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ACE ECi 2014

The Environmental Challenge International (ECi) for 2014 has been announced!

SEEDS, in collaboration with the A&WMA Ottawa Valley Chapter want to send a group of students from Ottawa to represent us in this challenge.

What is the ECi?  ECi is a student competition that takes place during the annual A&WMA conference.  Students are challenged to propose a solution to a given problem, and present it in both a poster presentation and a public forum style presentation.  The competition is being hosted in Long Beach, California, USA this June!

Carleton University has competed three times in the past, and has always represented the university well.  This year we wish to bring more students from the University of Ottawa on board.  The ECi is an amazing opportunity for students to compete internationally, network internationally, and develop their poster and presentation skills. Plus, there are large cash prizes!  (which students from Carleton have won several times in the past.)

The competition this year will be to propose an environmental plan to perform a dredging operation.  The full problem statement can be found here.

In order to put together a team, we need you to email your interest to asap.  If we receive enough interest, we’ll host a mini-competition among those who want to go.  This format of the mini-competition will be to draft the proposal required for the actual ECi, so in that way it’s a great prep round.

Once a team is formed, SEEDS will offer any support and advice that we can, including organizing mock presentations to local professionals to get a real-world perspective on the proposal.

In order to qualify, you must be a student, and able to travel to the US this June.

Dates & Deadlines are all tentative but will be posted soon.  Roughly however,

  • April 1st – Deadline to email informing SEEDS of your interest in participating.
  • Late April – Mini-Competition to determine term to sponsor
  • Early May – Refine your proposal and have it reviewed by previous competition attendees and local experts.
  • Late May – Submit proposal to competition
  • First week of June – Present your poster to a panel of former competition attendees.
  • Second week of June – Present your idea (full mock presentation) to local industry professionals
  • Late June – Fly off to California and win!

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Sustainability: Just an Industry Buzzword?



March 18, 2014 at 5:00 pm

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA) will be holding a panel discussion and networking event on March 18, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at the Metropolitain Brasserie, 700 Sussex at Rideau (presentation at 5:30 p.m.).

“We need to defend the interests of those whom we’ve never met and never will”  – Jeffrey D. Sachs
“There may be as many definitions as sustainability and sustainable development as there are groups trying to define it” –

This moderated, interactive discussion will feature speakers from major Canadian industries including chemistry, electricity, fertilizer and mining, who will explain what sustainability really means to them and then answer your most challenging questions in a pub setting.

About the Speakers:

  • Bob Masterson, Vice-President Responsible Care, Chemistry Industry Association of Canada
  • Channa Perera, Director, Sustainability, Canadian Electricity Association
  • Clyde Graham, Vice-President, Strategy and Alliances, Canadian Fertilizer Institute
  • Ben Chalmers, Vice-President, Sustainable Development, Mining Association of Canada 

Light snacks are included in the registration cost. Cash bar. Advanced registration (before March 11th) is $25 for A&WMA members and $30 for non-members and $15 for student members or $20 for student non-members.

ATTENTION STUDENTS: Two student volunteers are needed to work at the registration desk. In exchange, reimbursement of registration fee will be given. If you are interested, contact Holly at

We encourage online registration ( (before March 11) as it helps us to arrange the venue and anticipate the number of attendees. Registration payment can be made online using PayPal,  Visa, or MasterCard or at the door by cash, cheque, Visa or MasterCard.


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