May 9, 2018

SWANA Certification Exam sitting

Registration Open


Enjoy an afternoon of golf at the beautiful and challenging Riverside Golf Course. Riverside is minutes from the host hotel and incorporates the Saskatchewan River. “Heavily treed with fairways that dip away in all the "right" places, Riverside is filled with plenty of opportunities to raise the old blood pressure and bend the clubs.”

Beaver Regional, Transfer Station and Clean Harbors Tour

Beaver Regional Waste Management Services Commission was created in 1992 and operates under the name of Beaver Municipal Solutions. The facility at Ryley is one of the largest active landfills in western Canada. This all-day tour includes a stop at a transfer station, a site tour of Clean Harbors and Beaver Municipal Solutions landfills. Delegates will have an opportunity to check out some big equipment up close and personal and see some of the fruits of the Upcycle Challenge (tire covers made from used bill boards and an electric guitar made from pallets and construction cast-offs) while enjoying some local cuisine.

Brewery Tour

This tour is intended to add a little hoppy, frothy goodness to the conference. Edmonton Brewery Tours takes guests on a journey through Edmonton’s thriving craft beer scene. Discover how passionate tap pullers and a thirst for good beer quickly evolved into a local liquid obsession. Although perhaps not the highlight, waste management will certainly be discussed. Bottoms up!

City of Edmonton EcoStation and Waste Management Centre Tour

This tour will stop at the Kennedale Eco Station where delegates will see how the City of Edmonton manages HHW, electronics, and other household materials. The tour continues to the Edmonton Waste Management Centre (EWMC) showing the largest solid waste transfer and processing facility between Vancouver and Toronto. The EWMC includes a MRF, electronics recycling, large scale composting facility, landfill gas recovery facility, leachate treatment plant and the Enerkem Biofuels Facility that converts waste materials to Ethanol.

Conference Welcome Event

Start the conference off with a reception and networking activities that will allow participants to interact and have fun. This welcome will be hosted at the top of the Chateau Lacombe “La Ronde” to enjoy a 360 view of the riverbank and Edmonton.

After Party

May 10, 2018


Conference Opening

Keynote Speaker - Andrew Ference

Andrew Ference started in the NHL during the 1999–2000 season and has played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, Calgary Flames, Boston Bruins, and Edmonton Oilers. In 2011, Ference helped the Bruins to their 6th Stanley Cup Championship. Ference last played for and captained the Edmonton Oilers. Ference was born in Edmonton, Alberta, but grew up in Sherwood Park, Alberta. Ference, who has a healthy life outside the hockey rink and is heavily involved in environmental issues, has his diploma from Harvard in corporate sustainability and gives seed money to investors of environmentally-conscious start-ups and has been heavily involved with a company Full Cycle Bioplastics which converts organic waste into biodegradable plastics.


Tradeshow Opening

Opening Plenary

The Next Generation


Concurrent Session A

Transforming Waste
Disaster Debris Workshop
Communication in a Changing World

Refreshment Break

Concurrent Session B

Rural Communities
Safety in the Waste and Recycling Sector
The Next Generation - Technology

Tradeshow Reception

Start Thursday evening’s festivities while learning from our exhibitors in a relaxed environment.


The social highlight of the conference!

After Party

May 11, 2018


Concurrent Session C

Recycling and Plastics
Inspiring stories from "take-it-or-leave-it" and reuse stores
Landfills - loss prevention, the future of scales and controlling developments around landfills

Refreshment Break

Closing Keynote - Kathryn Ivany

Kathryn Ivany has been the City Archivist at the City of Edmonton Archives since 2010. Kathryn will lead us through the evolution of how Edmonton moved from dumping their waste on the river bank to being a leader in recycling. Expect great photos and an interesting history lesson.

Closing Luncheon