RES'EAU-WaterNET hosted two special sessions at the National First Nations Infrastructure Conference and Tradeshow February 3-5, 2014. The annual event represents a unique and timely opportunity for dialogue and information sharing on current infrastructure and housing issues and other challenges facing First Nations.
The RES'EAU team participated in a panel discussion focusing on how universities can help to change the current innovation landscape through partnerships with communities to develop and pilot new water treatment solutions. They also discussed how to increase engagement of relevant government agencies toward developing new alternatives for First Nations, as well as creating new market for innovative solutions developed for small communities.
During the conference, Kaitlynn Livingstone, a Master’s student in the department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC, also presented on The Aboriginal Water Health Project: Building Partnerships with BC First Nations to Create Community Appropriate Drinking Water Treatment Solutions.
The event was organized by the Assembly of First Nations, a RES'EAU partner. RES'EAU Vice Chair Irving Leblanc serves as Associate Director, AFN Housing, Infrastructure and Emergency Management, Safe, Secure and Sustainable Communities.
Panel Discussion Participants:
Dr. Edward McBean, professor of Water Resources Engineering and Tier I Canada Research Chair in Water Supply Security at the University of Guelph. Dr. McBean also presented on '"Water Safety Plans – An Approach to
Decrease Vulnerabilities of Small Drinking Water Systems.'
Danny Higashitani, a professional engineer with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC).
Jim Brown, maintenance manager and supervisor for the Lytton First Nations.
Dr. Graham Gagnon, NSERC / Halifax Water Industrial Research Chair in Water Quality & Treatment in the Department of Civil & Resource Engineering at Dalhousie University.
Dr. Madjid Mohseni – Panel moderator, professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering at UBC, and Scientific Director of RES'EAU-WaterNET.