Program Overview

WCC 2017 presents a world-class program that highlights some of the most exciting and innovative activities on the world’s waterways.

The Transformative Power of Canals (Scotland)

Journey Along the Erie Canal (USA)

Canal Light Festivals (Amsterdam)

Restoring Waterways (UK)

Transforming Arizona’s Canals (USA)

Stimulating Urban Transformation (Poland)

Historic Cleanup of Onondaga Lake (USA)

Re-imagining Inland Waterways (Ireland)

Regenerating the Gyeongin Ara Waterway (Korea)

Featured Speakers

Speakers hail from around the globe, including experts from France, Poland, Scotland, Korea, the U.K., the Netherlands, and the U.S.

  • Steve Dunlop, Executive Director, Scottish Canals, UK
  • John Robinson, Founder and CEO of Our Ability, USA
  • Gil Quiniones, President & CEO, New York Power Authority, USA
  • Felix Guttmann, Chairman, Amsterdam Light Festival, Netherlands
  • Lucyna Nyka, Dean of Architecture, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland
  • Roy B. Mann, Principal, The Rivers Studio, Austin, Texas, USA
  • Roger Squires, Inland Waterways Association, UK
  • Kyun Yun, Manager, K-Water, Korea
  • Darlene Upton, Executive Director of Waterways, Parks Canada
  • Brenda Barrett, Editor, Living Landscape Observer, USA
  • David Alan Miller, Music Director, Albany Symphony Orchestra, USA

Additional speakers to be announced.

Schedule at a Glance

The 2017 World Canals Conference features formal presentations, study tours of canal sites and communities, Central New York dining experiences and a variety of exciting public events. Meals feature local and regional produce and specialty foods, beverages and farm-to-table experiences. Conference sessions take place at the Marriott Syracuse Downtown. 


Sunday, September 24

  • Public events at Syracuse Inner Harbor, downtown Syracuse and the surrounding area
  • Opening reception for WCC delegates

Monday, September 25

  • Morning—opening plenary sessions
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon study tours
  • Welcome dinner

Tuesday, September 26

  • Morning breakout sessions
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon study tours
  • Dinner on your own

Wednesday, September 27

  • Morning breakout sessions
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon study tours
  • Dinner—An Upstate Cookout

Thursday, September 28

  • Closing plenary
  • Lunch
  • Post-conference tour begins

Lead Sponsors

back to top