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3rd Annual Beach Volleyball Tournament
August 16, 2014
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WEFTEC Canadian Hotel Registrations
September 2014
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16th Annual WEAO Golf Tournament
September 11, 2014
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Great Canadian Icebreaker
September 27, 2014
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WEAO's Annual Conference & OPCEA Exhibition

43rd Annual WEAO Technical Symposium and OPCEA Exhibition      

April 6th - 8th, 2014 

Less than a week left!

LCC and London Hilton

London Convention Centre, London, ON 

  Online Registration  **UNTIL WEDNESDAY APRIL 2ND AT 5PM!


Registration will be available onsite after Wednesday.



Exhibitors:  Information is posted on the OPCEA website (www.opcea.com) 

Consultant Exhibitor Package:  Consultants Exhibitor Letter    Consultants Exhibitor Package


Technical Program:  Technical Program - as of Mar 19-2014 (pdf)

Exhibition:  OPCEA Free Tradeshow Pass


Hotel Information

London Hilton -  SOLD OUT

Delta Armouries - SOLD OUT   


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Conference Highlights:

NEW Conference Event –Mentorship Program Social, Salon C, Main Floor of the London Convention Centre Sunday afternoon @ 5:00 p.m.   Come and find out about exciting mentorship and mentee opportunities.  Flyer


Student Design Competition - Is your group looking to scout the best new talent in Ontario's water environment field?  Whether you've got concrete plans to hire or you just want to see what's out there, make plans to attend our Student Design Competition (SDC)!  This year's SDC has students from Ontario universities showcasing their projects to improve storm water management in East Gwillimbury.  Some of Ontario's top young professionals got their start through the SDC.  Can your group afford to miss it?   Event Flyer


 **NEW THIS YEAR - CEUs (Continuing Education Units or training hours) are available for all technical program sessions.  For those interested in obtaining CEUs, please obtain a form at the registration desk for completion prior to attending the technical information sessions.


2014 Keynote Brent Wootten  Keynote Speaker - Dr. Brent Wootton, this year's keynote speaker, is Director and Senior Scientist at the Centre for Alternative Wastewater  Treatment (CAWT) at Fleming College, Lindsay, Ontario.  Dr. Wootton was also an advisor to the Ontario Government on the Water Opportunities Act  and participates in UN Wastewater Taskforce meetings.  He serves on several ISO technical mirror committees and on the Review Panel for the Ontario  Minister of Environment's Award for Environmental Excellence.  He is currently Chair of WaterTAP.   Brent will be bringing us his perspectives on the  challenges and opportunities in the wastewater sector.


2014 WEF Representative Paul Bowen  Meet WEF Representative, Paul Bowen - Paul is currently Director, Sustainable Operations for the Coca-Cola Company and leads the environmental  sustainability program across the Quality and Technical organizations of the company.  He is responsible for delivering on company commitments in the  water and energy/climate spaces, and for embedding environmental sustainability across all Coca-Cola system operations.  He serves as a technical  expert for developing water reuse with corporate quality standards and as a subject matter expert (SME) on water and wastewater treatment issues. 


Plant Tour - This year's tour will be taking place on Sunday, April 6th at the Labatt's Brewery located at 150 Simcoe Street in London (intersection is Horton and Richmond).  All registered participants are asked to meet at Labatt's in the John Kinder Labatt Room no later than 1:00pm.  There is plenty of free parking on site.  Safety shoes are required and, as per food safety policy, no jewelry is allowed to be worn.  Picture ID showing proof of age is also required and no cameras are permitted in the brewery.  Pre-registration for the tour as part of your conference registration is required.  Space is limited and will be on a first come, first served basis.


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 7th at the London Convention 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 Richard Szigeti at rsziget@toronto.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 Richard Szigeti at rsziget@toronto.ca to register.


Water for People and WEAO Young Professionals Monday Night Event - Building on the success of previous years' events, Water for People Canada and the Young Professionals will be arranging another night of fun, food, music and networking.  Ontario's wastewater professionals will converge and mingle at the Fox & Fiddle London, all while raising funds for Water for People Canada.  Please join us and savour a great selection of food and beverages.  Doors open at 7pm, the dinner and music starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets for this event are $50 including dinner or $25 without dinner; cash bar.  Tickets are available to purchase online.  Flyer 


Conference Program At A Glance

Sunday, April 6th
12:00pm - 4:00pm Student Design Competition LCC Main Floor - Salon D
1:00pm – 3:30pm Plant Tour Labatt Brewery (within walking distance)
4:00pm – 5:00pm WEAO Annual General Meeting LCC Main Floor - Salon C
5:00pm - 6:00pm WEAO Mentorship Program Meet & Greet LCC Main Floor - Salon C
6:00pm – 7:00pm The Social Hour – Connecting New & Seasoned Professionals LCC Upper Floor – Ballroom Foyer  1
7:00pm – 10:00pm Icebreaker Reception LCC Upper Foyer – Ballroom 1
Monday, April 7th
8:30am – 9:30am Opening Session with Keynote Speaker:  Brent Wootten LCC Main Floor - Theatre
10:00am – 12:00pm Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details LCC Various Rooms
12:00pm – 2:00pm Awards Luncheon Hilton – Grand Ballroom
2:00pm – 5:00pm OPCEA Exhibition Open LCC Upper Floor – Ballrooms 2-7
2:15pm – 3:15pm Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details LCC Various Rooms
2:15pm – 4:00pm Ops Challenge Process Control Exam Hilton – Queen Victoria Room
4:15pm – 5:15pm Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details LCC Various Rooms
5:15pm – 7:00pm OPCEA Reception LCC Upper Floor – Ballrooms 2-7
7:00pm – 10:00pm Water For People Canada and Young Professionals Night of Food, Music & Networking Fox & Fiddle
Galleria Mall, 355 Wellington Street, London, ON
Tuesday, April 8th
8:30am – 9:30am Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details LCC Various Rooms
9:30am – 4:30pm OPCEA Exhibition Open LCC Upper Floor – Ballrooms 2-7
9:00am – 3:00pm Operations Challenge Runs LCC Upper Floor – Ballroom 8
9:00am – 12:00pm Operator Certification Exam - Wastewater Hilton – Queen Victoria Room
10:30am – 11:30am Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details LCC Various Rooms
11:30am – 1:30pm Lunch on Exhibition Floor LCC Upper Floor – Ballrooms 2-7 
1:30pm – 3:30pm Technical Sessions – see pocket program for details LCC Various Rooms
1:30pm – 3:30pm Operator Certification Exam - Water Hilton – Queen Victoria Room
3:30pm – 4:30pm Totally Wasted Game Show LCC Upper Floor – Ballroom 1
6:00pm – 7:00pm Pre-Banquet Reception Hilton – Grand Ballroom
7:00pm – 10:00pm Conference Banquet Hilton – Grand Ballroom


2014 Conference At A Glance (pdf)


2014 Registration Fees 

 Registration Type  On/Before Mar 7/2014   After Mar 7/2014 
 WEAO/WEF Members:       
 Full Registration $665 $770
 One-Day Monday Only $445 $495
 One-Day Tuesday Only $505 $560
 Ops Challenge Cmtee Members $505 $555
 WEF Young Professional Members:    
 Full Registration $520 $625
 One-Day Monday Only $340 $390
 WEF Student Members:    
 Full Registration (does not include lunches/banquet) $0 $0
 Full Registration $905 $1015
 Young Professional Full Registration (must meet WEF YP criteria) $665 $765
 Young Professional One-Day Monday Only (must meet WEF YP criteria) $455 $505
 One-Day Monday Only  $510 $555
 One-Day Tuesday Only $580 $635
 Students (must meet WEF Student criteria) $85 $85
 Operations Challenge Teams:    
 Ops Challenge Team of 5 (coach + 4 members) $1100 $1265
 Plant Tour    
 Plant tour ticket to Labatt Brewery $10 $10
 Individual Tickets    
 Sunday Social Hour (connecting seasoned and new professionals) $35 $35
 Sunday Icebreaker Reception $105 $105
 Monday Awards Luncheon $75 $75
 Tuesday Lunch $30 $30
 Tuesday Banquet $115 $115
 Water For People & Young Professionals Monday Event    
 Monday evening event with dinner $50 $50
 Monday evening event without dinner $25 $25























 **HST applies to all the above fees



Future WEAO Conference Details

2015 2016 2017
April 19th - 21st, 2015 April 10th - 12th, 2016  April 2nd - 4th, 2017 

  Toronto Congress Centre  

Toronto, ON

  Scotiabank Convention Centre 

Niagara Falls, ON

  Ottawa Convention Centre  

Ottawa, ON





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