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A&WMA: Call for Abstracts

ACE 2013.jpg The Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) is now accepting abstract submissions for its 106th Annual Conference & Exhibition, scheduled for June 25 – 28, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago in Chicago, Illinois. Click here to Submit: Submissions are due by Monday, November 26, 2012.

The 2013 Annual Conference theme is “Towards Sustainability” and the draft title for the Critical Review topic is “Motor Vehicle Refrigerants, the Ozone Hole, and Climate: A Science and Policy Success”. We are pleased to invite abstracts of original work on important and timely environmental issues. Those abstracts related to the conference theme, Critical Review, and with an industry perspective are especially encouraged. Click here to view the 2013 Call For Abstracts Guidelines.

For more information on the Call For Abstracts please contact Julie Marquez-Bobchak, A&WMA Technical Programs Coordinator, at +1-412-904-6004 or


A&WMA is proud to recognize exceptional students and young professionals at the 2013 Annual Conference & Exhibition. Awards will be selected in the following categories:

  •  Young Professional Best Paper Award
  • Student Platform Paper Award
  • Student Poster Award

For eligibility details please visit:

Find out all the latest conference news at A&WMA’s 2013 Annual Conference website:

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WEAO: Holiday BASH

The WEAO/OWWA NP/YP Joint Holiday BASH is Friday, 30th of November, 2012; 6:30-9:30 p.m. at 207 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON

Join the WEAO NPs, OWWA YPs, seasoned professionals, and students for an evening of networking, socializing and fun at our annual Holiday Bash.

Admission is FREE, but we are also providing the appetizers and awesome prizes – just come ready to meet other industry professionals. Don’t forget your business cards for a chance to win!

RSVP directly to Ken Ryder (

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WEAO: Student Design Competition

The deadline for the WEAO Student Design Competition has been extended to Wednesday, 21st of November, 2012 | Team Entry Form Deadline

“The SDC was the defining project of my undergraduate career. Prior to taking part, I felt a little out of place in the field as I approached graduation with very little out of classroom experience. My team and I were forced to learn new skills in order to put forth a winning submission. In the competition and in WEAO, I met a very supportive community of industrial and academic members. Pushing myself to complete the challenge helped boost my confidence, which is allowing me to pursue opportunities I would not have considered in the past. Our achievement in the competition has been highly regarded in both the industrial and academic worlds. Even if you only do one extracurricular project in your demanding student career, make it this one.” – Natasha Niznik, Team Ryerson 2012 (1st place WEAO, 2nd place at WEFTEC 2012)

““The Student Design Competition was the single most valuable experience that I’ve had while completing my undergraduate degree. I knew very little about the design process and the consulting industry, but decided to enter into the competition anyway. It was definitely a challenge! However, unlike studying for university courses, I actually felt that I was doing something that could be a job after I graduated. Our presentation at the annual WEAO conference has made a good impression on judges (who are all involved in the industry), one of whom ended up hiring me several months later. Many of the skills I learned while preparing for SDC have proved useful at the job I do now. If you are interested or curious about the water environment engineering, the SDC can be your bridge from school to the industry.” – Kirill Cheiko, Team Ryerson 2010 (1st place WEAO, 2nd place at WEFTEC 2010)

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AWMA Seminar: New Directions for Environmental Protection

The AWMA will be hosting an interactive seminar on “New Directions for Environmental Protection” – featuring expert practitioners in current environmental policies and regulations. This seminar will be an excellent opportunity to hear first-hand from senior federal public servants and industry representatives as they describe recent legislative and regulatory changes, and reflect on their experiences in implementing government decisions regarding environmental protection on air quality, climate change and environmental assessment.

There will also be an opportunity to:

  •  meet current A&WMA-OVC members and learn about the activities and events available through our local chapter
  • network with fellow environmental professionals
  • enter a free draw for a complimentary one year membership in the A&WMA, a $220 value!


  • Date: Thursday, November 15, 2012
  • Time: 4:30 – 5:00 pm Registration
  • 5:00 – 6:30 pm Speaker Presentations & Q&A’s
  • 6:30 – 7:30 pm Refreshments & Networking
  • Location: University of Ottawa, Desmarais Building, Room 12102, 55 Laurier Ave E., Ottawa
  • Cost: $20.00 per person, Payable online at, or at the door.

Hurry up! Spaces are limited, please guarantee your spot by RSVP your attendance and paying by November 13th


Matt Jones, Environment Canada, Director, Air Emissions Division, Industrial Sectors Directorate

John McCauley, Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency, Director Legislation and Regulatory Affairs

Sandra Schwartz, Canadian Electricity Association, Vice President, Policy Advocacy

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CIM Lunch Presentation Oct. 24th: Four decades, Four Continents, Four Copper Operations – a Personal Perspective on Constraints

The upcoming Canadian Institute of Management’s (CIM) lunch presentation will take place on Wednesday, October 24 at 11 AM at Room 100, 615 Booth St., Ottawa. An optional lunch buffet will be available for members and non-members for $10 (free for students) after the presentation.

Mr. Eltringham has been selected as a CIM Distinguished Lecturer for his innovative thinking and problem-solving techniques that brought the field of copper smelting to new levels of safety, production and development. The last forty years are reviewed using four different copper operations, on four continents, as examples of the changes in thinking approaches the industry has developed. The prioritization of effort and resources is a skill that has developed continuously and necessarily at an ever increasing rate. The copper smelting procedures of Zambian Copperbelt (Africa), Kennecott Mine (North America), Escondida Mine (South America) and Olympic Dam mining centre (Oceania) will be explained and compared to demonstrate how technology, luck, shrewd business acumen and a vision can produce outstanding results and be a great source of learning about the “game” of mining.

Please RSVP by October 22nd to Aartee Khandelwal, CIM Facility Coordinator by email ( or via phone (613-995-4146). For members travelling by car, paid parking can be found on Booth St. or a parking lot is available on Beech St./Rochester for approximately 5$.

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OGG Luncheon CCLT Presentation by Mike Jefferies

The Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) is has a great lunch presentation series that is easy walking distance from Carleton and has a great student price. The presentations also include lunch! Their upcoming presentation is as followed:

Flaws in the NCEER liquefaction assessment method and how to fix them

By Mike Jefferies

Date:   Tuesday, October 16, 2012 
Time:   11:45 am: Registration
           12:00 pm: Lunch (Hot Buffet) 
           12:45 pm: Presentation 
Location:       Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa, Ontario
Admission:    $15 for OGG members; $20 for non-members; $10 for students (cash or cheque) 
RSVP:   by Noon October 12, 2012

Please click here for details.

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CU-WISE Summer Picnic

Image  CU-WISE would like to invite you to a summer picnic at Mooney’s Bay! They’ll provide the burgers (with the options of beef, chicken or veggie) as well as side salads and beverages. To take advantage of their generosity, all you have to do is RSVP by August 23rd at Everyone is also invited to bring friends and family as well as food of their own creation or otherwise (not required). 

CU-WISE Summer Picnic
Sunday August 26th, 2012
12 pm (noon) to 5 pm
Mooney’s Bay
RSVP before August 23rd, 2012 at

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  On Thrusday June 28th 2012, The Canadian Green Building Council ( or CaGBC for short) is hosting a panel discussion right here in Ottawa at the Glebe Community Center. It’s a great way to learn about sustainable materials, improving home efficiencies and meet some local green building gurus! To find out more please click here: Green Building Panel Discussion PDF  and to register, please visit the Ottawa Chapter’s website at

  • What: Green Building Panel Discussion
  • Date: Thursday June 28th, 2021
  • Time: 7 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Location: Scotton Hall, Glebe Community Center, 175 Third Ave.

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May 17th – CIM Ottawa Branch Lunch Speaker

You are cordially invited to attend our second CIM Ottawa Branch lunch speaker series that will be given by CIM Distinguished Lecturer, Ms. Barbara Kirby on the topic of:

Canadian Mining Certification Program: Recognizing and Retaining Skills.
Ms. Kirby’s presentation will provide an overview of the key challenges facing the mining industry in attracting and retaining a skilled workforce. It will highlight some of the key features of the Canadian Mining Certification Program and show how recognition of skills can help support employers to attract and retain skilled workers in a highly competitive labour market.  The presentation will also highlight the collaborative approach used in developing this pan-Canadian program, the first of its kind for the Canadian mining industry.
The presentation will take place on May 17th at 11 AM at Room 221, 555 Booth St., Ottawa. Individuals wishing to attend the presentation should plan to arrive at about 10:45 AM. An optional lunch buffet will be available for members and non-members for $10 (free for students) after the presentation.
Please RSVP by May 15th to Aartee Khandelwal, CIM Facility Coordinator by email ( or via phone (613-995-4146). For members travelling by car, paid parking can be found on Booth St. or a parking lot is available on Beech St./Rochester for approximately 5$.
Ms. Kirby is currently the senior director of workforce development at the Mining Industry Human Resources Council (MiHR) where she leads key initiatives that contribute to the skills recognition and mobility of Canadian mining workers. Since 2006, her work with MiHR has focused on developing the Canadian Mining Credentials Program and in early 2011, the first group of certified miners was awarded nationally recognized credentials. In a career spanning several decades, Barbara’s efforts have primarily focused on forging strong relationships between industry and education, both in Canada and in developing countries. She has authored numerous articles on skills, learning and mobility in the Canadian mining industry and has been an invited speaker at many related events. Formerly the manager of accreditation and certification at the Canadian Aviation Maintenance Council, Kirby holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Guelph.
Canadian Mining Certification Program Background
Labour market research conducted by MiHR estimates that between now and 2021, the industry will need to hire more than 100,000 workers to support growth in the industry and replace retiring workers. Between 20 and 25 per cent of these new hires will be required in skilled occupations that have, up until now, lacked a national recognition system; these occupations include production miners, development miners, heavy equipment operators, diamond drillers and mill operators. Furthermore, workers in these occupations tend to move from place to place at a much higher rate than workers in other mining sector occupations. The Canadian Mining Certification Program is helping address this challenge by providing a nationally recognized, industry-defined credential that will attract new workers and retain experienced personnel into these previously unrecognized occupations and to retain the skilled labour force. 

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Discounted A&WMA Membership for SEEDS Members

Take advantage of a special offer for a reduced annual membership rate! For a limited time, through a subsidy from the Air & Waste Management Association Ottawa Valley Chapter (A&WMA OVC), the first 20 students from Carleton University, University of Ottawa and Algonquin College are being offered a reduced student membership rate of $10 Cdn/year (compared to the regular rate of $35 Cdn/year).

This is a really good deal! If you are not already a member, now is the perfect time for you to sign up!

Click here to view the official invitation to join the A&WMA OVC detailing all the perks to becoming a student member today!

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