Learning and Networking — Leadership for Life

The Water Leadership Institute program is aimed at educating, training, and providing opportunities that enable developing and emerging leaders to build strong lasting relationships within the water industry.

This intensive program allows participants the opportunity to engage in management training and leadership development through a blended learning approach that includes the examination of complex challenges facing the water and wastewater industries and networking with public and private sector practitioners. Participants will build skills and knowledge needed to affect change within their organizations.

Participation in this program is determined by a competitive application process.  The 2023 application period is now closed.

Learn how the WLI helped make these almuni better stormwater professionals

Learn more about the WLI experience from the alumni through Dan O'Sullivan's experience in the WLI19, Nathan Coey in WLI18 and Rahkia Nance in WLI18.

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2022 Water Leadership Institute Graduates in New Orleans

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As one of now 237 WLI alumni of this seven year old program, I believe the 2018 WLI program was successful because of the committee’s active commitment to continuous improvement. Reviewing my experience with fellow members that graduated between one, two and three years ago, the activities that made this program so valuable for me were as a result of feedback from years past, and is a testimony to the dedication of the team to each participant’s success. If you consider applying, discuss the potential this brings to you and to your company with your supervisor and colleagues. The value to those you work with is palpable within a few days of enrollment and you will be able to apply them almost immediately to your daily work life.

Priya Persaud, HBSc., P.Eng.
Design Engineer
City of Brantford
Brantford, ON

What Others Have to Say About the WLI

"Being a part of the Water Leadership Institute was an incredible experience.  To have the opportunity to network with other water quality professionals from other parts of the country and beyond was amazing; I have made contacts and friends that I hope to stay in touch with throughout my career.  Also, learning to communicate effectively has already proven to be highly valuable in and outside of the workplace.  Participating in the WLI rejuvenated my excitement for the water quality field…"

Christel Dyer
Boat Harbor Plant Manager
Hampton Roads Sanitation District
Newport News, VA