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OPA's 63rd Annual Parks Education Forum

Date:
Thursday, February 28th, 2019, 7:30 AM to 3:15 PM

Location:
Holiday Inn Burlington Hotel and Conference Centre
3063 South Service Road

Burlington, ON  L7N 3E9


Join us for a day of parks related education, recognition and networking!!

Start your day off right with some delicious food at our hot breakfast buffet, then you can walk off your breakfast as you wander our mini trade show where you will have the opportunity to learn from some of our industry's most knowledgeable experts.  Re-connect or meet for the first time some of the people who spend their careers coming up with solutions to the problems that you face on a daily basis. Talk to industry experts about the issues you are trying to tackle. If they don't have an immediate tried and true solution their experience will no doubt enable them to come up with some brilliant suggestions for you to try! 

Yummy breakfast. Free consultation and advice sessions. Don't miss that opportunity! PLUS as a trade show attendee you will have have the chance to have your name entered into a prize draw that will take place at the end of the day!!

Event Schedule:

7:00 to 7:30 am

Vendor Table Set-up

7:30 to 9:00 am

Check-in/Breakfast/Trade Show

9:00 to 9:05 am

Welcome 

9:10 to 10:10 am

Education Session 1

10:20 to 11:20 am

Education Session 2

11:35 am to 12:45 pm

Awards Ceremony Luncheon

1:00 to 2:00 pm

Education Session 3

2:10 to 3:10 pm

Education Session 4 

3:15 pm

Closing


Education Sessions

 

SESSION 1: ADDRESSING MUNICIPAL TREE ISSUES, TOOLS TO HELP RETAIN AND ENHANCE THESE COMMUNITY ASSETS

PRESENTER: PETER WYNNYCZUK, Executive Director, Ontario Urban Forest Council

Today municipalities are faced with increasing pressures of population growth and resulting impacts to existing treed areas through canopy loss via the development process, impacts by utility construction and road work. This presentation is designed to help planners, decision makers and operations staff address planning and construction considerations related to trees.

Peter Wynnyczuk is the Executive Director of the Ontario Urban Forest Council. OUFC is an organization that was founded in 1963 and has been involved in Urban Forestry issues related to municipal and private sector aspects for over 40 years. More recently they have been involved in aspects related to presenting on tree issues in the municipal context in a college setting.

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SESSION 2: DOG WASTE * GARBAGE * SOLUTIONS FOR WASTE IN PARKS

PRESENTER: RHONDA-LEE FETTERLY (MLEO), Park Technologist; DAN TULLY, Sales Representative, Practica Ltd.

Canada has more dogs than ever, especially in urban areas where people and pets are sharing the green space that’s available. More dogs in public spaces equals more dog waste in public places, and stepping in it isn’t the only problem that stinks. With nearly 20 years of experience dealing with dog waste, Practica Ltd. has gained an extensive knowledge of the problems and challenges associated with dog waste. The first portion of the presentation will break down those challenges and introduce a number of creative and practical solutions in use today.

Do you think garbage is exciting? The City of Waterloo thought so when staff implemented a solution to convert dog waste into poop power. This presentation will review the effectiveness and usage of Waterloo’s new dog waste recycling units. A portion of time will be devoted to the garbage crisis in the City’s parks, outlining the chronic issues and what staff have tried to combat the crisis and what staff hope to accomplish in 2019.

Garbage ruins the experience for park users, and from an environmental and economic perspective, staff’s goal has been to reduce the amount of garbage left in local parks. Over-flowing garbage cans filled with dog waste and household waste is a contentious issue that drains resources, budgets, staff time, and degrades the integrity of local parks and green spaces while depleting the capacity of the local landfill.

The City of Waterloo is committed to finding effective, workable solutions.

Expect a dynamic and interactive discussion pertaining to the challenges of garbage in public green spaces with the intent of collaborating on finding solutions.

To start the discussions at the forum we need help! A survey will be sent to attendees to gather input on garbage issues and solutions in individual communities prior to the forum. Attendees are asked to please complete the survey and return it ahead of the conference.

Rhonda Fetterly is the park technologist for environment and park services at the City of Waterloo. Rhonda oversees special projects ranging from community vegetable gardens in parks to coordinating the dog waste receptacles project; she provides park operations support and parks bylaw enforcement and education. During Rhonda's 20 year career she has held various roles aimed at improving the city’s green spaces, including a term on a local environmental sustainable committee alongside former mayor,  Mayor Woolstencroft.

Dan Tully is the sales representative for Practica Ltd. Practica has been supplying municipalities, and property managers across Canada with dog waste bag dispensers, bags and waste bins since 2000. Dan has been with the company for the past three years and has worked with municipal staff across Canada on solving the dog waste dilemma.

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SESSION 3: GREEN INFRASTRUCTURE IN OUR GREEN SPACES 

PRESENTERS: CASSIE SCHEMBRI, M.ENG, MES, Program Manager, Integrated Water Management; JORDAN WEIDRICK BES - Specialist, Water Resources, Credit Valley Conservation Authority

Parks present a unique opportunity to build resiliency, protect natural features, educate the public, and meet broader municipal sustainability and stormwater goals. Credit Valley Conservation has been monitoring green infrastructure features located within parks throughout its jurisdiction. The presenters will provide an overview of green infrastructure performance results, operation and maintenance activities, and lessons learned to demonstrate the benefits and financial resources required to implement green infrastructure within parks. Through this presentation you will find yourself equipped with information, guidance, case studies and tools for implementing, operating and maintaining green infrastructure practices within parks.

Specifically, you will learn more about:

  • the value of implementing green infrastructure in our green spaces;
  • how to select the right green infrastructure practice for the right spot;
  • examples of green infrastructure practices implemented and the lessons learned; and
  • an overview of how to operate and maintain the green infrastructure practices 

    Cassie Schembri is a Program Manager in the Watershed Management department at Credit Valley Conservation (CVC). Her work at CVC over the last 10 years has focused on subwatershed planning and the implementation of green infrastructure practices. Over this period, Cassie has been involved in the design and construction of green infrastructure practices, as well as in the development of guidance and tools. Most recently, Cassie has been focusing on the development of standard operating procedures to guide the maintenance and operation of green infrastructure practices.

    Jordan Wiedrick is an Acting, Water Resource Specialist with Credit Valley Conservation. Jordan has over 10 years of experience in hydrology and municipal asset monitoring in both the private and public sectors, focusing on performance evaluation and feasibility of Low Impact Development Technologies.  Jordan is an active member of several GTA research and advisory groups, including the Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Programs (STEP) advisory committee and research and knowledge working group. Jordan is one of the lead instructors of STEP Water’s Stormwater Management Monitoring Training Course.  Jordan is a graduate of the University of Waterloo in Environmental Sciences and Resource Studies.

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    SESSION 4: THE CASE FOR PARKS - PUTTING A DOLLAR VALUE ON THE ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS OF PARKS

    PRESENTERS: ROHAN LILAUWALA, Program Manager, Green Infrastructure Foundation; PAUL RONAN, Executive Director, Ontario Parks Association

    The many environmental benefits of parks, like stormwater management, air quality improvements and a reduction in the urban heat island, are well known, but often not valued. When these benefits are not valued, they are not incorporated into important planning, operations, and investment decisions. Learn how Ontario Parks Association and Green Infrastructure Foundation have been working with municipalities in Ontario to put dollar values on parks and other green infrastructure through a program that has been funded by a Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Climate Adaptation Partners Grant. This program involves training, visualization, and analysis to make an economic case for parks and other green infrastructure in our communities. We will provide an update on the program, identify who we are reaching, look at challenges and frustrations faced in this work, and examine next steps.

    Rohan Lilauwala, Program Manager at the Green Infrastructure Foundation, has spent the past five years working on breaking down barriers to the widespread use of living green infrastructure across North America. Rohan has developed and delivered training programs, tools, resources, and analyses, focusing largely on green infrastructure costs and benefits. He is also the driving force behind the Living Architecture Performance Tool, a rating system for green roofs and walls, akin to LEED.

    In his role as Executive Director of Ontario Parks Association, Paul Ronan provides leadership in advocating OPA’s mandate of Protecting Tomorrow Today┬«. Paul also represents OPA on a number of working groups where green infrastructure policies are being developed and reviewed. Learning and teaching about living green infrastructure and natural systems is Paul’s passion.


    7:00 to 7:30

    Set-Up

    7:45 to 8:45

    Registration & Breakfast

    8:45 to 9:00

    Welcome 

    9:00 to 10:00

    Securing Parks and Trails to Expand Economy, Tourism and Community Benefits – Presented by: Patrick Connor, Executive Director, Ontario Trails Council, and Robert Orland, Founder, Orland Conservation 

    10:00 to 10:45

    Break with Vendors

    10:50 to 11:50

    How Parks Professionals Can Contribute to Age Friendly Communities

     - Presented by: Michelle DellamoraSpecial Projects Coordinator, Age Friendly London and Paul D’Hollander, Manager, Recreation Services, City of London

    12:10 to 1:30

    Past Presidents Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

    1:30 to 2:30

    Medians & Boulevards –Presented by: Mary Battaglia, City of Burlington

    2:30 to 3:00

    Break with Vendors

     

    3:00 to 4:00

    Noxious invasive plants in the urban setting – lessons learned from practical experience   Presented by: Sara Rowland, BSc. MSc. MICFor. CEnv.

     

    4:00

    Closing

    7:00 to 7:30

    Set-Up

    7:45 to 8:45

    Registration & Breakfast

    8:45 to 9:00

    Welcome 

    9:00 to 10:00

    Securing Parks and Trails to Expand Economy, Tourism and Community Benefits – Presented by: Patrick Connor, Executive Director, Ontario Trails Council, and Robert Orland, Founder, Orland Conservation 

    10:00 to 10:45

    Break with Vendors

    10:50 to 11:50

    How Parks Professionals Can Contribute to Age Friendly Communities

     - Presented by: Michelle DellamoraSpecial Projects Coordinator, Age Friendly London and Paul D’Hollander, Manager, Recreation Services, City of London

    12:10 to 1:30

    Past Presidents Luncheon & Awards Ceremony

    1:30 to 2:30

    Medians & Boulevards –Presented by: Mary Battaglia, City of Burlington

    2:30 to 3:00

    Break with Vendors

     

    3:00 to 4:00

    Noxious invasive plants in the urban setting – lessons learned from practical experience   Presented by: Sara Rowland, BSc. MSc. MICFor. CEnv.

     

    4:00

    Closing

    Registration

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