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8:00 - 8:20 am  Registration and Coffee
8:20 - 8:25 am CEA YPG Introduction
8:25 - 8:30 am Speaker Introduction – Rudy Chan
8:30 - 8:45 am Topic Overview/Introduction – Matt Paznar
8:45 - 9:15 am Honoring Water: The Current State of Affairs of Clean Drinking Water on Reserve – Laura Creswell
9:15 - 9:45 am Technical Challenges and Potential Solutions to Reducing Costs to Small Rural Areas – Aaron Janzen
9:45 - 10:00 am Break/Coffee/Snacks
10:15 - 11:45 am Panel Discussion
  Moderator: Rudy Chan
  Panel: Laura Creswell, Aaron Janzen, Gary Bosgoed, Matt Paznar
11:45 - 12:00 pm Closing Remarks/Mingle/Question Period

Matt Paznar, Vice President of Neegan Burnside, has been working to provide safe drinking water to Indigenous communities and municipalities throughout Canada as well as international villages and refugee camps for over 18 years. His focus over the last 15 years has been on environmental and community infrastructure projects, particularly in the area of water and wastewater systems.  Matt has been involved in the assessment and/or design of improvements or new infrastructure for over 215 water treatment, sewage treatment and solid waste facilities. In 2009 through 2011, Matt was part of the senior project management team that lead a team of engineers that undertook a National Assessment of First Nation Water and Wastewater Systems across Canada. This provided a comprehensive assessment of virtually all First Nation water and wastewater systems indicating what the need was at the time to upgrade the infrastructure to meet current Protocols, regulations and standards and what the projected need would be for the next ten years.  This report has formed the basis for the federal government’s plan to improve this issue in First Nations across the country. Matt is a licensed professional engineer in many provinces and territories across Canada and also a registered Environmental Professional (EP).

Laura Creswell is a licensed professional engineer with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering (Environmental option) from Carleton University. Laura has five and a half years of engineering consulting experience. Laura started her career in environmental engineering. Following 2 years of exposure to remediation and air contamination practices and principals she moved her focus into infrastructure engineering. Her expertise is broad and includes design and construction of road, water and sanitary systems. She has serviced municipalities, provincial and private industry clients with a passion and focus on indigenous communities.

Aaron Janzen, M.Sc., P.Eng., is an environmental engineer working in the drinking water sector as a Drinking Water Operations Specialist with Alberta Environment and Parks in the Calgary office. His goal is to ensure that operators have the tools they need to properly run their drinking water systems. Aaron recently completed a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Calgary. His research answered the question “How much does drinking water cost in small towns?”  When not working, he enjoys spending time outside with his family outdoors especially on or beside Alberta’s rivers.

Gary Bosgoed, P.Eng. is the President & CEO of Bosgoed Project Consultants Ltd. (BPC), a project management, consulting engineering and management consulting company headquartered in Alberta. Gary is a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation and has worked with over 120 First Nations. Gary was recently VP Corporate Development at FT Services (AECOM), a maintenance and turnaround company.  Prior to that, he was the Senior Vice-President and General Manager of the WorleyParsons Edmonton office, leading over 2,600 personnel providing engineering, procurement and construction management services on projects around the world. Mr. Bosgoed is an active community volunteer, having served on numerous non-profit Boards and the recipient of numerous awards. Gary is currently a Director of the Alberta Electric System Operator (AESO), the University of Regina Board of Governors. and also a founding Director of Westrade Strategic Solutions.

Rudy Chan is a dedicated Water Specialist with over 19 years of experience in civil engineering. He has worked on countless First Nations projects throughout Alberta, ranging from small system water treatment plant upgrades at First Nation and Métis Settlements to full-scale regional systems in Municipal Districts throughout northern Alberta. Rudy’s key projects include two projects for Stoney Nakoda Nation; the Morley Water Treatment Plant Upgrade and the Eden Valley Water Treatment Plant Upgrade, as well as the Tsuut’ina Nation Emergency Lagoon Repairs project, Redwood Meadows Sewage Lagoon condition assessment, two major regional water treatment facilities: Aspen Regional Water Services Commission’s Athabasca Regional Water Treatment Plant and Manning Regional Water Treatment Plant.

When:                            Thursday, March 7, 2019
Time: 8:00 am to 12:00 pm
Venue:                            Holiday Inn & Suites Calgary South Conference Centre
  8360 Blackfoot Trail SE, Calgary
Registration Deadline:  Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Refund Cut-off Date: Thursday, March 1, 2019


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