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The OWMA has several high-profile speakers and expert panels slated for our 2017 Annual General Meeting and Conference on March 1 in Toronto to tackle some of the most pressing issues confronting Ontario’s waste management sector.

We are pleased to announce that Ontario’s Environmental Commissioner Dianne Saxe has now been confirmed as our opening keynote speaker. Her presentation will be followed by a series of informative talks from academics and industry specialists, including three expert panel discussions.

For our first panel, we have assembled a solid group of leaders in the fields of waste management and diversion to unpack some of the challenges related to financial assurance and approvals while assessing reforms that could help ease the regulatory burden on the sector while growing Ontario’s circular economy.

We have also brought together regulators and waste management professionals for two important panel discussions focused on charting out the course for the implementation of the Waste-Free Ontario Act and the transition of the Blue Box.

To help understand the political landscape in the province leading up to the June 2018 election, Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson will discuss how the Ontario PCs plan to respond to the development of new regulations under the Waste-Free Ontario Act and contrast their carbon-pricing plan with the provincial government’s cap-and-trade program, which is set to launch next month. 

These in-depth presentations will be capped off by a timely speech at the Chairman’s Dinner by Ontario Environment and Climate Change Minister Glen Murray. He will provide some perspective on how regulatory changes on waste diversion and climate change will proceed in an increasingly political environment at Queen’s Park.

If you haven’t registered already, don’t put it off any longer. Take this opportunity to get informed and gain the insight needed to navigate the changing regulatory landscape in 2017. Register now by clicking here. For more information, email mgoulding@owma.org