Conference Presentations

EOCP Tradeshow and Convention – September 9 – 11 – Vancouver, B.C.

The Environmental Operators Certificate Program (EOCP) Tradeshow and Conference is fast approaching. The conference will be held in Vancouver, B.C. from September 9th to 11th at the Marriott Pinnacle. The event provides provides an opportunity to develop skills, knowledge, and attributes to meet water wastewater workforce demands. All sessions are facilitated by the water and wastewater industry’s ‘best of the best’. The program is jam-packed with one and a half days of tradeshow, overlapping with two full days of training, culminating with an optional third day to catch up on exams. Two engineers from Urban Systems, Michael Schaad, a Wastewater Treatment Designer from our Kamloops office and Mary Boulanger, a Wastewater Engineer from Vancouver will be presenting at the conference.

Water Quality Sampling – Getting it Right the First Time

When: Tuesday September 11th, 1 PM – 2:30 PM
Where: Marriott Pinnacle, 1128 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, B.C.
Prensenter: Michael Schaad, Wastewater Treatment Designer, Urban Systems Kamloops
Michael’s presentation focuses on the fundamentals of water quality sampling that all operators are required to know, understand and demonstrate. The intent of this session is to educate new operators and refresh experienced operators. This nearly 90 minute session will have two components: a 50 minute informative presentation and a 30 minute hands-on portion. The presentation portion will provide an overview of the regulatory requirements, importance of sampling, sampling principle, basic sampling parameters, tips for preventing contamination and more. The hands-on portion will be in small groups where operators will demonstrate and receive feedback on the proper completion of a chain-of-custody, sample labelling, completing real samples in the prescribed sample parameter bottles and preparing the samples for transport.

About Michael

Michael Schaad – Wastewater Treatment Designer
Michael has over 10 years of experience in the water and wastewater industry. He holds a Bachelors of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia and a Diploma in Water Quality Technology and Environmental Engineering from the Okanagan University College. His career started as a Utility Operator and was quickly promoted to a senior Management/Operations position responsible for the operations and management of two private water/wastewater utility companies at the Tobiano Resort. During his 7 years of operations experience, he was registered with the EOCP and obtain the following certification before transitioning to engineering: Level 2 Water Treatment, Level 1 Water Distribution and Small Wastewater Systems. He now works for Urban Systems as Wastewater Treatment Design Specialist but also provides support on source water, potable water and land development projects. As a past operator, Michael believes in the value in working closely with operators when identifying and solve process problems and undertaking plant upgrade requirements.

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