Benefitting Your Organization Through a Utilities Helping Utilities Program – OnWARN

Thursday, April 23, 2020 at 2:00 p.m.



Who Should attend?

This webinar is intended for all municipalities/utilities, and both members and non-members of OnWARN.
After you register, you will receive a registration confirmation email within 12 hours with instructions on how to join the webinar.


As municipalities and businesses grapple with the long-term implications of COVID-19 in Ontario and around the globe, the OMWA looks to identify tools and opportunities for municipalities to prepare and respond to emergencies affecting their water and wastewater systems.
The Ontario Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network (OnWARN) is a Mutual Aid and Assistance program for municipalities and municipally-owned water and wastewater utilities. This utilities-helping-utilities program is a” tool in the municipal toolbox” for dealing with circumstances beyond the normal control of the utility, including emergencies and severe incidents.

Andrew Henry, Vice-Chair of the OnWARN program, will provide the webinar attendees with an outline of the OnWARN program and how it works, along with information on how municipalities and municipally-owned utilities can leverage the program in their planning and emergency management programs.

Andrew will also discuss Ontario’s emergency management system called the IMS Ontario Doctrine (Incident Management System) and the Canadian Standards Association Emergency Management and Business Continuity Planning Standard (CSA Z1600) in the context of its usefulness for municipal water & wastewater utilities. Andrew will provide helpful information on useful on-line training resources relating to Incident Management Systems and Emergency Planning.

Webinar HostMichael Mortimer (President, OMWA)

Webinar Speaker:

Andrew J. Henry, Director, Regional Water Supply Lake Huron & Elgin Area Primary Water Supply Systems.
Andrew graduated from the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario in 1991 with an Honours Degree in Civil and Environmental Engineering, and is a registered Professional Engineer since 1993.
Andrew is currently the Director of Regional Water for the Lake Huron & Elgin Area Water Supply Systems in the greater London region of southwestern Ontario. Andrew has worked in consulting and throughout the municipal sector, including the City of Etobicoke, the City of Chilliwack in British Columbia, and the City of London.

Andrew has been involved in numerous provincially significant initiatives, including the development of the Drinking Water Quality Management Standard, F.C.M. Best Practices, and various provincial design standards and manuals. Andrew continues to participate on various senior government advisory committees and work groups related to the municipal water systems, source water protection, Great Lakes preservation, emergency management and critical infrastructure assurance, asset management, and First Nations.

Andrew is currently on the Board of Directors for the Walkerton Clean Water Centre, as well as a member of the Lake Erie Source Protection Committee and the Co-Chair of the Ontario Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network. Andrew was previously on the Board of Directors for the Ontario Municipal Water Association including being it’s its Past-President of the OMWA following a three- year term as President and Chairman of the Board, as well as the province’s Operating Authority Accreditation Management Committee.


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