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OWMA AGM program details

The Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) presents its AGM and special one-day industry seminar. The details ...

The Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) presents its AGM and special one-day industry seminar. The details are below.

Industry professionals are strongly encouraged to register by contacting OWMA at 905-791-9500 or visiting


Thursday, February 28th, 2008

11:30 am 8:30 pm

Renaissance Toronto Airport

801 Dixon Road — Toronto, Ontario

11:30 a.m. “Registration”

12:30 p.m. Muskoka Ballroom Foyer

11:45 a.m. “Luncheon Reception with the Minister of the

12:20 p.m. Environment”

The Honourable John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment

Muskoka Ballroom

12:20 p.m. “OWMA Chairman’s Welcome”

12:25 p.m. John Fisher, President & CEO, Walker Environmental Services

OWMA Chairman of the Board

Muskoka Ballroom

12:25 p.m. “Minister’s Address”

12:45 p.m. The Honourable John Gerretsen

Minister of the Environment

Muskoka Ballroom

Minister Gerretsen has engaged in waste management issues with leadership and purposehear about the initiatives to date and the challenges of the future.

John Gerretsen was first elected in 1995 and was re-elected in 1999, 2003 and 2007. He previously served as Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and Minister Responsible for Seniors. Minister Gerretsen has been a leader in the Kingston community, first as a city councilor, then as the longest-serving mayor in Kingston’s history.

12:45 p.m. “President’s Report Issue Residuals”

1:30 p.m. Robert Cook, OWMA President

Muskoka Ballroom

Hear about the important developing challenges and opportunities facing the waste management industry. Learn about the low profile issues that will affect the private sector in a significant way and what OWMA is doing about them. The issue of waste export to the U.S. and new U.S. legislative initiatives will be discussed. A review of the IC&I waste diversion issues of interest to members and developments at WDO will be provided.

1:30 p.m. “The MOE Approvals System Getting It Right”

2:00 p.m. Doris Dumais, Director, Certificates of Approvals

Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch

Ministry of the Environment

Muskoka Ballroom

A predictable and timely MOE approvals process is key to private sector investments and building Ontario’s waste management infrastructure Gain an inside view of the MOE approvals system the challenges related to processing waste management Certificates of Approvals and the initiatives to provide improved, more efficient service to the industry.

2:00 p.m. “Less Process Better Protection” “A Pro-active

2:30 p.m. OWMA Response to Waste Management Infrastructure Approvals”

Nigel Guilford, Principal

Biopower Energy Inc.

Muskoka Ballroom

Learn about a major OWMA project designed to provide a private sector view of MOE approvals for waste management facilities. The project began in November 2007 and has engaged OMWA member professionals through six (6) working groups in developing a new approach to the approvals process and to how waste management facility approvals are designed.

2:30 p.m. “Afternoon Break”

2:50 p.m. Muskoka Ballroom Foyer

2:50 p.m. “Fueled Refuse Collection Cheaper Than Diesel!

3:20 p.m. The Smithtown Story”

Jo-Ann Yantzis, Regional Manager

Clean Energy Fueling Services

Muskoka Ballroom

Facing rising prices for refuse collection services due to the rising price of diesel fuel, and recognizing an increasingly unstable world petroleum market as a threat to its municipal budget; the Town of Smithtown turned to alternative fuels. Tapping a compressed natural gas (CNG) vehicle marketplace originally developed to meet stringent West Coast air quality requirements; this East Coast town has developed a reproducible model municipal program that not only improves local air quality & reduces reliance on imported petroleum, but also saves money. The solid waste professional that designed & implemented this program will discuss how it came into being and why other communities should consider deploying a CNG fueled refuse collection fleet.

3:20 p.m. “WDO IC&I Diversion Programs The Emergence of

3:50 p.m. Interventionist Business Models and Flow Control”

Usman Valiante, Senior Policy Analyst

Corporate Policy Group LLP

Muskoka Ballroom

WDO diversion plans for MHSW and WEEE will have significant impacts on the management of IC&I waste materials by private sector service providers and are being proposed to be implemented under a business model that will potentially replace current open competition for servicing with a centralized collection and processing system that ‘looks and fells’ like flow control. Learn about the potential impact of this business model on the competitive marketplace for servicing not only the WDO program materials but also on waste materials not covered by the WDO programs.

3:50 p.m. “How to Stop a Waste Management Project The Tactics

4:30 p.m. of Your Opponents”

Brett Bell, Project Manager

Peter Bellomo, Vice President Business Development

The Saint Consulting Group

Muskoka Ballroom

New or expanded Waste Management facilities are likely to receive public scrutiny and opposition. Organized opposition has become sophisticated and effective in turning local public and political opinion against a project. Are you vulnerable? Learn about the tactics employed by opposition groups and what you should do to contain or counter opposition.

4:30 p.m. “The Lafarge Case and the Environmental Review

4:45 p.m. Tribunal A Call to Arms”

Adam Chamberlain, Partner

Borden, Ladner, Gervais LLP

Muskoka Ballroom

Recent decisions by the Environmental Review Tribunal (ERT) in allowing public appeals to MOE approval decisions have galvanized concern across regulated industries. The ERT decision established “new” approval criteria above and beyond MOE requirements. Hear what OWMA is doing to protect the interest of member companies exposed to the EBR and the ERT. Learn about the pending legal actions against the ERT Lafarge decision and OWMA’s participation in a new industry coalition.

4:45 p.m. “Business Meeting”

5:15 p.m. Waste Industry Update – Your Association at Work”

? Chairman of the Board Report

? Financial Report

? Nominations for the Board of Directors

Muskoka Ballroom

5:30 p.m. “Chairman’s Reception”

6:15 p.m. Ambrosia Ballroom Foyer

6:15 p.m. “Dinner”

8:00 p.m. Chairmanship Transfer Ceremony

John Fisher, President & CEO, Walker Environmental Services

OWMA Chairman of the Board – 2007

Blair McArthur, Senior Vice-President, Miller Waste Systems

OWMA Chairman of the Board – 2008

“Closing Remarks”

Blair McArthur, Senior Vice-President, Miller Waste Systems

OWMA Chairman of the Board

Ambrosia Ballroom

2008 Annual Meeting Headline

“How to Kill a Waste Management Facility”

Target Audience: Landfill, EFW, Compost, Transfer Station & MRF Operation/Executives/Management, Public/Community Affairs specialists, Land-Use Attorneys, Government Relations

The 2007 Canadian Saint Index, a national poll measuring the public’s attitude towards land-use, shows that 72 percent of Canadians do not want a landfill in their community. To put this in perspective, opposition to a landfill exceeds that of a nuclear power plant.

Community opposition to deve
lopment projects is running at a fever pitch across most every community in Canada. The waste industry is facing accelerating levels of opposition from environmental and political activists, preservationists, NIMBY’s and a host of others who feel increasingly empowered to secure their own agenda. In this challenging environment, it’s becoming imperative to demonstrate broad-based publi
c support for any proposed zoning change or public/environmental permit before politicians will vote to approve your project.

We will be hosting a 45-minute interactive panel workshop to include:

An executive representative from The Saint Consulting Group

Two Public/External Affairs Executives from the Waste Industry

A seasoned moderator to facilitate discussion

This interactive discussion would centre on strategies and best practices used to neutralize opposition and generate community support for landfill proposals. By creating a pro-active dialogue with the audience and sharing their personal insights on what works and what doesn’t, could be a powerful learning experience.


Since 1983, The Saint Consulting Group has specialized in organizing grassroots campaigns to neutralize the impact of community opposition and to generate support for controversial land-use applications. Saint Consulting expanded their operations into Canada in June 2006. We have hosted similar seminars in the U.S. for the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC), National Sand Stone and Gravel as well as several state organizations across various industry segments.

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