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A&WMA-OVC Evening Presentation and AGM




Please join the Ottawa Valley Chapter for our Annual General Meeting and networking event, including a presentation on:

Air Quality & Public Health Management

Amanda Pappin (Ph.D. Candidate, Carleton University)


Amanda is a Ph.D. candidate and Fulbright scholar in environmental engineering at Carleton University. Her research examines the link between air pollution and public health. Amanda obtained her Bachelor’s degree in environmental engineering from Carleton in 2011, beginning a Master's degree the same year, and fast-tracking to a Ph.D. in 2012. She spent the 2013-2014 academic year as a visiting researcher at Yale University on a Fulbright scholarship.  Amanda’s research has been widely published in a number of leading scientific journals and presented at several international conferences.


Abstract:  Ambient air pollution is among the leading risk factors for premature death worldwide.  Managing this public health burden is a pressing scientific challenge and a multidisciplinary undertaking. The presentation will provide an overview of recent efforts to streamline air quality and public health management. It will discuss the interplay between atmospheric science and modelling, epidemiology, and economics for evidence-based science and decision-making.


Date:             Thursday, December 3rd, 2015


Time:             5:30 – 7:00 pm Networking and Presentation

* 7:00 – 7:45 pm A&WMA-OVC AGM


Location:      Malone’s Lakeside Grill

                       Dow’s Lake Pavilion, 1001 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa

Refreshments will be available.  Cash Bar.


Cost:              $20 A&WMA members / $30 non-members

$10 A&WMA student members / $20 student non-members

* No cost for A&WMA members to attend the AGM only
NOTICE to A&WMA MEMBERS: The A&WMA-OVC’s Annual General Meeting will take place immediately following the presentation. All A&WMA members are encouraged to attend and vote on the election of the 2016 Board of Directors. Nominations can be made from the floor or by advanced notice to Wayne Boulton (Past Chair) at  

Fate and Effects of Nanoparticles in Biosolids and Soils

The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA-OVC) will be hosting a presentation and networking event on “Fate and Effects of Nanoparticles in Biosolids and Soils” on May 21, 2015.


This presentation will provide an overview of the properties and uses of nanomaterials, why they are likely to end up in the waste stream, and the current analytical techniques used to detect, size and quantify them in environmental media. In particular, the ecotoxicity of silver nanoparticles will be addressed as well as the challenges of characterizing nano-silver exposure in soils and biosolids. Finally, an overview of the nano-silver ecotoxicity study being conducted by the Nanomaterials Research Laboratory will be presented.


Speaker:  Dina Schwertfeger,  Ph.D. (Renewable Resources), Postdoctoral Fellow

Nanomaterials Research – Soil Toxicology Laboratory, Biological Assessment and Standardization Section (BASS), Environment Canada

Dr. Schwertfeger completed her Ph.D. (Renewable Resources) from McGill University in 2011, where she continued as a Postdoctoral researcher in the Dept. of Natural Resource Sciences until joining the Soil Toxicology Laboratory at Environment Canada. Dr. Schwertfeger has over 15 years’ experience engaged in soil research and environmental risk assessment, including six years working with a private soil testing and environmental consulting. In addition to publishing much of her research in peer-reviewed scientific journals, Dr. Schwertfeger has authored a number of commissioned reports for Environment Canada, the Canadian Network of Toxicological Centers, and for members of the metal industry. She currently provides input to the OECD’s Working Party on Manufactured Nanomaterials. Dr. Schwertfeger’s research has focused on the quantification of trace metal bioavailability in contaminated soils. Recently she has expanded her research to include investigating the transformations and bioavailability of engineered nanomaterials in soils and biosolids.


Date:                   Thursday, May 21, 2015

Time:                   5:30 – 7:30 pm

Location:            Rideau Canal Junior Rank Mess

                             4 Queen Elizabeth Drive, Ottawa, Ontario (adjacent to City Hall)

Cost:                    $20 A&WMA / $30 non-members

                             $10 A&WMA student / $20 student non-members

                             Refreshments & Cash Bar



Note - limited seating is available for this event!  RSVP your attendance to and pre-pay below to guarantee your seat.  Limited tickets also available at the door.



Approach to Collection of Proper

 Soil Vapour Intrusion Air Samples

for O. Reg. 153 Brownfield Sites


The Ottawa Valley Chapter of the Air and Waste Management Association (A&WMA-OVC) will be hosting a presentation and networking event on “Approach to Collection of Proper Soil Vapour Intrusion Air Samples for O. Reg. 153 Brownfield Sites” on April 23, 2015.


Soil Vapour Intrusion (SVI) assessment is of great interest because of its importance in characterizing O. Reg. 153 Brownfield Sites.  Development of a site specific conceptual site model (CSM) is normally based on a tiered stepwise approach requiring collection of different information at each step of the process. 


This presentation will focus on proper collection of soil gas, indoor air, sub-slab & ambient air samples required as part of filling a record of site condition (RSC) under O. Reg. 153/04.  Different considerations for sampling soil gas versus health-based indoor air will be discussed including factors that affect the conceptual site model, the soil gas sampling train, sampling equipment/media, quality control, collection of field sample & other issues.



Speaker: Roy Smith (M.Sc., MBA, C.Chem) Air Quality Manager, ALS Environmental, Waterloo, ON

As the Air Quality Manager, ALS Environmental, Waterloo, Mr. Smith manages the Air Quality department including development of analytical testing capabilities for chemical substances in air. He also serves as a technical expert to clients on air sampling techniques and analytical methodologies.  Prior to joining ALS, Mr. Smith had 25+ years of air quality experience in the private sector and with government.  He held positions of senior scientist, laboratory manager and AIHA Laboratory Director with the Ontario Ministry of Labour’s Occupational Health Laboratory.  Mr. Smith was a founding partner of an ISO17025 accredited air quality/industrial hygiene laboratory.  Over the years, Mr. Smith has managed OH&S consulting staff, performed training, taught courses and presented at technical workshops.  He has 14 air sampling method technical publications, in addition to extensive experience in overseeing large air quality projects and government research studies.


Date:                   Thursday, April 23, 2015

Time:                   5:30 – 7:30 pm

Location:            Mambo Restaurant, 77 Clarence Street, Ottawa

Cost:                    $20 A&WMA / $30 non-members; $10 A&WMA student / $20 student non-members  

                           Refreshments & Cash Bar


Note - limited seating is available for this event!  RSVP your attendance to and pre-pay below to guarantee your seat.  Limited tickets also available at the door.