Feb 27, 2014

Canada-India sign collaboration agreement to train large workforce in the water sector

Canada-India sign collaboration agreement to train large workforce in the water sector

Bangalore, India, February 27, 2014 – ReserWater Innovation Foundation (ReserWater),


The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) and the Canada-India Water Training Consortium (CIWTC) have signed an Agreement of Cooperation aimed at facilitating workforce planning and capacity development of the water sector through skills development.


Earlier this week as part of activities during the State Visit by Canada’s Governor General, David Johnston; ACCC and India’s National Skill Development Corporation (NSDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) aimed at developing projects and programs to promote needed skills development in India. Today’s agreement is the first project launched under this framework.


“I am excited by this opportunity to work with Indian partners to share knowledge and work collaboratively at helping Indian organizations to build capacity for water sector skills development.” said ACCC CEO and Chair of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics, Denise Amyot.


This agreement will focus on the water sectors in India to build capacity in technical and vocational education and training. The four colleges of the Canada-India Water Training Consortium have extensive experience providing water sector skills to employers in Canada and abroad.

From left to right : Canadian High Commissioner to India, 
Stewart Beck; Lead, CIWTC – Dr. Brent Wootton; CEO,
ACCC – Denise Amyot; His Excellency, Governor General
Canada – David Johnston; Vice Chairman,
ReserWater – Pankaj Saran; Indian High Commissioner to Canada,
Admiral (Retd) Nirmal Verma.


“We look forward to this ‘high LIFE impact’ partnership between India and Canada” said Pankaj Saran, Vice-Chairman, ReserWater.


“Both India and Canada experience unique kinds of water challenges and both countries have much to offer each other in terms of innovative solutions to these challenges.” said Dr. Brent Wootton, Director of Applied Research for Fleming College and Lead, CWITC.


About ReserWater



ReserWater Innovation Foundation (ReserWater) is an All India non-profit Society that is establishing a fully integrated, multi-disciplinary research, innovation and skills platform focused on the water sector. Through ten Innovation centres of excellence and skills programmes it aims to transform the state of water sector in India, by capital formation, innovation throughput and creating a skilled workforce. “ReserWater is going to be one of India’s and the developing world’s most exciting initiatives for the 21st century” said Mr. N. Vittal, Founding Chairman of ReserWater.


About ACCC


ACCC is the national and international voice of Canada’s publicly funded colleges and institutes, working with industry and social sectors to train 1.5 million learners of all ages and backgrounds at campuses serving over 3,000 urban, rural and remote communities from coast to coast to coast. ACCC and its members have extensive experience at the international level, sharing expertise through programs such as Education for Employment (EFE). ACCC is also the Secretariat of the World Federation of Colleges and Polytechnics.


About Canada-India Water Training Consortium


The Canada-India Water Training Consortium was created in 2012 and consists of Centennial College, Confederation College, Fleming College, Northern College, and the Ontario Clean Water Agency. The purpose of the consortium is to provide training and skills development for the purpose of growing the capacity of the water sector in India.


For more information contact:

Gagan Aggarwal
Head of Training & Skills 
Reserwater Innovation Foundation
301 Delhi Blue Apartments 
Main Ring Road 
New Delhi 110001 
M: +91 9811416890
T: +91 11 4978 4000 
E: gagan@reserwater.org

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