It’s a wrap!

Our Chapter was honoured to host the 34th annual Northwest Regional Symposium (PNW) at the River Rock Casino Resort in Richmond, BC. This event, attracted over 300 delegates from British Columbia, Washington, Oregon and beyond.

The short of it is, “WE NAILED IT”! (Original thanks to Karen Storry for her “Nailed It” slogan with the ugly fruit carving contest.)

Nicole and Stephanie led the charge with early wins from their array of good ideas and their organizational skills. The technical program, prepared by the sub-committee of 9, was a hit. The venue and food were top-notch and it’s going to be hard to top the chocolate fountains! The conference experience, as planned by a second sub-committee, included tours, networking opportunities and entertainment – NAILED IT too!

Our sponsors and exhibitors were generous and lined up early to be part of the event (thanks to the hours put in by many). The volunteers and work put in by Emy Lai with the City of Richmond as host has set the bar high!

Our invited guests, included SWANA North American Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer David Biderman, who was our keynote speaker, and key individuals from Washington and Oregon Chapters, contributed greatly to our success.

The PNW has been our largest learning and most successful networking event ever!

Congratulations to all of you for your outstanding efforts. Many thanks to the Board for their support of this event!

Mark Watt

SWANA Pacific Chapter

Conference Week-at-a-Glance

  • 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
  • 03:55 – 04:00 PM – Closing and Final Remarks

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