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The 8th annual Canadian Waste to Resource Conference (CWRC) and the Waste & Recycling Expo Canada (CWRE), celebrating its 20th anniversary, both enjoyed great turnouts and participation during their respective two-day events on October 25-26 at the Scotiabank Convention Centre in Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Showcasing 25 workshop sessions led by some of the most influential and highly regarded industry experts, the 2017 edition of the CWRC provided topical, insightful and informative presentations for attendees.

 Based out of New York, acclaimed author and professor Robin Nagle (pictured below) delivered a compelling presentation, How to Save the World Every Day: Fundamentals of Waste Management.

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 Tej Gidda (pictured below), Principal, GHD Limited, (Mixed Waste Processing: A Tale of Unrequited Love), Dr. Frida Jones, PhD, RISE – Research Institutes of Sweden (MSW Management in Sweden – A century of choices for the future), and keynote speaker Dr. Dianne Saxe, Environmental Commissioner of Ontario, (Beyond the Blue Box: Ontario's Fresh Start on Waste Diversion and the Circular Economy) were some of the many renowned speakers at this year’s Conference.

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“We were very fortunate to have so many powerful speakers from Canada, the United States and all over the world who joined us this year at CWRC,” said Michele Goulding, Conference Manager and Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA) Director of Finance and Member Services. “The feedback from those who spoke and from the many people who attended the sessions was all extremely positive.”

 Alan Caslin, Chair of the Regional Municipality of Niagara and Jim Diodati, Mayor of the City of Niagara Falls, Ontario, welcomed CWRC delegates at the Conference opening.

 Held at the same venue, the CWRE is Canada’s only trade show serving the waste, recycling and public works markets, which annually attracts more than 3,000 attendees and 300 exhibitors from across Canada, the United States and abroad.

 Those who attended this year’s CWRC received free entrance (with registration) into the CWRE.

 A vast array of exhibitors took to the show floor, including Mack Trucks, McNeilus, Walker Environmental and Waste Connections of Canada.

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“I really enjoyed the show,” said Sylvia Rennie, TESTMARK Laboratories. “It was a wonderful mix of different technologies and services.”

The CWRE, which included an on-floor cocktail reception hosted by the Ontario Waste Management Association (OWMA), concluded at 4 p.m. on Thursday.

The CWRE delivered a world-class experience that enabled participants to learn about the latest industry developments and services, have the opportunity to network with colleagues, and also make important business connections.

A sentiment echoed by OWMA CEO, Rob Cook (pictured below).

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“With an ever-evolving industry, events like the CWRC and CWRE are important reminders that collaboration, dedication and widespread participation are essential for the continued success of everyone in our sectors,” said Cook. “We thank everyone – participants, speakers, guests, exhibitors and those who helped organize the events – for their tremendous contributions over the two days.”

We look forward to bringing the sector together again for the 9th Annual Canadian Waste to Resource Conference, taking place October 24-25, 2018 at the Allstream Centre/Enercare Centre in downtown Toronto.