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 WEA of Ontario

The Water Environment Association of Ontario is pleased to announce the appointment of Lyle Shipley as the Association's new Executive Director.  Lyle's work in the private sector as the Principal of a business strategy and sustainability consulting firm adds another layer to his extensive experience in acquiring and engaging members and volunteers to achieve success within the non-profit association sector.  Lyle is a graduate of the University of Toronto and has an MBA from Ryerson University.   










WEFMAX in Grand Rapids

Amyway Grand Plaza Hotel
187 Monroe Avenue NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
April 30 - May 2, 2014

(Hosted by the Michigan WEA)

WEFMAX is unlike any other meeting providing the members of the House of Delegates, MA Leaders, and WEF Staff an opportunity to meet, discuss challenges, and share successes.

At this meeting, meet WEF Vice President Paul Bowen, WEF House of Delegates Speaker Janet Hurley Cann, WEF Director of Membership & Customer Relations Wade Riess, and the Michigan WEA (MWEA) Board Members:  President, Christine Kosmowski, President-Elect Tim Sikma, Vice President Brian Hannon, Secretary Todd Wibright, Executive Director, Jerry Harte, Association Director Karlyn Wickham, WEF Delegates Robert Scheuerman and John Rafter.  Please take a moment to get to know your WEF Leadership and the Michigan WEA Leadership prior to attending.

Registration is complimentary for all attendees.  The meeting schedule and information on hotel acommodations, airport transfers and points of interest are provided below.

Promotion Presentation - by MWEA 
Grand Rapids and West Michigan got the #1 USA destination for 2014 from Lonely Planet!

Print/Fax/Mail/Email Registration Form

Should you have any questions or comments, please contact:
WEF Staff:  Dianne Crilley | | 703.684.2445
Michigan WEA Host Coordinators:
Todd Wibright | | 616.365.9243
Karlyn Wickham | | 517.641.7377
Jerry Harte | | 517.641.7377


Wed., April 30   
3:00 - 5:00 pm MA Leaders Summit
4:00 - 6:00 pm HOD Meeting
6:30 - 8:00 pm Icebreaker Social
Thur., May 1  WEFMAX Day 1 
7:30 - 8:00 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 - 9:15 am Welcome/WEF Business Update
9:15 - 9:30 am HOD Update
9:30 - 10:00 am HOD Non Dispersibles Workgroup
10:00 - 10:15 am Break
10:15 - 12:00 Noon WEF / MA Dialogue Session I
12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 2:40 pm WEF / MA Dialogue Session II
2:40 - 2:55 pm Break
2:55 - 4:40 pm MA Host Session III
4:40 - 4:50 pm HOD MA Financial Sustainability Workgroup
4:50 - 5:00 pm Daily Wrap
6:00 - 9:00 pm WEFMAX Social Event
Fri., May 2  WEFMAX Day 2 
7:30 - 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 - 9:45 am WEF / MA Dialog Session IV
9:45 - 10:00 am Break
10:00 - 10:20 am HOD Strategic Planning Workgroup
10:20 - 10:40 am HOD MA Leadership Development Workgroup
10:40 - 11:45 am WEF / MA Dialogue Session V
11:45 - 11:50 am Call to Action
11:50 - 12:00 pm WEFMAX Closing remarks / adjourn

**additional information, including details on social events and meeting program will be sent to each attendee three weeks prior to the meeting.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS: Reserve online or Call the hotel 1.800.253.3590
MWEA has blocked a limited number of hotel rooms at The Amway Grand Plaza Hotel with a special rate per night of $129.00 single/double occupancy plus city, state, and hotel tax currently at 15%.  This rate is only available until 5:00 pm local time on Monday, March 31, 2014.  Attendees are responsibile for making their own reservations by contacting the hotel directly.  When making a reservation, please advise the hotel you are booking under the "Michigan WEA" group.



    Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
    187 Monroe Avenue NW
    Grand Rapdis, MI 49503
     t: 616.776.6400

All reservations must be accompanied by a first night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card.  In order to avoid a cancellation fee of 1 night room and tac for an individual reservation, the hotel must receive notification of cancellation no later than 5 pm, two days before arrival date (48 hours in davance) of the reservation.  Credit identification will be required from each individual at check-in, in order that these charges may be billed to the individual's account.  Based on availability, the special room rate will be offered to those staying 3 days prior to and 3 days after the meeting.  There will be a $50 early departure fee assessed upon check-out to all early departed reservations.  Check-In time is 4:00 pm | Check-Out time is 12:00 pm.

-  Complimentary Wireless internet access in all guest rooms
-  Complimentary coffee in lobby from 5 am - 6:30 am
-  Access to fitness center and spa

WEDNESDAY HOST SOCIAL:  To be held on Wednesday, April 30.  Details TBA

THURSDAY WEFMAX SOCIAL:  To be held on Thursday, May 1.  Details TBA

Gerald R Ford International Airport (GRR) - Grand Rapids
Kalamazoo Battlecreek Airport (AZO) - Kalamazoo (45 mi)
Lansing Capital Region Airport (LAN) - Lansing (48 mi)
Bishop Airport (FNT) - Flint (91 mi)

SHUTTLE/TAXI:  Catch a taxi from the airport

    -  Self-parking -$16 per day
    -  Valet parking - $25 per day
    -  Unlimited in/out privileges
    -  Hotel provides parking pass
    -  Must display pass in vehicle 

Experience Grand Rapids...Click here to see what's happening in the area.  Grand Rapids is known for its art, fantastic food, music, shopping, and is voted as one of the top 10 cities to visit for beer lovers.

Temperature ranges from a hight of 65 degrees to a night low of 45 degrees with an average of 3.75 inches of rain for the month of May.

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