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Water Quality Association issues call for speakers for 2018 Convention in Denver

Proposals accepted on a rolling basis through June 30, 2017 

LISLE, Ill. – The Water Quality Association (WQA) today issued a call for speakers for its 2018 Convention & Exposition scheduled for March 26-29, 2018 in Denver, Colorado. Potential speakers are invited to submit proposals on technical topics such as emerging contaminants, regulatory matters and water-related legislative issues. 

Proposals for topics on small business operations, business ethics, leadership and performance management are also being sought. 

“Industry-specific speakers are preferred,” said WQA Professional Certification and Education Director Tanya Lubner, PhD. “The industry learns best from its own, and when experienced personnel share solutions to problems, it helps lift the industry for everyone.” 

WQA’s 2017 National Study of Consumer Opinions & Perceptions Regarding Water Quality reveal that consumers place a high value on professional education and certification. The top two responses to “who is the water quality expert in your area?” were water treatment dealers and certified water specialists. 

While original works are strongly encouraged for the presentations, topics modified from materials previously presented at other venues may be submitted. Manufacturers with a product on the market must be registered exhibitors to participate in presentations. Preference is given to WQA members.

All technical educational presentations must avoid reference to specific manufacturers and brands. Commercial messages are inappropriate and will not be accepted. 

Proposals for presentations must include title, abstract, presenter information, session type, and time required for presentation. All proposals should be submitted online at through July 15, 2017. 

Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and in the order in which they are received. Schedule space is limited. 

WQA is a not-for-profit trade association representing the residential, commercial, and industrial water treatment industry. Since 1959, the WQA Gold Seal Certification Program has been certifying products that contribute to the safe consumption of water. The WQA Gold Seal program is accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). 

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