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250 “water-passionate” Canadians to attend once-in-a-lifetime water learning opportunity

Thursday, October 14th 2010 5:00:08pm

Media Advisory
First-ever Canadian Water Innovation Lab “unconference” kicks off Monday, October 18 with the Pre-Lab

(Exshaw, Alberta, October 14, 2010) In just a few days, engaged young leaders from all over the country will converge in Alberta for a once-in-a-lifetime learning event that will turn their good intentions into concrete actions to protect our most precious natural resource: water.

These leaders will be attending the Canadian Water Innovation Lab (CWIL) from October 18 to 24, 2010 amongst the breathtaking natural beauty of the Rockies at Camp Chief Hector, near Calgary.

This unprecedented gathering has been dubbed the “unconference for uncommon young leaders.” It is designed to give 200 of Canada’s most water-passionate and proactive 18- to 35-year-olds the skills, insights, and connections to champion water management issues. Ultimately, CWIL’s mission is to develop leadership capacity, spur community water-related projects, and place water resource management issues prominently on the public agenda.

Rather than a typical “talking heads” event, participants will learn experientially through field trips and one-to-one interactions with mentors such as water resource practitioners, policy makers, activists, educators, and Aboriginal and community leaders. These mentors include such water luminaries as R.W. (Bob) Sandford, the EPCOR Chair of the Canadian Partnership Initiative in support of United Nations “Water for Life” Decade; Alex Salki, a research biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans; Tony Maas, WWF-Canada's national advisor on freshwater policy and planning; Professor Cynthia Wesley-Esquimaux, joint faculty member in Social Work and Aboriginal Studies at the University of Toronto; and David Henderson, Managing Director of XPV Capital Corporation and a member of the 2009 Top 40 under 40.

Topics to be covered include water as it relates to climate change, agriculture, municipalities and infrastructure, mountain and coastal ecosystems, and energy.

October 18 to 24, 2010
For event schedule, go to http://www.waterlution.org starting from 5 p.m. on Friday, October 15, 2010 (MT)

Camp Chief Hector
Exshaw, Alberta
For directions, see: http://www.ymcacalgary.org/web/Default.aspx?cid=3482〈=1

Photos and updates:
Media photos will be taken the weekend of October 23/24 and uploaded to http://waterlution.org.

To get instant, daily updates from the Lab, follow @TheLab2010 on Twitter.

Click here to see which cities the unconference attendees are from.

And by city:
For more information and to attend as media, contact:
Karen Kun, Director, Waterlution – A Water Learning Experience

Victoria Goodday, Program Coordinator, Waterlution – A Water Learning Experience

About Waterlution – A Water Learning Experience
Founded in 2003 by social entrepreneurs Karen Kun and Tatiana Glad, Waterlution is a water learning organization that brings together young leaders interested or working on water-related topics – for peer-to-peer and inter-generational programs. Workshops and activities often take place over a weekend or are customized to work with partners and groups at selected events.

Hosted by Waterlution – A Water Learning Experience, CWIL is a natural extension of Waterlution’s mission. Waterlution has already hosted more than 35 workshops in nine provinces for over 750 youth and 100 policy-makers, scientists, business, Aboriginal, and community leaders — exceptional people looking for creative solutions to our complex water resource management problems. Water holds a central place in the Canadian imagination. Waterlution builds on that emotional connection to get water issues onto centre stage.