Special Events


We anticipate a full sell out of the exhibition floor. Be sure to stop by and visit some of the industry’s leading suppliers and experts.

Birthday Bash

Tuesday September 18 4:30 – 8:00 pm

Included in registration, free attendance available – contact the office for details

We are pulling out all the stops to make this a must attend evening. We are thrilled to be celebrating our 70th birthday. Come for gifts and birthday cake, stay for the new technology, latest trends and networking. Guaranteed clown free.


Tuesday September 18 5:00 pm – 5:30 pm

The First Timers’ Orientation is meant to encourage networking and serves as a perfect icebreaker for delegates to socialize and get the most out of the WCW Conference experience.

Lunch & ‘Learn on the Go’ with Exhibitors

Wednesday September 19 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, Lunch 12:00 – 1:00 pm

Cost: Included in registration

No soup and sandwiches here. We promise to have a couple of different food options so even the pickiest eater will be covered.

Sponsored by the Municipal Service and Suppliers Association (MSSA)

Best of the West Taste Test

Wednesday September 19 11:00 am – 11:30 pm

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. The Annual Best of the Best Taste Test showcases participants from municipalities across Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.

Sponsored by ISL Engineering & Land Services


Wednesday September 19

Opening Session: Breakfast, Awards Presentations and Keynote Speaker

Breakfast: 7:00 – 8:30 am
Opening Session: 8:30 – 10:00 am
Cost: Included in registration

WCW President Heather MacKenzine will open the conference after breakfast. Special speakers, awards and our Keynote Speaker Irving Leblanc, Associate Director, AFN (Assembly of First Nations) Housing, Infrastructure and Emergency Management, Safe, Secure and Sustainable Communities will be featured.

Sponsored by Stantec Consulting Ltd


Wednesday September 19 4:30 – 8:00 pm

Cost: Included in registration

Join us at Carbone Pizza (260 St. Mary Ave) for the Annual YP Pub Night hosted by the WCS AWWA YP Committee. This event is intended for all delegates (Not just Young Professionals). Complimentary beverages and appetizers will be available on a limited time basis.

Sponsored by Western Canada Section AWWA

Retro Night

Wednesday September 19 8:00 to 11:00 pm

Cost: Included in registration

Remember Elvis or the Juke Box? How about dancing on a checkered dance floor?
Or better yet cassette tapes and a boom box?Join us for a journey through time from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, all the way to the 80’s and 90’s. Delegates are encouraged to dress up to any of these decades. The Tune Riders will entertain, playing music through from 50’s, 60’s and 70’s, all the way to the 80’s and 90’s. Delegates will partake in food, drinks, decade themed gaming, and prizes.

Sponsored in part by Graham Construction


Thursday September 20 7:30 – 9:00 am

Cost: Included in registration

The WCS AWWA presentations will include awards and special AWWA guest Joe Jacangelo, International Council Chair.

Sponsored by WSP Canada Inc


Thursday September 20 12:30 – 2:00 pm 

Cost: Included in registration

The WCWEA presentations will include awards and special guest Mark Poling, WEF Board of Trustees.

Sponsored by KGS Group

WCW 70th Anniversary GALA

Thursday September 20 6:00 to 10:00 pm

COST: $85.00

Join us for our Cocktail Hour featuring the University of Manitoba Jazz Trio.
The Conference Gala will be a night of networking and celebration for our 70th conference. The evening will end with a band and delegates are invited to join in with the dancing.

Sponsorship is still available for this event


Friday September 21 7:30 – 9:00 am

Cost: $25

Join us Friday morning to learn about Water For People. There will be a special speaker with breakfast.

Sponsorship is still available for this event