tubing, buckets and water. The goal – distribute water equally between three points on a grid using a network of pipes. Created as a means to bring awareness to water distribution in rural South Africa, this game is now a high school competition across South Africa and is used in university classes as a teaching tool. We are very pleased to have Dr. Kobus Van Zyl, creator of Aquilibrium at the conference. Conference attendees have the opportunity to try out the game and post their best scores. Dr. Van Zyl will also be speaking on how this game can be used as a public engagement tool. For more information, go to the Aquilibrium site:



Pre-Conference Golf Oportunity

Date: Sunday, May 28, 9:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Cordova Bay Golf Course, 5333 Cordova Bay Rd., Victoria
Booking deadline: Sunday, May 14
Enjoy a pre-conference round of golf at the beautiful Cordova Bay Golf Course. To book and pay for your tee time, please visit this BCWWA Conference Golf booking form by Sunday, May 14.



Pop-up PhotoBooth


Sponsored by: Western Tank and Lining

Date: Sunday, May 28, 4:00pm - 7:00pm and Monday, May 29, 11:00am - 2:00pm
Location: Victoria Conerence Centre, Level 2


Dress up, pop in for a photo and take home your own souvenir from the conference!


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