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SWRC 2022 Fall Workshops

Gather to connect with colleagues and get the latest on waste reduction, recycling and composting.

Tuesday, October 4 -- Coronet Hotel,  3551 2 Ave W, Prince Albert
Thursday, October 6 -- Heritage Inn, 1590 Main St N, Moose Jaw



9:00 - 9:30 -- Registration, Introductions

9:30 - 10:00 Prince Albert Workshop
City of Prince Albert Waste Management, Diversion and Recycling 

   -- Todd Olexson, City of P.A.
Workshop SpeakerTodd Olexson is the Sanitation Division Manager with the City of Prince Albert and took on this role beginning in July 2021.  Prior to this he worked with the City of Saskatoon in policy and program management, and with the Province of Saskatchewan, Ministry of Environment in various leadership roles in planning, land management, conservation and environmental protection.  His educational background includes a B.Sc. Honors Degree in Land Use and Environmental Studies, a B.Sc. Equivalent in Geography and he holds an Environmental Professional (EP) designation.  In his time away from work, Todd enjoys various outdoor pursuits including kayaking, fishing and hunting.

9:30 - 10:00 Moose Jaw Workshop
Is recycling always a circle? A used oil perspective on the circular economy

--Ethan Richardson, Sask Association for Resource Recovery Corp
Speaker picEthan Richardson has been in the environmental industry for over 25 years.  Since 2017 he has been the Executive Director of SARRC (Saskatchewan Association for Resource Recovery Corp), helping industry and the people of Saskatchewan recycle used motor oil, oil filters, antifreeze and oil, antifreeze and diesel exhaust fluid containers.   He lives in his hometown, Saskatoon, and enjoys growing various fruit and vegetable plants, while keeping his four home compost bins as active as possible.

10:00 - 10:30 Both Workshops
Creating a Culture of Repair
  -- Meg Dorwart, SWRC
Workshop SpeakerMeg Dorwart (she/her) is the Communications and Events Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council, one of her roles has been to organize and host virtual and in-person Repair Cafes. She is also the founder and coordinator of the Library of Things YXE, another initiative born from the desire to facilitate waste reduction.

10:30 - 11:00 Break

11:00 - 11:30 Prince Albert Workshop
Waste Diversion Education & Communications – Why educating school aged children is so important!

-Alexa Mofazzali, Loraas North
Speaker picAlexa is the Communications Coordinator for Loraas Disposal North in Saskatoon. Her initial focus when starting at Loraas almost four years ago was to grow their online presence. After learning the ins and outs of waste diversion in Saskatchewan her passion for public education took flight. With the COVID-19 pandemic she moved their Education Centre program to be delivered virtually and saw great success. She is now gearing up to re-open the classroom for in person tours this week and is planning to share what she’s learned about waste and recycling public education along the way. When she’s not at Loraas Recycle you will find her at the barn training to compete in Dressage, or at home watching the latest TV shows with her husband and dog.

11:00 - 11:30 Moose Jaw Workshop
Agriculture in Saskatchewan makes our world go round: demand for recycling agricultural plastics and packaging locally and across Canada
-- Tammy Shields, Cleanfarms (Moose Jaw Workshop)
Workshop SpeakerTammy is the Saskatchewan Program Advisor with Cleanfarms. Based out of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Tammy has been involved with recycling agricultural plastics since she led the first grain bag pilot in Saskatchewan, in 2010. 

Cleanfarms works with the entire supply chain, from farmers through to the recycling facilities to ensure agricultural plastics and packaging can be responsibly managed and kept out of the environment.

11:30 - 12:00 Prince Albert Workshop
A Smashing Success: Recycling Glass with SARCAN

    -- Kevin Acton, SARCAN Recycling
Workshop SpeakerKevin is the Director of Operations at SARCAN Recycling, and has been with the company for over 30 years. He is extremely knowledgeable about recycling and is constantly seeking new and innovative ways to keep SARCAN's beverage container recycling program running efficiently. SARCAN's beverage container recycling program is the envy of North American recyclers as SARCAN continues to be one of the most efficient recycling systems in North America.

Under Kevin’s leadership, SARCAN introduced paint and electronics recycling programs in 2006 and 2007 respectively. In 2021 SARCAN introduced battery collection into the depot network. He has traveled extensively throughout North America to research the recycling landscape, and how it is growing and changing.

Employment for people of all abilities, protecting Saskatchewan’s natural beauty, and economic development are Kevin’s passions, and also the keys to the success of SARCAN Recycling.

In his spare time, Kevin enjoys keeping tropical fish and aquatic horticulture.

11:30 - 12:00 Moose Jaw Workshop
A Smashing Success: Recycling Glass with SARCAN

   -- Sean Homenick, SARCAN Recycling (Moose Jaw Workshop)
Workshop SpeakerSean Homenick (he/ him) has worked in the non-profit world for fifteen years and currently works with SARC and SARCAN Recycling as the Manager of Communications and Culture. He received his Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Saskatchewan with a specialization in Marketing and Management. Sean is proud to live car-free in downtown Saskatoon.

Sean Homenick is 6’9” in height. He did indeed play basketball and volleyball. Sean orders his shoes and pants online.  He truthfully does not get tired of hearing these questions.

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch (provided)

1:00 - 1:45 Prince Albert Workshop
Update from the Ministry of Environment
-- Amy Richter
Speaker picAmy Richter is a Senior Waste Management Coordinator with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in the Waste Stewardship and Recycling Unit. She oversees several stewardship programs and continues to work on a number of key commitments in the solid waste management strategy. Amy holds a PhD in Environmental Systems Engineering from the University of Regina, where she completed her thesis on regionalized waste management systems.

--Casey Frantik
Speaker picCasey Frantik is a professional biologist who worked in the Oil and Gas industry for just over 9 years completing various environmental compliance and monitoring roles before joining the Ministry of Environment in October 2020 in the Landfill Section. Casey lives in Prince Albert and has three wonderful daughters that keep her busy outside of the office with all their extracurricular activities.

1:00 - 1:45 Moose Jaw Workshop
Update from the Ministry of Environment
-Pamela Berry
Speaker picPamela Berry is a Senior Policy Analyst and Research Officer with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in the Waste Stewardship and Recycling Unit. Pamela oversees implementation of the provincial Solid Waste Management Strategy and supports the various policy, regulatory and research needs of the unit. In her spare time, Pamela can be found playing with her energetic toddlers or finding her inner peace doing yoga.

-Dominique Turcotte
Speaker picDominique Turcotte is a Senior Environment Protection Officer for the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment. Parts of her job entail travelling throughout the province aiding communities in correct disposal of solid waste. In her spare time, she enjoys doing crafts and playing music with her young children



1:45 - 2:15 Both Workshops
Using Organic Waste to replenish the diversity and density of microbes in the Living Soil
-- Trevor Bouchard, HumaTerra
Workshop SpeakerTrevor Is the Business Development Manager at HumaTerra. He is committed to providing farmers, distributors and municipalities with the information they need to make informed buying decisions. Trevor has over 30 years of experience in consulting and operations across Agriculture, food, construction, learning and development, Oil and Gas sectors.

HumaTerra™ makes broad-spectrum amendments that transform dirt into living soil. Their mission is to enhance the life of the soil through the diversity and density of microbial material.

2:15-2:30 Break

2:30 - 3:00 Both Workshops
Everything you wanted to know about hosting an HHW depot 
- Colleen Dixon, Product Care
Workshop SpeakerColleen is a professional community planner with over 30 years of experience in both the public and private sector. She is the Saskatchewan Field Coordinator for Product Care, a federal not-for-profit organization that manages Extended Producer Responsibility requirements in nine provinces on behalf of its steward members. In Saskatchewan, Product Care manages waste paint and non-battery household hazardous waste products included in the provincial regulations.

Colleen also operates Equinox3 Consulting, where she provides professional community and environmental planning and waste diversion services to municipalities, land developers, First Nation communities and NGOs.  

She is past director of the Greater Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce and Roadmap Saskatoon and is currently chairs the board of directors for WESK, as well as an active member of various professional and industry associations. 

3:00 - 3:30 Both Workshops
The Single Use Plastics Ban: Who, What, Where, When & Why

-- Joanne Fedyk, SWRC
Workshop SpeakerJoanne Fedyk has been the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Waste Reduction Council since 1991. Her educational background is in Home and Family Economics, but that was a long time ago. She lives in Saskatoon with her husband and cat.