A core objective identified in the Ontario Waterpower Association’s (OWA) new Strategic Plan “Re-investing and Re-inventing” is a renewed and direct focus on providing member value. As such, the Association has developed and implemented new member software and educational initiatives and expanded the annual Power of Water Canada Technical Conference and Trade Show to include even more technical topics.
This spring, the OWA launched its new member software, the Member Hub. The Member Hub allows members to discover new business opportunities such as requests for proposals, expressions of interest, tenders, employment opportunities and more. The software also provides for an exclusive member networking forum to help foster the exchange of ideas, experiences and advice, and is intended to facilitate relationships and networking between members. The Hub also provides members with tremendous marketing opportunities through the ability to create, edit and share profile information with other members. We are very excited to provide this new tool and hope that all members will use this software to its full potential.
Also this year, the OWA will continue to focus on building the capacity and skills of members through various educational workshops and networking events. On May 30-31, 2019, the OWA hosted the 5th annual Hydro & Hops Tour. On June 19, 2019, the OWA will be co-hosting, with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, a one-day training session focused on Forest Fire Prevention. This workshop will not only include in-class instruction, but participants will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on training at Ontario Power Generation’s Silver Falls Generating Station. Additional workshops and webinars are also planned for 2019.
Finally, the OWA is working diligently with its conference Program Committee to develop an expanded technical program for the annual Power of Water Canada Technical Conference and Trade Show. The program will include a dedicated technical stream, as well as nine (9) “Tech Talks”. Delegates will also see the return of facility tours this year, which will include Sir Adam Beck 1, Sir Adam Beck 2, and a stop at the International Control Dam. Finally, we are excited to be partnering with the Canadian Dam Association to provide delegates with a full-day Emergency Management for Dam Safety training session.
Through the reorganization of the Association, we are increasing our efforts to foster relationships between members and to improve our understanding of member needs. We recognize that each member is as unique as the challenges and opportunities they face. I personally encourage all members to be actively engaged in the Association, whether it be through the Member Hub, participating in the Member Forum, joining Committees and Task Teams, or by attending our conference, workshops and networking events.
It is only through the support, input and participation of our members that we can effectively advance the interests of the industry. I look forward to working with, and for, all OWA Members in 2019.