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

Join us on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at SFU Harbour Centre, in beautiful downtown Vancouver. Be prepared for a full day of networking opportunities, coupled with engaging and informative speakers to complete your day of learning.

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Conference Details

Conference Includes

Continental breakfast, lunch and snacks will be provided. We will try to accommodate all dietary requirements. Please make note on the registration form in the appropriate fields.


Please see the attached pdf for parking around SFU Vancouver Campus.

Skytrain – Waterfront Station is only a few minutes walk from the SFU Vancouver Campus.


A block of rooms has been reserved and reservations must be made before Tuesday, October 1, 2019 in order to get the special group rate of $249 (plus applicable taxes) per night for a Standard King Suite, city view room, single/double occupancy. If you require hotel accommodation, please contact the hotel directly and mention SWANA Pacific or you can book online using the group link.

Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites
550 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC  V6B 1L6


Other Recommended Hotel Accommodations

Ramada Hotel Downtown Vancouver
435 W Pender Street
Vancouver, BC


St. Regis Hotel
602 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC

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

Big Thanks to our Sponsors