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We are pleased to announce our 2019 Annual Conference/Expo will be held in Kingston, Ontario.

The 29th Annual Conference will be held at the Ambassador Hotel and Conference Centre 

Join us for:

  • Engaging and Informative line up of Speakers from various Government Sectors
  • Several Onsite Training and Education Sessions
  • Exhibits from various technology providers
  • Up to Date information on all industry improvements and concerns
  • Saturday AGM

To Register: Please fill out the form(s) below and email it back to info@oasisontario.on.ca


2019 Speakers

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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.

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Topic: Work and Mission of Water for People

Don Hoekstra is a lifelong water quality professional and started his career at the Hinsdale (IL) Sanitary District wastewater plant as an operator at the age of 19. He completed his undergrad education in environmental science while working in progressively more responsible roles in operations of both wastewater treatment plants and public water supply treatment and distribution.

After a decade in operations he embarked on a new path in the emerging residuals and biosolids management business. In addition to establishing biosolids beneficial use programs through agricultural land application, the companies expanded to provide a variety of “in plant” services such as thickening, dewatering, digester and tank cleaning, and lagoon remediation. Equipment was optimized and modified for these purposes, and skills developed for the effective and safe removal and appropriate utilization of a wide variety of organics. Don has been involved in advanced biosolids processing through establishing composting operations and the production of biosolids based fertilizer products through several processes.

He is a life member of the Water Environment Federation, a founding member of the residuals and biosolids committee at the Water Environment Association of Ontario, and has been a frequent speaker and contributor to conferences and seminars. He also serves on the Board of Water For People-Canada.


Topic: Creating a Strong Marketing Presence for your Business

Paul Parsons is an Advisor at Metaii. He has been a member of the Toronto tech scene for the last ten years as an entrepreneur, growth expert and digital educator.  Most recently he held the role of Vertical Lead at Detour UX, where he directed sales, business development and growth for a Digital Strategy and User Experience agency with offices in Toronto and Ottawa.

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Topic: Portable Toilet Best Practices Training and OASIS/MOL Partnership

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.

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Topic: NAPA and OASIS Partnership Discount Program

Throughout his career, Hitesh Patel worked within the Carquest Auto Parts/ Advance Auto Parts network, where he steadily moved up the ranks, holding positions such as Customer Service Teammate, General Manager for several store operations and Product Category Manager. He holds an undergraduate degree from The University of Toronto and an MBA from McMaster University. Hitesh is an astute professional with a strong commitment to personal development. He also worked outside the automotive industry as a Demand Planner for PepsiCo.

In 2018, Hitesh joined NAPA. His knowledge in the bid and tender process, securing commercial accounts and leading sales team members is key in developing NAPA Auto Part’s Fleet & Government segments in Ontario.

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Topic: Could you Lose Your Personal Assets By Acting as a Director or Officer of a Corporation?

Chad Winger specializes in commercial insurance at Encore Insurance Services which is based in Kitchener. He has over 12 years of property casualty insurance experience and holds the Canadian Accredited Insurance Broker (C.A.I.B.) accreditation.

 With a particular focus on environmental risks and directors’ and officers’ liability, Chad has assisted many members in identifying and managing operational risk exposures using risk mitigation techniques and/ or risk transfer insurance.

 He crafts tailor-made insurance solutions for businesses and acts as an insurance educational resource available to all OASIS members.

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Topic: MTO – What to expect when you’re Inspected

Pete Frazer is a Transportation Enforcement Officer at the Gananoque Truck Inspection Station, where he has worked since 2003. He takes an active part in Kingston’s blitz programs, as well as school bus inspections.



2019 Exhibitor List

  • Trailer Factory
  • Encore Group
  • PolyJohn Canada
  • Vacutrux
  • Toico Industries
  • Polylok
  • Infiltrator Water Technologies
  • Fruitland Manufacturing
  • Five Peaks
  • Elmira Machines
  • McKee Tech

2019 Tours

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 2019 conference we will be visiting the Ravensview Wastewater Treatment Facility with Utilities Kingston and Spearhead Brewing Company.

Ravensview WWTF is a world-class facility is one of North America’s most environmentally progressive and responsible wastewater treatment plants, and the largest of its kind in Canada.

A lot can happen in six hours! That’s how long it takes for wastewater to flow through the Ravensview Wastewater Treatment Facility. During those short few hours, the waste undergoes an astounding chemical, physical, and biological transformation to produce three beneficial outputs:

  • Natural resource quality water that’s safely returned to the St. Lawrence River
  • Approximately 25 per cent of the site’s electricity needs
  • Nutrients to help grow crops in local fields

Ravensview WWTP

For more information visit: www.utilitieskingston.com/Wastewater/About/Ravensview


Spearhead Brewery was specifically designed to maximize efficiency and eliminate waste. Since opening their doors in March of 2018, Spearhead has strived to maintain consistent levels of quality product, with as minimal footprint as possible. Their partner, Pure Ingenuity, was instrumental in the creation of the brewery from floor up. They applied their engineering and fabrication expertise to create an efficient, cleanable, and state-of-the-art brewery.

Spearhead Brewery

For more information visit www.spearheadbeer.com.

2019 Conference Agenda

Conference Registration Form

Conference Exhibitor Package

Conference Sponsorship Package


Hotel Booking Information

A room block has been reserved at the Ambassador Kingston Hotel and Conference Centre until Oct 31, 2019. 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 attendees are to make their own room reservations. Room prices start at $135.00 with upgrades available on a first come first serve basis. Please contact the hotel at 1-800-267-7880 to reserve your room and quote code OASIS – Ontario Association of Sewage Industry Services.

1550 Princess Street

Kingston, ON

K7M 9E3

Toll Free: 1-800-267-7880