World Canals Conference

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The 2016 World Canals Conference takes pace from September 19 to 22 with more than 300 business leaders and global professionals taking part.

The event will take place at Inverness, returning to Scotland after more than ten years.

Speakers include Roland Lewis, president and CEO of the New York Waterfront Alliance, imparting his experience in leading the transformation and regeneration of New York and New Jersey’s waterways and 700 miles of shoreline into a vibrant, healthy, resilient, and accessible resource.

Fellow American Alexander ‘Pete’ Grannis, commissioner on the Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor Commission has campaigned to clean up toxic waste sites, reduce acid rain and increase recycling will speak on day four, joining Professor Mark Horton – presenter of BBC’s Coast – and the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Dame Seona Reid.

Daniel Fábrega, Panama’s ambassador to the United Kingdom will complete the American trio speaking of the role of the Panama Canal in his nation’s economy.

The conference will also celebrate developments along Scotland’s 137-mile waterway network, from the creation of The Kelpies to The Falkirk Wheel rotating boat lift and tourism destination.

“From Panama to Paris, there are a huge number of innovative projects taking place on canals all over the globe and waterways continue to play a vital role in the communities that line their banks,” said Steve Dunlop, chief executive of Scottish Canals. “The World Canals Conference will celebrate those achievements, highlighting pioneering work in everything from water management and regeneration to climate change and engineering.”    

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