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Third annual Canadian Water Summit moves west to focus on resource security for the decades ahead

The Canadian Water Summit is for the first time moving west. The third annual event will be held in Calgary in June 2012 to explore the competing water needs of cities, agriculture and energy.

"Alberta has the unique experience of managing large-scale energy and agriculture industries in a jurisdiction with scarce water resources," said Dr. Anthony Watanabe, Founder of the Canadian Water Summit. "The province is pursuing innovative approaches to balancing these water needs with those of municipalities and other industries in a way that few other provinces have attempted. Their efforts are being noticed."

In October, Alberta Premier Alison Redford added an explicit water focus to the Ministry of the Environment's portfolio when appointing Minister Diana McQueen, underscoring the importance of the resource. Minister McQueen quickly showed her commitment to her new duties by announcing upcoming public discussions on Alberta's system for allocating water resources - a system that has been operating for 100 years.

"Alberta is delighted to be hosting this year's Canadian Water Summit," said Alberta Environment and Water Minister Diana McQueen. "This national summit presents a unique opportunity to share our successes and learn about best practices in water management and protection from experts across the country and other parts of the world."

The Third Annual Canadian Water Summit will be held on June 28, 2012 at the Telus Spark Science Centre, 220 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary, Alberta, in cooperation with Calgary Economic Development. The day-long event will share best practices and emerging lessons in Alberta with North Americans who are looking to safeguard resource security for the decades ahead. Confirmed sponsors for the Summit already include Molson Coors, Royal Bank of Canada, and the Telus Spark Science Centre. The event will showcase water challenges and expertise with a focus on innovation in the energy and agricultural sectors. Early bird registration will be available January 16, 2012 at www.watersummit.ca.

The Canadian Water Summit was created in 2009 to facilitate partnerships between leaders from business, government, NGOs and academia to help realize Canada's potential to be a world leader in water expertise and technology innovation. The Summit has been held in Toronto for the past two years.

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