On March 2, 2011 over 150 Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) members and guests attended the OWMA annual conference and meeting in Toronto. The annual conference program contained information sessions, keynote speakers, networking opportunities and a dinner that featured the transfer of the OWMA Chairmanship from Jim Graham of TRY Recycling Inc to Mike Watt of Walker Environmental Group.
The OWMA wishes to thank each of the program speakers for providing the meeting attendees with an update on the current issues, and their impacts on the waste sector. These speakers included: Vince Sferrazza, (City of Toronto), Maria Kelleher, (Kelleher Environmental), Usman Valiante (Corporate Policy Group), Paul Evans, Assistant Deputy Minister (Ministry of the Environment), Bruce Howie (HDR Engineering), Michael Cant (Golder Associates), Brent Bolger (Brendar Environmental), Norm Lee (Region of Peel), and Doug Holyday, Deputy Mayor (City of Toronto).
Toby Barrett, MPP and PC Environment Critic once again joined as the special luncheon speaker and shared with delegates on the Ontario PC Party’s policy perspectives on important waste management issues as well as the PC position on the current government.
The Hon. John Wilkinson, Minister of the Environment, was the special dinner speaker. His remarks shed insight into the ministry’s vision for waste management policies in Ontario and encouraged delegates to continue to provide the ministry with “what they want to see” in the ministry.
The presentations are available on the OWMA website: www.owma.org
2011-2012 Executive Committee
Mike Watt – Walker Environmental Group – OWMA Chairman of the Board/President
Cal Bricker – Waste Management of Canada Corporation – OWMA Secretary/Treasurer
Jim Graham – TRY Recycling Inc. – OWMA Immediate Past Chairman of the Board
Michael Cant – Golder Associates Ltd.
Nigel Guilford – Miller Waste Systems
Norm Lee – Region of Peel
Adam Chamberlain – Borden Ladner Gervais LLP – Legal Counsel
2011-2012 Board of Directors
Paul van der Werf – 2cg In.c
Larry Freiburger – AET Group Inc.
Dan Pio – BFI Canada Inc.
Francis Veilleux – Bluewater Recycling Association
Brent Bolger – Brendar Environmental Inc.
Jake Westerhof – Canad Fibers Ltd.
Jim Sales – City of Barrie
George South – City of Toronto
Chris Small – Clean Harbors Canada Inc.
Jim McKay – HDR Engineering
Brian McClintock – London Machinery Inc.
Danny Ardellini – GFL Environmental Corporation
Denis Goulet – Safety-Kleen Canada Inc.
John Devins – Sandhill Disposal & Recycling Inc/Turtle Island Recycling
Sean McCutcheon – Wasteco
Rob Cook – Chief Executive Officer
Michele Goulding – Manager, Finance and Administration
Peter Hargreave – Director, Policy and Strategy
Annie Rodgers – Administrative Assistant