The 2017 AquaHacking Summit took place at University of Waterloo's Federation Hall during Elsevier’s 4th Water Research Conference – The Role of Water Technology Innovation in the Blue Economy (September 10-13, 2017). For information regarding programming for the other days of the Conference, please click here.

7:30 a.m. 8:00 a.m.

Transportation to Venue from the Crowne Plaza Hotel

8:00 a.m. 8:30 a.m.

Registration & Breakfast

8:30 a.m. 8:55 a.m.

Six Nations of the Grand River Traditional Thanksgiving

8:55 a.m. 9:05 a.m.

Opening of 2017 AquaHacking Summit

  • Word of welcome from Alex and Tyler Mifflin, aka The Water Brothers, Summit MCs
  • AquaHacking co-founders welcome addressed by Nan-b, Philippe II, Louis-Alexandre and Philippe IV de Gaspé Beaubien
9:05 a.m. 9:15 a.m.

Opening Remarks by The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario

9:15 a.m. 9:25 a.m.

Introduction by US Consul General Juan Alsace

9:25 a.m. 9:30 a.m.

Greetings from Feridun Hamdullahpur, President and Vice-chancellor, University of Waterloo

9:35 a.m. 10:20 a.m.

Tapping into Lake Erie

The rising generation of water experts share their #LakeErieConnect Platform

  • Presentation by the 2017 AquaHacking Youth Delegation
10:20 a.m. 10:35 a.m.


10:35 a.m. 11:20 a.m.

Sound Carries Over Water

The voices speaking out on water issues have multiplied and grown more forceful. Who is listening? Lessons learned from the Great Lakes Compact. 

  • Keynote Address by Peter Annin, author of the Great Lakes Water Wars
11:20 a.m. 12:25 p.m.

A Common (Water)front

Who are the people and agencies affected by algae bloom, and how does it involve them? How do these groups respond and where do their efforts converge?


  • Sébastien Sauvé,  Full professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Montreal
  • Jill Ryan, CEO of Freshwater future
  • Clark Hoskin,  Manager, Tourism and Economic Development, Norfolk County
  • John Paterson, Mayor of Leamington
  • Bryan Gilvesy, CEO of ALUS Canada and Owner of YURanch

Moderator: Tony Maas, FLOW Canada

12:25 p.m. 12:30 p.m.

A word from the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation

Claude Perras, Executive Director of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation

12:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m.


1:45 p.m. 2:25 p.m.

Joys and Challenges on the Water

Adam van Koeverden lends his voice and his stories to deliver a compelling narrative on the ways water can foster competition, compassion and critical thinking, bringing them all to new levels. 

  • Keynote Address by Adam van Koeverden, two-time world champion Canadian sprint kayaker
2:30 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

On Balance

Algae bloom is one of several major environmental threats. How does stopping algae bloom fit in with government and First Nations’ overall responses to climate change? After their presentations, speakers will take questions from the rising generation on the work that remains to be done and staying in step with innovators.


  • Chief Ava Hill, Six Nations of the Grand River 
  • Arthur Potts, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Ontario
  • Susan Humphrey, Associate Regional Director General - Ontario Region for Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Rob de Loë, Co-chair of the Great Lakes Water Quality Board at the International Joint Commission

Moderator: Liza Fromer, Broadcast Journalist

3:30 p.m. 3:45 p.m.


3:45 p.m. 3:55 p.m.

Opening of 2017 AquaHacking Finals

3:55 p.m. 4:00 p.m.

2016 AquaHacking Challenge winner

Where are they now? Reflections on making the most of the Challenge 

  •  Info-Baignade, winners of the 2016 Challenge
4:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.

Purpose. Innovation. Solutions. Finalists step up.

The 2017 Finalists put their work in the spotlight!

2017 AquaHacking Challenge Finalists

5:00 p.m. 5:20 p.m.

Break and Hackers Trade Show

Where speed dating meets open water! Hackers and potential backers get to know each other – fast!

5:20 p.m 5:35 p.m

2017 AquaHacking Award Ceremony

The shape of things to come - Introducing the 2017 Challenge winners

5:35 p.m 5:40 p.m

Closing remarks by Philippe III de Gaspé Beaubien, President and CEO of the de Gaspé Beaubien Foundation

5:40 p.m

Closing remarks by Roy Brouwer, Executive Director of the Water Institute of the University of Waterloo

5:45 p.m -

Six Nations of the Grand River Traditional Thanksgiving

6:00 p.m

Transportation to Crowne Plaza Hotel