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2010 World Canals Conference

Below are links to the information presented -- Monday, 20 September

9:00 - 9:30 a.m.

Setting the context

Rochester and the Erie Canal - an Introductory History & Overview
Thomas X. Grasso,
President, Canal Society of New York State, USA

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.

New York’s Canal System Today and Visions for its Future

The New York State Canal System: It's Still (well kinda) Your Ancestor's Canal
Carmella Mantello,
Director, New York State Canal Corporation, USA

It’s all about you, baby! Erie Canalway’s Guide to Keeping Your Stakeholders Happy
Beth Sciumeca,
Executive Director, Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor

10:30 a.m. – noon

Global Perspectives on Inland Waterways

The Seine-Nord Europe Canal Project and the World’s Longest Aqueduc
Catherine LeLeu (presented by Yvon Loyaerts),
French Waterways, Mission Europe,Research and Innovation, France

Inland Waterways in Germany: Challenges and Opportunities
Silke Wethmar,
Federal Ministry of Transport, Germany

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Global Perspectives on Inland Waterways – continued

Blue Links Project: Restoration of the Roubaix Canal
Slimane Tir,
Vice Président, Lille Métropole Communauté Urbaine, France

Heritage Canals: Catalysts in Their Communities - examples of the Lachine and Chambly Canals
Carole Loiselle,
Field Unit Director - Wester Quebec, Parcs Canada, Canada

The Lachine Canal: A Catalyst for Economic and Real Estate Development in Montréal
Stephane Conant,
Project Manager, City of Montréal, Department of Urban and Economic Development, Canada

Heritage Canals: Catalysts in Their Communities - examples of the Lachine and Chambly Canals
Alian Laplante,
Friends of Chambly Canal, Canada

Waterways in Wallonia
Yvon Loyaerts,
Director General, Walloon Directorate for Waterways and Mobility Policy, Belgium

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.

Bold Plans, Great Results: Rewatering City Centers

Community Canals . . . . . a new future
Tony Hales,
Chairman, British Waterways, UK

Putting the Canal Back in the Canal town: Rewatering Downtown Rochester
Tom Hack,
Erie Harbor Project Manager, City of Rochester, Department of Environmental Services, USA

4:45 – 5:00 p.m.

PIANC’s 125th Anniversary and Outlook to the Future
Eric Van den Eede,
General Manager, Waterwegen en Zeekanaal NV, Belgium