B.C. delegation visits Changi Reclamation Plant
British Columbia was a player in the drive to co-create innovative water solutions at the 7th annual global flagship water event this week in Singapore. The biennial Singapore International Water Week (SIWW) gathered thousands of participants from over a hundred countries to share best practices, showcase the latest clean-technologies and tap into business opportunities.
Managed by Singapore’s Ministry of Environment and Public Utilities Board, Singapore International Water Week is supported by leading water organizations including Asia Pacific Water Forum and Indian Water Works Association. Due to the growing convergence of urban, water and environment issues around the world, the event was held in conjunction with the 5th World Cities Summit and the 3rd CleanEnviro Summit Singapore.
B.C. Trade and Investment’s delegation included representatives from B.C.’s ASEAN trade office and featured innovative B.C. clean technology companies at the B.C. area of the bustling, centrally located Canada Pavilion. As part of the delegation, two B.C. companies gained high profile attention, introductions to key market partners and full access to a packed house at the B.C. co-sponsored High Commission of Canada to Singapore Networking Reception on the evening of July 12, 2016.
Vancouver based Aquatic Informatics Inc., recent winner of the Water’s Next Award for Water Resources Technology, shared water data management solutions with top delegates, including Thailand's T Utilities Chief Operating Officer during a site visit to leading edge Changi Reclamation Plant. Industry leaders and government officials were also eager to engage with Surrey, B.C. based Singer Valve Inc., a company experiencing global success including recently receiving two awards for managing water loss in Malaysia by providing innovative products and solutions.
These are just two of over 200 innovative firms in B.C.’s clean-technology industry that generated an estimated $1.7 billion in revenue in 2014. B.C.’s green-thinking firms are recognized globally as leaders in clean-technology. Investors and companies from Asia, Europe, and the United States are discovering the financial and environmental benefits of B.C.’s expertise in fields including: hydrogen and fuel cells, clean transportation, energy management and efficiency technologies, renewable energy technology and water and waste resource management technologies.
One of the key highlights of SIWW was the presentation of the prestigious 2016 Lee Kuan Yew Water Prize by the President of Singapore, Tony Tan, to Canadian Professor John Anthony Cherry for his contributions to groundwater management, a major water source for many countries in the world. This award focussed the world’s attention on the Canadian Pavilion, which the B.C. Trade and Investment team leveraged to help delegates discover B.C. as a source for clean-technology innovation.
For more information on British Columbia’s clean-technology industry please contact one of our International Trade and Investment Representatives.