Join us in May!

The SWANA Pacific Chapter – BC & Yukon, is hosting the 34th annual Northwest Regional Symposium, April 30 through May 2, 2019 in Richmond, British Columbia. Our theme for this event is Make it Happen – Make it Matter!

Our industry has been undergoing many changes in solid waste management systems, how materials are collected and managed and how we move forward in the future. Our 2019 Symposium will cover a broad range of topics under this theme.

Tickets are selling quickly! For all the details, please see the links below. Interested in sponsoring a session? Contact our Chapter Administrator at [email protected]


Stay at the River Rock Casino Resort while you attend the Symposium.

Reservations can be made by calling the hotel’s reservation department at 1-866-748-3718 or email to [email protected].

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Conference Week-at-a-Glance

More Details Coming Soon - Subject to Changes

  • 12:30 – 04:15 pm: Optional Tours
  • 05:30 – 07:00 pm: Symposium Welcome Reception – Thompson Room (Sponsored by: Geo-Logic Associates)
  • 07:00– 08:00 pm: YP Speed Mentoring Session – Thompson Room
  • 08:00am – 06:00pm:  Trade Show Open
  • 07:30am – 08:55am:  Registration and Full Breakfast
  • 08:55am – 09:00am:  Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • 09:00am – 09:30am:  Keynote Speaker – David Biderman, SWANA International
  • 09:30am – 10:30am:  Session 1 – Recycling in the Age of China’s ‘National Sword’ Policy
  • 10:30am – 11:00am:  Networking Break
  • 11:05am – 12:05pm:  Session 2A – Solid Waste Management Systems and Zero Waste; Session 2B – Safety in Operations and Facility Management
  • 12:10pm – 12:25pm:  Sponsor Recognition
  • 12:25pm – 1:25pm:  Lunch and Networking
  • 01:30pm – 02:25pm:  Session 3A – Deconstruction Demolition Waste; Session 3B – Landfill Leachate and Stormwater Management
  • 02:30pm – 03:00pm:  Networking Break
  • 03:00pm – 04:30pm:  Session 4A – Materials Spotlight: Clothing, Event & Industrial Wastes; Session 4B – Facility Planning and Staff Engagement
  • 04:45pm – 06:00pm:  Sponsor and Exhibitor Networking Reception
  • 06:00pm – 09:00pm:  Banquet Dinner and Entertainment – The Uphill Trio – Jazz Trio Musicians and Kel-Modern Magic
  • 08:00am – 03:00pm:  Trade Show Open
  • 07:30am – 08:45am:  Registration & Full Breakfast
  • 08:45am – 08:50am:  Welcome and Opening Remarks
  • 08:55am – 10:00am:  Session 5A – Managing Solid Waste Collection & Reducing Contamination; Session 5B – Optimizing Landfill Gas Collection & Beneficial Use
  • 10:05am – 10:30am:  Networking Break
  • 10:35am – 11:55am:  Session 6A – Organics Management: Processes of All Sizes; Session 6B – Innovations in Landfill Design and Closure
  • 12:00pm – 1:00pm:  Lunch, Entertainment and Networking
  • 01:05pm – 02:30pm:  Session 7A – Organics Management: From Collections to Process Optimization; Session 7B – Landfill Nuisance & Risk Management
  • 02:30 – 03:00pm – Networking Break
  • 03:05 – 03:50 PM – Session 8A – Making It Matter in BC and Abroad; Session 8B – Landfill Gas Utilization Opportunities and Experience Workshop
  • 03:55 – 04:00 PM – Closing and Final Remarks

Optional Symposium Tours

April 30, 2019 . 12:30 – 4:15 pm

[ Tickets are $25 – Transportation and snacks provided. Please meet at 12:30 pm inside the front of River Rock Casino – bus will depart at 12:45 ]

Tour 1 – Depot & Landfill Tour

  • Ecowaste Landfill – The Ecowaste Landfill in Richmond, BC accepts inert refuse, mainly from construction and demolition activities. This material is returned to the earth or renewed into products such as compost, bark mulch and crushed concrete for sale. Ecowaste is developing 170 acres as the Richmond Industrial Centre. This industrial park is envisioned to consist of up to 12 large floor plate buildings for use by inter-modal logistics, warehousing, and distribution companies, with a total of approximately 2.8 million square feet of building space.
  • City of Richmond Recycling Depot – The Richmond Recycling Depot accepts recyclables from residents and businesses operators. Residents can also purchase rain barrels, backyard compost bins, garbage disposal vouchers and garbage tags. The recycling depot also offers free recycling resources such as Blue Box, yellow Mixed Paper Recycling Bag, grey Glass Recycling Bin, Blue Cart indoor collection bag, Green Can decals, brochures and other information materials.
  • Olympic Experience at Richmond Olympic Oval – Feel the rush as you fly off an Olympic ski jump, paddle down a raging white-water kayak course, carve the perfect line in a sit-ski slalom race or zip along a bobsleigh track at incredible speeds at the first official Olympic Museum in Canada, the Olympic Experience. Covering the history of the modern Games through a range of exhibits including digital archives, over 400 artefacts, films, stories, world-class sport simulators, and interactive challenges, you can immerse yourself in sport and the magic of the Games!

Tour 2 – Asphalt & Steel Tour

  • Vancouver Kent Operation Yard – The Vancouver Kent Operation Yard has been in existence since 1999 and asphalt pavement plant since 1999, while the City of Vancouver has had asphalt operations since the mid-1940’s. The asphalt pavement plant works by taking reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP) that is processed using a series of operations, including crushing, screening, conveying, and stacking. It’s estimated that as much as 15,000 tonnes of RAP is annually converted into portions of recycled hot mix asphalt, in cold mixes, and combined with concrete slab to create greater than 125,000 tonnes as aggregate in granular or stabilized base materials.
  • Richmond Steel Recycling PlantRichmond Steel Recycling is a leading scrap metal recycler since 1974 with the vision to become a leader in promoting sustainability. Their operation works by shredding scrap appliances, automobiles and other light gauge metals into small pieces. The ferrous and non-ferrous metals are first separated and then further separation takes place using blowers and reverse magnets. The metal is then sold to steel mills or smelters for production of new steel or non-ferrous metals.
  • Olympic Experience at Richmond Olympic Oval – Feel the rush as you fly off an Olympic ski jump, paddle down a raging white-water kayak course, carve the perfect line in a sit-ski slalom race or zip along a bobsleigh track at incredible speeds at the first official Olympic Museum in Canada, the Olympic Experience. Covering the history of the modern Games through a range of exhibits including digital archives, over 400 artefacts, films, stories, world-class sport simulators, and interactive challenges, you can immerse yourself in sport and the magic of the Games!

Session Details

Wednesday, May 1 (9:30 – 10:30 AM)

Session 1 – Recycling in the Age of China’s ‘National Sword’ Policy

Session sponsored by: Tetra Tech

  • BC Speaker
  • Washington Speaker
  • Oregon Speaker

Wednesday, May 1 (11:05 am – 12:05 PM)

Session 2A: – Solid Waste Management Systems & Zero Waste

Session sponsored by: Encorp Pacific (Return-It)

  • Effectively Coordinating Complex Elements of a Solid Waste Management SystemMark Hammond, Palm Beach County Solid Waste
  • Developing an Advanced Resource Recovery Framework to Make Zero Waste Happen in CanadaJoe Hruska, Canadian Plastics Industry Association
  • Cutting the Waste: How to Save Money While Improving Our Solid Waste SystemsJonathan Arnold, Canada’s Ecofiscal Commission

Session 2B: Safety in Operations and Facility Management

Session sponsored by: Capital Regional District 

  • Occupational Road Safety Strategies and ResourcesRick Walters and Angelina Robinson, Road Safety at Work
  • Shifting the Mindset on Contractor Coordination at the City of VancouverJennifer Irwin, City of Vancouver
  • Hartland’s Occupational Health & Safety ProgramAndrea Panich and Drew Fafard, Capital Regional District

Wednesday, May 1 (1:30 – 2:25 PM)

Session 3A: Deconstructing Demolition Waste

Session sponsored by: City of Vancouver

  • It’s Not Waste, It’s Just WastedAdam Corneil, Unbuilders
  • Creating Capacity and Enhancing Diversion – Tom Land, Ecowaste Industries
  • Reno Safe and Waste Wise – Demolition Management at Hartland LandfillKelly Tradewell and Andrea Panich, Capital Regional District 

Session 3B: Landfill Leachate and Stormwater Management

Session sponsored by: SNC-Lavalin

  • Leachate Treatment SystemsSeth DeGeest, Aqua Pura Solutions
  • Conductive Multi-Linear Drainage Geocomposites for Improved QA/QC of Leachate Double-Lined PondsPascal Saunier, Afitex-Texel
  • Intermediate and Final CappingThe Next Generation – David Cieply, Watershed Geo

Wednesday, May 1 (3:00 – 4:30 PM)

Session 4A: Materials Spotlight: Clothing, Event and Industrial Wastes

Session sponsored by: MARR BC

  • Tackling Clothing WasteKaren Storry and Larina Lopez, Metro Vancouver
  • Observation on Waste Management at City of Richmond Special Events – Vivian Lee and Jasmine Piao, City of Richmond
  • Checkout Bag Regulation BylawRory Tooke, City of Victoria
  • The Circular Economy in ActionTriple Bottom Line BenefitsDelivered by the Canadian National Industrial Symbiosis Program – Tracy Casavant and Timo Makinen, Light House Sustainable Building Centre

Session 4B: Facility Planning and Staff Engagement

Session Sponsored by: Metro Vancouver

  • How to Effectively Engage Staff in a Facility Planning Project Mary Shanks, HDR
  • Stakeholder Engagement and CommunicationsMurray Daly – Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine
  • Remote First Nation Community Waste Planning and Implementation of a Waste and Recycling Transfer Station – Nathalie Marble, Morrison Hershfield
  • Improving the Efficiency of Rural Waste Management in BC, How to Improve Your Bottom LineMairi Dalgleish and Tony Sperling, Sperling Hansen Associates

Thursday, May 2 (8:55 – 10:00 AM)

Session 5A: Managing Solid Waste Collection & Reducing Contamination

Session Sponsored by: Product Care Recycling

  • Mobile EcoDepotsEmily Chu and Vince Davis, Gitxaala Nation
  • Gauging Multi-Family Waste Management in Metro Vancouver Karen Storry, Metro Vancouver and Melissa Nielsen, Tetra Tech
  • Municipal Solid Waste Contracts: Tools for Reducing ContaminationMeara Heubach, Evergreen State College

Session 5B: Optimizing Landfill Gas Collections & Beneficial Use

Session Sponsored by: SCS Engineers

  • Landfill Gas Collection System Optimization Based on Historical Data Sterling Bath, King County Solid Waste Division
  • Alternative Remedies for Landfill Gas Migration at the Armstrong/Spallumcheen Recycling and Disposal FacilityDave Engstrom, GHD
  • Landfill Gas Wellfield Analysis Ray Huff, SCS Engineers

Thursday, May 2 (10:35 – 11:55 AM)

Session 6A: Organics Management: Processes of All Sizes

Session sponsored by: GHD

  • What to Do With 12.6 Million Tons of Organic MaterialJames Miller, J.R. Miller & Associates
  • A New Composting Facility for CalgaryCraig More, City of Calgary
  • Vermicomposting as an Alternative Method for Organic Waste ManagementRoxy Hasior, GHD
  • Feasibility of Small-Scale Anaerobic Digestion to Process Municipal Organic Waste Julian Radlien, SymbiAudit Inc and Kristian Davis, City of New Westminster

Session 6B: Innovations in Landfill Design and Closure

Session sponsored by: WSP

  • Implementing a Bioreactor Landfill in the NorthwestMichelle Langdon and Travis Pyle, Great West Engineering
  • Coquitlam Transfer Station – A Sustainable Geotechnical DesignMarcel Pitre, Metro Vancouver and Ivan Rivera Cruz, Thurber Engineering
  • Returning a Landfill to Nature, the Story Behind Closure of the W40 Ha at the Vancouver LandfillJerry Sobejko, City of Vancouver and Tony Sperling, Sperling Hansen Associates
  • Extending the Useful Life of the Cedar Hills LandfillRyan Asman, HDR

Thursday, May 2 (1:05 – 2:30 PM)

Session 7A: Organics Management: From Collections to Process Optimization

Session sponsored by: Andion North America

  • Collecting Organic Materials: How Semi-Underground Collection is an Ideal Waste Collection Method Mark Hillis, Molok North America Ltd.
  • Methods to Achieve 0.5% Contamination in OrganicsTracie Onstad Bills, SCS Engineers
  • pH and the Compost ProcessGeoff Hill, Engineered Compost Systems
  • Operational Feedback – Technical Solutions to a Human Approach to Best Manage Odour Concerns Around Waste Management FacilitiesDavid Bakken and Marco Fontana Giusti, Suez

Session 7B: Landfill Nuisance and Risk Management

Session sponsored by: Regional District of Nanaimo

  • Nuisance Assessment of the North Glenmore LandfillDeacon Liddy, GHD and Scott Hoekstra, City of Kelowna
  • Reducing Fire Risks at the Vancouver Landfill Lynn Belanger, City of Vancouver and Todd Thalhamer, Hammer Consulting Services
  • Implementing UAV (Drone) Operations for Bird Control at the Nanaimo Regional LandfillShane MacLeod, Regional District of Nanaimo
  • Fraud at Your Scale Peter Kirigiti and Barry McDonald, Mettler Toledo

Thursday, May 2 (3:05 – 3:50 PM)

Session 8A: Making it Matter in BC and Abroad

  • British Columbia Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy Updates
  • Vietnam Solid Waste MissionLarry Gardner, Regional District of Nanaimo and Ben Van Nostrand, Columbia Shuswap Regional District

Session 8B: Landfill Gas Utilization Opportunities and Experience

Participants include:

  • City of Kelowna
  • FortisBC
  • Greenlane Biogas
  • SCS Engineers (California perspective)

Tuesday, April 30 (7:00 – 8:00 PM)

Waste & Recycling Mentor Line-up:

  • Chris Underwood: Manager of Solid Waste Strategic Services at the City of Vancouver
  • Brent Kirkpatrick: Senior Waste to Energy Engineer at Metro Vancouver
  • Tom Land: President and CEO at Ecowaste Industries

Free admission included for YP’s with full symposium registration (remember to check the YP box when registering) and/or tour attendees (tours are only $25!).

Are you a YP not attending the Symposium or one of the tours but want to attend the speed mentoring session? It’s just $10 [includes one drink ticket]. Click here to register (scroll to bottom of ticket listing).

Keynote Speaker

David Biderman

Executive Director and CEO, Solid Waste Association of North America

David Biderman is the Executive Director and CEO of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) and has been a leader in the waste industry for more than 20 years. He has been with SWANA for four years, and has helped it significantly grow its membership and leadership position in both the United States and Canada. David joined SWANA in April 2015 after 18 years with the National Waste & Recycling Association, where he was their General Counsel, Vice President for Government Affairs, and Safety Director. He has testified before numerous federal, state and local agencies and councils. He has spoken about waste and recycling issues and policies at numerous international environmental conferences, including events in Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

David is very passionate about safety for solid waste workers, and was the recipient of Preco’s Safety in Motion award for 2016, given to an individual who is making a significant difference improving safety. He has provided safety and compliance training to thousands of workers throughout the United States and Canada.
Prior to entering the waste industry, David was an attorney at a Washington DC law firm Steptoe & Johnson, where he specialized in environmental and transportation law.

David graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the Johns Hopkins University.

Banquet Entertainment

Kel Ng

Kel is a master sleight of hand magician that combines visual magic, precision sleight of hand, powerful mentalism and interaction from the audience in his show. He was recently awarded Close-up magician of the year in 2018 and Stage magician of the year in 2017. He sold out the Michael J Fox theatre with his production – “M” – The Magic show where he had raised $12,500.00 for the YMCA for parents and children in need.

Chris Yuill

Chris is an award-winning comedy magician who has been amazing and amusing audiences of all ages for over 25 years. Chris was just recently awarded the “Celeste Evans” Magician of the year award. With a stage performance that combines unbelievable illusion with hilarious audience participation that is sure to please crowds of all shapes and sizes.

Uphill Trio

The UpHill Trio is Kent Hillman (guitar), Terri Upton (bass), and Daniel Ruiz (drums). Kent and Terri first met while working at Metro Vancouver and always talked about playing music together.  When an opportunity came up, Terri asked her old bandmate, Daniel, if he would join forces with them to round out the trio.  These three musicians bring years of experience to the stage.  Kent, Terri and Daniel have each graced stages around Vancouver with many musical projects and are coming together for your listening pleasure at SWANA.

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