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Toronto waste conference on May 12

The City of Toronto, in collaboration with Environmental Business Consultants, is hosting a one-day conference on m...

The City of Toronto, in collaboration with Environmental Business Consultants, is hosting a one-day conference on municipal solid waste. The conference will feature speakers from Europe, the U.S., and the U.N., in addition to important speakers from Canada.


On Thursday, May 12, 2005 the theme will be Municipal Solid Waste: Advances in Processes and Programs

The conference is designed to achieve the following goals and objectives:

provide an important contribution to the development of public policy concerning municipal solid waste management;

assemble international speakers to provide insights into initiatives, policies, processes and programs adopted in other communities that we can learn and benefit from;

spark debate leading to the development of tangible ideas that can be adopted and put into practice here in Canada; and

contribute to the establishment of a culture of excellence in municipal solid waste management

Date & Time:
Thursday, May 12, 2005

Registration and Breakfast: 8:00 am
Conference Start: 8:30 am
Adjournment: 4:00 am<

Council Chamber
City Hall
55 John Street (just north of Skydome/Rogers Centre)

$200 (before April 22) or $250 (after April 22)
Student rate = $100

To register, visit and complete the registration form. For more information contact:

John Nicholson
Environmental Business Consultants
Phone: 905-271-2845
Fax: 905-271-0843


Thursday, May 12, 2005
Council Chamber, Metro Hall
55 John St. (north of Skydome/Rogers Centre), Toronto, Ontario

8:00 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductions
John Nicholson, EBC Canada
Napoleon Winia, Dutch Consulate

Opening Remarks
Jane Pitfield, Chair, Works Committee, City of Toronto

Session One: The Waste Management Challenge

8:40 a.m. Worldwide Waste Management Practices: Applicability to North America
Steven Levy, U.S. EPA Office of Solid Waste

9:00 a.m.Biomass and Waste: Differences, definitions and perceptions
Martijn Vis, Bioenergy Foundation, Netherlands

9:30 a.m. Waste Technologies and Processes Specific Applications
Jan Roemermann, Christiaens Group, Netherlands

10:00 a.m. Break Exhibits

Session Two: Success Stories and Lessons for Canada

10:15 a.m. Implementing recycling and energy recovery projects by establishing long term relationships with stake holders – the Amsterdam example
Wil Sierhuis, AEB, Stakeholder Relation Manager, City of Amsterdam

10:40 a.m. Development of sustainable waste management practices European Experience. Edward Pfeiffer, Representative, The Government of the Netherlands

11:10 a.m. Large-Scale Composting of MSW in Europe
Luc Klunder, GICOM, Netherlands

11:40 a.m. Private/Public Partnerships in Residual Waste Management: Creating Win-Win Situations.
Franois Gourdeau, GSI, Canada

Noon: Lunch

Luncheon Speakers

Introduction of Luncheon Speakers
Sandra Bussin, Deputy Mayor, City of Toronto

Waste Management Technologies What Works and What Doesn’t
Jack Lauber, Former Chief of Technology Assessment for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Waste Management Global Perspective
Sarabjit Singh, Municipal Representative, United Nations

Session Three: ENGO Perspective
1:00 p.m. New Approach Toward Waste Management in Relation to Climate, Energy and Sustainability: The Netherlands and the Greenpeace view
Ruud van Leeuwen, Green Peace, Campaign leader, energy and climate

1:20 p.m. Canadian ENGO Perspective on Waste Management
Gord Perks, Toronto Environmental Alliance (invited)

Session Four: Waste & Energy Recovery
1:40 p.m. Discussion Forum: Waste & Energy Recovery The Science
Jane Pitfield, City of Toronto, Moderator
Edward Pfeiffer, The Government of the Netherlands
Dr. Paul Connet, St. Lawrence College, New York
Jack Lauber, Former Chief, Tech. Assessment, New York Dept. of Env. Conservation
Representative, Ontario Ministry of Environment (invited)

2:50 p.m. Break

Session Five: Open Discussion

3:00 p.m. Moderated Discussion
Questions and Comments for Attendees

3:50 p.m. Closing Remarks
John Nicholson

4:00 p.m. Adjournment and Reception

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