2021 Conference


SWANA Northern Lights presents…

Oh, the Garbage You’ll Throw

A two-day virtual conference event. The sessions may be virtual but the learning is real.

Thank you to everyone who attended our 2021 Virtual Conference. Registered participants can use their personal access link to watch recordings of the sessions on the conference platform (available until ~May 2021)

Below are copies of the available proceedings from the conference. Click on the speaker’s name to download their slide deck (PDF format).

Tuesday Keynote Session

  • Dr. Kathryn Sandoe – Transforming Waste into a Resource: When a Landfill Becomes a Green Destination
  • Drew Lent – Turning Brownfields into Solar Energy Facilities:  Perspectives from South of the Border

Education During COVID

  • Oh, the Virtual Places We go – Live Stream Programming and E-Learning  –  Erika Droessler/Neil Burkard, City of Edmonton
  • Online Classroom Education – Nicole Watt, Halton Region
  • Online Classroom Education with WasteCheck – Anne LeBlanc, Waste Check
  • City Wide Engagement for Long-term Waste Management Planning – Angela Porteous, Regional Municipality of Durham

Landfill Stories

  • First Nation Dump Site Transformed into a Resource Management Facility – Stan Lozecznik, KGS Group (presentation not available for download)
  • Bringing New Life to a Struggling Landfill – Mario Poveda, KGS Group
  • Harrietsfield C&D Landfill – reclamation of a contentious non-permitted facility – Steve Johnson, AECOM

Drones and Measurement

  • Drones It’s Time for Take Off – Luke Dixon, Civil Tracker
  • Benchmarking MSW Landfill Performance – Bob Watts, Chester County Solid Waste Authority
  • No Load Left Behind: Leveraging Technology for Unscaled Transfer Station Management – Rocky Strong, Strong Data Automation


  • Today is your day, to Fight Contamination with Mobile Technology – Simon Dimuantes, City of Toronto 
  • Inside our Outside Machine – Collecting Hard to Collect Materials – David Lefebvre, Recycle BC / Canadian Stewardship Services Alliance
  • What’s Up and What’s Down, EPR and Non-EPR Waste Composition Profile – Kentson Yan, Tetra Tech
  • Keeping Recyclable Materials Flowing – Rob Rennie, SUEZ

Carbon Futures

Wednesday Keynote Session

  • Mike FlanniganWildfire and Climate Change in Canada – a new Reality?
  • Dan Sandink  – Mitigating Disaster Risk:  ICLR and the Role of the Insurance Industry in Canada 

Disaster Stories and Lessons Learned

  • Not one, but two – Fires and Floods in Fort McMurray
    Tracey Boutilier, Fort McMurray, Alberta
  • The Hurricane is Over!  Now What? (Hurricane Irma, Florida, USA)
    Belinda Li, Vancouver, BC
  • Snowmageddon – Cleanup after the Winnipeg Snowstorm
    – Ash Raichura, City of Winnipeg
  • COVID-19 Pandemic Impacts on the MSW Management System
    – Jesse Maxwell, SWANA, Maryland, USA
  • A Whirling, Twirling, Storm – Pine Lake Tornado
    Steve Johnson, AECOM
  • The Flood Gates Opened – Calgary Flooding
    Richard Anweiler, City of Calgary




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