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WORKSHOP and NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY: A Climate of Change

A look at federal and provincial initiatives targeting climate change and air quality and their impact on Canadian Industry

Date: October 27, 2015

Time: 8 am – 4 pm (Registration opens @ 7:30 am)

Place: Rideau Canal Junior Rank Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Dr., Ottawa, ON (adjacent to City Hall)

Cost: Early Bird (Before October 6th)

Members: $250, Non-members: $325, Student members: $50, Student non-members: $75

(After October 6th)

Members: $300, Non-members: $375, Student members: $60, Student non-members: $85

Early Registration is now open! Stay tuned for program details!

For more information and to register please visit http://www.awma-ovc.ca

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NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY: Fate and Effects of Nanoparticles in Biosolids and Soils

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA-OVC) will be hosting a presentation and networking event on “Fate and Effects of Nanoparticles in Biosolids and Soils” on May 21, 2015.

This presentation will provide an overview of the properties and uses of nanomaterials, why they are likely to end up in the waste stream, and the current analytical techniques used to detect, size and quantify them in environmental media. In particular, the ecotoxicity of silver nanoparticles will be addressed as well as the challenges of characterizing nano-silver exposure in soils and biosolids. Finally, an overview of the nano-silver ecotoxicity study being conducted by the Nanomaterials Research Laboratory will be presented.

Speaker: Dina Schwertfeger, Ph.D. (Renewable Resources), Postdoctoral Fellow Nanomaterials Research – Soil Toxicology Laboratory, Biological Assessment and Standardization Section (BASS), Environment Canada

Dr. Schwertfeger completed her Ph.D. (Renewable Resources) from McGill University in 2011, where  she continued as a Postdoctoral researcher in the Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences until joining the Soil Toxicology Laboratory at Environment Canada. Dr. Schwertfeger has over 15 years’ experience engaged in soil research and environmental risk assessment, including six years working with a private soil testing and environmental consulting. In addition to publishing much of her research in peerreviewed scientific journals, Dr. Schwertfeger has authored a number of commissioned reports for Environment Canada, the Canadian Network of Toxicological Centers, and for members of the metal industry. She currently provides input to the OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials. Dr. Schwertfeger’s research has focused on the quantification of trace metal bioavailability in contaminated soils. Recently she has expanded her research to include investigating the transformations and bioavailability of engineered nanomaterials in soils and biosolids.

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2015
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Location: Rideau Canal Junior Rank Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON (adjacent to City Hall)

Cost: $20 A&WMA / $30 non-members, $10 A&WMA / $20 student non-members
Refreshments & Cash Bar

STUDENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: 2 students to help at the registration desk; in return, your registration will be reimbursed. Email Holly if you are interested at holly.dole@uottawa.ca. Don’t miss this networking opportunity!

Note – limited seating is available for this event! RSVP your attendance to awma.ovc@gmail.com and pre-pay online at www.awma-ovc.ca to guarantee your seat. Limited tickets also available at the door.

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Approach to Collection of Proper Soil Vapour Intrusion Air Samples for O. Reg. 153 Brownfield Sites

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA-OVC) will be hosting a presentation and networking event on “Approach to Collection of Proper Soil Vapour Intrusion Air Samples for O. Reg. 153 Brownfield Sites” on April 23, 2015.

Soil Vapour Intrusion (SVI) assessment is of great interest because of its importance in characterizing O. Reg. 153 Brownfield Sites. Development of a site specific conceptual site model (CSM) is normally based on a tiered stepwise approach requiring collection of different information at each step of the process.

This presentation will focus on proper collection of soil gas, indoor air, sub-slab & ambient air samples required as part of filling a record of site condition (RSC) under O. Reg. 153/04. Different considerations for sampling soil gas versus health-based indoor air will be discussed including factors that affect the conceptual site model, the soil gas sampling train, sampling equipment/media, quality control, collection of field sample & other issues.

Speaker: Roy Smith (M.Sc., MBA, C.Chem) Air Quality Manager, ALS Environmental, Waterloo, ON

As the Air Quality Manager, ALS Environmental, Waterloo, Mr. Smith manages the Air Quality department including development of analytical testing capabilities for chemical substances in air. He also serves as a technical expert to clients on air sampling techniques and analytical methodologies. Prior to joining ALS, Mr. Smith had 25+ years of air quality experience in the private sector and with government. He held positions of senior scientist, laboratory manager and AIHA Laboratory Director with the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health Laboratory. Mr. Smith was a founding partner of an ISO17025 accredited air quality/industrial hygiene laboratory. Over the years, Mr. Smith has managed OH&S consulting staff, performed training, taught courses and presented at technical workshops. He has 14 air sampling method technical publications, in addition to extensive experience in overseeing large air quality projects and government research studies.

Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time: 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Location: Mambo Restaurant, 77 Clarence Street

Cost: $20 A&WMA / $30 non-members $10 A&WMA / $20 student non-members

Refreshments & Cash Bar

Note – limited seating is available for this event! RSVP your attendance to awma.ovc@gmail.com and pre-pay online at www.awma-ovc.ca to guarantee your seat. Limited tickets also available at the door.

Next Event: Assessing the environmental risks of nanomaterials in biosolids by Dina Schwertfeger, Ph.D., May 21, 2015 at the Rideau Canal Junior Ranks Mess.

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY: 2015 Future Environmental Professional Scholarship

The AWMA Ontario Section will be awarding 3 students who are pursuing programs related to engineering or sciences at Ontario’s post-secondary institutions during the 2015/2016 academic year. The scholarship fosters the furtherance of studies relating to the environment and sustainability, by striving to encourage young leaders to enter the environmental field and to stimulate professionalism. Therefore, the applicant must demonstrate the relationship between their field of study and the environment or must be pursuing environmentally related post-secondary studies. Students fulfilling this criteria are encouraged to apply.

For more information and to apply, visit http://awma.on.ca/scholarships-information/

The deadline to apply for a Scholarship Award is March 31, 2015.

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SUSTAINABILITY – What’s New in Urban & Community Design

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA-OVC) will be hosting a presentation and networking event on “Sustainability: What’s New in Urban & Community Design” on December 9, 2014.

The Presentation will showcase advancements in planning and the development of buildings and communities that reflect greater sustainability objectives.  Planning, design, operational practices, and technology advancements will be discussed through highlights on:

  • Community connectivity & transportation, district energy systems, food production
  • Operational practices for sustained high performance
  • Technologies that reduce building energy loads and optimize renewable energy systems

Speaker: Robin Hutcheson (P.Eng., LEED AP O+M, CxA) President & Chief Engineer, Arborus Consultants

NOTE:  The A&WMA-OVC Chapter will be holding their Annual General Meeting immediately following the Question / Answer period.   All A&WMA members are encouraged to attend. We also welcome any non-members who would like to learn more about the chapter and/or become involved in the work that we do.

 The AGM will include election of the 2015 Board of Directors at which all attending A&WMA members can vote.  The 2015 OVC Board still has a number of open positions for which nominations are being accepted and we strongly encourage A&WMA members to stand for positions on the Board. 

More information can be obtained by contacting Camille Taylor at cstaylor@golder.com.

Date: Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

7:00 – 7:45 pm A&WMA-OVC AGM*

Location: Rideau Canal Junior Rank Mess, 4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON (adjacent to City Hall)
Cost: $20 A&WMA / $30 non-members

$10 A&WMA / $20 student non-members

*No cost for A&WMA Members attending the A&WMA-OVC AGM only

Refreshments & Cash Bar

Student Volunteers Needed: Two student volunteers to work at the registration desk. In return, you get your registration reimbursed! If you are interested, contact Holly Dole at holly.dole@uottawa.ca.

Note – limited seating is available for this event!  RSVP your attendance to awma.ovc@gmail.com and pre-pay online at http://www.awma-ovc.ca to guarantee your seat.  Limited tickets also available at the door.

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Indoor Air Quality – What’s in the air we breathe at home and at work?

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The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (OVC A&WMA) and the Ottawa Centre of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) will be hosting a panel discussion and networking event on Indoor Air Quality on October 7, 2014.

Come hear first-hand from air experts on current indoor air issues including Legionella bacteria control, green construction, impact of climate changes on Indoor Air Quality, new VOC emissions product standards for building materials as well as current research projects including attached garages, IAQ emissions test protocols and IAQ prediction tools.

Expert Panelists:

  • Joan Wong, Health Canada, Indoor Air Contaminants Assessment Section
  • Lan Chi Nguyen Weekes, InAIR Environmental
  • Robert Magee, National Research Council, Institute for Research in Construction

Take advantage of this great opportunity to learn more about the air you breathe everyday as well as to network with fellow environmental professionals.

Date: Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm

Location: Rideau Canal Junior Rank Mess
4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON (adjacent to City Hall)

Cost: $20 A&WMA and CMOS members / $30 non-members
$10 A&WMA and CMOS student members / $20 student non-members

Student Volunteers Needed: Two student volunteers to work at the registration desk. In return, you get your registration reimbursed! If you are interested, contact Holly Dole at holly.dole@uottawa.ca.

Payable online at http://www.awma-ovc.ca or at the door.

Refreshments & Cash Bar

Please RSVP your attendance to awma.ovc@gmail.com by Friday, October 3, 2014.

Thank-you to the following sponsors for helping make this event possible:

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Where is our Water Going?

Water Quantity and Quality in the Ottawa Valley – Are things changing?

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The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (OVC A&WMA) and the Ottawa Centre of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (CMOS) will be hosting a panel discussion and networking event on Water Quantity and Quality in the Ottawa Valley on June 17, 2014.

This event will be an excellent opportunity to hear first-hand from experts on local water issues including:
What are the issues facing water quality and quantity in the Ottawa Valley today?
What role do government agencies play?
What risks do we expect with climate change? Can these risks be mitigated?
What role can the public play in conservation, improving awareness, improving preparedness?

Panelists:
Meredith Brown, Executive Director, Ottawa Riverkeeper
Jim Bruce, OC, FRSC, Former Director of Canadian Centre for Inland Waters (CCIW) and  Assistant Deputy Minister for Environment Canada
James Brennan, Director of Government Affairs, Ducks Unlimited Canada
Sarah McLeod, Water Resources Technician, Rideau Valley Conservation Authority

There will also be an opportunity to network with fellow environmental professionals.

Date: Tuesday, June 17, 2014
Time: 5:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Palladium Room, Rideau Canal Junior Rank Mess, 3rd Floor
4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, ON (adjacent to City Hall)
Cost: $20 members / $30 non-members
$10 student members / $20 student non-members

Student Volunteers Needed: 2 student volunteers to work at the registration desk. In return, you get your registration reimbursed! If you are interested, contact holly.dole@uottawa.ca.

Payable online at www.awma-ovc.ca or at the door. Refreshments & Cash Bar

Please RSVP your attendance to awma.ovc@gmail.com by Friday June 13, 2014.

Thank you to the following sponsors for helping to make this event possible: Image   ImageImage   Image   ImageImage

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