Strawberry Fields Forever - Concurrent Session E:  Working on Organics

Speakers look at systems for composting and organic waste management in institutions, small communities and cities.
     Sponsored by Titan Carbon Smart Technologies

MFCanada's Only Drive-Thru Community Composting Program - Mary Forbes, The Potato House

Mary is a retired oil patch Archaeologist and formerly Parks Canada Award Winning Interpreter in Lake Louise. Mary has brought her skills to her hometown of Williams Lake in fun, engaging Waste Wise Education Programs taught regionally over an area approximately three times the size of the Queen Charlotte Islands.



 KDRLloydminster’s Curbside Organics Collection Program - 5 years later - Karen Dela Rosa
Karen Dela Rosa started her career with the City of Lloydminster as Manager for Waste and Recycling in 2012. In her first year with the City, Karen spearheaded the shift from curbside blue box recycling to blue bag recycling. In 2013, Karen led the roll out of automated cart and organics collection program. She moved up to manage Waste Services in late 2013 expanding her portfolio from landfill operations and curbside collection to include wastewater treatment and wastewater collection. Previous to her career in Waste Services, she worked as a Research and Development Specialist for a food company in the Philippines. When she moved to Canada in 2010, she did not think she could develop a second passion. She found that passion in waste management and resource recovery.

KCHeating the Pool with Orange Peels - A new project at the Regina YMCA - Kim Caron, Executive Mat
When Kim Caron started Executive Mat Service in 1996, he was a one-man proprietorship offering a mat rental service to local businesses. Today the business has grown to around 100 employees across branches in Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton and Regina, and is one of the largest independent mat companies in North America. On top of that, Caron is leading the charge toward zero waste for himself and his clients through his Green Thumb Initiative. Kim has a degree in Business from the University of Calgary and has invented several machines and processes that advance reuse and recovery.