WSABC AGM 2021 Salmon Arm October 28-29

WSABC AGM 2021 Salmon Arm October 28-29

We’re preparing for an in-person and virtual AGM this year. Come direct to the Prestige Harbourfront Resort to connect with your peers this October 28 and 29. 

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The Directors of the WSABC invite you to the 99th WSABC AGM, Trade Show and Convention of our association at the Prestige Hotel in Salmon Arm on October 28th and 29th, 2021. These have been challenging times and the opportunities to meet face-to-face have been limited. You can attend in person or via video-conference ZOOM to hear the latest updates for our industry.

WSABC 2021 AGM and Conference Program

October 28, 2021 – Thursday’s program

Operator Training 7:30am-3:00pm

We have one Operators’ training session with EOCP credits.

  • Sodium Hypochlorite Handling and Safety & Confined Space Procedures (in-person only)

AGM and Election

Our AGM will also take place on October 28 at 2:00 pm. Election of Directors is held at the AGM.  

Of the 11 Directors positions, there are four positions up for renewal for a 3-year term. Three incumbent directors Rob Hillis (West Kelowna), Zee Marcolin (North Okanagan), and Bob Hrasko (Black Mountain Irrigation District) have stated their intention for re-election. One Director position representing an At-Large position is also up for election this year.

WSABC Directors represent the greater interests of the water supply industry in the BC Southern Interior. Meetings are bi-monthly and the Directors must be a representative from a Utility Member of the WSABC. Directors meet via teleconference or live bi-monthly so the time commitment is manageable. We encourage all utilities to consider having a staff run for a Director position.

Trade Show and Banquet

We have received positive feedback to hold a live trade show with 15 vendor booths. A banquet will follow the trade show on the evening of October 28. The WSABC will recognize some outstanding members and/or utilities of our association with an award.

October 29, 2021 – Friday’s program

Technical Presentations

A full day of water-industry presentations is being finalized with the following speakers and topics confirmed.         

8:00 – 8:30 Registration    
8:30 – 8:40 Greetings WSABC   Introductions
  Welcome – Mayor Allan Harrison – City of Salmon Arm
8:40 – 9:40 Ivor Norlin IHA Regulatory Update
  David Fishwick & Geneen Russo Ministry of Health ER Guidelines – Cont Planning and Communications
9:40 – 10:05 Dave Brewer Utility Supply (West) Corp. Reducing Confined Space Situations for Utilities – Air Release Valve Options & other Applications
10:05-10:15 Kalpna Solanki EOCP Operator updates
10:15-10:30 ANNOUNCEMENTS  & BREAK  
10:30 – 11:00 Kirsten Hamman Summerland Research Station Extreme Heat Impact on Agriculture  –  What we learned in 2021
11:00 – 11:30 Brad Litke, Senior Officer & Taylor MacDonald, Comms Officer BC Wildfire Service 2021 Wildfire Season Summary – Kamloops Fire Centre
11:30 – 12:00 Kevin Trottier and Rob Montgomery RDCO and Private Contractor Fire Protection for Structures in an Interface Area, Killiney Beach in 2021
12:00 – 1:00  LUNCH BREAK    
1:00 – 1:30 Dr. John Wagner UBC Okanagan Water Management Calls to Action:  Can we Reconcile Provincial Regulations and Local Management Practices with Indigenous Water Rights and Practices?
1:30 – 2:00 Stephanie Paul & Crystal Prince WFN “Understanding First Nations Rights & Approval Requirements, Guidelines for Communications”
2:15-2:30 Laith Furatian Stantec Consultants, Kamloops True Drinking Water Safety  –  More than just what is measured at the tap
2:45 – 3:15 Dwayne Meredith & Allison Lambert KWL – Summerland District of Summerland – Isintok Reservoir Dam Low Level Outlet Pipe Replacement
3:15 – 3:30  Closing Remarks            Draw-Prizes  


COVID-19 Safety

We follow all applicable COVID-19 health orders and all attendees must present their Vaccine Card.

Space for live attendance may be limited so register early.  Book your room at the Prestige, there is a block for the Water Supply Association. 

Register now!