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WEAO's Annual Conference & OPCEA Exhibition

2015 Annual Conference         Follow us on Twitter @WEAOYP and use #WEAO2015

REGISTRATION IS OPEN!!  Online registration


Exhibitors:  Information will be posted on the OPCEA website (www.opcea.com

Hotel Information

Radisson Suite Hotel Toronto Airport 

640 Dixon Road, Toronto, ON

416-242-7400 or 1-800-333-3333 or online at:  www.radisson.com/torontoca_airport

Book by:  March 20th, 2015 


Technical Program

2015 Technical Presentation Program - Monday    2015 Technical Presentation Program - Tuesday

Conference Highlights:

Student Design Competition - beginning at 9:00 am

Sunday Plant Tour - Clarkson to dazzle WEAO audience!

No, sorry, not the pop star Kelly Clarkson. This year's Operations Tour at the WEAO conference is even better than American Idol’s show star! We're delighted to announce that this year’s Operations Tour is being graciously hosted by the Region of Peel with OCWA at the Clarkson Wastewater Treatment Plant in Mississauga.

Clarkson is a conventional activated sludge treatment plant that has been undergoing a major expansion for the last several years to raise the capacity to 350 Million Litres a day. With modern high efficient aeration system including the Turblex Most Open Valve control to achieve savings in the millions of dollars since 2010. Just completed the first in Canada a Micro Hydro turbine that will generate up to 240 Kw utilizing the energy of the dropping water into the outfall. Other green energy projects currently under construction are the 1.4 MW biogas combined heat and power unit which will supply about 35% of the base load for electricity and produce heat for the digestion process.

Clarkson has a recently expanded 6 millimetre fine screen pre-treatment headworks that washes grinds and compacts all material removed from the liquid stream. Degritting is accomplished with Vortex Grit removal system. Biosolids building built in 2007, upgraded in 2012 to accommodate the rise in flows features Alfa Laval centrifuges and rotary drum thickeners along with emulsion and dry polymer make down units.

The Tour Bus will leave the Toronto Congress Centre at 1:00 pm sharp and return by 4:30 pm.

Buy your ticket now and be sure not to miss out! Who knows, maybe Kelly will show up too!

CEUs (Continuing Education Units or training hours) will be available for all technical program sessions.  Watch for further information.

Operations Challenge - Would you like the opportunity to show off your skills competing against other Ontario Wastewater Professionals?  The Operations Challenge is a one-of-a-kind wastewater olympics taking place April 21st at the Toronto Congress Centre.  The competition consists of five events:  Collection Systems; Laboratory; Maintenance (Pump) Event; Process Control; and Safety.  Teams make repairs to pumps, enter confined spaces, work on collection systems, troubleshoot process control problems and perform designated laboratory procedures while racing against the clock.  The events are held simultaneously and provide for a lot of action and excitement.  Teams are comprised of four members and are judged on the time it takes to complete a series of tasks for each event as well as accuracy.  Interest in participating?  Contact Carrie Brunet carrie.brunet@niagararegion.ca.

Totally Wasted Game Show - fashioned after a popular television quiz show, the TWGS quizzes contestants with questions comparable to those applicable to their daily activities.  Teams consist of a consultant, OPCEA supplier, a young professional and a professional operator.  The game is highly competitive and great fun for participants and spectators.  Contact Carrie Brunet at carrie.brunet@niagararegion.ca to register.

Keynote SpeakerKAREN PALLANSCH, Chief Executive Officer, Alexandria Renew Enterprises (AlexRenew)

Ms. Pallansch currently serves as chief executive officer for Alexandria Renew Enterprises (formerly the Alexandria Sanitation Authority), one of the most advanced water reclamation facilities in the United States. As chief executive officer, Ms. Pallansch leads a team of more than 100 employees on a 33-acre campus that renews 13 billion gallons of wastewater per year. She has served in her current capacity since October 2005 and has worked at Alexandria Renew Enterprises for more than 20 years.

During her decade of service as CEO, Ms. Pallansch led an organizational repositioning and rebranding effort that incorporated a successful public-developer partnership, creating a neighborhood from an industrial area that once served as the City landfill. The site, slated to open this year, will use AlexRenew’s bluRenew reclaimed water.  BluRenew will be used in a signature water fountain feature that will anchor AlexRenew’s treatment tanks, which will be topped by a regulation-size soccer field operated and maintained by Alexandria City Parks.  The reclaimed water will also be used for irrigation along the South Carlyle residential development project, including landscaping and water features to be installed by the developer on the north end of the site.

New for 2015!  A Walk-About Technical Session!

As part of the 2015 WEAO Annual Technical Symposium & OPCEA Exhibition, a “Walk-About Technical Session” will be provided on the exhibition floor.  Similar to the WEFTEC Mobile Sessions, a guided tour of various equipment vendors will be provided for the following topics; nutrient removal and inflow and infiltration (I&I).  The “Walk About Technical Session” allows participating vendors to provide context for their products or services, and discuss process application for consultants and end users alike. The tour will offer attendees a unique opportunity to engage in dialogue with vendors, to gain firsthand experience with various products and services related to one of the chosen topics.  There will be an afternoon session Monday, April 20th and Tuesday, April 21st.  Four vendors will participate in each session. 


2015 Conference Program At A Glance

Sunday, April 19th
9:00am - 4:00pm Student Design Competition Munro 10
1:00pm – 4:30pm Plant Tour Clarkson WWTP, Mississauga
4:00pm – 5:00pm WEAO Annual General Meeting Munro 9
5:00pm - 6:00pm WEAO Mentorship Program Meet & Greet Munro 9
6:00pm – 7:00pm The Social Hour – Connecting New & Seasoned Professionals Cafe 1020
7:00pm – 10:00pm Icebreaker Reception South Twain Lobby
Monday, April 20th
7:00am – 10:00am Opening Session with Keynote Speaker: Karen Pallansch, Chief Executive Officer, Alexandria Renew Enterprises Tannenbaum Ballroom
10:00am – 12:00pm Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details Various Rooms
12:00pm – 2:00pm Awards Luncheon L Tannenbaum Ballroom
2:00pm – 5:00pm OPCEA Exhibition Open Hall H
2:15pm – 3:15pm Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details Various Rooms
2:15pm – 4:00pm Ops Challenge Process Control Exam McKennitt 10
4:15pm – 5:15pm Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details Various Rooms
5:15pm – 7:00pm OPCEA Reception Hall H
7:00pm – 10:00pm Water For People Canada and Young Professionals Night of Food, Music & Networking Arizona’s
Tuesday, April 21st 
8:30am – 9:30am Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details Various Rooms
9:30am – 4:30pm OPCEA Exhibition Open Hall H
9:00am – 3:00pm Operations Challenge Runs Hall H
8:45am – 12:00pm Operator Certification Exam - Wastewater McKennitt 10
10:30am – 11:30am Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details Various Rooms
11:30am – 1:30pm Lunch on Exhibition Floor Hall H 
1:30pm – 3:30pm Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details Various Rooms
1:00pm – 4:15pm Operator Certification Exam - Water McKennitt 10
3:30pm – 4:30pm Totally Wasted Game Show Hall H
6:00pm – 7:00pm Pre-Banquet Reception L Tannenbaum Ballroom
7:00pm – 10:00pm Conference Banquet L Tannenbaum Ballroom


2015 Registration Fees 

 Registration Type  On/Before Mar 13/2015   After Mar 13/2015 
 WEAO/WEF Members  (does not include membership fees):       
 Full Registration $698 $809
 One-Day Monday Only $467 $520
 One-Day Tuesday Only $530 $588
 Ops Challenge Cmtee Members $530 $583
 WEF Young Professional Members  (does not include membership fees):    
 Full Registration $546 $656
 One-Day Monday Only $357 $410
 WEF Student Members   (does not include membership fees):    
 Full Registration (does not include lunches/banquet) $10 $10
 Non-Members (** fees include one-year WEF membership):    
 Full Registration** $950 $1066
 Young Professional Full Registration (must meet WEF YP criteria)** $698 $803
 Young Professional One-Day Monday Only (must meet WEF YP criteria)**  $478 $530
 One-Day Monday Only  $536 $583
 One-Day Tuesday Only $609 $667
 Students (must meet WEF Student criteria)** $95 $95
 Operations Challenge Teams:    
 Ops Challenge Team of 5 (coach + 4 members) $1155 $1328
 Plant Tour    
 Plant tour ticket to Clarkson WWTP, Mississauga $10 $10
 Individual Tickets    
 Sunday Social Hour (connecting seasoned and new professionals) $37 $37
 Sunday Icebreaker Reception $110 $110
 Monday Awards Luncheon $79 $79
 Tuesday Lunch $32 $32
 Tuesday Banquet $121 $121
 Water For People & Young Professionals Monday Event    
 Monday evening event with dinner $50 $50
 Monday evening event without dinner $25 $25



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Future WEAO Conference Details

2016 2017
April 10th - 12th, 2016  April 2nd - 4th, 2017 

Scotiabank Convention Centre

Niagara Falls, ON

Ottawa Convention Centre

Ottawa, ON

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