Dr. Glen Daigger has served as the IWA President since 2010. As his term comes to an end this week in Lisbon at the IWA World Water Congress, he reflects on the joy and appreciation he has gained by serving as the IWA President.

By: Dr. Glen Daigger, Ch2M HILL Senior Vice President and Chief Water Technology Officer

I write this as I approach the conclusion of my four years as President of the International Water Association (IWA), which is concluding in Lisbon at the World Water Congress this September. This comes with several emotions; chief among them are joy and appreciation. Joy because it has been such a privilege to serve my IWA colleagues in this capacity, but more importantly because together we helped steward the continued advancement of this wonderful organization, as it strives to be of even greater service to the world of water. Appreciation for all of the help I have received, and the wonderful friendships that my wife, Patty, and I have been privileged to make over these past years.

Amidst the joy and appreciation, I have to admit my term ends with some feelings of sadness too, as these past several years have been some of the most enjoyable and fulfilling of my entire career. However, I also know that the coming years will be equally full and rewarding, as there is still much work to be done. I move forward, anticipating and ready to take on the next challenge.

Throughout the past several years, we have accomplished so much. Prior to accepting the role of IWA President, I served as Senior Vice President for four years, with my good friend and co-conspirator, David Garman. During this time, our profession began a significant transformation—moving to the concept that the water cycle must be managed, not only to provide water services, but to be a source for resources that our modern society so desperately needs. This simple change in mindset carries with it profound changes in nearly every area of water management, which is fundamentally changing how water professionals think about water. I’m also proud to say that, we—collectively—have advanced IWA’s leadership position in the industry. So, I am confident as I pass the torch to my successor, that both the IWA and the water profession have a very, very bright future ahead.

These past four years as Senior Vice President and then the following four years as President have been an honor and a privilege for me, and as I close this chapter of my career, I would like to thank everyone for their support.

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