It is officially one month until the Innovation in Certification ’23! The WPI team is filled with excitement and pride as we pull together the finishing touches on the best conference yet.
The conference will kick off on January 10, 2023, in Clearwater, Florida. Registration is now open and will remain open until the week of the conference. It will be discounted for members until December 15, 2022. The IiC23 will take place at the beautiful Sheraton Sand Key Resort.
The Innovation in Certification annual conference serves as an opportunity to highlight relevant news and adaptations in the water and wastewater sectors. It acts as a central hub where trainers, certifying authorities, and industry leaders can come together and collaborate to advance the work operators do. Every year has a different overarching focus; the theme for 2023 is “Inspired Learning for Future Success.” Our team has arranged for many informative sessions to brainstorm ways to increase the number of operators in the field, develop remote training, modernize certification, and prioritize mental health in the workplace.
WPI is excited to provide a platform for Indigenous rights activist and International Children’s Peace Prize finalist Autumn Peltier to share her mission. Autumn has been advocating for clean water for First Nations in Canada since she was a young child. Most notably, she made headlines at the age of twelve, when she confronted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau for his failure to enact policies protecting and preserving clean water. Since then, Autumn has spoken to world leaders at the UN on multiple occasions and continues her journey to protect water.
“With young people like Autumn stepping up and fighting for change, it makes you realize that change is long overdue. We’re excited to see her future unfold, not just because of what it means for her, but because her fight is for all of us. Water is for all of us.” – Paul Bishop, CAE
Along with discussions about advocacy and protecting water, WPI will welcome Juliette Kayyem to discuss disaster preparedness and living in a world where it seems the unexpected may be inevitable. Juliette is a former Homeland Security official and author of The Devil Never Sleeps: Learning to Live in an Age of Disaster.
“Her expertise is not to be taken lightly; she aims to raise awareness and highlight changes that need to be made for safety. In the realm of the water environment, we are facing unprecedented challenges due to climate change and geopolitical conflicts. We are fortunate to have Juliette share her wisdom, which will be profoundly beneficial on a professional and personal level.” -Paul Bishop, CAE
IiC23 is shaping up to be the most impactful yet. The partnership between WPI and our speakers ensures a thought-provoking agenda. Although there will be plenty of hard work and focus through the conference, WPI intends to provide a balance of work and play. There will be plenty of time to celebrate at the Welcome Reception and Awards Ceremony, where WPI will celebrate all those who attend the conference, as well as highlight some true stars in the industry. The conference will include a wrap-up party to celebrate everyone who helped make this year special; it is guaranteed to be “A Beachin’ Good Time” — we hope to see you there!