February 9, 2021

Greetings and Messages

“If you never did you should. These things are fun, and fun is good.”


Keynote Presentations

Dr. Kathryn Sandoe – Transforming Waste into a Resource: When a Landfill Becomes a Green Destination


Dr. Sandoe will share how solid waste organizations can reimagine their work in ways that make waste a resource for their community, which not only positions them for success, but also builds trust and support from those they serve.


Dr. Sandoe is the Head of Communications & Public Affairs at Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority (LCSWMA) and Adjunct Lecturer at Penn State



Drew Lent – Turning Brownfields into Solar Energy Facilities:  Perspectives from South of the Border


The United States has constructed approximately 200 solar facilities operating on closed solid waste landfills or brownfields.  This presentation will leverage experienced gained during development of selected solar on landfills/brownfield projects that are applicable for Canadian solid waste management facilities.  The presentation will discuss evaluating the feasibility for solar on closed landfills, solar facility design components, and long-term maintenance criteria for solar landfill facilities to turn closed landfills into a renewable


Drew is the Northeast Solar Services Lead, Tetra Tech USA, Rochester, NY






*Education During COVID*

“I’m sorry to say so but, sadly it’s true that bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you.”


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*

“Think left and think right and think low and think high.  Oh, the thinks you can think up if you only try.”


First Nation Dump Site Transformed into a Resource Management Facility – Stan Lozecznik, KGS Group


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*

“There’s no limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.”


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







“It is better to know how to learn than to know.”


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*

“Think! You can think any Think that you wish!”


Tapping into Carbon Finances- Rori Cowan, Radicle


Future Energy and Waste Management, Oh My – Shannon Hildebrant,  Tej Gidda, GHD Limited


It’s a Brightfield, Calgary’s First Ground Mounted Solar Photovoltaic project – Arsheel Hirji, City of Calgary



Wrap Up and Socializing

“Today was a good day. Today was fun. Tomorrow will be another one.”

February 10, 2021

Greetings and Messages

Keynote Presentations

“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”


Mike Flannigan – Wildfire and Climate Change in Canada – a new Reality?


Wildfires in Canada are increasing.  Dr. Flannigan will discuss the new reality – how we got here and what the future may look like.


Mike is a University of Alberta Professor of Wildland Fire with the Department of Renewable Resources and the Director of the Canadian Partnership for Wildland Fire Science.



Dan Sandink – Mitigating Disaster Risk:  ICLR and the Role of the Insurance Industry in Canada 


 This presentation will cover major drivers of disaster damage in Canada – including urban flood, high wind and WUI fire – and methods to reduce risk for households.


Dan is the Director of Research at the Institute of Catastrophic Loss Reduction





Disaster Stories and Lessons Learned

“I have heard there are troubles of more than one kind. Some come from ahead and some come from behind. But I’ve bought a big bat. I’m all ready you see. Now my troubles are going to have troubles with me!”

  • 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
  • It’s a White Out – Operational Impact from the Snow Event in Newfoundland
    – Andrew Niblock, St. John’s

Panel Discussion and Questions

“How did it get so late so soon?”


Wrap-Up and Social

“I’m glad we had the times together just to laugh and sing a song, seems like we just got started and then before you know it, the times we had together were gone.”


Don’t cry because it is over, smile because it happened.