Virtual Event – June 8, 2021 (10:00 – 11:00 AM PDT)

Sponsored by Veolia Canada

As waste diversion goals and disposal regulations/food waste bans become standard practices in BC, organics processing has surfaced as a critical topic in the solid waste industry. This free webinar covered topics ranging from facility design to operational realities of traditional and advanced organics processing systems. With this session, SWANA and Veolia aimed to provide an in-depth discussion of some of the most pertinent logistical, operational and technological considerations currently at play in organics processing.

SWANA is pleased to award one (1) Continuing Education Unit (CEU) for those in attendance.

Below is the recording of this webinar. Many thanks again to Veolia for making this training event possible.


Michael Cant


Michael Cant is a Principal in the Solid Waste Group at GHD. He is involved in a number of municipal procurement projects for organics facilities across Canada. He has over 30 years of experience working on solid waste projects across Canada

Mike will speak to the owner's technical representative role on procurement projects. Projects typically start with a technical feasibility study – evaluation of different technologies, high level capital and operations costing and information on key drivers like feedstock, diversion, end product quality, biogas, odour etc. This information is used to inform a business case and identify risk allocation. Evaluation of procurement approaches – merchant capacity versus public ownership - and various procurement models is also assessed. The end result being the development of the procurement approach.

Ben van Vree

Bird Construction

Ben Van Vree is the Business Development Manager for Major Environmental Projects at Bird Construction. Ben is involved in the development of municipal and private organic waste processing facilities across Canada. He has over 30 years of experience working on environmental infrastructure both from an engineering as well as construction perspective.

Ben will address the issues and challenges of the design and construction of projects. Specifically, the need for more collaborative contracting and value-added procurement process, cost and complexity of current DB and P3 delivery methods, fair and reasonable risk transfer by owner (non-construction related items) and risk transfer between design builder, technology provider and operations.

Mark Rupke

Veolia Water Canada

Mark Rupke is Vice President of Operations for Veolia Water Canada. He is responsible for municipal and commercial water and wastewater contract operation and maintenance in Canada., including the 75,000 tonnes per year Disco Road Organics Processing Facility in the City of Toronto. He has over 30 years of experience in municipal wastewater and biosolids.

Mark will speak to challenges and opportunities of the operation and maintenance of AD facilities. The need to focus on the desired outputs, product quality for all outputs, residues, solids, liquid and gas. The importance of process control - need to understand biology and process control (testing, testing and more testing) and keeping the facility running all the time.

Big Thanks to our Sponsor