Scottish Canals has launched the first-ever World Canals Awards and is calling for organisations from around the globe to submit engaging, innovative and inspirational projects taking place on and along the world’s waterways. The winners will be announced at the prestigious Peter Brett Gala Dinner during the World Canals Conference in Inverness this September.
Led by a panel of international experts, the awards will celebrate innovative design and cutting-edge delivery by public, private and community organisations in a range of disciplines including sustainable tourism development, regeneration, heritage management, climate change and engineering.
Four awards are up for grabs: the Innovation Award, which celebrates canal-based projects around the world that are technologically groundbreaking in their field; the Leadership Award, which recognises businesses, voluntary organisations or charities globally that are using the waterways to drive regeneration; the Guardian Award, which will celebrate outstanding work to safeguard the heritage of the world’s waterways; and the Pioneer Award, which acknowledges projects that are paving the way in growing tourism or creating sustainable income streams linked to the world’s canals. The deadline for submissions is August 19th 2016 and winners will be announced at the Peter Brett Gala Dinner held at the Macdonald Drumossie Hotel on the evening of Wednesday 21st September.
The prestigious four-day conference, which will take place on the 19th – 22nd September on the banks of the majestic Caledonian Canal, is set to welcome 300 business leaders and global professionals from a huge range of disciplines.
Dozens of speakers, academics and experts at the pinnacle of their fields feature on the programme, including Roland Lewis, President and CEO of the New York Waterfront Alliance; Alexander “Pete” Grannis, First Deputy Comptroller for the New York State Office of the State Comptroller; and Daniel Fábrega, Panama’s Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Each speaker will focus on one of the conference’s four themes: Technical Challenges and Innovation; Safeguarding the Heritage of our Waterways; Waterways as a Driver for Regeneration; and Growing Tourism & Commercialising Waterway Assets.
Find out more about the World Canals Conference at www.wccscotland.co.uk
Awards applications can be submitted online at www.wccscotland.com/awards/