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November 29, 2023 | SFU Vancouver

Thanks to all who attended the SWANA Pacific Chapter (British Columbia & Yukon) SWANA Day, on Wednesday, November 29, 2023, at SFU Vancouver (Morris J. Wosk Centre), 580 W. Hastings Street, Vancouver

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

SWANA Day – Preliminary Agenda

07:30 – 08:20 AM  Registration and Continental Breakfast

08:20 – 08:30 AM  Welcome and Opening Remarks

08:30 – 09:45 AM Session 1 – Wildfire Disaster Debris Management

Moderator: Wilbert Yang, Tetra Tech

  • Speaker – Candace Pilling, City of Kelowna
  • Speaker – Alanna Friesen, City of Vancouver and Brian Beulah, City of Kelowna
  • Speaker – Cynthia Coates, Regional District of Central Okanagan

09:45 – 10:45 AM  Session 2 – Making Reuse Work

Moderator: Bo Ocampo, District of North Vancouver

  • Speaker – Leanne Koehn, Ridge Meadows Recycling Society
  • Speaker – Chase Benning, Metro Vancouver and Glyn Lewis, Renewal Home Development
  • Speaker – Rya Kobewka and Rachel Bergquist, District of Squamish Library

10:45 – 11:15 AM  Networking Opportunity

11:15 AM – 12:15 PM  Session 3 – Getting to Carbon Neutrality

Moderator: Heidi Gerlach, Dillon Consulting

  • Speaker – Rippan Bhattacharjee, GHD
  • Speaker – Jamaal Montasser, Perdico Energy Inc.
  • Speaker – Kirsten Groody, Dillon Consulting

12:15 – 12:45 PM  AGM

12:45 – 13:45 PM  Lunch and Networking

13:45 – 14:45 PM  Session 4 – Indigenous Solid Waste Management

Moderator: Lucinda Phillips, IZWTAG

  • Speaker – Tim Ames, Recycle BC
  • Speaker – Stephanie Valdal, Comox Valley Regional District
  • Speaker – Emily Chu, IZWTAG

14:45 – 15:30 PM  Session 5 – Provincial Government Updates

Moderator: Tauseef Waraich, City of Burnaby

  • Speaker – Avery Gottfried, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

15:30 – 15:35 PM  Closing Remarks and SWANA Chapter Updates

15:35 – 18:30 PM  Networking Event – Steamworks

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