Tuesday, October 23, 2018

8:00 am        Bus Tours Departure and Return           
8:00 am        Beanfield Centre,100 Princes' Blvd, Suite 1, Toronto, Ontario 

6:00 pm        Welcome Gala Reception - co-hosted with CWRE    
8:00 pm        Hockey Hall of Fame - 30 Yonge St. Toronto,Ontario (ticket purchase required)    


Wednesday, October 24th, 2018



8:00 am        Registration
                     Beanfield Centre, 105 Princes’ Boulevard (Exhibition Place) Toronto, Ontario, Canada

8:45 am        Opening and Welcome Address

9:10 am        National Waste Industry "Heavy Weights" Update            
10:10 am      Doug Horn, Vice President, Clairvest Group Inc. (moderator)                                                              

Dan Pio, President – Canada, Waste Connections of Canada
Patrick Dovigi, Founder and CEO, GFL Environmental Inc.
Aaron Johnson, President, Waste Management of Canada

A high-profile discussion around the challenges, opportunities and future scenarios for waste management in Canada and beyond, from the perspectives of the most influential and insightful senior representatives of the largest ‘national’ waste management companies in Canada. The session will be led by a seasoned moderator framing the discussions that will touch on everything from sector business opportunities to servicing challenges to waste diversion and disposal.The waste sector is evolving, and the underlying business fundamentals are changing. This ‘fireside chat’ session will provide information and unique insights from three industry leaders that will benefit your understanding of the current fundamentals and future business drivers that will define the waste and resource management sector.

10:10 am      Current Federal Waste Management Initiatives and Collaboration
10:40 am      Matt Hamilton, Manager, Waste and GHG Emissions, Waste Reduction and Management Division,
Industrial Sectors,Chemicals and Waste Directorate,Environment and Climate Change Canada

A broad presentation focused on the national and international waste and resource management initiatives of Environment & Climate Change Canada (ECCC). Discussion points will reflect a range of topics including the new plastics reduction initiative being undertaken in collaboration with the provinces and territories. ECCC is more active in waste and resource management issues that have the potential to directly or indirectly impact the actions of provincial governments and the activities of municipalities and private companies including producers and waste generators.

10:40 am      Political Landscape in Ontario (Provincial and Federal) 
11:10 am      Jaime Watt, Executive Chairman, Navigator Ltd.

The political landscape nationally and provincially is shifting relative to waste management, climate change and the environment. The issues and engagement dynamics at the federal level are increasingly influenced by the upcoming election whereas in Ontario, a recent election has ‘reshuffled the deck’ in terms of issues and government priorities around waste and resource management. Learn from an expert insider how both the federal and provincial circumstances will impact your organization or company. Gain valuable insight on how to approach issues in this very uncertain time.

11:10 am       CWRE Exhibitor Visits and Poster Board Presentations
12:00 pm       All CWRC participants are invited to visit the Poster Board Presentation Area and the CWRE Show Floor

12:00 pm       Luncheon and Poster Board Presentations
1:00 pm         Buffet luncheon for all CWRC participants  ROOM 206 A & B


Following lunch all CWRC participants are invited to participate in any of the concurrent sessions. All sessions close at 4:10 pm


Track 1 - Recycling and Resource Recovery

1:15 pm         Clowns, Playgrounds and Payouts: Changing the Recycling Mindset                                                             1:55 pm        in Multi-Family Buildings
Christine Roarke, Senior Waste Planner, HDR

What do people living in multi-family buildings think about recycling? Why don’t people who live in multi-family buildings recycle? Are incentives the solution? Find out what HDR did to answer these questions as part of a recent project in NYC with the Department of Sanitation and what we learned about recycling in community housing multi-family buildings.

2:00 pm        Organics Recovery from Mixed Waste: A Case Study in California 
2:40 pm        Tej Gidda, PhD, P.Eng, Vice President, GHD

Changes to the regulatory environment in California have pushed for enhanced organics recovery from mixed wastes. One such example is the City of Los Angeles. This case study will focus on a large-scale mixed waste developing currently in the design process, that sees mixed wastes pre-processed at a large transfer station and the resulting organic slurry sent to an advanced anaerobic digestion facility that will process this slurry as well as wastewater treatment plant output to produce 4.6 MW of green electricity and treatment of 2000 cfm of excess biogas to create renewable natural gas. This is the largest such development for this type of waste currently underway in California.

2:45 pm        Rapid Screening of Post Consumer Plastics - New Ideas
3:25 pm        Keith L. Vorst, Ph.D., Director, Polymer and Food Protection Consortium
Greg Curtzwiler, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Polymer and Food Protection Consortium, Iowa State University

The current feedstock availability of waste-diverted polymers will not sustain the world’s long-term, high-volume demand for thermoplastic polymers. Thus, it is critical to develop economically viable methods to increase the recycling rates and provide economic incentives to utilize waste-diverted materials in new products. We demonstrate the ability to significantly customize thermoplastic physical properties and increase environmental sustainability efforts through precision blending with post-consumer polymers. The global impact of this research is increased waste stream diversion and recycling rates of refuse plastics.


3:30 pm        Update of the 2010 City of Toronto Blue Bin Lifestyle and Packaging         

4:10 pm        Trends Study
Vince Sferrazza, Director of Policy, Planning and Support Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto

City of Toronto carried out a study in 2010 to identify the impacts that changes in demographics, lifestyles and packaging formats might have on Blue Bin materials for 15 years into the future.  The City updated the study in 2018.  The residential waste stream is changing rapidly due to demographics, lifestyle changes, internet shopping, a significant increase in take-out and pre-prepared food, more single person households who want small packaging formats, increases in single serve packaging in new, often non-recyclable packaging formats, and a reduction in newsprint.  The 2018 study update has found that printed paper has decreased, packaging related to internet shopping has increased significantly and many products are moving from traditional glass, steel and aluminum packaging into multi-layer non-recyclable formats.  Many consumer and demographic trends have significant impacts on the future of our Blue Bin system and our waste management system.  

Track 2 - Food Waste/Organics Waste Management

1:15 pm        The Future of Food & Organics Waste Diversion - Clear as......
1:55 pm        Tej Gidda, PhD, P.Eng, Vice President, GHD (moderator)
Jay Stanford, Director, Environment, Fleet & Solid Waste, City of London
Mike Watt, Executive Vice President, Walker Environmental Group
Pearce Fallis, Vice President, Operations, Stormfisher Environmental Limited

Food waste reduction and organic diversion is an issue nationally and in every province. A panel of sector experts in the field of food waste reduction and organics diversion will discuss various approaches to reducing food waste and diverting organics from the waste stream. This session will identify the key factors and elements necessary for organic diversion success. The organics diversion regulatory and economic framework needs of both the private sector and municipalities to foster investment and sustained success will be identified and discussed. Panel members will provide unique insights and discuss the practical realities of organics diversion and the critical roles played by senior levels of government.


2:00 pm        Optimized Recovery of Organics 
2:40 pm        Marco Fontana Giusti, General Manager, SUEZ

Canada is moving towards a ban of organics in landfills. Significant infrastructure will be built throughout the country to support this objective. This presentation will present the different options to recover organics taking the perspective of the end markets, considering the financial and environmental outcome, which should be integral part of the decision making process.  

2:45 pm        Photoionization of Residential Food Waste Process Odours
3:25 pm        Mike Muffels, Associate, GHD Limited

As part of the Dufferin Organics Processing Facility Expansion Project, GHD was retained by the City of Toronto to assess the performance of photoionization as a potential odour treatment option for use at the Dufferin facility.  Ambio Biofiltration was engaged to arrange for a demonstration-scale Neutralox photoionization unit to be installed and operated over July and August 2016 at Toronto’s Disco Road Organics Processing Facility (as the Dufferin facility was shutdown for renovations). The demonstration unit was set-up on two air streams representing a highly concentrated process air stream and a blended process and building air stream. This presentation will summarize the findings of this photoionization trial at a food waste processing facility.


3:30 pm        Federal Activities Supporting Reduction and Diversion of Organics
4:10 pm        Matt Hamilton, P.Eng., Manager, Waste and GHG                                                                   Emissions, Environment and Climate Change Canada

This presentation will provide an overview of recent and ongoing federal government activities that support organics reduction and diversion.  Areas of discussion will include:  organics and food waste projects with Mexico and the US under the Commission of Environmental Cooperation; consultation and research on food loss and waste reduction strategies in Canada; development of a comprehensive waste characterization for Canada; and, funding programs for organics diversion infrastructure.

Track 3 - Green Energy

1:15 pm        Net-Positive Energy from Combined Wastewater and Solid Waste                                                                   1:55 pm        Operations
Dene Hodgins, Manager, Solid Waste Operations, City of Brantford
Mike Muffels, Associate, GHD Limited

The City if Brantford recently completed a feasibility study that explored green energy options for its combined solid waste and wastewater operations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and minimize environmental service delivery costs to ratepayers. To find a solution that is potentially economically feasible for the city, with a population of roughly 95,000, it will take combination of policy and funding support, being able to capitalize on existing infrastructure and phasing implementation to coincide with upgrades to our wastewater treatment facility. The Study concluded that there is potential for both renewable natural gas production and a net-positive energy combined wastewater treatment and solid waste facility using the existing co-generation facility. Since our sole landfill is co-located on the same property as the City’s only municipal waste water treatment facility, these options may not have been available to us had we not been able to take advantage of the synergies that existed from treating the landfill and wastewater  treatment facility as a single site operation.  


2:00 pm       Renewable Natural Gas: The Next Horizon for the City of Toronto 
2:40 pm       Carlyle Khan, Director, City of Toronto

This presentation demonstrates how the City of Toronto, Solid Waste Management Services, is developing opportunities to generate renewable natural gas (RNG) from its biogas and landfill gas resources. The presentation will highlight the City’s innovative approach to managing its Green Bin organics stream and its push forward a ‘close-loop’ system. As an owner of significant biogas resources between its digester and landfills, the City is poised to become a leader in the field. In addition, future resource opportunities available to the City will be discusses, and the presentation will cover how a triple bottom-line framework has been, and continues, to drive formal decision-making processes. This presentation also examines the overall process and work undertaken to develop an RNG facility, consisting of biomethane system (BMS) followed by injection station at the Dufferin    Organics Processing Facility in Toronto, Ontario. The City will share insights on the process of moving the project through Council, collaborating with Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc.,undertaking site design and permitting, selecting technology, and final project results. This project is currently in design phase and will be in construction by fall of 2018, with completion expected for summer 2019. The complexities related to the development of a project that has a little precedent in Ontario will be explored. The presentation will review other potential sites for future RNG production while discussing the impacts of Provincial policy Solid Waste Management Services initiatives at the City, Finally, an overview of emerging opportunities with regards to climate change in Ontario, and its associated policies, will be examined.


2:45 pm       Renewable Natural Gas - For the Waste Sector 
3:25 pm       Brad DeMaeyer, Business Development, Union Gas Limited/An Enbridge Company

Renewable Natural Gas is a developing market in Ontario, and an important component in the future of Natural gas distribution. RNG can decarbonize the natural gas pipeline system offering consumers another form of low carbon energy. Landfill gas utilization in Ontario has traditionally focused on electricity generation with procurement offerings like FIT and LRP through the IESO. Recent announcements from the Ontario government include the cancellation of renewable electricity procurement and legislation introduced to scrap the 
Green Energy Act. These announcements give little hope to the prospect of more landfill gas to electricity projects. RNG projects have been popping up across the US and Union Gas and Enbridge Gas distribution want to enable the Ontario marketplace on a similar scale with grid connected LFG to RNG projects.  


3:30 pm       Identifying Sources of Methane from Canadian Landfills
4:10 pm       Sue Fraser, Senior Engineer, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Landfill methane is a source of green energy that has been identified as a low carbon alternative for various energy applications.  In addition to use as a replacement for fossil  based energy, landfill gas utilization reduces emissions of methane – a powerful   greenhouse gas.  This presentation will provide an overview of Environment and Climate Change Canada’s recent work to better understand the quantity of methane that may be available for capture and use as green energy at landfills across Canada.

Thursday, October 25th, 2018


8:00 am        Registration

8:45 am        Opening and Morning Address
9:00 am        Sustainably Transforming Revenues 
10:00 am      John Carlton, Solid Waste Program Lead, HDR (Moderator)
Vince Sferrazza, Director of Policy, Planning and Support Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto
Francois Leury, CPA CGA, Financial Services Account Manager, Public Works & Environmental Services Department,
City of Ottawa
Emil Prpic, Manager, Recycling and Waste Disposal, City of Hamilton

10:00 am      Refreshment Break
10:10 am      


Following the refreshment break - all CWRC participants are invited to participate in any of the concurrent sessions.  All sessions close at 12:25 pm



12:30 pm      Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks Update
2:15 pm        Minister Rod Phillips, Ministry of the Environment, Conversation and Parks  

Minister Phillips will speak at the annual CWRC between 12:45 p.m. to 1:15 p.m., discussing the priorities of the Doug Ford Progressive Conservative government, and outlining his objectives for the Ministry of the Environment, Parks and Conservation.

Following lunch all CWRC participants are invited to attend the CWRC show floor.
Looking forward to seeing you all in Toronto for the 10th Annual Canadian Waste to Resource Conference     

Track 4 - The Business of Waste

10:15 am      Asset Management Best Practices to achieve Operational Excellence
10:55 am      Claude Boucher, Manager, Asset Programs, SUEZ North America

Asset Management incorporates the management of assets from the definition of the required functional specifications to the disposal of the assets themselves, in other words from cradle to grave.  SUEZ operates and maintains worldwide a number of facilities in the  waste and water businesses.  Optimized asset management is essential to effective operations. This presentation will describe the approach taken to achieve adequate maturity level in asset management.This will be illustrated by the application of such an approach in the context of the contracts that SUEZ is running on behalf of the City of Edmonton and Alberta Infrastructure.


11:00 am      The View from Down South - The U.S. Recycling System in 2018 
11:40 am      Dylan de Thomas, Vice President of Industry Collaboration, The Recycling Partnership

Challenging markets. Contamination. National Sword. China's Scrap Ban. What are the silver linings? Is there light at the end of the tunnel? Dylan de Thomas of The Recycling Partnership offers a look at the state of recycling in the U.S. today, how we got here and what we can do on a national and local level to improve our model for recycling. 
Dylan works for The Recycling Partnership, a U.S. based national non-profit dedicated to bringing recycling to those that don't have it and improving it for those that do.  He will offer a broad data-based look at the state of the U.S. recycling system and how it fits into the global trade of the stuff that we all collect at the curb and at drop-offs in communities across the country.  He will also provide context and update on China's scrap ban and the after-effects of National Sword and Blue Sky. Lastly, he'll talk about the free tools and best practices that his organization has available for free for communities everywhere.


11:45 am    An Update on the Australian response to the China Sword Recycling
12:25 pm    Policy and Progress on Container Deposit Schemes
Greg Freeman, Managing Director, Impact Environmental Consulting Pty Ltd.

This presentation will mainly focus on responses by State and Local Government in Australia to the latest waste management policies, trends and activities with special regard to the China National Sword policy and Container Deposit Schemes.

Track 5 - Operations/Waste Disposal

10:15 am       Landfill Development Optimization:  A Case Study of Waste 
10:55 am      Management Planning and Design – Waterloo Study
Tracy Annett, Senior Environmental Engineer, Waste Management Division, Region of Waterloo
Ryan Loveday, Project Engineer, GHD Ltd.

The Regional Municipality of Waterloo (Region) operates the Waterloo Landfill Site (Site) in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. There is approximately 17-20 years of capacity remaining  within the South Expansion Area. Municipal development has now encroached adjacent to the Site. Therefore, the Region must now balance the adjacent development and resulting public concerns with the requirement to provide a suitable waste management solution for the Region. In 2013, the Region undertook a Phasing Evaluation to optimize the future development of the remaining landfill area. Workshops were used to determine Phasing Alternatives and evaluation criteria, supported by additional geotechnical investigations and  development of a detailed three-dimensional Site geologic model (3D model). In addition, future options and opportunities were identified to optimize the preferred Phasing Alternative, which included development of an augmented liner in specific areas, installation of temporary leachate pump stations, landfill gas collection system optimization and   relocation of the permanent west-side leachate pumping station along with the adjustment of landfill base grades. Comments from several key stakeholders led to continued evaluation of additional base liner designs, refinement of the 3-D geological model, and extensive stakeholder consultation. In January 2017, the Region applied for an ECA amendment for a revised landfill base design. Approval was granted in September 2017.


11:00 am      Waste Disposal Capacity - Is Ontario in Trouble? 
11:40 am      Darren Fry, Walker Environmental Group
Jon Arsenault, Region of Waterloo

Despite increased waste diversion opportunities and the advancement of new technologies, there remains a need for landfill disposal of residual waste. However, solid waste disposal capacity in the province is declining and lengthy and more complex approval processes continue to present a challenge to expand of site new landfills, for both the private and public sectors. And even though disposal options out of province presently exit, they come with their own risks and long term sustainability concerns. This presentation is intended to show a municipal perspective on how valuable an asset a municipality own landfill can be and the benefit of extending the landfills lifespan to assist in long term waste management planning.


11:45 am     Transfer Station Fire - The Impact and the Cost to Companies 
12:25 pm     Ryan Fogelman, Vice President, Strategic Partnership, Fire Rover

Investment in tools like the fire detection and suppression systems, not only catch fires early in the process but also protect insurance companies from the risk of an employee getting unnecessarily injured while fighting fire. Insurance companies want to work with clients that take an organization-wide approach to mitigating their fire risk across all of their facilities, as well as protecting their strategic assets. During the session, we will focus on the scope of the fire incidences we are experiencing, the potential causes of these incidents, developing trends, and what we can do to mitigate an operation’s risk profile.


Track 6 - Waste Management Technologies New and Upcoming

10:15 am       Turning Plastic Waste Back into Feedstock 
10:55 am       Jean-Philippe Laviolette – Co-founder & Engineering Manager, Pyrowave Inc.

                      Using Biology to Covert Organics Waste into High Value Materials 
                      Luna Yu, CEO, Genecis Bioindustries Inc.



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