30th Annual OASIS
Conference & Trade Show

Venue & Hotel

Americana Conference Resort Spa & Waterpark

When

October 26th-28th, 2022

Where

8444 Lundy’s Lane
Niagara Falls, ON
L2H 1H4

Hotel Accommodations:

A room block has been reserved at the Americana Conference Resort Spa & Waterpark until October 12th, 2022. Reservations requests received after 5:00 p.m. local time at the Hotel on the cut-off date will be accepted on a space and rate availability basis. All exhibitors are to make their own room reservations. Room prices start at $119.00 (subject to change and availability without notice) with upgrades available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the hotel at 1-866-707-0030 to reserve your room and quote code OASIS – Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services.

Event Highlights

Onsite Training

Engaging Speakers

Exhibition

Field Tour

Live Demonstrations

Awards Banquet & Auction

Networking

2022 Sponsors

Gold

Silver

Bronze

Networking/Media Sponsors

2022 Speakers

Jodi Burness

Burness Paralegal Services

Jodi Burness is the President and lead paralegal of Burness Paralegal Services. Jodi’s family has been involved in trucking her entire life. Combining her knowledge of the trucking industry with her passion for the legal system Jodi has established a reputation as one of Ontario’s foremost legal authorities on commercial motor vehicle charges. Having worked on both sides of the courtroom during her 24 year career, as both a trial paralegal, and as a prosecutor for the counties of Lambton, Windsor and Chatham-Kent, Jodi has established a reputation as one of the most thorough, dedicated and well respected paralegals in the province.

Matthew Neundorf

Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

Matthew Neundorf joined the Ministry of Labour in May of 2013 as a Construction Health and Safety Inspector with the Toronto West office. Prior to life with the Ministry he worked for various mast climbing work platform companies, wearing many hats, holding down the roles of installer, mechanic, project manager and sales person.

Denise Waligora

Mental Health Commission of Canada

Denise Waligora has a Bachelor of Science Degree and over 20 yrs. of working in the mental health field. Prior to joining the Mental Health Commission as Training and Delivery Specialist for Mental Health First Aid in 2011, Denise’s professional experiences included psychiatric nursing, Residential Program Director, IBI Therapist at CHEO, crisis worker and case manager in a justice program. Denise has been facilitating MHFA since 2008. 

Anisha Phillips

Canadian Equality Consulting Inc

Anisha Phillips (She/Her/Hers) is a Lead Strategist & Trainer at Canadian Equality Consulting Inc..  She is an experienced DEI consultant and subject matter expert, who supports clients in building sustainable solutions to barriers faced by those who are marginalized, and ultimately scale DEI across their organization.

 

As a Lead DEI Strategist with CEC, Anisha provides strategic DEI advice, qualitative and quantitative research and analysis, DEI training, and change management, to guide organizations in making data informed and human centered decisions, with intersectionality foundational in every stage. As a trainer, Anisha leads DEI related training and development for CEC clients. When doing so, she supports participants to listen in the spirit of empathy and unlearning, to collaborate with the intent of building bridges, and participate from a place of vulnerability.

 

Anisha has years of experience in the DEI field influencing clients to think critically, participate in unlearning, find collective objectives, and build systematic strategies for change. Anisha has a BA(H) in Gender Studies from Queens University, and an MA in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Toronto. From her studies, she developed a

Bonnie Wilkinson

Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
Bonnie Wilkinson joined the Ministry of the Environment in 2004, eager to serve Ontarians. The hauled sewage/septage program was the first file she worked on and at the time presented her with her first opportunity to meet and work with OASIS and the membership. Since those early days, Bonnie has moved around within the ministry working in different capacities and programs, and today is serving as a Supervisor with the Permissions and Program Services Section in the ministry’s Client Services and Permissions Branch. She is pleased to find herself back on the hauled sewage program file reconnecting with OASIS and many of you.

Bud Kneller

Frontline Commercial Vehicle Solutions

Bud is a part owner and Vice President of the consulting firm Frontline Commercial Vehicle Solutions. Prior to Frontline, Bud spent nearly 20 years with the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO) including time spent as an enforcement officer, facility auditor, provincial trainer, and National CVSA trainer. Bud concluded his career at MTO in the St. Catharines Carrier Enforcement Program Office where he worked assisting with the provincial enforcement training program and as a liaison with Ontario OPP and Municipal police. He and his business partner started Frontline 5 years ago.

 

Frontline sets itself apart from other consulting companies as they have helped develop, train, and enforce many of the regulatory components around commercial vehicle safety management and oversight. This gives them an in-depth understanding of the industry best practices as well as legal obligations needed to ensure commercial vehicle compliance and safety. Frontline specializes in mock audits, assistance with removal of conditional ratings, interviews, show cause hearings and driver training.

Shelly Bonte-Gelok

Organization/Company

Don Hoekstra

Organization/Company

Paul Parsons

Organization/Company

Matthew Neundorf

Organization/Company

Hitesh Patel

Organization/Company

Chad Winger

Organization/Company

Pete Frazer

Organization/Company

TOPIC

Emerging Septic System
Contamination – Marijuana Facilities

Shelly Bonte-Gelok is a licenced professional engineer with a masters degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph and has worked in private industry, consulting and most people here would have met her when she was the project co-ordinator at the Ontario Rural Wastewater Centre (1999-2001)

In 2002 Shelly joined the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks in the Technology Assessment and Standards Development Branch and worked on a variety of files ranging from mercury emissions from incineration and coal fired plants to nutrient management.

In 2018 Shelly transferred to the Resource Recovery Policy Branch at MECP and in January 2019 she joined the Ontario Clean Water Agency as the Program Manager, Biosolids, Organics and Resource Recovery.

2022 Tour

As part of our Annual Conference and Trade Show, we strive to organize tours that showcase innovation in the water and wastewater industry. We are pleased to announce that for our 2022 conference we will be visiting Cave Spring Vineyard.

Cave Spring Vineyard is classified as a sustainable grape grower and wine producer, which is to say that we intervene minimally in the vineyard and in the cellars in order to allow nature to take its course as much as possible in the growing of our grapes and the making of our wine. Our goal is to minimize our impact on the environment so as to preserve the natural world we live in for future generations, while recognizing the need to produce wines that meet the expectations of the marketplace, and are economically viable in the long term.


Cave Spring Vineyard is located in a village setting with access to municipal water supplies. As a result, there is no need for water to be transported to our facility or to tap into local aquifers to supply our needs. In 2015 we installed an in-house wastewater treatment system, which uses natural bacteria to pre-treat wastewater prior to entering the municipal sewer system. This treatment means that the municipal infrastructure is not overburdened by wastewater discharged from the winery. Cave Spring’s wastewater treatment system is a pioneering initiative in the development of sustainable practices within the food and beverage industry in North America.

2019 Award Recipients

Mark Brosowski

President’s Award

Rob MacLellan

Robert Noble Award

Wanda Inglis

Committee Chair Award

Jake Groen

Service Award - 40 Years PolyJohn Canada

Randy Knight

Service Award - 50 Years Glen Knight & Sons Septic Service