Conference Presentations

First Nations Technical Services Advisory Group Inc – 2020 Solid Waste Management Symposium, February 11th and 12th

The First Nations Technical Services Advisory Group Inc., (TSAG) will be hosting the 2020 Solid Waste Management Symposium at the River Cree Resort and Casino in Enoch, Alberta on February 11th and 12th. TSAG provides technical services and training for First Nations in Alberta such as asset management, water and wastewater management, environmental management, housing support services, fire safety, information technology services and youth initiatives.

TSAG is mandated by the Chiefs of Alberta and takes direction from a Chiefs Steering Committee and Board of Directors, which include representatives from Treaty 6, Treaty 7, and Treaty 8.

We will be strongly represented at the event. Jessica Vandenberghe is an Indigenous Community Consultant and Project Engineer who works from our Edmonton office. We are proud to say Jessica will be giving the symposium’s keynote address. Along with Jessica, Christina Hopkins, Geoff Harcombe will also be speaking at the event. Read the full 2 day TSAG symposium agenda and schedule here.

Keynote Speaker: Jessica Vandenberghe, P.Eng. MSc Urban Systems Edmonton
When: Tuesday February 11th, 9:00 – 9:45 AM
Where: River Cree Resort and Casino, East Lapotac Boulevard, Enoch, AB

Jessica will be speaking on how the Indigenous way of thinking has parallels to the engineering approach and all is interconnected with how a community should be approaching environmental and lands management including solid waste.

Jessica Vandenberghe – Indigenous Community Consultant
Jessica is of Dene Tha First Nation blood line, but is a Sixties Scoop survivor and was raised by a very inclusive German family in rural Alberta. She was fortunate to achieve two engineering degrees from the University of Alberta and has worked in construction, oil and gas, mining, and the regulatory industries and now is an Indigenous Community Consultant for Urban Systems. She is passionate about Truth and Reconciliation, Diversity, Inclusion and Equity and youth outreach. Currently she works with Alberta First Nations and Metis Settlements on community projects such as governance and policy, community planning, membership and public engagement, communication strategy, and she project manages civil infrastructure projects.

Learning Through Experience: Navigating the Proposal and Tender Processes

When: Wednesday February 12th, 8:45 – 9:30 AM
Where: River Cree Resort and Casino, East Lapotac Boulevard, Enoch, AB
Presenter: Geoff Harcombe, Design and Construction Engineer, Urban Systems Edmonton

Design and Construction Engineer
Geoff is a design and construction consultant with Urban Systems, having graduated from the University of Alberta with his Civil Engineering degree. Throughout his career Geoff has been focused on design, procurement and construction for infrastructure projects throughout Alberta and northern Canada for a variety of owners and clients. He believes in the higher calling of spirit of service to help his clients build vibrant communities. Geoff specializes in construction procurement and finding innovative ways for owners to get the highest value for their infrastructure spending. Geoff will be speaking about the importance and value of relationships in procurement of construction services

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