On Monday, World Water Day 2021, eight companies from Ontario, Canada, took part in a virtual heat of Water Dragons, hosted by Future Water, in partnership with the Canadian High Commission and the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade (MEDJCT).
In excess of a hundred attendees joined the virtual event to watch as each company presented an eight minute pitch to the Water Dragon judges. Following the pitch where presenters were able to identify the market need and challenges addressed by their water focussed innovation, each presenter faced questioning from the judges about the key characteristics and benefit of their innovation.
Each innovation presented to the Water Dragons addressed a different aspect of water management, from pipe networks to water treatment and asset operations, yet all the companies presenting had one thing in common, a keenness to engage with the UK water market and establish working partnerships with it's supply chain.
After a period of deliberation, the judges returned with their verdict and the winner of our first International heat of Water Dragons was announced as FloNergia Inc. with their innovative pump system, FloMov™.
Commenting on the judges outcome, Alastair Moseley, Water Dragon Judge Chair & Future Water Board Member said:
"All of the companies presentations were of the highest quality and pitched perfectly. Canada's water industry is clearly facing many of the same challenges that we find here in the UK, despite different environmental factors including temperature and landscape. All eight of the technologies presented have potential for use in the UK water market and I hope that Water Dragons will go a little way to encouraging the UK water industry to embrace the innovation that we are seeing across the Pond!”
Commenting on their win, Paul Subject, CEO of FloNergia Inc said:
“We are honoured and proud to have won the first ever truly International Water Dragons heat, which I'm sure will provide a fantastic springboard for our business activities in the UK water and waste water markets. We are very much looking forward to building new relationships with the UK water industry to help them reduce their energy footprint and minimize their costs.”
FloNergia and FloMov will now go through to the final of Water Dragons 2021 to be held later in the year, along with Aquasensing and their battery free leak detection system which was Highly Commended by the judges.
In addition to the innovation competition, the event audience also enjoyed a panel discussion from three key industry representatives on 'What the past year has taught us'. The panel consisted of Iman Hashemi, Vice President, Innovation and Infrastructure Solutions, Ontario Clean Water Agency, Art Umble, Senior Vice President, Wastewater Treatment Sector Leader, Stantec and Aaron Rosland, Counsellor – Commercial – Ontario, High Commission of Canada, London.
On partnering with Future Water to host this unique opportunity for Canadian companies, Aaron Rosland said:
“I’m delighted that Ontario and its companies had the opportunity to participate in this exciting and innovative event. By convening industry, government and association, we’ve demonstrated the power that public-private partnerships have for delivering international commercial outcomes for Ontario companies. I look forward to continued partnership with Future Water, driving a greater commercial relationship between Canada and the U.K.”
About Water Dragons:
Future Water launched Water Dragons in 2008. It provides a unique opportunity for companies to pitch product, service or process innovations to a panel of senior water company executives and industry specialists, the ‘Water Dragons’. Now in its fourteenth year, Water Dragons continues to evolve. 2020 saw heats attract a wide range of entries from across the sector and the introduction of virtual heats.
The panel of judges or ‘dragons’ are different for each heat and are drawn from a variety of water companies, businesses, industry and academia. The dragons from this heat came from Dŵr Cymru Welsh Water, the Environment Agency, Isle Utilities, Hydrosave, Severn Trent, Yorkshire Water and United Utilities.
The eight companies competing in the heat were:
FloNergia is a global leader in the development, commercialization and deployment of engineered airlift pumping systems for the agriculture, aquaculture, aquaponics, hydroponics and water/wastewater industries. FloNergia’s FloMov™ airlift pump technology is used in many markets for water circulation and aeration. FloMov™ pumps not only improve water quality, but will also reduce energy costs associated with pumping/aeration systems by 50 to 70% when compared to conventional systems. Additionally, FloMov™ pumps have been proven to perform several functions including: disrupting thermal stratification, improving oxygenation, stripping carbon dioxide and facilitating the recovery of solid waste.
Future Water is a modern, innovative and dynamic membership organisation that inspires supports and leads the water supply chain, water companies and water retailers. Its goal is to provide business support to a sector facing many challenges.
For more information please visit www.futurewaterassociation.com or for specific questions about this release, please email CEO Paul Horton at firstname.lastname@example.org