May 22, 2019

Registration Opens


Includes 18 holes of golf, cart, lunch and transportation to and from St. Boniface Golf Club
Meet in the lobby at 10:45 for transportation to the 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

Human Rights Museum Tour

Located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights is the first museum solely dedicated to the evolution, celebration and future of human rights.
Meet in in the hotel lobby at 10:45am for tour transportation

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).

**Open toed footwear is not allowed on this tour**
**a non-disclosure form will be required and will be provided upon boarding the bus.**

Meet in in the hotel lobby at 11:45am for tour transportation

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.

Meet in in the hotel lobby at 12:45am for tour transportation

Conference Welcome Event and Tradeshow Sneak Peak

Start the conference off with us at the Radisson with a complimentary drink and appetizers. Get to know the venue, the exhibitors and colleagues.
Drinks sponsored by SUEZ

After Party

at Shannon’s Irish Pub (back to school style)
175 Carlton Street, Winnipeg, MB

May 23, 2019


Conference Opening - Back to School

Welcoming Remarks – The Honourable Rochelle Squires, Minister of Sustainable Development
Minister Squires will bring greetings on behalf of the Province of Manitoba.

Keynote Address – Neal Bolton
Today’s Challenge: Adjusting to a new Normal in Waste Management

“Just when we thought we had it all figured out …something changed. If you’re in the waste management industry, you probably should get used to the fact that change is the new normal. For example, China’s National Sword policy has drastically reduced recycling opportunities for fiber in the North American recycling market. Material that was historically shipped to China as “mixed paper,” has been redefined as “trash” …and they don’t want it. Similar reductions have been seen in Vietnam and other Asian and Indonesian markets. Bottom line, your community’s recycling program must adapt to a changing reality. Speaking of reality, not all change is bad. We are beginning to utilize Virtual Reality (VR) to better communicate landfill development (i.e., Operational Planning and Sequencing) to landfill operators. No longer must all equipment operators by skilled at reading blueprints – because VR lets us “See the Plan” …in virtual reality.
We’ll talk about how your organization be positioned to take advantage of the inevitable changes that are impacting the waste industry.”

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.

Panel Participants:
Sharon Howland – Leader, Program Management Waste & Recycling Services, City of Calgary
Leah Seabrook – Manager, Waste Management and Community Energy Services, Strathcona County
Daniel Mireault – Project Manager – Recycling, City of Saskatoon
Dale Schmidt – Facility Process Manager, Lorras Disposal
Mark Kinsley – Supervisor of Waste Diversion, City of Winnipeg
Linda Park – Manager Operations Control, Recycle BC
Martin Racicot – Director of Field Services – Multi-Material Stewardship Manitoba
Stephanie Sidler – Manager, Municipal Contracts, Canada Fibers Ltd.


Sponsored by Titan Environmental Containment


Transfer Stations – 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.

Room: Ambassador A
Moderator: Cory Graham, Manitoba Sustainable Development

•SWANA Transfer Station Summary
Michel Lefebvre, Manager Solid Waste Management Practice, Tetratech
•Garbology 101
Art Goudy, Artistic Landscaping specialist in design and management of waste transfer stations, RM of Rockwood
Steinbach Transfer Station Development
Eldon Wallman, Manager Solid Waste, City of Steinbach

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.
Sponsored by Dillon

Room: Ambassador H
Moderator: Chris Kozak, City of Winnipeg

Biosolids Beneficial Use: Fabricating Growth Media (soil) at Winnipeg’s Summit Landfill
Becky Raddatz, Environmental Planner, City of Winnipeg
Kasia Caputa, Agrologist, SYLVIS Environmental
Composting in Winter, Issues and Options
Jim Lapp, Senior Project Technologist, Tetra Tech
Residential Organic – but then what?
Alex Singbeil, Waste & Reduction Consultant, City of Lethbridge

Finance 101 - Paying for Waste Management

All programs have costs. As programs and costs increase, how are organizations changing their funding models? In this session we will lear about costs and revenues in their programs and discuss the key decisions and approaches helping them to succeed.

Room: Ambassador B
Moderator: AJ McCoy, GHD

Funding Model Considerations for Municipal Waste Management Systems
Myron Moore, Partner, Stack’d Consulting
•Calculating and Communicating Landfill Airspace Value
Scott Theede, Operations Engineer, Water & Waste Operations, City of Saskatoon
Benefits of an integrated waste campus
Mike Watt, Executive Vice President, Walker Industries

Exhibit Viewing and Refreshment Break

Landfill Measurement – How do we measure and monitor landfills?

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.
Sponsored by MEIA

Room: Ambassador B
Moderator: Lauren Quan, Tetra Tech

How do we Measure and Monitor Airspace
Steve Johnson, Waste Services Manager for Canada, AECOM
Air to Ground Intelligence: The Future is Shaping Up
James Mickle, Senior Geophysicist, UAV Operations Manager Engineering & Environmental Geophysics Group, Tetra Tech
Technology for Measuring and Monitoring Landfills
Steve Hudson, Vice President Business Development, Chartis Remote Sensing Solutions

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.

Room: Ambassador A
Moderator: Ash Raichura, City of Winnipeg

Panel Speakers:
Clean Farms, Agricultural Plastics
Tammy Shields, Western Region Program Coordinator
Regen Composites, Repurposing Plastics
Michelle Gowdar, Chief Operating Officer
Repurpia, Deconstructing and Repurposing
Neil Krovats, President
Mother Earth, Mattress Recycling
Jessica Floresco, General Manager
Metro Vancouver, Tackling Clothing Waste
Karen Storry, Senior Project Engineer
Product Care, Paint and Household Hazardous Waste
Kathy Cass, Manitoba Program Coordinator

Community Engagement– 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.

Room: Ambassador H
Moderator: Daniel Mireault, City of Saskatoon

Composting at Multi-family Buildings
Kristen Malec, Composting Program Coordinator, Green Action Centre
Involving Students and Youth in Solid Waste Management Education: Experiences from a remote First Nation
Anderson Assuah, PhD Candidate and Environmental Professional Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba
Community Engagement for changes in First Nations Solid Waste Management
Cheryl Dixon, Landscape Architect and Public Engagement Specialist, Scatliff + Miller + Murray

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
Banquet sponsored by Tetra Tech
Evening Entertainment sponsored by KGS.

After Party

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

May 24, 2019


Disaster Debris Management Thesis – How do we prepare and respond?

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.

Room: Ambassador H
Moderator: Jim Lapp, Tetra Tech

Disaster Debris Management: How Can we Improve in Canada?
Joe Angevine, LRRC Manager, MD of Foothills
Emergency Management 101: Manitoba EMOs role in emergency events
Ashley Keep, Public Alerting Program Coordinator, Manitoba Emergency Measures Organization

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?

Room: Ambassador A
Moderator: Olivia Kwok, City of St. Albert

Cooperative Approach to Defining Solid Waste Streams
Stan Lozecznik, Environmental Engineer, KGS Group
Metro Region Plan
Natalie Lagasse, Planning, Winnipeg Metropolitan Region
Richard Bolton, Centre for Indigenous and Environmental Resources (CIER).
Collaborative Approach to Waste Reduction
Karen Storry, Senior Project Engineer

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

Room: Ambassador B
Moderator: Joanne Fedyk, Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council

Safety is Not a Slogan
Neil Bolton, Blue Ridge Services
If nobody moves, nobody gets hurt
Christy Lyons, VP Municipal Services, Collective Waste Solutions

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