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2011 Canadian Waste Sector Symposium a Success

The annual Canadian Waste Sector Symposium (CWSS) in just two years has become the “place to be” for the waste management sector across Canada. The 2011 event follows a successful inaugural event in Toronto last year. The three day...


The annual Canadian Waste Sector Symposium (CWSS) in just two years has become the “place to be” for the waste management sector across Canada. The 2011 event follows a successful inaugural event in Toronto last year. The three day symposium recently held in conjunction with the Canadian Waste & Recycling Expo (CWRE) in Montreal had over 280 registered delegates from across the country.

The delegates enjoyed three tours (11 facilities) in the Montreal area, six keynote speakers including the Honourable Pierre Arcand, Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et des Parcs, and over 44 speakers in 10 topic tracks over two days. The symposium participants included senior representatives from the public and private sectors, brand owners, provincial governments, the federal government and from the U.S. and Europe. The symposium program also contained social and networking events that fostered lively discussion on waste sector issues such as Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR), organic waste management, green energy and municipal recycling programs.

OWMA is proud to provide the CWSS as a focal point for national discussions on waste management and planning is under way for the 3rd annual CWSS to be held in Toronto from November 12-15th, 2012. Don’t miss this event in 2012 and if you would like to be part of the success, look for sponsorship and speaker opportunities in the very near future.

New national association

Important discussions also took place with various stakeholders regarding the launching of a new national waste sector association: the Waste Sector Alliance of Canada (WSAC). National service providers, OWMA (Ontario), CESE (Quebec) and Coast Waste Management Association (BC) held specific discussions on the framework for the WSAC moving forward. The conceptual framework envisions a national organization that facilitates a cross-country coordination of waste sector information and policy. WSAC will act as a support organization for provincial organizations and members. The representation of the sector will continue to be centered at the provincial level. Planning timelines for an operational WSAC are focussed on 2012.

Rob Cook is Executive Director of the Ontario Waste Management Association in Brampton, Ontario. Contact Rob at rcook@owma.org


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