Ontario regional workshop breaks attendance record

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Grand River Conservation Authority and KISTERS host maximum capacity crowd of WISKI users.

With the support of Grand River Conservation Authority, KISTERS hosted the third and largest yet regional workshop for the WISKI user community in the province of Ontario, Canada. A maximum capacity crowd of almost 80 water professionals from 18 different agencies gathered last week to learn about many different features and functions within the software.

KISTERS’ CEO, Klaus Kisters, welcomed attendees and provided an overview of the company’s strategic direction and successes that shape new features and modules for WISKI users worldwide. The day continued with sessions geared to beginners and intermittent users as well as advanced users. Presentations from selected agencies highlighted their work with the software.

The afternoon featured domain-based round table sessions for specialists in the areas of surface water, groundwater, GIS and web, and water quality. A special “Vision & Program Needs” session was organized for managers of various agencies with moderated discussions.

Planning for next year’s workshop have already begun. Contact KISTERS North America at info@kisters.net or +1 916 723 1441 if you're interested in contributing to the dialogue or participating.

Participation was largely comprised of staff from the Eastern Ontario HUB of WISKI users, which represents the interests of conservation authorities in the following areas: Ausable Bayfield, Cataraqui Region, Lower Trent, Mississippi Valley, North Bay-Mattawa, Nottawasaga Valley, Otonabee Region, Quinte, Rideau Valley, and South Nation. Conservation authorities in western Ontario are building capacity for a second HUB.

Note: As of 2017 Nottawasaga Valley Conservation Authority withdrew its participation from the group.