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Speaker to address the need for smart water systems

Large amounts of electrical energy are currently required to push Ontario’s water through treatment plants and a complex system of aging, corroded and leaky transmission and distribution pipes. In the next 10 years alone, updating Ontario’s water infrastructure will cost $30-40 billion.

Join Carole Champion, director of industrial engagement and sector lead for energy and environment at the Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), for the third installment of UWindsor’s Centre for Energy and Water Advancement Distinguished Speakers Series on Thursday, November 26, at 1 p.m. in room 1102, Centre for Engineering Innovation.

Her free public presentation will focus on some of the challenges and opportunities faced by Ontario’s water sector and the opportunities that exist to develop innovative technologies to extend the lifetime of our existing water infrastructure, decrease electricity usage and address the water infrastructure deficit.

In addition to managing the Ottawa Manufacturers’ Network, Champion has held positions with OCE’s Centre for Energy and the Centre for Materials and Manufacturing. Prior to joining OCE, Carole worked for Natural Resources Canada at the CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory.