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Summer 2017 President’s Letter

Monday, August 28, 2017  
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Hello Canadian Water Quality Association Members.

These are exciting times for CWQA and its members. Our Association, has grown to the highest membership in our history. Regulators and government officials not only in Canada but in the USA, recognize the expertise and depth of knowledge found in the Canadian Water Quality Association. 

The value of CWQA membership continues to grow. 

 

There are many initiatives that CWQA staff and Executive are working on. Provincially, Ontario has been working on defining the scopes of practice for existing trades and considering new options for those not in a trade. Plumbing is a compulsory trade in Ontario and with that designation, you must be a plumber to complete those items defined as “plumbing”. In the definitions, water treatment finds itself in an identified “grey area”. This holds true in many other areas of Canada.  Our industry has been offering quality equipment, service and installations for residential, commercial and industrial water treatment customers for more than 40 years. CWQA members have been recognized with quality skills including service, water testing, certified products, installation, business ethics and best practices. These skills have set CWQA members apart from those who chose to engage in pressure sales, poor quality installation and work outside of any type of certification and training. 

Maintaining a positive image for CWQA comes in many forms. Whether sales, service, installation, or manufacturing, CWQA members excel in their area of expertise regarding water. 

In the coming months focus on training and certification and government relations will come to the forefront. 

CWQA executive and staff are engaging regulators in many provinces to have our training recognized as relevant and required. Our training materials and content along with the online Modular Education Program allow flexible training options for our students and professionals. The format of training is considered the best for all types of learners with a unique blend of hands on training and technology at a very affordable price. Even remote area students can begin a career or upgrade their skills regarding water and water treatment. 

It is an important point to remember that everyone wants success. Our training gives students and business owners options to create a way to allow promotion within an industry along with benchmarks for learners to achieve. These skills along with ongoing mentoring promotes our industry as professional, skilled and required. We are being watched by several authorities and regulators. 

As always CWQA staff and directors play an integral role in assisting  government in decisions that affect our industry. It is important to recognize the efforts of members, their staff and the ongoing professional image that they maintain which creates the industry that we want.
 
Moving forward, CWQA would like all members to actively promote our Association, communicate with CWQA staff regularly, enrol to become certified and trained, and become the single source for information, installation and equipment for consumers from source to tap. 

Take Care

Jason Jackson

CWQA President

Professor/Coordinator of Plumbing and Mechanical Fleming College School of Trades and Technology
 


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