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Cancellation of the Municipal Waste Association (MWA) Spring Workshop

The MWA Board has been actively considering the implications of the risks and risk mitigation related to our annual Spring Workshop that brings together Municipal Waste Management leaders. The current strategy in Canada is that of Viral Disease Containment – minimizing the footprint of the virus in our citizens and, with respect to our health system, reducing the spread of the disease’s impact over a longer period of time.

The Province of Ontario’s Order in Council 518/2020 “Declaration of Emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act” has been extended from May 12, 2020, to June 2, 2020. This Emergency Declaration allows Ontario to continue to enforce current emergency orders, such as prohibiting events and gatherings of more than five people making it impossible to “provide or use the Resort facilities”.

Since we are restricted to proceed with our Spring 2020 Workshop and the ongoing health emergency of the COVID-19 pandemic that may continue for the remainder of the year, we the MWA Board of Directors have decided to cancel all mass gatherings for 2020.


Our Spring Workshop will be held Fall 2020 and we are pleased to announce that we are returning to Deerhurst Resort, Huntsville, ON.

The MWA Golf Classic will be held on Tuesday, XXXX with a light lunch at the Antler Restaurant and then a few steps away the SHOTGUN Start commences at 12:00 noon.

For interested Workshop attendees who are not golfing on Tuesday, we are working on alternative programming – please stay tuned for details to follow.

We are currently working on this year’s Workshop Program and will post the list of speakers and their presentation topics shortly. In the meantime, we are pleased to announce that our Key Note Speaker is Dr. Daniel Hoornweg:

Dan is Associate Professor, Associate Dean and Richard Marceau Chair at Ontario Tech University in Oshawa. Following almost 20 years with the World Bank, including as Lead Advisor overseeing Sustainable Cities and Climate Change programs, Dan returned to Ontario in 2012. Dan has worked directly with more than 350 local governments, private companies and public agencies.

Dan served as Waste Management Coordinator for the City of Guelph 1987-1991 (Note: Dan was on the 1st AMRC Board in 1987), and Solid Waste Manager for Bermuda 1991-1993. Dan is the Chair of the Durham Region Roundtable on Climate Change and was the Chief Safety and Risk Officer for the Province of Ontario 2012-2020 (Technical Standards and Safety Authority, TSSA) and a Board member of Waste Diversion Ontario (2013-2017).

Dan’s academic background includes degrees in Earth Sciences (University of Waterloo), a Masters in Environmental Engineering (Guelph) and a PhD in Civil (Sustainability) Engineering (University of Toronto, 2015). Dan researches energy and material flows of cities and urban systems.

Dan’s Presentation: What a Waste: A Career in Trash

In 1983 Nyle Ludolph and friends first launched the Blue Box in Kitchener, Ontario. Since then Ontario, and the rest of the world, have tried all sorts of ways to reduce, recycle and to get someone else to pay for waste management. Terms like Wet/Dry, OMMRI, RPRA, AMRC, MWA, circular economy, refillables, EFW and climate change, are now often charged with emotion and some skepticism. Where is the world heading in waste generation? Is Ontario a leader in a conserving society – was it ever? Are there lessons from the waste management sector that might help with climate change? Where might we go from here? This ‘talking trash’ will try to sum up a career’s thoughts on waste management and sustainable development.

Also in the meantime, we encourage you to register for the Spring Workshop through our on-line shopping cart:


Please book your hotel rooms at Deerhurst by calling Local 705-789-6411 or toll-free 1-800-461-4393. Tell them you’re with the Municipal Waste Association (MWA) because we’ve earmarked a block of rooms at $160 per night (same price as last year BTW) + 8% resort fee and HST.