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November 23, 2022 | SFU Harbour Centre

The SWANA Pacific Chapter (British Columbia & Yukon) is pleased to once again host SWANA Day, on Wednesday, November 23, 2022, at SFU Harbour Centre, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver

This annual event creates a collaborative environment where a diverse array of waste professionals can gather, learn and network.

SWANA Day 2021 was a successful online event with representation from all stakeholders in the solid waste industry with more professionals able to attend the presentations due to the online format. Help SWANA close out 2022 with crucial waste-related content and in-person networking opportunities provided by SWANA Day!

SWANA Day Agenda

07:30 – 08:30 AM  Registration and Continental Breakfast

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

08:35 – 09:30 AM Session 1 – When Disaster Strikes

Moderator: Heidi Gerlach, Dillon Consulting

  • Speaker – Tara Friesen, City of Chilliwack
  • Speaker – Cameron Baughen, Baughen Consulting
  • Speaker – Betsy Varghese, Dillon Consulting

09:30 – 10:25 AM  Session 2 – Moving Up the Hierarchy, Reduce and Reuse

Moderator: Rita Farkas, Metro Vancouver – National Zero Waste Council

  • Speaker – Anastasia Kiku, Reuseables
  • Speaker – Cody Irwin, ShareWares
  • Speaker – Alicia Gowan, Ocean Ambassadors

10:25 – 11:00 AM  Networking Opportunity

11:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Session 3 – Successful Organics Management

Moderator: Deacon Liddy, GHD

  • Speaker – Sean Kawakami, Convertus
  • Speaker – Wilbert Yang, Tetra Tech
  • Speaker – Russell Zishiri, Anaconda

12:00 – 12:30 PM  AGM – Details

12:30 – 13:30 PM  Lunch and Networking

13:30 – 14:30 PM  Session 4 – Battery / End Market Recycling

Moderator: Wilbert Yang, Tetra Tech

  • Speaker – Lyndsay Poaps, Recycling Council of British Columbia
  • Speaker – Colin McKean, Canadian Battery Association
  • Speaker – Zarko Meseldzija, RecycLiCo Battery Materials Inc.

14:30 – 15:15 PM  Session 5 – Government Updates

Moderator: Tauseef Waraich, City of Burnaby

  • Speaker – Allen Jensen, Metro Vancouver
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15:15 – 15:20 PM  Closing Remarks and Chapter Updates

15:20 – 17:00 PM  Networking Opportunity

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.


If you require hotel accommodation, there are a number of hotels in the immediate area and throughout the downtown core:

Delta Hotels Vancouver Downtown Suites
550 West Hastings Street
Vancouver, BC

Ramada Hotel Downtown Vancouver
435 W Pender Street
Vancouver, BC

St. Regis Hotel
602 Dunsmuir Street
Vancouver, BC

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