Get Acquainted Party
CPWA LUNCHEON: Building Canada –Canada’s New 10-Year Infrastructure Plan and Its Commitment to Canadian Communities
PWHS Luncheon
Awards and Recognition Ceremony and Reception

Young Professionals Networking Reception

Diversity Brunch

5K Fun Run
/3K Walk
Golf Tournament


First-Timers Meeting

Sunday, August 17, 7–8:20 a.m.

If you are attending the APWA Congress for the first time, please join us at the First-Timers Meeting. You’ll hear greetings from the APWA President and the Executive Director; learn how to get the most out of your dollar and time investment in Congress; learn all about the educational sessions and tracks that APWA offers; learn how to use the exhibits to your advantage; understand how to scan the Congress program to find what you need; and in the process, make some lifelong acquaintances of public works people from around the world.


Get Acquainted Party

Sunday, August 17, 5–7 p.m.

APWA’s Ontario Chapter welcomes you to Congress with a party at Toronto’s premier event venue – the Liberty Grand. Connect with old and new friends while enjoying this historic lakefront facility with a beautiful outdoor courtyard surrounded by several impressive grand ballrooms. Experience the diversity Toronto has to offer with tastes from Little Italy, Chinatown, Greektown and Canadiana while enjoying "Cirque" style performances and the fabulous sounds of The Dave Murphy Band. After the party, consider a visit next door to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE), Canada's largest community event and one of the top 10 argicultural fairs in North America.*

*Return transportation not provided by APWA for those staying to visit the Canadian National Exhibition.

Get Acquainted Party Transportation to Liberty Grand
The best and fastest way to get from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC) to the Liberty Grand is to take the GO Train (GO Transit) from Union Station to Exhibition Place.

The train ride is FREE to APWA Congress attendees and exhibitors, sponsored by MetroLinx. Wear your Congress badge; it's your ticket for the train. if you have a guest without a badge with you, your guest can also ride the train for free.

  • Walk through the Skywalk from the Path Level of the MTCC South Building to Union Station. It's a 7 minute walk.
  • Take the GO Train (GO Transit) to Exhibition Place. It's a short 6 minute ride.
  • Walk from Exhibition Place to the Liberty Grand. It's a 10 minute walk.
Look for Ontario Chapter Ambassadors along the way for guidance. They're wearing red hockey jerseys.

There will also be limited bus transportation available, looping between MTCC/Sheraton/Liberty Grand between 4:30 and 7:00 p.m. A one-way bus ride is about 30 minutes. Given potential traffic delays and wait time for the limited number of buses available, the Go Train is recommended.

*Note - driving to the Get Acquainted Party is not recommended as there will be no parking available at Liberty Grand.


Building Canada—Canada’s New 10-Year Infrastructure Plan and Its Commitment to Canadian Communities

Monday, August 18, Noon–1:30 p.m.
Additional fee applies

Mr. Peter Braid, M.P
Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities
Member of Parliament, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario
As Canada’s Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities, Peter Braid, M.P. (Kitchener-Waterloo) knows the nation’s infrastructure is a key element in the success of the nation’s economy, and Canada’s ability to remain a leader in an increasingly competitive world. Equally important is the role that infrastructure investment plays in assuring Canada’s municipalities meet their goals as vibrant, economically competitive, sustainable, and resilient communities. Mr. Braid will discuss the Government’s commitment to infrastructure with the new 10-year Building Canada Plan, and how municipal infrastructure will prosper under the Plan.
Mr. Braid was appointed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper to serve as the Parliamentary Secretary for Infrastructure and Communities in September 2013. As Parliamentary Secretary, he assists the Minister for Infrastructure, serving as a liaison between the Minister and Parliament and the government caucus and also fulfilling departmental responsibilities. He was first elected to the House of Commons in 2008 and was re-elected in 2011. 


PWHS Luncheon

Monday, August 18, Noon–1:30 p.m.

Additional fee applies


Awards & Recognition Ceremony and Reception

Monday, August 18, 5–7 p.m.

APWA’s Awards Program recognizes outstanding individuals, groups and chapters representing the best in public works. Come celebrate with your colleagues as we pay tribute to them for their achievements and contributions to the public works profession. The awards ceremony will be immediately followed by a special reception honoring our award winners.

Young Professionals Networking Reception

Monday, August 18, 8–9:30 p.m.

Please join us at APWA’s sixth annual Young Professionals Networking Reception. All APWA members age 35 and younger are invited to attend. Guests will have the opportunity to meet and socialize with other young public works professionals, including members of APWA’s Emerging Leaders Academy and the Subcommittee on Generational Issues. Learn more about how APWA is attracting young people to the industry, and keeping them engaged! Business casual dress is preferred. 

Special or Unique: Recognizing Diversity When You See It

Tuesday, August 19, 10–11:30 a.m.
Additional fee applies

Concepts that help us understand and value diversity will be considered and compared, using anecdotal stories and experience gained through a career in public works.

Elizabeth Treadway, PWLF is a Principal with AMEC Environment & Infrastructure. Her responsibilities with AMEC have included leading the water resource practice area and working with officials from many locations on solving water resource issues. She has been actively involved in APWA since 1986 at both chapter and national levels. Elizabeth served as APWA Board President for the  year 2012-2013. She’s been a major champion of the value of diversity throughout her public works career. 


5K Fun Run/3K Walk

Tuesday, August 19, 7:30 a.m.
Additional fee applies

Join us for the annual Fun Run.
Wake up Tuesday morning to a beautiful scenic run/walk on the Northern shore of Lake Ontario on Toronto Island and Harbourfront. Run or walk with your colleagues while enjoying a great view of downtown Toronto from across the water! Download registration form here.*

Golf Tournament

Wednesday, August 20, 8:00 a.m. shotgun start
Additional fee applies

In the heart of Greater Toronto, The Country Club is a leafy sanctuary of golf that provides just about anything a golfer could want—in abundance. Designed by acclaimed Canadian architect Howard Watson, The Country Club has hosted several prestigious professional tournaments. Download registration form here*

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