SWANA 2018 Pacific Conference & Tradeshow
May 17/18, 2018

The SWANA Pacific Chapter (BC & Yukon) is holding its 2018 Conference & Tradeshow on May 17 & 18, 2018 at the Anvil Centre in New Westminster, BC.

The world of solid waste management is changing more quickly than ever with the effects of the sharing economy, international recycling markets, new waste collection and processing technologies, and changes in the funding, measurement and politics of solid waste.

Below you can find the early agenda or click on the tabs for a mobile-friendly option for our Conference Week-at-a-Glance and Session Details.

See you at the Anvil Centre!


Group rate is extended to Friday, April 20, 2018 – only double rooms available, please call the hotel direct to book.

Stay at the beautiful Inn at the Quay and enjoy the spectacular riverfront area of Western Canada’s oldest city! Within walking distance of the Anvil Centre and River Market, perched over the historic Fraser River, is the beautiful Inn at the Quay.

To book your water view guestroom in this “retreat in the city”, please click the link below or call and book directly with reservations at 604.520.1776 before April 20th, 2018 (group rate booking date extended) under the SWANA block.

Conference at a Glance

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

01:00 pm – 07:00 pm Optional Tour (Reservations Required - $25)

Surrey Biofuel Facility & Central City Brewers

Transportation provided. Please meet at 12:45 pm in front of Anvil Centre.

Please ensure to bring your PPE – hard hats, safety vests and safety boots

Estimated arrival back to Anvil Centre is 07:00 pm

Thursday, May 17, 2018


08:00 am – 05:15 pm Trade Show Open

Anvil Centre Ballroom West

08:00 am – 08:15 am Welcome & Opening Remarks

Mark Watt, SWANA Pacific Chapter President and Mayor Jonathan Cote, Mayor of New Westminster

08:15 am – 08:45 am Welcome by Allen Lynch, SWANA Pacific and Canadian Chapter Representative

Keynote Speaker – Green Fence/National Sword (China) – Emmie Leung, Emterra Group

09:00 am – 10:00 am Session 1 - National Sword – Cutting Deep into Packaging & Printed Paper


Moderator: Allen Langdon, Recycle BC

  • Reduction in Curbside Contamination via Audit and Education: Tauseef Waraich, Cowichan Valley Regional District
  • Feedback from Edmonton: Marco Fontana Giusti, SUEZ Canada Waste Services
  • Impacts of the Sword – The New Normal: Doug Drennen, JR Miller & Associates
  • Can Canada Be Independent by Embracing a 21st Century Vision of Plastics Recycling?: Joe Hruska, Canadian Plastics Industry Association

10:30 am – 11:30 am Session 2 - Behavior Change & Food Waste Reduction

Moderator: Chris Underwood, City of Vancouver

  • Behavior Change Campaigns: Alison Schatz, Metro Vancouver
  • Love Food, Hate Waste Canada: Ann Rowan, National Zero Waste Council
  • Findings from the North American Food Waste Reduction and Recovery Initiative for the Commission for Environmental Cooperation (CEC): Tamara Shulman, Tetra Tech

12:30 pm – 2:30 pm Session 3 - Odour Management & Building Capacity

Moderators: Heidi Gerlach, Dillon Consulting and Mark Watt, SWANA Pacific Chapter President

Odour Management and Facility Processing (12:30 pm – 01:30 pm)

  • Managing Composting Odours: Mia Edbrooke and Terry Fulton, Metro Vancouver
  • Controlling process conditions to minimize odour emissions; Tim O’Neil, Engineered Compost Systems
  • Air Modelling (Facility Siting Using Odour Modelling Tools): Cameron Baughen, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen
  • Retrofitting for Process Control and Odour: Mateo Ocejo, Net Zero Waste

Lessons Learned Through Site Selection – Panel (01:30 pm – 02:00 pm)

  • Tauseef Waraich, Cowichan Valley Regional District
  • Cameron Baughen, Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen
  • Mateo Ocejo, Net Zero Waste
  • Tim O’Neill, Engineered Compost Systems
  • Carey McIver, Carey McIver & Associates

Regulation Updates and Program Considerations (02:00 pm – 02:30 pm)

  • Organics Diversion Strategies & Program Design Considerations for BC Regional Districts: Carey McIver, Carey McIver & Associates
  • Organic Matter Recycling Regulations Updates: Gwendolyn Lohbrunner, Ministry of Environment

03:00 pm – 04:15 pm Session 4 - Solid Waste Systems, Facilities and Technologies

Moderator: Reinhard Trautmann, SWANA Pacific Chapter

Solid Waste Management Systems and Facilities (03:00 pm – 03:40 pm)

  • Building a New Solid Waste System from the Ground Up in the Regional District of Kitimat Stikine: Tony Sperling, Sperling Hansen Associates and Roger Tooms, Regional District of Kitimat Stikine
  • Coquitlam Transfer Station Replacement Project: Marcel Pitre, Metro Vancouver
  • Creation of the Vancouver Zero Waste Centre: Sarah Willie, City of Vancouver

 Material Recovery Facilities & Technologies (03:40 pm – 04:15 pm)

  • Utilizing Advanced Waste Processing Technologies to Minimize Waste Disposal and Green House Gas Emissions: Helmut Blanken, HBHE Consulting
  • MRF Technology – Adapting to the New Normal: Doug Drennen, JR Miller & Associates
  • Low Carbon Fuels: Rustam Punja, Lafarge Canada

06:00 pm – 09:00 pm Dinner and Entertainment (Registration included with Thursday attendance or full two-day conference attendance)

The Columbia – 530 Columbia Street, New Westminster

  • Comic: John Beuhler
  • Dueling Pianos: Mick Dalla-Vee & Mike Sicloy

Doors open at 05:30 pm, program to start at 06:00 pm, dinner and entertainment to follow.

Friday, May 18, 2018


08:00 am – 02:30 pm Trade Show Open

Anvil Centre Ballroom West

08:00 am – 08:05 am Welcome and Opening Remarks

Nicole Steglich, SWANA Pacific Chapter Vice-President and City of Vancouver

08:05 am – 09:00 am Session 5 - Solid Waste Metrics & Data Collection

Moderator: Mike Stringer, SWANA Pacific Chapter

  • National Solid Waste Benchmarking Initiative: Steve Johnson, AECOM
  • Waste Composition around BC: Melissa Nielsen, Tetra Tech
  • How Communications and Data Can Transform Solid Waste and Diversion Programs: Jenny English, Recollect Systems

09:00 am – 10:00 am Session 6 - Earth, Wind & Fire: Disaster Debris Management Planning, Part I

Moderator: Dipak Dattani, City of Burnaby

  • Pre-Disaster Management Planning – Capital Regional District Experience: Shawn Carby, Capital Regional District
  • The Changing Face of Disaster Debris: Tera Grady, Cariboo Regional District
  • Flood & Drainage Debris Management: Rod MacLean, City of Kelowna
  • Disaster Debris Management following Hurricane Irma: Belinda Li, Tetra Tech

10:30 am – 11:30 am Session 7A - Safety Matters - Hazardous Materials in Buildings | Session 7B Advances in Landfill Design & Operations

7A – Session (Ballroom North) – Safety Matters – Hazardous Materials in Buildings

Introduction: Nicole Steglich, SWANA Pacific Chapter Vice-President and City of Vancouver

WorkSafeBC Presentation

  • Geoff Clark, WorkSafeBC


7B – Session (Ballroom East) – Advances in Landfill Design & Operations

Moderator: Phil Kovacs, Peace River Regional District and Paul Henderson, Metro Vancouver 

Presentations (10:30 am – 11:00 am)

  • Landfill Contaminating Lifespan – Balancing Final Cover Permeability and Waste Mass Stabilization: Deacon Liddy and Gregory Ferraro, GHD
  • Benefits of Multi-Linear Drainage Geo-composites for Coastal Landfill Closure Projects: Pascal Saunier, Afitex-Texel Draintube

DOCP Panel and Landfill Conformance (11:00 am – 11:30 am)

Landfill Conformance: Natalia Kukleva, Ministry of Environment

Lessons Learned Panel Discussion

  • Gregory Ferraro, GHD
  • Chloe Stone, XCG Consulting Limited
  • Michel Lefebvre, Tetra Tech
  • Tony Sperling, Sperling Hansen Associates

11:30 am – 11:45 am Award Presentation

Crystal Moose Award Presentation

Presented by: Tony Sperling, Sperling Hansen Associates

12:45 pm – 02:30 pm Session 8A - Construction & Demolition Waste Management | 8B Landfill Gas Collection, Destruction & Beneficial Use

8A – Session (Ballroom East) – Landfill Gas Collection, Destruction and Beneficial Use

Moderators: Ali Abedini, Sperling Hansen Associates and Evan Griffiths, CH2M-Jacobs

Optimizing LFG Collection and Reducing GHG’s (12:45 pm – 01:45 pm)

  • Optimization of Landfill Gas Network Design: Yana Nec, Thompson Rivers University and Greg Huculak, GNH Consulting
  • Bio-covers to Reduce Green House Gas Emission – Progress update from the City of Leduc’s Landfill: Michel Lefebvre, Tetra Tech
  • Surface Emissions Monitoring at the City of Vancouver Landfill: Lynn Belanger, City of Vancouver
  • Project Approach Landfill Gas to Energy: Evan Griffiths, CH2M-Jacobs

Beneficial Use of Landfill Gas & Lessons Learned Panel (01:45 pm – 02:30 pm)

  • Michel Lefebvre, Tetra Tech
  • Scott Gramm, Fortis BC
  • Chuck Smith, CH2M-Jacobs
  • Darren Enevoldson, City of Kelowna, Glenmore Landfill


8B – Session (Ballroom North) – Construction and Demolition Waste Management

Moderator: Thomas Land, Ecowaste Industries Ltd.

Metro Vancouver Setting (12:45 pm – 01:40 pm)

  • Residential Hazardous Construction & Demolition Material Management in Metro Vancouver: Lauren Quan, Tetra Tech and Marian Kim, Metro Vancouver
  • Used Gypsum Program: Jonathan Ho, Metro Vancouver
  • City of Vancouver Green Demolition Program: Brian Kerin, City of Vancouver

Panel Discussion (01:40 pm – 02:30 pm)

  • Deconstructing Construction Waste: Cinci Csere and Chris Arkell, Sea to Sky Removal
  • Vancouver Landfill Construction & Demolition Pilot Project: Faisal Mirza, City of Vancouver
  • Why I Started Urban Repurpose: Tom Riessner, Urban Repurpose
  • Hazardous Construction Waste: Geoff Clark, WorkSafeBC


02:30 pm – 02:45 pm - Closing & Final Remarks

Mark Watt, SWANA Pacific Chapter President and Nicole Steglich, SWANA Pacific Chapter Vice-President and City of Vancouver

Tour (Wednesday, May 16, 2018)

Surrey Biofuel Facility

9752 – 192nd Street
Surrey, BC

Designed to process 115,000 tonnes of organic waste a year, the Surrey Biofuel Facility is the largest of its kind in North America and will help Metro Vancouver achieve its regional waste diversion objectives under the Integrated Solid Waste and Resource Management Plan.

Surrey Biofuel Facility uses the latest anaerobic digestion technology to convert organic waste into renewable natural gas (RNG) and a sophisticated enclosed tunnel process to produce high-quality compost. It is fully enclosed with a state-of-the-art air treatment system that ensures minimal odour impact on the surrounding community. Annually, the facility produces approximately:

  • 120,000 gigajoules of renewable natural gas (RNG)
  • 45,000 tonnes of compost

That’s enough RNG to power 8,500 cars for a year!

The 160,000 square foot facility houses an organic waste collection hall, anaerobic digester, biogas upgrader, compost tunnels, odour abatement system, compost storage and an Education Centre. The facility is located adjacent to the Surrey Transfer Station in the Port Kells Industrial Park and provides convenient access from the South Fraser Perimeter Road (Hwy 17) and the Trans-Canada Hwy (Hwy 1). The facility design considered everything, from the siting of the facility structures to the graphic treatment on the exterior of the building, to optimize efficiencies and minimize environmental and community impacts from its operation.

Each year the facility will process organic waste from more than 140,000 Surrey households, local Industrial, Commercial and Institutional operations, and other municipalities in the region. The RNG produced is used to power the City’s waste collection trucks, operations vehicle fleet and to feed the City’s District Energy System. Our high quality ‘closed loop’ compost is available for purchase by a wide range of customers including farmers, landscapers and homeowners.

This will be a very informative and interesting tour not to be missed! Please ensure to bring your PPE with you in order to participate – hard hats, safety vests and safety boots.

Central City Brewers and Distillers

11411 Bridgeview Drive
Surrey, BC


Since 2003, Central City has been enjoying brewing some of the finest craft beers in North America. Known for our award-winning Red Racer beer, today we offer a variety of craft beverages including specialty beers, ciders and both brown and white spirits.

Central City Brewers & Distillers started as a Brewpub in 2003 at Central City in Surrey BC. You can still find the home of our first brewery at the original Central City Pub. Today, our main brewery and distillery operations operates just down the hill from the original location in a state of the art, 65,000 square foot brewing facility. Our new facility boasts some of the best equipment in BC Craft beer, which helps us deliver better, more consistent quality every day.

And while our brewery has grown significantly since the early days, the same passion for our craft drives each and every brew. Brewmaster Gary Lohin ensures we brew with the best ingredients, making no compromises on our quality we offer our customers. This uncompromising approach is what makes our beer great.

With such a large operation, managing the residuals from the various product streams becomes a key part of an efficient process.

As a post-tour networking opportunity, please enjoy complimentary beer tasting and snacks with other attendees!

Keynote Speaker

Emmie Leung
Founder and CEO of Emterra Group

Emmie Leung has been a driving force for waste management across Canada for over four decades. Emterra Group has grown from International Paper Industries into four divisions that include Emterra Environmental, Emterra Environmental USA, Emterra Tire Recycling, and Canadian Liquids Processors that provide vertically integrated collection, processing, and commodities marketing services of printed paper and packaging, tires, waste, organics, and liquid waste.

The ever-growing number of Emmie’s accolades is testament to her recognized dedication to the ongoing development and betterment of our industry. In 2017, Emmie was named by the Women’s Executive Network as One of Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Winners in the category of Entrepreneurs. In 2016, she received the University of Manitoba Distinguished Alumni Award for Professional Achievement. In 2015, she was ranked 15th in Canada’s Top 100 Female Entrepreneurs by Canadian Business and Profit Magazines. In 2014, she was awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for Energy and Cleantech and a national citation for her contribution as a pioneer in the waste resources management industry. In 2013, she received the Canadian Waste Sector’s Canadian Executive of the Year Award.

As the inspiring leader of a group of companies that now employs more than 1,000 people in Canada and the US, Emmie has proven unstoppable in any economic climate and abundantly capable of developing and implementing creative and effective solutions to any waste management challenge.


Become an Exhibitor! [SOLD OUT]

Our Pacific Conference will be a great place for you to interact, gather leads and boast your products and services! Register to join us as an exhibitor.

Registration includes display space, table, chair, linens and access for 1 person to our entire 2-day event (including Thursday night dinner/entertainment).

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