2014 SPWA Annual Conference and Tradeshow
Event Dates
Feb 25, 2014toFeb 27, 2014
Registration Dates
Dec 23, 2013toFeb 25, 2014
Delta Regina 800-209-3555
1919 Saskatchewan Drive, Regina , SK S4P 4H2
The Saskatchewan Chapter of the Canadian Public Works Association is holding its Annual Conference and Trade Show at the Delta Regina Hotel in Regina, on February 25th -27th.  "Building for Today, Planning for Tomorrow"  To view the tentative Conference agenda, see the download available below.  To register as a supplier in the Trade Show, see the Supplier Registration Form below.  To register as a Delegate to the conference, see the Delegate Registration Form below.

SPWA has a block of rooms held at a special rate with the Delta Regina Hotel until February 3rd, 2014. Call the Delta at (800) 209-3555, quote “spw02514”, inform them that you are with the SPWA Annual Conference and Tradeshow, and the hotel will look after your needs.

Presentation Information

'Fundamentals of Pavement Maintenance'

This session is an overview of the causes of pavement deterioration and the various remedial methods of repair and their effectiveness.  Included in the discussion will be the role of compaction during construction, infra-red technology, spray injection repair and crack sealing as a preventative procedure.

Robert Holden, REME(V), CET

Mr. Holden has been involved with the pavement industry for more than 25 years. He designed the last highway class hot mix asphalt paver built in Canada and works with various specialist equipment manufacturers and end-users to develop technologies to advance pavement and winter maintenance practices.

"Dr. Bob" as the Australians call him is well known in several countries for his expertise on these and related subjects.

‘Your part in a safe workplace and OHS activities’

This session will provide a review of your safety roles and responsibilities under The Occupational Health and Safety Act, 1996 and The Occupational Health and Safety Regulations, 1996, including discussion on some of the specific regulations that apply to public works projects. You will also receive an update of the Occupational Health and Safety Divisions current activities and new compliance model.

Kim Meyer is the Manager of Safety Operations South within the Occupational Health and Safety Division, Ministry of Labour Relations and Workplace Safety. Several years ago she moved worker safety from the side of her desk in the livestock industry to a full time career as a safety professional. Kim has experience as an Occupational Health Officer, as a safety advisor in two large organizations, and she currently manages the Division’s team of Officers in southern Saskatchewan. Along with her BSc from the University of Saskatchewan, Kim has achieved a Certificate of OHS from Ryerson University and holds the Canadian Registered Safety Professional designation.

'Thermal Imaging'

Thermography is an extremely diverse technology that requires background knowledge and skills in a variety of areas. Just taking a thermal picture is easy, understanding and interpreting the images to differentiate potential consequences and jargon displayed within the image can be rather difficult. Thermography is most utilized the three key areas covered in this session: Electrical, structural, and mechanical. Some examples of municipal use/benefits from scans include determining WTP process flows, if a motor is approaching thermal working limits, or in determining areas of heat loss on building envelopes.

Josh Buniak, Operation & Maintenance Technician

Josh has 14 years of combined operational experience in the public works and mechanical technology fields. He is a certified municipal water and wastewater operator with Class 2 in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment, and Wastewater Collection. Josh has taking the training and has become a Certified Level 1 Thermographer (infrared photographer) through the Infrared Training Center. He has travelled as far away as Ontario over the past two years to assist in both energy and electrical audits. Josh regularly involves this value added service with those being conducted at ATAP. He provides multiple technical field services such as reservoir cleaning and inspection, unidirectional flushing, swabbing, maintenance repairs and condition assessments for ATAP’s clients. Josh instructs water and wastewater certification courses and CEU workshops. He can also evaluate operators of Power Mobile Equipment.

'The Game Changer - How Major Equipment Manufacturers Are Connecting Equipment In The Field To The Office Desktop!'

Three Pillars of Customer Value: How major equipment manufacturers are helping customers.

Productivity – Machine Optimization applies machine and operations data to match equipment to job requirements. It uses machine data and control technologies to improve operating efficiency. It uses operator effectiveness to increase productivity and reduce jobsite costs per unit of production.

Uptime – Uptime Optimization integrates machine data, diagnostics and prognostics tools with dealer support and parts availability to uptime. It delivers integrated parts and service solution packages to meet the needs of specific applications.

Low Daily Operating Costs – Jobsite Optimization integrates machine control technology to get earth moving work done fast and more accurately. It delivers machine data to MyJD.com, fleet management, ERP, or other applications, to enable integrated planning and jobsite operations and project management.

Thomas E. Montgomery has forty-one years of progressive responsibilities in the Construction Equipment, Mining, Agriculture and Materials Processing industries. With manufacturers, he started his career at Euclid, Inc. He progressed from shop floor foreman to International sales before leaving to join Beckwith Machinery Co. the third largest CAT dealer globally. At Volvo Construction Equipment Thomas held positions of Vice President of Customer Support for LB Smith (Volvo’s largest North American dealer). He expatriate assignment in Asia as Vice President of Customer Support, Asia Region (four years) and was Vice President of National Accounts – responsible for selling equipment to Key Accounts (Bechtel, Skanska, WW Webber, etc.). When his career took him to Terex Corporation, Thomas became Group Vice President, Customer Support – Mining and Materials Processing. Throughout the years, Thomas has worked out a variety of dealerships including; Volvo Construction Equipment (LB Smith) as Vice President Customer Support, Komatsu (Mitchell Distributing Co.) now known as Linder Equipment as General Manager - Product Support, Caterpillar, Inc - Beckwith Machinery Co. now known as Cleveland Bros. as General Manager, Product Support, and Brandt Tractor Limited as Corporate Service Operations Manager. Thomas even founded and operated an IBM personal computer distributorship with 35 employees for 10 years (known as Datewares, Inc.).

Thomas' education consists of a BA, Psychology, John Carroll University 1970. Completed numerous sales and management courses. He also served on three Board of Directors for Volvo Construction Equipment; Korea, China, and Asia Region board.

'Linear Infrastructure Rehabilitation Using Liners'

Cured in place pipe (CIPP) liners have been used in gravity sewers for over 40 years. Many changes have occurred in materials and installation techniques over the years to improve products and efficiency. This presentation will provide an over view of some of the current CIPP lining technologies, and discuss product and installation envelopes for gravity sewer lining.

The second part of the presentation details pressure pipe lining technologies using both CIPP and HDPE lining systems. This is a relatively new market that has great potential all across North America and the throughout the world. The presentation reviews the current AWWA liner classification definitions, design and installation considerations for selecting a lining system, and product envelopes for several options. The final section is dedicated to new and emerging technologies.

Andrew Foster is the Regional Manager for Insituform’s Western Canada Region. He has been involved in CIPP lining projects across Western Canada for over 15 years. He has extensive experience in estimating, scheduling and project delivery on projects ranging from single shot, small diameter to projects involving over 100 installations and diameters up to 2100 mm.

George Bontus, P.Eng., is the Director – Pressure System Applications, with Insituform technologies. He is involved in pressure pipe lining projects throughout Canada and Insituform’s west US region. George has been involved in all aspects of the pressure pipe lining arena including marketing, business development, and estimating/project managing HDPE and CIPP installations, as well as design and review for CIPP liners in gravity applications.

George is a member of the AWWA committee updating Manual m28 – Watermain rehabilitation and also the AWWA pipeline rehabilitation Standard committee. He is a graduate of the University of Alberta, and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan.

'Reality-Based Leadership: Ditch the Drama & Turn Excuses into Results'

Reality check: The fact that the times we live in are challenging for all of our organizations IS NOT the source of our pain. The source of our pain is our inability to respond to our challenges with leadership that is based in reality. That’s a provocative statement, but in this dynamic presentation, thought leader and author, Cy Wakeman, will reveal how to be the kind of leader who helps employees change the way they think about and perceive their circumstances. Do you relate to any of these questions?

Do you have people in your workplace in the habit of greeting change with surprise, panic, and blame?

Do you or any members of your staff make decisions based on assumptions about the motivations of others?

Are people more invested in being right than in getting the job done?
Should you just go ahead and list “drama” as a line item in your budget because time and energy are being devoted to it anyway?

Cy Wakeman’s groundbreaking ideas will help us stop managing and start leading by breaking through resistance, conflicts, and excuses to solve long standing issues. She is a successful business entrepreneur, an expert blogger for both FastCompany.com and Forbes.com and the author of two books: Reality-Based Leadership – Ditch the Drama and Turn Excuses into Results and Reality-Based Rules of the Workplace: Know What Boosts Your Value, Kills Your Chances and Will Make You Happier.

'Landfill Regulations'

Landfills and the regulations that control them are nothing new in this province. The regulations have been the same for many years but are still not fully understood in some cases. Recently changes were proposed that would see landfills have new requirements for their construction, operation and purpose. This along with development of the new environmental code (also waiting implementation) could change how communities deal with solid waste in the future. This presentation looks at what we do today and what may be needed in the future.

Gordon Wills has over 25 years of experience in environmental engineering and planning, with emphasis on water and wastewater. He has provided project management and site supervision for clients in the private and public sectors. Gord has worked on air quality issues, & solid and hazardous waste issues while with the Government of Saskatchewan. His close relationship to environmental and water issues in Saskatchewan has seen him being involved in many initiatives from review of results based regulations to development of the 25 Year Water Plan.


This workshop is presented to provide the operational staff an opportunity to learn procedures, materials and equipment necessary for swabbing, environmental issues in discharging effluent, quality control and monitoring, and swabbing safety issues. The workshop will also include instruction on the potential health risk from distribution systems that harbour bacteria.

Josh Buniak, Operation & Maintenance Technician

Josh has 14 years of combined operational experience in the public works and mechanical technology fields. He is a certified municipal water and wastewater operator with Class 2 in Water Treatment, Water Distribution, Wastewater Treatment, and Wastewater Collection. Josh is a Certified Thermographer (infrared photographer). He provides multiple technical field services such as reservoir cleaning and inspection, unidirectional flushing, swabbing, maintenance repairs and condition assessments for ATAP’s clients. Josh has played a major role in swabbing projects such as the Lac La Ronge Regional Water Corporation Distribution initialization that undertook swabbing of the La Ronge, Air Ronge, and Lac La Ronge Indian Band distribution systems in a joint venture. He has assisted many municipal, First Nation, and industrial mine sites in swabbing and flushing of both potable and process water mains.

Trina Miller Chapter Administrator
P.O. Box 131 Saskatoon
Saskatoon, SK S7K 3K4
phone: 306-232-9300
email: spwa@sasktel.net
ATAP Infrastructure Managment Ltd.
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