AquaHacking 2016 Summit: 
United for the St. Lawrence

For two days (October 6 and 7) the St. Lawrence River will be at the heart of the AquaHacking 2016 Summit! Conferences and panels of water experts will address four main themes: climate change adaptation, spills and overflows, access to the St. Lawrence River as well as how innovation, technology and creativity can contribute to water conservation.   

This is an great opportunity to network with various key players in the field of water and exchange with the multiple experts present.



WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE SUMMIT?

The various experts in the water field & multi-stakeholder organizations involved in the management and preservation of the St. Lawrence River (ZIP Committees, OBV, Regional Roundtable, etc.), heads of sustainable development and social responsibility within public and private companies, elected officials, municipalities, students and citizens interested in the health of the St. Lawrence River, techies, etc.

Winners of the challenge

This past October 7, as part of the AquaHacking 2016 Summit: United for the St. Lawrence, the winner of the AquaHacking 2016 Challenge was announced, from a pool of five finalists. These teams have been working for several months on their technological solutions to help protect the St. Lawrence River. Learn more

Youth declaration

The Quebec Minister of Sustainable Development, the Environment and the Fight Against Climate Change, Mr. David Heurtel and the Ontario Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Mr. Glen Murray announced the creation of a joint committee on the management of water for the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River and the water quality of the Ottawa river. A historic first! Learn more

Stratégie Québécoise de l'eau 2017-2032

Public Consultation on the Quebec strategy water 2017-2032 Learn more

The keynote speakers

Minister David Heurtel
Minister David Heurtel


M. David Heurtel was appointed minister of Sustainable Development, Environment and the Fight against Climate Change on April 23, 2014.

He is also a member of the Committee for the Implementation of the Maritime Strategy, the Plan Nord Committee, and the Economic and Sustainable Development Committee, making him a key player in advising the government on transitioning to a greener economy and a society more resilient to climate change impacts.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - GUEST OF HONOR - October 6, 11:50 AM

Mayor Denis Coderre
Mayor Denis Coderre


Former member of Parliament and federal minister, Mr. Coderre was elected mayor of Montréal in 2013. Mr. Coderre is also president of the Montreal Metropolitan Community, which includes all the municipalities of the Montréal urban area. He is also co-chair of Metropolis as well as Climate Change Ambassador to this association of cities.

During the Summit, Mr. Coderre will speak about the city's innovations aiming to improve the water quality of the river.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - MAYORS WORKSHOPS - October 6, 10:25 AM

Mayor Régis Labeaume
Mayor Régis Labeaume


M. Labeaume was elected Mayor of Québec City in 2007, reelected in 2009 and 2013 at the head of a major team. Before, M. Labeaume was head of the Fondation de l'entrepreneurship and worked for several years in the field of technological innovation in Québec’s capital region. 

During the Summit, M. Labeaume will introduce Quebec City's leading figures in water management.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - MAYORS WORKSHOPS - October 6, 10:25 AM

Professor William Rees
Professor William Rees


Bio-ecologist, ecological economist, former Director and Professor Emeritus of the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning, Mr. Rees is the originator of ‘ecological footprint analysis’. Prof Rees has authored over 160 peer reviewed and numerous popular articles on sustainability policy (or lack thereof). 

Mr. Rees is a founding member and former President of the Canadian Society for Ecological Economics; a founding Director of the One Earth Initiative; and a Fellow of the Post-Carbon Institute. 

KEYNOTE SPEAKER - October 6, 9:25 AM