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!


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 16th, 2018 under the SWANA block.

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!

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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