SWANA Day & AGM Thank You!

Simon Fraser University (SFU) Harbour Centre
Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Thank you for helping us to make the 2019 SWANA Day a huge success!

We hope that many of you enjoyed SWANA Day on November 21, 2019 and have gained insight from our speakers and presenters. The sessions this year were truly memorable and we hope you were able to take advantage of opportunities to connect with existing colleagues and make new acquaintances during the day.

Thanks again to the more than 80 people from the solid waste industry who joined SWANA Pacific Chapter’s Board for our annual SWANA Day and AGM at SFU Vancouver Campus in Downtown Vancouver.

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make it happen – our generous event sponsors and exhibitors (Canadian Plastics Industry Association, Dillon Consulting, GFL Environmental, GHD, Mettler Toledo, Product Care Association, Sperling Hansen Associates, Terrapure Environmental and Tetra Tech), knowledgeable presenters, SFU Vancouver Campus staff, our volunteers and YOU!

We’ve uploaded all of our SWANA Day presentations for your convenience and reference:

Big Thanks to our Sponsors

SWANA Day Agenda – Click the bars below to open up full session details.

08:30 – 08:35AM Welcome and Opening Remarks

Mark Watt, SWANA Pacific Chapter President

08:35 - 09:05 AM Session 1 – Plastics – A Blessing or a Curse?

Sponsored by: Tetra Tech

  • Speaker – Wilbert Yang, Tetra Tech

09:05 – 9:45 AM Session 2 - The Economics of Plastics Recycling

Sponsored by: Canadian Plastics Industry Association

  • Speaker – Louise Schwarz, Recycling Alternative
  • Speaker – Linda Park, Recycle BC
  • Speaker – Craig Foster, Canadian Plastics Industry Association

9:45 – 10:15 AM Session 3 – Government Plastics Strategy

Sponsored by: Product Care Recycling

  • Speaker – Karen Storry, Metro Vancouver
  • Speaker – Mark Watt, SWANA Pacific
  • Speaker – Wilbert Yang, Tetra Tech

10:15 - 10:45 AM Morning Coffee Break

Sponsored by: GFL Environmental

10:45 – 11:45 AM Session 4 – The Last Straw - Local Initiatives on Plastic Waste

Sponsored by: Dillon Consulting

  • Speaker – Allen Langdon, Return-It
  • Speaker – Tauseef Waraich, Cowichan Valley Regional District
  • Speaker – Kristina Nishi, City of Richmond
  • Speaker – Kayla Blok, Simon Fraser University 

11:45 AM – 12:00 PM Session 5 – Ocean Trash Talk

Sponsored by: Tetra Tech

  • Speaker – Dr. Elaine Leung, Sea Smart

12:30 – 01:30 PM Lunch

Sponsored by: Sperling Hansen Associates & Terrapure Environmental

  • Speaker – Russ Smith, Capital Regional District
    Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) Jordan Municipal Support Project (JMSP)

1:30 – 2:15 PM Session 6 – #Haztogo (Household Hazardous Waste)

Sponsored by: Product Care Recycling

  • Speaker – Brent Van Beusekom, Product Care Recycling
  • Speaker – David Ellwood, Terrapure
  • Speaker – Angela Bond, Micheal Fisher and Laurel Wilson, Clean Harbors

2:15 – 3:15 PM Session 7 – Safety Perils of Cannabis in the Workplace

  • Speaker – Tom Brocklehurst, Worksafe BC
  • Speaker – Brad Cocke, Harris & Co

3:15 – 3:30 PM Closing Remarks & SWANA Chapter Updates

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

3:30 - 5:00 PM Networking Event

Joseph and Rosalie Segal Centre