Conference Themes

Our Vital Waterways: Agents of Transformation

At the 2017 World Canals Conference, we will explore, celebrate and analyze canals and inland waterways as agents of transformation. Once the mothers of cities and ports, transformers of landscapes and builders of nations, canals are now the focus of revitalizing communities, the makers of power and the suppliers of essential water.

We want to encourage conversations about the operation and maintenance of new and historic canals, canals within larger landscapes, environmental issues, economic and community revitalization, navigation, tourism, recreation, historic preservation and interpretation. More important, we want to foster the cross-fertilization—of disciplines, organizations and nations—that is one of the hallmarks of World Canals Conferences.

Tracks will be engaging, bold and inclusive
  • Innovative development and out-of-the-box engineering
  • Leveraging historic, cultural and natural assets to drive transformation
  • Canals within a larger environment
Session topics may include:
  • Attracting new users to inland waterways and retaining the ones we have
  • Sustaining waterway operations: more than tourists and boaters
  • Recognizing and celebrating waterways through art and public events
  • Inspiring and energizing future generations of canallers
  • Design, construction, repair and operation of canal structures
  • Water quality, environmental remediation and control of invasive species

We welcome your suggestions for additional topics and proposals for presentations or poster sessions.

Come be part of the transformation.

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