Editorial: Spring 2010
Shaping the future
For the first time, the Canadian Ground Water Association’s biennial
Convention and Trade Show has a full partner. The CanWell 2010 event has
been jointly organized by the Manitoba Well Water Association (MWWA)
and the Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance (MGEA).
For the first time, the Canadian Ground Water Association’s biennial Convention and Trade Show has a full partner. The CanWell 2010 event has been jointly organized by the Manitoba Well Water Association (MWWA) and the Manitoba Geothermal Energy Alliance (MGEA).
This joint venture is significant because it recognizes the importance of the fast-growing geothermal industry in Canada and acknowledges its overlap with the well drilling industry. This collaboration means the convention will host a diverse group of guest speakers plus seminars and accredited courses that address both sectors.
There also will be drill rigs on display and a drilling demonstration right in downtown Winnipeg. With both sectors included, visitors to the trade show will certainly find something that interests or appeals to them among the impressive lineup of exhibitors and their products.
A meeting of minds will also happen at CanWell: issues affecting the industry will be discussed and, hopefully, resolved. One such issue is the lack of regulations regarding geothermal wells. Many associations have pressured the government to set a national standard and establish a certification process that all can follow.
For me, putting this magazine together was a challenge but nothing close to the work done by the CanWell planning committee. The majority of the members have full-time jobs and businesses to run, yet they were able to pull the whole thing together with a near-seamless efficiency.
Some committee members and drillers have shown exceptional dedication by leaving their jobs and the country to help drill for fresh water in Haiti after the earthquake there. As of press time, some had visited Haiti twice. I really can’t complain about my job.
The industry response to Haiti was so resounding that it had to be followed up with a story on the Lifewater team (page 32). Most of you have been called upon to help out with their efforts, and many have assisted financially. Some have donated their old drilling equipment that will work new wonders there.
Another Canadian ground water driller has placed his trust in God and us to help fund his efforts in South America. We first reported on Wells of Hope in September 2006. You’ll find the follow-up story on Ted van der Zalm on page 37.
Despite the troubling economic times facing the industry, well drillers from across this country have put their differences aside to help others in troubled nations. Industry members have also joined forces to put together the premier event that is CanWell 2010.
By working together we truly can shape our future.
See you in Winnipeg