May 22, 2019

SWANA Certification Exams, Alberta & Manitoba Landfill Operator Certification Exam

Registration Opens


Includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and transportation to and from St. Boniface Golf Club

YP Brunch

The SWANA Young Professionals (YPs) brunch will kick off the conference and help our YPs make connections with conference colleagues and learn a bit about opportunities in the days to come. The YP brunch is open to all conference attendees under the age of 35. RSVP required
Sponsored by CleanFARMS

Tradeshow Setup

Lunch (on your own)

Field Trip #1 – E-Waste Processing and a Soil Fabrication Facility – travel out of town to tour Exner’s E-Waste Facility and the Summit Road Landfill Soil Fabrication process. (bagged lunch included).

Field Trip #2 – Brady Road Resource Management Facility – tour the Brady Road Resource Management Facility, including the City of Winnipeg’s 4R Depot, Landfill Gas Capture System, Leaf and Yard Waste Facility, Biosolids Compost Facility and the Centralized Leachate Collection System.

Field Trip # 3 – The Wheels on the Bus Go Round and Round – visit a tire processing facility, the City of Winnipeg’s Pacific 4R Depot and some enhanced chemistry at ReGen Composites.

Conference Welcome Event and Tradeshow Sneak Peak

Start the conference off with a complimentary drink and appetizers. Get to know the venue, the exhibitors and colleagues.
Sponsored by Tetratech

After Party

at The Pint (back to school style)

May 23, 2019


Conference Opening - Back to School

Welcoming Remarks & Keynote Address – Neal Bolton.
Neal Bolton has more than 42 years of experience in the solid waste industry. In 1988, Mr. Bolton formed his own consulting company – Blue Ridge Services. His team provides operational consulting services for a wide range of private and municipal solid waste/recycling facilities, landfills, transfer stations, collections operations, material recovery facilities, and green waste facilities throughout North America and abroad. He is the author of The Handbook of Landfill Operations and created the industry’s most comprehensive safety training program for transfer stations, landfills, and collections. He and his team have pioneered the use of process improvement tools in the solid waste industry and have broken new ground with the use of drone technology for waste management mapping and planning.

Trade Show Opening and Refreshment Break

Opening Plenary Session

Recycling 101 – How to keep recycling working.
Consider this our “History” and “Current Events” class. Listen to major players in the waste management industry and find out how programs and education are adapting to new markets – What works, what doesn’t and what you should do.


Sponsored by Titan Environmental Containment


Transfer Stations 101 – Where should we start?

Your landfill is closing. What next? This session will take you through the key steps and decisions needed to build a safe and efficient transfer station. Listen to stories from people who have been through it and come ready with your questions and suggestions.

Advanced Composting – How do we manage organics?

More and more communities are looking to divert organics from the landfill. This session will convene municipalities, operators, and researchers who are working to divert and process organics.

Finance 101 - Paying for Waste Management

All programs have costs. As programs and costs increase, how are organizations changing their funding models? How can communities access grant funding? In this session we will hear from communities addressing costs and revenues in their programs and discuss the key decisions and approaches helping them to succeed.

Exhibit Viewing and Refreshment Break

Management 101 - How do we create successful organizations?

People are the key component of our organizations. How can we attract, train, engage, and retain the people we need? In this session managers and supervisors will discuss what they are doing to advance careers in our industry.

Recycling 201 – What’s beyond the blue box?

How can we manage recycling for materials not accepted in blue box programs? What systems and processes are available to recycle these materials?
In this series of presentations, we will be introduced to a number of approaches and strategies that organizations are implementing to recycle materials that are not accepted in the blue box. Whether it’s extended producer responsibility or innovative technologies, they’re doing what they can to improve the environment.

Community Engagement 101– How do we create and engage communities to better manage waste?

Waste management systems require community support to be successful. In this session we’ll learn from people who are creating and engaging communities at large and small scales to create change.

Tradeshow Reception

Sponsored by Geoware

Grad Party - Banquet and Entertainment

Hosted at the historic Metropolitan Center in downtown Winnipeg, it’s our equivalent of Prom – a beautiful banquet mixed with a ‘wasteful’ game of Family Feud!
Table Wine sponsored by EMW Group

After Party

Tavern United Bell MTS Place (Old School style)
345 Graham Ave, Winnipeg, MB

May 24, 2019


Advanced Landfill Measurement – How do we measure and monitor landfills?

What are the latest approaches to measuring landfills? How can we analyze and utilize the data we collect? This session will introduce technology, systems, and processes to monitor landfills and outline the importance of data in conserving airspace.

Partnerships 101 – How can we create value for both sides?

Whether it is community-to-community or community-to-business, partnerships are vital to delivering solid waste services. Learn from a few partnerships that are getting it right. How did they start? How do they maintain their relationship? What would they change the next time around?

Advanced Safety – How can we improve safety for our staff and customers?

How can we improve safety? Learn from businesses and equipment suppliers on the latest innovations to improve safety in our industry.
Sponsored by Waste Connections

Exhibit Viewing and Refreshment Break

Closing Keynote – Taking School Home

Keynote Speaker – Barbara Bowes
Barbara is an accomplished speaker, trainer, coach, writer and professional strategist/consultant. Barbara is also the President of Legacy Bowes Group, Winnipeg’s premier HR Solutions provider, and she is a highly regarded authority and author on human resource-related matters. Her popular “Working World” column appears every Saturday in the Careers section of the Winnipeg Free Press, and she is the host of Bowes Knows, a weekly radio show that airs on CJOB radio in Winnipeg.

Farewell Lunch & Closing Remarks

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