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  • 28 Nov 2022 9:00 AM | Bill Brenner (Administrator)

    Its finally here, sign up for the 2023 Conference and Tradeshow!

    Please join us in Winnipeg for this premier event! For those that cannot make it in for the Conference we are once again offering virtual attendance for all presentations along with the virtual trade show.

    After you have registered we ask that you please take the time to complete your Profile information in the Conference software. You will receive an email after registering with a link to your Attendee Portal. In the portal you will find links to the Conference App. We highly recommend installing the app on your smartphone or tablet or use the web app on any internet enabled device.  Don't worry if you do not have, there will be plenty of digital displays throughout the venue with Conference Info. 

    Watch for new and exciting activities in the Trade Show this year! See live demos and special presentations from Trade Show exhibitors! Interact with the Exhibitors and earn points to be eligible for fantastic prizes! Join in on the Silent Auction and help us support WaterAid. 

    Sunday night will kick off with our Meet n Greet, a networking evening with fun, snacks and refreshments! Monday night will see the return of the YP event immediately after the Trade Show closes. Watch for more information on these two fantastic activities. Finally dont forget to purchase your banquet tickets during registration. Enjoy a wonderful meal, join in honouring our award recipients and finally some great entertainment and an evening to visit with friends and collegues.  

    Register Now!

  • 17 Nov 2022 3:30 PM | Bill Brenner (Administrator)

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    Registration Ends Friday, November 25th!

    MEIA Emerging Issues Cleantech Conference: Pathways to Net-Zero
    Wednesday, November 30, 2022 | 8:30 AM - 4:30 Pm
    RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave, Winnipeg, MB

    Add to your calendar: Outlook® Calendar | Google Calendar™ | iCal®

    Registration Rates
    Member: $299 + GST
    Non-Member: $375 + GST
    Cleantech Start-Up: $175 + GST, subject to approval by MEIA staff
    Student Chapter: $10 + GST, with the purchase of a Student Chapter Membership

    For Registration and Sponsorship Click Here

    Join us for the Biggest Cleantech Conference in Manitoba!
    Join the 600 business leaders, sustainability experts, academia, government, First Nation communities and SMEs in the largest cleantech event in Manitoba on Nov 30, 2022. Explore new technologies, share sustainability innovation and learn solutions to thrive in the new green economy. Highlights will include:

    • Opening Blessing, Chief Heidi Cook, Misipawistik Cree Nation
    • Morning Keynote, Dr. David Suzuki
    • Afternoon Keynote, Jane McDonald, Executive VP, International Institute of Sustainable Development
    • Master of Ceremonies, Steve Patterson, CBC’s The Debaters
    • Green Dragon’s Lair Pitch Competition
    • 600 attendees, 6 Breakout Sessions, 40 Booth Tradeshow
    • Student Chapter Headshot Booth Fundraiser with Professional Photographer
    • Grand Prize: Trip for 2 to Churchill. Sponsored by Miller Environmental, flights by Calm Air. Approx value $5,000.
    • Funding Opportunities Hub
    • Student Chapter Mentorship
    • Networking reception with entertainment by local band, Indian City

    Cleantech is any process, product, or service that reduces negative environmental impacts through significant energy efficiency improvements, the sustainable use of resources, or environmental protection activities.

    For Registration and Sponsorship Click Here


    • First Nation Communities & Indigenous Groups
    • Consultants and Sustainability Experts
    • Academia and Students
    • Businesses and Industry Groups
    • Corporate Leaders
    • Government and Municipalities
    • Environmental Groups and Organizations
    • SMEs, cleantech startups


    • Carbon Offsets
    • Transportation
    • Natural Resources
    • Waste Management
    • Sustainable Buildings and Communities
    • The Future of Clean Energy

    MEIA Charter Members

    MEIA programming is supported by funding provided by The Government of Canada and The Manitoba government.

    We encourage and value any feedback from our Members. Should you have any comment or suggestions on this communique or MEIA business, please email

  • 28 Oct 2022 1:30 PM | Bill Brenner (Administrator)

    Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations (IRNR) in cooperation with Red River College (RRC) will be hosting several training sessions for Northern Affairs Community operators.There may also be spaces available for other operators as well.

    Please visit the MWWA Website for more information.

  • 16 Sep 2022 1:30 PM | Bill Brenner (Administrator)

    Just a reminder to all of our members that membership renewals are due November 1. Please watch your email starting in October for reminders and links to renew your membership. 

    Don't forget that Members enjoy the following benefits:

    • Reduced fees for all training, events and store purchases
    • Early registration for all training
    • Secure online storage of all CEU certificates
    • Membership with Western Canada Water Association
    • Western Canada Water magazine four times per year

  • 24 Jun 2022 1:00 PM | Bill Brenner (Administrator)

    Sixty six golfers turned up for a beautiful sunny day at the Pleasant Valley Golf Club. With some significant rainfall early in the week parts of the course were still a little wet but the staff had the course looking fantastic! Our thanks to the Pleasant Valley Golf Club and their staff for a great course and a fantastic steak supper after!

    We want to thank all of our Sponsors for their support:

    • Hospitality Cart – KlearWater Equipment & Technologies
    • Complimentary Lunch – Wolseley and Neptune
    • Ladies Closest to the Flag – Delco Water
    • Ladies Longest Drive – Waste n Watertech
    • Ladies Longest Putt – Brenner Consulting
    • Men’s Longest Drive – Mueller
    • Men’s Longest Putt – MWWA
    • Men’s Closest to the Flag – Power & Mine Supply
    • Regular Hole Sponsors 
      • Transwest
      • Algae Control Canada
      • Shreem Systems and Solutions

    Also a very special thank you to all of the Suppliers who generously donated prizes for the tournament:

    • Titan Foundry
    • Al Turner Consulting
    • Mueller
    • Klearwater Equipment & Technologies
    • Algae Control Canada
    • Red River College
    • Deblo
    • Iconix

    Golf Prizes were Awarded to:

    Ladies longest drive: Tracy Leggero

    Men’s longest drive: Chris Farkas

    Ladies closest to the Pin: Suzanne Turner

    Men’s closest to the Pin: Rudy Martens 

    Ladies longest Putt: Joscelyn Lequier-Jobin

    Men’s longest Putt: Jeff Braun

    Putting Contest: Ryan Dyck

    Lowest Score: Team Roseau River

    2nd Lowest: Team Winkler

    3rd Lowest: Team Chris Farkas and Friends

    Most Honest: Team AECOM/Portage la Prairie Ladies

    Through the sale of Mulligans, Putting Contest and 50/50 sales $925 was raised to donate to WaterAid!

  • 23 Jun 2022 8:30 AM | Bill Brenner (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness we announce the passing of member Mike Froese. 

    Mike was a Utilities Maintenance worker who has worked for the City of Winkler for the past 15 years. Mike had a great relationship with those he worked with. We wanted to offer our deepest condolences to the City of Winkler Utilities Department as we know they are a tight bunch. 

    We also send our thoughts and prayers to Mike’s family and all City of Winkler staff. 

  • 20 May 2022 9:30 AM | Bill Brenner (Administrator)

    Open call for Interview participants in research about the performance of sewage lagoons in Canada.

    A PhD student (Maame Addai) from Queen’s University is researching the influence of operations and management, and regulations on the performance of sewage lagoons. She is inviting participants whose job description or have experience with sewage lagoons for an interview over the phone or online (Zoom, Skype, Microsoft Teams). 

    If you or someone you know is interested in being interviewed or requires more information, please feel free to contact the student at email or cell phone number 343-333-7477 (call or text). 

    The study has been reviewed and received ethics clearance through the Queen’s University General Research Ethics Board 

  • 11 May 2022 8:30 AM | Bill Brenner (Administrator)

    Student Bursary Applications are now available to all Members. Please download the application for your child by logging into your account and then going to Members Only Content. 

    Applications are due by June 13, 2022. 

  • 07 Mar 2022 9:22 AM | Bill Brenner (Administrator)

    The path towards holistic water management

    OWA is a holistic approach that integrates drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater into one entity, accounting for all water resources, rivers, lakes, and groundwater together at a river basin level.

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    Helping municipalities mitigate flood risk and protect their communities

    As the changing climate brings more unpredictability to municipal planning efforts…municipalities need robust and reliable tools that can help them mitigate risks and protect their communities from water-related catastrophes.

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    Permeable paving: Stormwater management for the future

    ECORASTER® permeable paving is designed not to pave over surfaces, but to become a part of them. The porous surface of each tile allows stormwater and water from thawing snow to seep back into the ground rather than running off.

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    Water projects FN communities
    Minister of Indigenous Services launched a call for proposals for projects that address the retention, recruitment, and availability of water and wastewater operators working on reserve.

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    Cape Breton gets marine support
    Invest Nova Scotia is supporting the modernization of the Université Sainte-Anne Marine Research Centre to help strengthen and grow the province’s marine and aquaculture sector.

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    100% water score for Barrie
    “This perfect score for our drinking water is a reflection of the diligence and the hard-work of the staff in our Water Operations Branch.”

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    WWF reports waste in waters
    WWF-Canada’s National Vessel Dumping Assessment reveals dumping of billions of litres of waste each year.

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    Mar. 10 Women + Rural Water Security Around the World (Virtual)
    Mar. 21 + Mar. 22 Global Lessons for Safe Drinking Water Through Quality Management (Virtual)
    Mar. 22 What’s Beneath Our Feet? All About Groundwater (Virtual)
    Mar. 23 Blue Economy: Implementing Green Infrastructure (Virtual)
    Mar. 27-Apr. 2 17th IWA Leading Edge Conference on Water and Wastewater Technologies (Reno, Nevada)
    Apr. 20 Blue Economy: Protecting Our Water Source (Virtual)
    Apr. 20-22 EnviroTech 2022 (Calgary)

  • 22 Feb 2022 2:30 PM | Bill Brenner (Administrator)

    Save the Date

    Environment and Climate Change Canada’s Lake Winnipeg Basin Office invites you to attend this virtual information sharing webinar featuring talks from two research projects funded by the Lake Winnipeg Basin Program.

    Join us for this webinar featuring projects by InnoVantage Inc. on municipal wastewater lagoon monitoring and by Native Plant Solutions on phosphorus retention in conventional and naturalized storm water ponds.

    Date: Wednesday, March 9th, 2022
    Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 a.m., Central Standard Time (Chicago, GMT-06:00)

    This webinar is part of an ongoing series of information sharing events related to nutrient reduction efforts in the Lake Winnipeg Basin. Please feel free to share this invitation and the MS Teams link below with others that might be interested. There is no need to register and there is no fee to attend.

    Presentation abstracts:

    Analysis of variance of phosphorus in lagoons discharge during the discharge period in Manitoba.

    Gavin van der Linde and Arman Vahedi, InnoVantage Inc 

    In 2021 we conducted a pilot project and monitoring study on a number of municipal lagoons in southern Manitoba. The pilot project was to develop an affordable, efficient phosphorus removal system for municipal lagoons. During the research portion of the project, we monitored 14 different municipal lagoon cells, testing the phosphorus levels 6 times during the discharge period. The aim of the study was to see how the phosphorus levels varied over the discharge period. The lagoons were further classified according to how they treated phosphorus.

    Phosphorus retention in conventional and naturalized stormwater ponds within the Lake Winnipeg Basin.

    Bruce Friesen-Pankratz, Nicholson Jeke, and Lisette Ross, Native Plant Solutions, Ducks Unlimited Canada.

    Phosphorus retention within stormwater ponds is largely determined by the extent of their emergent vegetation cover. Conventional stormwater ponds (CSPs) do not have extensive emergent vegetation zones due to their steep slopes and deep water. Conversely, naturalized stormwater ponds (NSPs) are designed to support extensive emergent vegetation. While NSPs as Best Management Practices for stormwater management are now required within some Lake Winnipeg Basin jurisdictions few studies of their ability to retain phosphorus have been completed. Our study compared total phosphorus concentrations in the surface water of 8 CSPs and 8 NSPs in Winnipeg during the 2021 open water season (June through November).


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