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OGWA’s The Source: Opportunities to learn and serve


January 16, 2020
By Matt Wilson, President, Ontario Ground Water Association

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Greetings from the president’s desk.

I hope the snow and the wind aren’t blowing too hard where you are, and that you can still get out there and finish up the work that was supposed to be done before Christmas!

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The OGWA board and staff have continued their hard work through the fall preparing for our upcoming events and working on new partnerships and member benefits for you. As usual, the board of directors has been meeting monthly, and over the fall have enjoyed hospitality for our meetings from Lackner McLennan, Accu Pumps, and the JW Marriott Rosseau Muskoka hotel, where we met in preparation for the upcoming convention and annual general meeting.

Firstly, the OGWA is excited to be partnering with Ground Water Canada to bring you The Source magazine. We are excited about the new format, the expanded reach and working with the talented staff at Annex. We look forward to many years together with this new partnership.

The OGWA is also excited to announce that we have partnered with the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) to offer you CFIB membership with your paid OGWA membership.  The potential savings and extensive benefits will be very valuable for you and your business.  The business resources, partner discounts, lobbying support for our board and staff, and many other supports available, are immense. More on this later in these pages.

We will also be having a series of presentations to come at our regional training meetings. Be sure to register soon to ensure your spot. You can sign up online, send in the form or just call the office. OGWA staff, board members and supporting presenters will be at seven meetings around the province to deliver your Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks required continuing education credits. Be sure to capitalize on the OGWA member discounted rate – save $120 per technician. It’s another great benefit of membership in the OGWA!

Plans for the AGM are progressing very well and we are looking forward to a fantastic event this March 27-28, 2020. The JW Marriott Rosseau Muskoka Resort and Spa is a premier location with luxurious amenities for you and your family (at a special discounted OGWA rate!).  There will be continuing education, hospitality and networking events, the table-top trade show, divisional meetings, the AGM, the President’s Banquet, a keynote speaker, technical sessions, a silent auction, a spousal event, awards and more. Once again, members enjoy a significant discount on event rates, so register now for a great weekend of learning, networking and fun! I’m definitely looking forward to the heated indoor-outdoor pool, and I know that many will be taking advantage of the massage and spa packages.

The AGM is also the time of year when we elect the board of directors for our association.  Many talented and dedicated current board members plan on returning and there are also some spots for new people to join our team. If you are interested in finding out more about the nomination process, please contact me directly or talk with the office staff. If you want to be involved but aren’t sure about joining the board yet, we are also looking for non-board members to sit on our numerous committees. Whether you are interested in education, the magazine, our website, our golf event or the AGM and convention, there are numerous opportunities to volunteer your time and talents.

Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you all soon.

Keep the equipment running and your mitts dry!