Supporting, Developing and Growing

The following are key action items that are being deployed by OASIS for its members:

OASIS will support clients by identifying the best resources from within the Network. OASIS will focus on long term objectives including, but not limited to:

  • Adopting policies based on water quality, conservation & innovation based economic development
  • Promoting a shared long-term vision for the development of the Network
  • Increasing water sector research and development activities
  • Demonstrating innovative water technologies and solutions
  • Promoting access to research facilities
  • Funding marketing, promotion and advertising
  • Developing best practices in procurement
  • Ensuring ongoing improvements to programs and services to support SMEs
  • Making relevant and timely information available to foster knowledge transfer

OASIS has deployed the following strategies to help grow the associations mandate and provide an enlightening experience for its members

OASIS will support their efforts to implement wastewater due diligence recommendations

Action Item: Septic System Inspection Due Diligence Education Program

The Ontario Building Code (OBC) was amended through Ontario Regulation 315/10 to establish mandatory septic system inspection programs to be administered by Principal Authorities.

Purpose of the Program
The main purpose of the program is to protect the quality of our drinking water and environment by identifying malfunctioning septic systems that may be contributing to the contamination of source water in rural areas.

Authority of Inspections
Sewage system maintenance inspections are generally intended to determine whether a sewage system is in compliance with the operation and maintenance requirements outlined in Section 8.9 of Division B of the Ontario Building Code.
The OBC permits a person qualified with a Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) or professional designers to perform the inspection and prepare the certificate, such as a:

  1. Septic designer with BCIN
  2. Septic Installer with supervisor BCIN
  3. Professional Engineer
  4. Architect
Worldwide, there is recognition of the link between water quality, ecosystem health, and human health. All levels of government have policies and programs aimed at reducing environmental hazards. Opportunities are sought to share best practices and identify common challenges in addressing environmental health issues around the assessment and management of toxic substances and contaminants. OASIS will seek to collaborate on approaches to address specific concerns of vulnerability.

Action Items: Execute Environmentally best managed practice

OASIS will:

  • forecast and budget appropriate funds to maintain and upgrade infrastructure and to reduce contaminant and nutrient loadings into water bodies through newer technologies that will achieve higher levels of treatment
  • Develop and implement lake management plans for all major watersheds
  • incorporate policies in the Official Plan to support retention of remaining natural shoreline through lot creation and setback provisions
  • develop a groundwater mapping and tracking system that monitors the cumulative withdrawals from each aquifer and to ensure that the regulatory agencies granting development rights or water licenses are aware of this information
  • OASIS will establish through appropriate study, priority areas of existing development where the implementation of LID applications (porous pavements, bioswales, vegetated medians and buffers, bio-retention techniques) are required to reduce drainage runoff issues and retain water on-site through natural means
Research and innovation will play a key role in the development and commercialization of new wastewater treatment methods.

Action Item: SME Support

OASIS will support SMEs in the water sector to obtain and maintain university, college and government support for their research and development projects.

OASIS will create training packages and manuals for its’ members and all other interested stakeholders to help educated, advise and training businesses, individuals and other interested parties in the liquid waste and sewage sector
Examples:

  • Ministry of Health awareness of Liquid Waste
  • Ministry of Environment and Climate Change regulation guidelines
  • General public awareness
  • Business Development for members
OASIS will plan and host conference, seminars and trade shows where interested companies are able to demonstrate and showcase their products
Conferences will be open to members, external stakeholders, companies and other interested parties. These conferences will be organized with a theme and/or focus in mind for target audiences.

OASIS Conference planning team is responsible for bringing together interested attendees

Action Item: Develop A Brand Identity

Marketing materials and website will be completed in late 2016.

Action Item: Establish Liquid Waste Water Conference

OASIS will develop a plan to bring together leading experts to share information and advancements in wastewater quality and handling/application efforts.

Action Item: Develop An Awards Program

OASIS will launch an awards program for individuals and organizations that have developed innovations in Wastewater quality and remediation methods for liquid waste.

Action Item: Coordinate Partner Support Compensation Plan

The Board of Directors will establish a compensation structure that builds trusting relationships and fosters true collaboration with other member organizations.

Ontario has a comprehensive legislative and regulatory framework in place to ensure that hazardous waste and liquid industrial waste (LIW) are managed in an environmentally safe manner. This framework – consisting of the EPA and regulations under the EPA, including Regulation 347 – provides the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) with the authority to regulate and enforce the management of hazardous waste and LIW throughout the province.

Action Item: Communications Strategy

OASIS will develop communication strategies to communicate these relationships in order to enhance the Association’s brand as an expert in sharing liquid waste information.

Action Item: Liquid Waste Education Programs

OASIS will support the development and outreach campaign to:

  • increase liquid waste education programs through municipally-coordinated forums and increase the number of wastewater festivals, school and public presentations and other out-reach programs
  • develop, establish and deliver education packages that provide public education
Some venture capitalists invest in ‘people’, but mostly, investors prefer to invest in ‘hot’ markets. Clean technology has quickly become the leading venture investment category globally, with billions of venture capital already invested into clean technology companies.
There are a number of funding sources to support innovation and water – both publicly and privately. Ontario is home to XPV, the world’s largest water focused venture capital firm, and both the Province of Ontario and Government of Canada has a vast number of grant programs to support water R&D.

Action Item: Develop Funding Database

OASIS will maintain a database of funding sources and ensure routine communication with key organizations to ensure timely and relevant information is available to partners.

Action Item: Establish An Angel Network

OASIS will form partnerships with key networks already established rather than attempting to develop a new one.

Action Item: Establish An Innovation Fund

The Board of Directors will select an individual to manage an Innovation Fund who will be responsible for developing investment activities including ‘fund raising’ and due-diligence. All profits from OASIS will be reinvested into the Innovation Fund.

Municipalities and other end-user industries tend to be risk averse and prefer buying traditional technologies rather than trying new ones, particularly ones developed by SMEs. They don’t want to be the first and often not even second or third to try a new technology. This makes it difficult to demonstrate or to pilot technologies in Canada, an all-important step before exporting.15
A pilot team will be formed to manage individual plans for testing designs in one of, or several locations throughout the network.

Action Item: Creating The Pilot Plan

During the planning phase of a pilot project, a pilot team will be formed consisting of members that are familiar with the technology being tested. The pilot plan will define the scope and objectives of the pilot and identify where the pilot should be conducted. The plan will include a schedule for deploying and conducting the pilot.

The pilot team will work with the individual or organization to develop a risk assessment before finalizing a pilot plan. The risk assessment is critical to the health of the network. Any technology that is tested must not impact the day-to-day operations of the network facilities or harm the quality of water. A contingency plan will also be required prior to any pilot projects.

Each pilot plan will consist of the following elements:
Preparing For The Pilot
When the pilot plan is ready for review, the project team members will present it to the Board for approval. For each pilot, the plan will include support team roles – innovators, installers, testers and outside resources. Team members will be trained on the technology and provided with supporting documentation with regards to the role(s) they will play.
Testing & Monitoring
The pilot participants will provide feedback at agreed upon intervals as outlined in the pilot plan. Participants will report to the Project Leader about how well the design and features are working. Incident reports will be completed as per the project plan. The level of support required will dictate compensation and/or cost sharing with the inventor(s)and will be outlined in the Service Level Agreement.
When issues arise during pilot testing, OASIS will ensure all participants are notified via an “incident tracking system”. The “incident tracking system” will allow participants to post their issues, procedures will be incorporated into OASIS’s Policy Manual. The Service Level Agreement will outline how issues will be reviewed, prioritized, escalated and resolved.
As part of the Risk Assessment and Contingency Plan, a list of scenarios under which problems may occur shall be developed by the Team Leader. The Team Leader will determine which systems might be affected and their functional dependencies. The Team Leader will meet and discuss with all participants to define ‘acceptable downtime’. They will define how much downtime the project can accommodate – and when necessary, schedule the pilot for off-peak hours or months.
Evaluation
As part of the pilot planning phase, baseline metrics will be established: current system functionalities, performance, reliability etc… Similar metrics will be collected after the pilot is complete. These metrics will be used to evaluate the success of the pilot. The evaluation plan will describe how the Project Team will collect data from all participants to use to provide feedback in regards to design changes that might be necessary prior to product launch.
The Project Team will also provide feedback on whether or not a subsequent pilot is required before commercialization.
Cost Sharing
The Board of Directors shall determine cost sharing of pilot projects on a case-by-case basis.
Training Materials
Audio/visual and graphic design support will be available to project teams to develop and test end-user training materials and will be charged accordingly to the vendor.
Production & Deployment
If the pilot is successful, the Project Team will work with the organization to discuss opportunities for local production, deployment and general business support.