Schedule

November 23, 2020

Registration

Open House - Francis Cooke Regional Resource Recovery Centre & Class III Landfill (12:00 pm to 3:00 pm)

The Francis Cooke Regional Resource Recovery Centre & Class III Landfill is located a few minutes off the highway between Calgary and Banff. Stop on your way to the conference and learn about the progressive features at this Class III landfill site:

  • Sustainability, loop-closing elements included in new office building.
  • Use of recycled bio-mass as a renewable space heating fuel.
  • Multi-stream Class III diversion and onsite processing to address marketing barriers.
  • How a small “rural” resource recovery operation helped open the largest compost facility in Canada more or less on schedule and how that helped us address marketing issues.
  • Long term differential fee structure as incentive for recycling and financial self-sufficiency and how that is working – or not.Financial structure addressing long-term financial liability such as closure and post closure costs through a pro-active financial reserve program.
  • When you wake up one day and your office building is gone: Working through disasters – two major fires and 2013 floods in a 5-year span.
  • Next generation CRD developments. Custom-designed sorting-at-the-face bin system.

Young Professionals Luncheon (YPs Only)

Start your networking by meeting other YPs to discuss current events and enjoy lunch.

 

 

Banff Biosolids Management Tour (2:30 pm - 4:15 pm)

The tour includes the Banff Wastewater treatment facility that uses the patented N-Viro® process to produce agricultural fertilizers, known as N-Rich®. A bus will pick you up at the Banff Springs at 2:30 pm and bring you back at 4:00 pm. * Guests also have the opportunity to be dropped off at Sulfur Mountain Gondola to tour the facility (but will need to find their way back after).

Sulfur Mountain Gondola (2:00 pm - 4:15 pm)

Take a ride on the gondola to the top of Sulfur Mountain and enjoy some breathtaking views of Banff and the Rocky Mountains. In 2016 the gondola experienced a major renovation. The environment was considered in the design – which was to include as much of the original structure as possible (to reduce waste) and was required to recycle as much as possible. (you can hear more about this at the Tuesday morning session). The tour will include information from the Sustainability Coordinator about their current initiatives to reduce energy use, water and waste. This bus leaves at 2:00 pm from the Banff Springs Hotel. Expect about 1.5 hours for your tour. The bus will be back to pick you at 4:00 to return to the Fairmont. Guests can stay longer but would be required to take a cab or public transit back.

Fairmont Sustainability and Facility Tour (3:30 pm - 4:30 pm)

Fairmont Hotels is driven to have a robust socio-environmental program. Join the Fairmont team to see and hear the initiatives in energy, solid waste, recycling, water and wastewater, wildlife, chemical use and guest education. Also enjoy a walking tour of the property

Tradeshow Setup

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.

After Party

November 24, 2020

Breakfast & Conference Opening

Keynote Address - Spencer Speaks

*Spencer opens his heart and relives his story to share with the audience how every fearful and painful moment was to become a blessing. By using his expert story-telling and amazing sense of humor Spencer will ignite the audience to believing in the power of help. He will share why change is positive as the audience discovers his greatest lesson was Forged in the Heart of Fire.

This presentation will never leave you as Spencer’s messages will be applicable throughout life.

www.spencerspeaks.ca

Trade Show Opening and Refreshment Break

Lost in the Woods - Circular Economy Session 1A

  • Circular Cities – Christina Seidel
  • Loop – Anthony Rossi
  • Circular Economy Food Initiative Guelph-Wellington – Barbara Swartzentruber

A good mountaineer is always prepared - Safety Session 1B

  • Update on SWANA Safety Program and Resources – David Biderman
  • Safety session TBC
  • Don’t Be a Prick – Shining a Light on Worker Safety in the Solid Waste Industry (Pictou County) – Deborah Searle & Amy Hillyard

Sights as you blaze through Banff National Park 1C

  • Buffalo reintroduction to Banff national park – Lorina Keery
  • Banff Marathon’s Road to Zero Waste – Joey O’Brien
  • Wildlife Crossings in the National Park – Tony Clevenger
  • Deconstruction of Sulfur Mountain Gondola – TBC

Networking Lunch

SWANA Northern Lights AGM

How to improve your smoke signals and SOS calls – Communications Session 2A

  • Multi-Disciplinary Approaches to Reducing Contamination in the Blue Bin (Toronto) – Simon Dimuantes
  • Recycling Market Changes – How St. Albert Adapted – Olivia Kwok
  • The Future of The Municipality of Durham Region’s Promotion & Education Programs – Angela Porteous
  • Region of PEEL – Do Words Really Matter? – Bernadette Celis-Clarke

What should we do with all this old junk? – Landfill Success Stories 2B

  • First Nation Dump Site Transformed into a Resource Management Facility – Stan Lozecznik
  • Bringing New Life to a Struggling Landfill – Mario Poveda
  • Converting a Rural Landfill to a Full-Service Transfer Station in Mackenzie, BC – Petra Wildauer & Anson Hardjojo
  • Generating a Sustainable Financial Model for Alberta Waste Management Commissions in a Changing World – from Cradle to Grave – Klas Ohman

What you pack in, you pack out – Recycling Session 2C

  • Challenges and Opportunities facing recycling programs in the U.S.A.– David Biderman
  • Recycle BC – Dave Lefebvre
  • Changes in Waste Composition Programs with EPR –  Kentson Yan

Exhibit Viewing and Refreshment Break

Municipal Programs 3A

  • Climate Emergency Planning (Edmonton) – TBC
  • Alternate Procurement Model for P3 Projects – Marco Fontana Giusti
  • Modelling City of Toronto’s Transfer Station Network Capacity – Charlotte Utea
  • Edmonton’s Journey to Zero Waste: Planning and Early Implementation – Sarah Lamont and Michael Labrecque

Leaving it to Nature - Composting Session 3B

  • Growing Odour Concerns from Encroaching Development – Wilbert Yang
  • Depackaging of Organic Waste Prior to Composting to Improve Product Quality – Greg Robles
  • Mixed Waste Processing as Part of an Integrated Waste Management System – Michael Cant
  • Vermicomposting in Fort Nelson – Wilf Hoath

You can blaze a new trail! – Technology Session

  • Drones its time to take off – Luke Dixon
  • Utilizing 3D Modeling and Visualization Software to Generate Waste Placement and Waste Access Options for Landfill Managers and Operators – Stan Reimer & Bob Jardine
  • Benchmarking MSW Landfill Performance Move – Bob Watts
  • Portable Biomass Management (California) – Marie Weller
  • Visual Assessment Tools (Florida) – Walt Davenport

Tradeshow Reception

End your day of learning by networking with your colleagues.

Banquet and Entertainment

After Party

November 25, 2020

Breakfast

Protecting our Parks (and our World) - Climate Change Session 4A

  • State of the Carbon Market – Rori Cowan
  • Future Energy State – Shannon Hildebrant
  • Decentralized carbon technology – Jaeson Cardiff

Landfill Post Closure & Reclamation Options 4B

  • Transforming closed landfills into renewable energy projects using solar technologies – Drew Lent
  • Blackstock Landfill Mining – converting waste from an environmental liability into a resource for energy recovery – Gioseph Anello
  • Harrietsfield C&D Landfill reclamation (Nova Scotia) – Steve Johnson

Exhibit Viewing and Refreshment Break

Closing Keynote and Plenary Session

Wildfire and Climate Change in Canada – a new Reality?

Mike Flannigan is a Professor of Wildland Fire with the Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta and the Director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science (a four way partnership with Alberta Agriculture and Forestry, BC Wildfire Service, Natural Resources Canada and the University of Alberta). Dr. Flannigan’s primary research interests include fire and weather/climate interactions including the potential impact of climatic change, lightning-ignited forest fires and landscape fire modelling. Recent efforts have included Machine Learning to address various aspect of the fire environment. He has been studying wildland fire for over 40 years and has published over 200 papers.

 

Plenary

  • Dan Sandink – Director of Research at Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction
  • TBD

Farewell Lunch & Closing Remarks

Disaster Debris Workshop – Tom Moore and Jim Lapp

Networking Dinner at Banff Brewery

November 26, 2020

SWANA NLC Landfill Fire Training

This course is designed to assist landfill personnel, firefighting professionals, and landfill regulators/inspectors in better understanding the challenges and impacts of landfill fires. The lessons will review the different types and causes of landfill fires, identify tools and best management practices for preventing fires, and review firefighting methods for addressing landfill fires.

SWANA NLC Leachate Management

Leachate Management is a comprehensive look at the management of leachate from production to collection and storage to treatment including design and operation of landfills.   Participants in this course will also examine the complex combination of physical, chemical, and microbial processes that creates this toxic mix; survey regulations; discuss minimizing and mitigating leachate outbreaks; and, look at various treatment options.

Funding will be provided to cover the course registration cost for a limited number of registrants. To qualify, you must be an Alberta-based landfill operator. Funds will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. These funds were provided through a creative sentencing resulting from the prosecution of a landfill offense.

Field Trip 1 - City of Calgary Waste & Recycling Services

Please meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel at 8:00am

 

10:00am – 11:30am Tour the Calgary Composting Facility which is the largest of its kind in Canada. The facility is owned by The City of Calgary and operated by AIM Environmental Group. The facility produces high quality compost from both food and yard waste collected from the green cart program and dewatered biosolids a nutrient-rich by-product from wastewater treatment. Three buildings make up the composting facility – main building, curing building and storage building. Together, the facility is 521,000 square feet. The facility will process upwards of 145,500 metric tons of residential food and yard waste and dewatered biosolids every year.

11:30am – 12:00pm Shepard Solar project uses 2,700 solar panels, rated at 400W to produce electricity that directly fed into Calgary’s composting facility. This new addition to Calgary’s fleet of solar power plants, the Shepard Solar Park produces enough electricity to power over 185 average Calgary homes, while generating over 800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reductions a year (We are currently adding 8,250 solar panels to the area and will be generating 4.4 MW)

12:30pm – 2:00pm Lunch provided at Ralph Klein Park

 

2:30pm – 3:30pm Shepard Waste Management Facility which includes Throw & Go, active workface, Industrial waste area, and landfill gas collection

 

Bus leaves Shepard and arrives at the Calgary International Airport at 4:00pm and returns to Banff between 5:30 and 6:30pm.

 

Field Trip 2 - Renewable Energy Tour

Please meet in the lobby of the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel at 8:00am

 

10:00am – 12:30am Tour of the Pine Creek Water Treatment Plant including a tour of ACWA Research Facility within the water treatment centre in partnership with the University of Calgary.

 

12:30pm – 2:30pm Lunch provided at Ralph Klein Park

 

3:00pm – 3:30pm Shepard Solar project uses 2,700 solar panels, rated at 400W to produce electricity that directly fed into Calgary’s composting facility. This new addition to Calgary’s fleet of solar power plants, the Shepard Solar Park produces enough electricity to power over 185 average Calgary homes, while generating over 800 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions reductions a year (We are currently adding 8,250 solar panels to the area and will be generating 4.4 MW)

 

Bus leaves SEC and arrives at the Calgary International Airport at 4:00pm and returns to Banff between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm

 

Ski Day