Past Event Presentations

2014 Waste Management Conference

Session 1: Introduction to Waste and Approval Landscape

Moderator:  Blair Smith, Retired, former Manager of Waste Collection for the City of Hamilton

Introduction to Waste

  • What is waste?  Definition of waste?
  • What waste means for industry?  Municipalities?  Private waste management firms?
  • Environmental issues for firms dealing with waste

Speakers:  John Georgakopoulos, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Peter Klaassen, RWDI

Overview of Waste Regulations

  • Environmental Compliance Approvals
  • Environmental Assessments
  • Waste Audits
  • Waste Generation, Characterization, and Manifests

Speaker:  Tes Gebrezghi, Ministry of the Environment

Session 2: Waste Diversion

Moderator:  Michael Cant, Golder

  • Diversion and Diminishing Returns

Speaker:  Phil Jensen, CH2M Hill

  • Municipal Recycling Facilities

Speaker:  Jake Westerhof, Canada Fibers Ltd.

  • Rethinking Waste Diversion

Speaker:  Stephanie Sidler, Regional Municipality of Durham

  • Current Diversion Program and Future Plans

Speaker:  Cari Rastas Howard, Region of Waterloo

Keynote Speaker – Michael Harris, MPP for Kitchener-Conestoga

Session 3: Waste Management Approaches / Alternative Technologies

Moderator:  Betsy Varghese, Dillon Consulting Limited

  • Landfill 

Speaker:  Darren Fry, Walker Industries

  • Sustainable Waste Management – The Role of Energy-from-Waste

Speaker:  Michael Van Brunt, Covanta Energy

  • Moving Waste in New Ways

Speaker:  Kerry LeBreton, Renewaste

Session 4: Organic Management

Moderator:  Dr. Tej Gidda, Conestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA)

  • Best Design Practices for Odour Management for
  • Organics Processing Facilities

Speaker:  Derek Webb, BIOREM

  • Aerobic Digestion

Speaker:  John Tomory, Miller Group

  • Aerobic Service Provider


  • Study of Options for Organics Waste Processing in Newfoundland

Speaker:  Betsy Varghese, Dillon Consulting Limited