August 30, 2015

January 30 - 31, 2015

Introducing the 2015 Agri-energy & Waste Management Forum

Renewable energy and waste management technologies enable you to take advantage of underutilised resources, diversify income, manage waste, and reduce costs. The 2015 Agri-energy & Waste Management Forum will enable you to increase your understanding of renewable energy and waste management technologies relevant to your farm or agricultural operation.

Also, don’t miss your chance to see BC’s newest anaerobic digester. Sign-up to book your place on the site visit bus today! The site visit will include a free bbq lunch, coffee and tea. Buses will leave from in front of TradeX (1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford). The site visit costs only $20.00!

Friday January 30 (BMO ROOM)

Forum chair: Matt Dickson, Managing Director (Hallbar Consulting).

Coffee and tea will be served in room

9:30am - 11:00am

Anaerobic Digestion Session 1: Seabreeze Farms
Building an anaerobic digester involves many different technologies and local contractors. Through rapid-fire presentations, learn about some of the technologies and contractors that have contributed to Seabreeze Farm’s anaerobic digester in Delta. These presentations will provide useful background information for the Seabreeze Farm site visit on January 31st.

Chair: David Melnychuk (Agricultural Consultant).

  1. John Brewer, Engineering Services (CH-Four Biogas, Ottawa): Building an Anaerobic Digester System;
  2. Eugene Smith, Sales Application Engineer (SUMA America Inc., Wood Dale, IL): Cost Effective, Reliable Mixing in Anaerobic Digesters;
  3. David Richardson, President (Octaform, Vancouver): Octaform Stay-In-Place Formwork Makes Concrete Better;
  4. Curtis TeBrinke, Director (Neal's Electric, Agassiz): An Anaerobic Digester Electrical System;
  5. Kerry Doyle, President (KPD Consulting, Abbotsford): Trident Nutrient Recovery Systems;
  6. Ricardo Hamdan, Sales Manager (Greenlane Biogas, Burnaby): From Poop to Pipeline: Closing the Loop on Farms’ and
  7. Steve Saccomano, Senior Manager Agriculture (Bank of Montreal, Abbotsford): Supporting the Clean Energy Initiative.

11:10am - 12:20pm

Anaerobic Digestion Session 2: Technology Updates
Anaerobic digestion technology adoption and technological advancements are ongoing. Learn about this adoption and exciting advancements in anaerobic digestion technology, both locally and internationally.

Chair: Christopher Bush (President, Catalyst Agri-Innovations Society).

  1. George Dick, Farm Manager (Dicklands Farms, Chilliwack). Presentation title: Developing an Anaerobic Digester Project: A Fraser Valley Experience;
  2. Eric Powell, Business Development Director (Regenis, Ferndale WA). Presentation title: Nutrient Recovery after Anaerobic Digestion; and
  3. Derek Hundert, General Manager, and Michael Hellenkamp, Business Development Manager (PlanET Biogas Solutions, St. Catharines, ON). Presentation title: From Digestate to Fertilizer – A Technology Overview.

12:20pm - 1:10pm

Tickets should be pre-purchased to avoid disappointment.

1:10pm - 1:50pm

The Environmental Farm Plan
Every step in the agriculture process can affect the environment. The Environmental Farm Plan (EFP) program, delivered by ARDCorp and funded by Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, is a confidential guided process to help farmers identify on-farm environmental strengths and weaknesses. Attend this session to learn why 4,000 B.C. farmers have adopted the EFP and to find out how you can get a customized plan for your farm at no-charge.

Chair: Jaclyn Laic, Senior Program Manager (ARDCorp, Abbotsford)

  1. Geoff Hughes - Games, Manager - Resource Management Unit (BC Ministry of Agriculture, Abbotsford);;
  2. Dave Melynchuck, EFP Planning Advisor; and
  3. Len Bouwmen, Owner (Mardelen Holsteins Ltd, Chilliwack).

2:00pm - 3:10pm

Nutrient and Waste Management Opportunities
With coming changes to the agricultural waste control regulations in BC, the need for appropriate nutrient and waste management technologies is increasing. Learn about some of these technologies and how they might impact agriculture in BC.

Chair: Mark Raymond (Environmental Agrologist, BC Ministry of Agriculture).

  1. Jim Peters, Manure & Irrigation Manager (Pacific Dairy Centre, Abbotsford). Presentation title: Innovative Nutrient Management;
  2. Marc Legault, Unit Lead - New Initiatives (Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, Edmonton). Presentation title: Aerobic Digestion of Poultry Manure to Produce Biologically Active Greenhouse Nutrient Solution; and
  3. Paul Cross, General Manager (Greenscene Agritek, Chilliwack). Presentation title: Not All Manure is Created Equal. Solving the Horse Waste Management Crisis.

Coffee and tea will be served in the room

3:20pm - 4:20pm

Pyrolysis Opportunities and Challenges
Pyrolysis is fast emerging as a potential technology to convert woody materials into biochar, a highly porous charcoal material with a high surface area. Hear how research in BC is trying to determine the potential for using pyrolysis within BC’s agriculture sector.

Chair: Darren Frew (Director of Planning and Communication, B.C. Bioenergy Network).

  1. Andres Torres, Institute for Sustainable Horticulture Research Greenhouse Coordinator (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Langley). Presentation title: Benefits and Challenges of Using Poultry Litter Biochar as a Growing Media Amendment for Ornamental Crops;
  2. Mathew Dickson, Managing Director (Hallbar Consulting, Vancouver). Presentation title: Investigating Benefits of Supplementing Broiler Feed with Broiler Litter Biochar; and
  3. Jared Taylor, Vice President R&D (Diacarbon Energy Inc, Burnaby). Presentation title: Of Biochar and Barley: Improving Soils in the Peace River Region.

Saturday January 31 (DIRECT SOLUTIONS ROOM)

Coffee and tea will be served in room

9:30am - 11:30am

Annual Legal and Regulatory Review (Hosted by MillerThomson LLP)
Regulations play a large part of any renewable energy or waste management project. Gain insight into relevant B.C. renewable energy or waste management policies, and learn specifics about B.C.’s Agricultural Waste Control Regulation, air quality and odour management programs.

  1. John Tidball, Certified Specialist in Environmental Law. Presentation title: Overview and Update on Nutrient Management Regulation in B.C., Including Regulatory Trends in Other Provinces;
  2. Sarah Hansen, Co-Chair of the National Environmental Law Group. Presentation title: Regulatory Framework, Permitting and Compliance for Anaerobic Digesters and Waste to Energy Projects; and
  3. Wendy Baker, Co-Chair of the National Agribusiness and Food Production Group. Presentation title: Overview and Update of Right to Farm Issues.

Noon - 4:30pm

Seabreeze Farm Anaerobic Digester Site Visit (Sponsored by Ch-Four Biogas)
Don’t miss your chance to see B.C.’s newest anaerobic digester. Seabreeze Farm’s anaerobic digester will convert 24,000 tonnes of manure and off-farm organics each year into over 2 million cubic meters of pipeline quality natural gas. Come and see this technology firsthand to learn how it can be used to positively impact farming in B.C. The Seabreeze Farm site visit will include a BBQ lunch, coffee and tea.

Anyone wishing to visit Seabreeze Farm must sign-up to book their place on the bus. All buses will leave from in front of Tradex (1190 Cornell St, Abbotsford) at noon on Saturday January 31st, returning to the same location at 4:30pm. Sign-up for the site visit costs only $20 and parking at Tradex is free.

Special Thanks to the 2015 Forum Sponsors


Special Thanks to all 2015 Forum Sponsors BCNB AGRI Ch-Four Biogas Regenis KPD Consulting Octaform Environmental Farm Plan Pacific Diary Centre MillerThomson Dual Mechanical Suma Bank of Montreal PlanET Neal's Electric Cullen Diesel Power Ltd. Greenlane Biogas