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Online workshop: Wastewater best practices, strategies and solutions

Man in top left corner, wastewater treatment plant bottom right. Text on image: "Online workshop: Wastewater"

February 2-March 2, 2017

Session summary

Are you a small or medium-sized municipality that is building or upgrading your wastewater facility to comply with new regulations introduced by the federal government?

Watch the webinar recordings from our three-part, online workshop series on wastewater best practices, strategies and solutions for Canadian municipalities.

Discover successful strategies and solutions to implement wastewater projects in your municipality and meet the 2012 federal Wastewater Systems Effluent Regulations.

In these sessions, you will learn how to:

  • Create and deliver successful proposals and projects for wastewater treatment plants
  • Apply project management best practices, including project scoping, planning, design, procurement, construction and operations
  • Work with and gain support from a multidisciplinary team and local stakeholders to improve your project

You'll also discover solutions to key technical and project management challenges that you may encounter.

Each session draws upon the lessons learned and best practices from wastewater projects funded by FCM's Green Municipal Fund.

Who should attend

Elected officials and staff with all levels of experience in wastewater projects from small and medium-sized municipalities can attend. 

Session 1: Project scoping and stakeholder engagement

Date: Thursday, February 2, 2017
Time: 1–3 p.m. EST

Learn how to access and share tools, information and examples of best practices in project scoping and stakeholder engagement. Study successful approaches used in northern and remote communities, as well as by the City of Cranbrook, BC, and discover how you can apply similar techniques in your own community.

Speakers:

  • Heather Castleden, Associate Professor, Department of Public Health Sciences, Queen's University, Kingston, ON
  • Allan Gordon, Mechanical Engineer, J.L. Richards & Associates Limited, Guelph, ON
  • Joe McGowan, Director, Infrastructure Planning & Delivery, City of Cranbrook, BC

Presentations

 
Three Lessons Best Practices for Meeting Canadian Municipal Wastewater Regulations  Ying Zhou

 

Session 2: Project planning and design

Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
Time: 1–3 p.m. EST 

The second session identifies tips in project planning and design, with a focus on lessons learned from the City of Brockville, ON. Learn about different strategies, including how to: 

  • Integrate teams and processes
  • Optimize long-term returns on investment and development
  • Prepare budget and scheduling contingencies

Speakers:

  • Angus Chu, Associate Professor, Schulich School of Engineering, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB
  • Conal Cosgrove, Director of Operations, City of Brockville, ON

Presentations

 
Recap from Session 1 PDF icon — Ying Zhou

 

Session 3: Procurement, construction and start-up

Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017
Time: 1–3 p.m. EST

Learn about the successful approaches to procurement, construction and start-up used by the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, ON, in their wastewater plant upgrade. This session also examines:

  • Proven approaches to flexible procurement practices
  • Effective communication
  • Comprehensive training and change planning
  • How to commission work plans and detailed testing

Speakers:

  • Jo-Anne Ing, Head, Environmental Engineering Design and Construction, Region of Waterloo, ON
  • Bowdin King, Development Officer, Green Municipal Fund

Presentations

Page Updated: 07/06/2017