National Public Works Week


National Public Works Week

May 16 - 22, 2021

Ontario Premier Doug Ford Recognizes National Public Works Week

Every year National Public Works Week gets bigger and better. The number of participating municipalities continues to grow, which means the number of citizens who are exposed to the value of public works grows. At APWA one of our main goals is to educate the general public about the value and necessities of public works projects throughout North America, and public works professionals like you are our best ambassadors.

Since 1960, APWA has sponsored National Public Works Week. Across North America, our more than 29,000 members in the U.S. and Canada use this week to energize and educate the public on the importance of public works to their daily lives: planning, building, managing and operating at the heart of their local communities to improve everyday quality of life.

APWA encourages public works agencies and professionals to take the opportunity to make their stories known in their communities. The National Public Works Week How-To Guide is one of several resources the Association makes available to agencies to assist them in the development and implementation of their own individual celebrations. The occasion is marked each year with scores of resolutions and proclamations from mayors and governors, as well.

Click here for a digital template of the proclamation

This 'How You Can Celebrate' link has ideas of what you can do to join in the celebrations.

National Public Work Week posters are a great way to recognize your Public Works team and create awareness for National Public Works Week. To see some information about this year’s poster click here .

Ontario Celebrates

The Ontario Chapter and Branches are proud to celebrate the 2021 National Public Works Week with a week long calendar of events.

Event Schedule

Monday, May 17th

Session #1

10:00am - 11:00am  National Public Works Week Grand Opening

  • Greetings from OPWA, CPWA, APWA
  • Keynote Speaker "What is Public Works" - Paul May

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11:00am - 12:30pm  Stronger Together Panel Discussion - Industry Associations - OPWA, OGRA, OPA, OWWA, SWANA, WEAO

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Session #2

2:00pm - 3:00pm OPWA Technology Showcase - Webinar #1 of 3

  • Town of New Tecumseth - Modernizing Today's Assets and Maintenance Practices
  • City of Hamilton - Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) - Assessment and Decision Support

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Tuesday, May 18th

Session #3

9:00am - 10:30am  Diversity and Inclusion - Young Professionals Panel Event

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Session #4

11:30 am - 1:00pm Innovations in Public Works - Presented by the Ottawa Valley Branch

  • Pinecrest Creek - Rehabilitating an Urban Watershed
  • Stormwater Management Solution - Application to Municipal Setup
  • Robotics and Drones - Public Works Applications 

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Session #5

2:00pm - 3:00pm Public Works Technology Showcase - Webinar #2 of 3

  • City of Hamilton - Waste Management - DriveCam Improves Health and Safety
  • Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) - Data Bike Project

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Wednesday, May 19th

Session #6

11:00am - 1:00pm Public Works in the Ottawa Valley - Presented by the Ottawa Valley Branch

  • Wastewater COVID-19 Surveillance & Public Health Use in Ottawa
  • Roundabouts in Stormont, Dundas & Glengarry: Transports Can Like Them Too
  • Ottawa LRT Stage 2 - Montreal Road
  • Municipal Waste Management

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Session #7

1:00pm - 2:00pm "GPS to GO Presents Geotab Public Works - Presented by Ontario Good Roads Association

For Webinar Details and to Register - Click Here

Session #8

2:00pm - 3:00pm Public Works Technology Showcase - Webinar #3 of 3 

  • City of Guelph - Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Road Condition Assessments
  • Region of Durham - Leveraging Mobile and Cloud Based Technology for Design and Construction Projects 

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Thursday, May 20th 

Session #9

11:30am - 1:00pm Public Works - Ottawa and Beyond - Presented by the Ottawa Valley Branch

  • Backbone Watermain Condition Assessment Program in the City of Ottawa
  • Regina Bypass Project, Safety Realized
  • Rehabilitation of a 100 - Year Old Reservoir in Peterborough

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Session #10

1:00pm - 1:45pm Canadian Public Works Association

  • Advocacy in Public Works
  • CPWA National Public Works Awards Contest

For Webinar Details and to Register - Click Here

Session #11

2:00pm - 3:00pm Improving Storm Water Management for a More Resilient Toronto - Presented by Councillor Jennifer McKelvie

  • Review of Toronto’s Wet Weather Flow Master Plan
  • Use of built and natural infrastructure to reduce stormwater overflow
  • Resiliency to climate change

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Friday, May 21st

Session #12

12:00pm - 1:00pm Closing Session

  • OPWA Awards Program
  • Keynote "Importance of Partnerships and Collaboration in Public Service" - Laura McDowell
  • Public Works Technology Showcase Award Winner Presentation
  • Tribute Videos

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Resources - Media Kit

OPWA encourages public works agencies and professionals to take the opportunity to make their stories known in their communities. Downloadable files are available to agencies to assist in the development and implementation of their own individual celebrations by following this link : 

Downloadable National Public Works Weeks Resources

Proclamations

For National Public Works Week, many states, provinces, cities/towns and municipalities from across North America come together to celebrate with official government proclamations and resolutions in honor of the contribution public works makes to their communities: in planning, building, managing and operating the heart of our local communities and in building the quality of life.

Check back here to see current Proclamations from Ontario Cities and Municipalities 

Videos

The Power of Public Works - Click Here to Watch Video

We Are Public Works - Click Here to Watch Video

 

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