2020 President’s Report

It has been a challenging but busy year for the SWANA Pacific Chapter. The 2020 year for the Solid Waste Industry started with aggressive plans and enthusiasm then we all had to deal with COVID-19. Our original training and event schedule all of a sudden went out the window as everyone faced a new reality.

PPE became our new armour and online communication became the norm (ZOOM and Microsoft Teams were regular platforms). Waste continued to flow and even increased during the long shut down. We at SWANA Pacific pivoted to online learning and learn we did!

We ended up supporting an active schedule with new education series video calls and have implemented online learning to our members. Our online short course education calls and our base courses proved to be very successful! We plan on continuing these for the foreseeable future.

Our Training Committee organized and delivered several courses in-house and online. This was a new learning style for us and we will continue to grow and become more successful. Training courses such as LOB, MOLO and EcoDepot are continually being offered. Online training has become more convenient for attendees and employers.

Our goal for the coming year is to increase our training faculty numbers. This is a great opportunity for our membership to learn and grow. Thank you to all of our trainers and membership this past year who have pivoted to online learning. It was a new experience but with your determination we have been very successful. If you are interested in becoming a trainer, please contact us at [email protected].

In order to garner further success, we encourage you to send your staff to any of our SWANA Certificate courses or become SWANA Certified yourself.

Our executive team, with our newly appointed Vice-President, Tauseef Waraich, is inspired to serve you again this next fiscal year. I would like to thank all of our Board members, officers and our entire membership for their continued support.

May 2021 bring continued opportunity, growth and prosperity. We look forward to assisting you in all ways whether virtually as in 2020 or in person once normal activities are once again possible.

Mark Watt
SWANA Pacific
BC-Yukon chapter