3C-Waste Management, Diversion & Stewardship

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2017 Course Co-Chair: John Georgakopoulos, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

John Georgakopoulos is an environmental lawyer and partner at Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP where he advises clients on environmental compliance and due diligence, defends environmental prosecutions and litigates environmental claims. John serves on the Board of Directors for the Air & Waste Management Association (Ontario Section). Prior to becoming a lawyer, he was a senior environmental scientist with the MOECC. Click here for full bio.


2017 Course Co-Chair: Brad Bergeron, RWDI

Brad Bergeron, A.Sc.T., is a Senior Project Manager and Principal at RWDI. Brad joined RWDI in 1998. He has has successfully managed projects, provided direction and leadership to technical teams, and met expectations for a number of waste management clients, including The Regional Municipality of Peel, The Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Walker Environment Group, Sudbury Wastewater Treatment Plant (N-Viro), Waste Management of Canada Corporation (WM) and other industry leaders. Click here for full bio.

2017 Course Description

A new Waste Free Ontario Act and new waste diversion strategy make this course a ‘must-attend’ for those seeking an update on new industry and municipal responsibilities under the new “circular economy” and extended producer responsibility regimes.

2017 Guest Speakers

Brent Langille, RWDI | Annik White, RWDI | Chris Lindberg, Natural Step | David Walmsley, RWDI | Jorden Lefler, Corporate Sustainability Manager | Darren Fry, Walker Environmental

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Morning agenda: Begins at 9:30 AM
Overview of waste management regulations – and how to avoid waste liabilities
John Georgakopoulos, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

  • Waste terminology – what is “waste”?
  • Overview of the General Waste Management Regulation, waste audits and waste reduction work plans, source separation
  • Case studies highlighting common waste-related liability issues

Regulations for Ontario waste management and recycling: What’s new?
John Georgakopoulos and Joanna Vince, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

  • Waste Free Ontario Act – Continuing to work toward a circular economy
  • Finalization and implementation of the Strategy for a Waste-free Ontario
  • Role of producers within the developing circular economy
  • Role of Resource Productivity and Recovery Authority (RPRA)

The roles and perspectives of the key players:

A municipal perspective
David Walmsley, RWDI

  • Data generation and management effort required by the new resource productivity and recovery authority
  • The new producer responsibility requirements and 3Rs regulations
  • Design and implementation of organic wastes action plan
  • Modernization of regulatory compliance requirements

Perspective of institutional, commercial and industrial (IC&I), and construction and demolition (C&D) sector waste streams
Jorden Lefler, Corporate Sustainability Manager

  • How will waste management and procurement practices play into new circular economies to come?
  • Current construction waste practices: Understanding the roles of suppliers, sub trades, recycling facilities, etc.
  • Challenges of getting to zero-waste – information is king!
  • Financial benefits of better waste management.

Transitioning to a low carbon, circular economy in Ontario
Chris Lindberg, The Natural Step Canada

  • The circular economy imperative and opportunity
  • Circular economy examples, strategies and business models
  • How the Circular Economy Innovation Lab (CEIL) can help

Q&A for Panel – Moderator: Brad Bergeron
Panel comprising speakers.

12:00 – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH

Waste: Compliance strategies for industry – Complying with existing regulations – 3Rs
Annik White, RWDI

  • Guide to Waste audits and waste reduction work plans for industrial, commercial and institutional sectors
  • Developing a waste reduction work plan

Complying with the new permitting and approvals regime
Brent Langille, RWDI

  • Choosing a waste services organization
  • Managing your waste approvals
  • Communicating with the Ministry and the community

Case Study: Waste management for a manufacturing facility

Transitioning toward the low carbon, circular economy – A private sector perspective
Darren Fry, Walker Environmental

  • Overview of the current state of waste generation, diversion and disposal
  • Goals set out in the Waste-Free Ontario Strategy
  • Challenges & opportunities
  • Examples of the low carbon, circular economy in action

Open Q&A

Finishes at 4:30 p.m.

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