Harry Reinders, Conference Chair
Harry is co-owner and President of R&M Construction which was established in Southern Ontario in 1976. R&M specializes in natural stream construction and shoreline stabilization projects. Harry began working on stream projects 43 years ago as an equipment operator and now oversees day to day operations. R&M has constructed hundreds of kilometers of stream restoration projects over the years including wetlands and also incorporating other environmental features. Coastal erosion control work along the Great Lakes has also been a focus for R&M.
Harry has also been on various advisory committees to help develop consistency and best practices in the erosion control industry.
Joanna Eyquem, Keynote Speaker
Joanna is a recognised expert in Climate Adaptation, Flood and Erosion Management and River Restoration, with over 20 years experience in Canada and the UK. Her work at the Intact Centre focuses on the use of natural infrastructure to reduce climate risk, including flooding, erosion and extreme heat. Previously, she was the Global Technical Practice Lead for Climate Resilience at AECOM, building on previous roles at Parish Geomorphic Ltd, Royal Haskoning DHV and Jacobs Engineering. Joanna is a Professional Geoscientist (P.Geo.), Chartered Water and Environmental Manager (CWEM) and Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and has been based in Montreal since 2009.
Jerald S. Fifield
Since 1982 when Dr. Fifield started HydroDynamics Incorporated, he has been actively involved with drainage, sediment and erosion control, water rights and nonpoint pollution control. Through his company, he develops sediment and erosion control plans, completes drainage analyses, provides inspection services and teaches about controlling sediment and erosion on construction sites. Jerry has authored numerous professional papers, researched sediment and erosion control products, and written sediment and erosion control manuals and field manuals. He is also the founder of CISEC, Inc., a 501c(6) nonprofit organization that educates and certifies inspectors of sediment and erosion control.
Ed Van Osch
Ed Van Osch, BES, MRM, CPESC, is the president and principal trainer for VOI Training Group. He is the author and Instructional Trainer for the widely-attended and industry-recognized Erosion and Sediment Control Practitioner (ESCP™) Certificate, Erosion and Sediment Control - Planning and Design (ESCD1™), Environmental Monitoring for Construction Projects Practitioner (EMCPP™) Certificate, and Environmental Field Procedures for Works In and About Water Practitioner (EFPP™) Certificate training courses.
Prior to and during his career as an Environmental and Natural Resources Instructional Trainer, Ed managed an environmental consulting company specializing in erosion and sediment control, environmental monitoring, and planning and design for works in and about water on a range of infrastructure projects including highways, resource access roads, bridges, pipelines, telecommunications, and residential and commercial developments.
Ed has a Bachelor of Environmental Studies (BES) degree from the University of Waterloo and a Masters of Natural Resources Management (MRM) degree from Simon Fraser University. He is a Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) since 2002.
Samantha Roe, IOM, is the Chief Executive Officer of International Erosion Control Association (IECA). Roe joined the IECA Region One as the Executive Director in November 2018 and was named the CEO in February 2021 during the reunification of the regions. Roe brings a variety of chapter management, membership development and international experience to the association from her previous positions.
Most recently Roe enhanced member onboarding and retention; restructured committees to tackle initiatives that affect the mining industry; and increased international membership with the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (SME). Roe has restructured, redesigned and implemented strategic programs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C. and oversaw chapter relations and service to local members of the Financial Planning Association’s (FPA) 93 chapters.
With the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Roe completed the premiere Institute for Organization Management (IOM) training program designed to prepare designees to manage nonprofit organizations. She represented U.S. business interests on a global scale with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Chairman at the G8 Tokyo Business Summit, G5 Emergency Business Summit in Paris and 2008 Asian-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) CEO Summit conference in Peru. Roe’s education also focused on international communication, business administration and U.S. Foreign Policy at Western Michigan University and American University. She has studied abroad in Japan, Canada, Ireland and France.
Ryan Dickson is a founder and President of complianceGO, LLC. complianceGO is the national leading stormwater inspections management software platform for the construction, post construction, industrial and municipal industries. Ryan utilizes his diverse background, education, leadership and experience in erosion and sediment control (stormwater) for both the private and public sectors to further educate others on innovative technology solutions that are sustainable while saving all stakeholders time and resources.
Mark Myrowich, BComm (Honours), CPESC (R), CISEC Mark Myrowich, owner of ECBVerdyol (ECB) started in the erosion control business in 1995 by forming Mid Canada Hydroseeding (MCH). In 2001 he started ErosionControlBlanket.com (ECB) in his hometown of Riverton, Manitoba, Canada, and is now the largest erosion and sediment control manufacturer in Canada. ECBVerdyol has been a Directing Member of the Erosion Control Technology Council (ECTC) since 2002 and Mark is the Treasurer and a Board member of the Canadian Chapter of the International Erosion Control Association (IECA). Mark received his Certified Professional Designation in Erosion and Sediment Control (CPESC) in 2002 and retired from that designation in 2015. He is a Certified Inspector in Sediment and Erosion Control in 2012 (CISEC). Mark firmly believes in innovation as the key to success, he uses technology to foster innovation and is a strong believer in biomimicry as a resource for reclamation. It's his vision to better the environment of the planet by innovation in the erosion and sediment industry and changing the way we look at ditches.
Joel Williams is an independent plant and soil health educator and consultant who has worked in Australia, UK and Canada where he is currently based. He has a keen interest in plant and soil interactions and how these may support landscape function and the development of sustainable production systems. Joel has a BSc in Agriculture and an MSc in Food Policy and he has a passion for sharing a combination of academic and applied information and has lectured to audiences internationally.
Ron Jenkins has been playing in the world of natural channel design and valley corridor enhancement for the past 24 years. He has worked on watercourses throughout Atlantic Canada, Ontario, Quebec, and Northeastern United States. Mr. Jenkins is the owner of 5R Environmental Consulting Inc., which specializes in watercourse bank enhancement and aquatic habitat improvement. Natural channel designs are based on an understanding of the fluvial geomorphology processes occurring in the channel and typically incorporate a combination of hard and soft channel rehabilitation techniques and sediment control products to achieve the desired results.
With a background in environmental chemistry and soil science and over 20 years working in The City of Calgary’s Water Utility, Graham Tait has developed a broad experience in stormwater management and environmental regulatory work (including laboratory bench work, report writing and review, field inspection, and other compliance work). Graham is currently focused on The City of Calgary’s development of a new program working with industrial and commercial customers to identify opportunities to reduce pollutant transport in stormwater. Graham is a strong advocate of timely planning, implementation, monitoring, maintenance, and effective communication when it comes to reducing stormwater pollution. He feels blessed to continue learning from the many outstanding professionals in our small industry, and to continue to focus on resiliency and collaboration when it comes to protecting our infrastructure, lakes and rivers, and the well-being of future generations.
Brennan Anstey is a sediment and erosion control designer and supervisor on the wet and steep West Coast of Canada or northwest coast of Turtle Island. I am a professional engineer who has been practicing environmental engineering for almost 20 years and been actively prescribing and learning about sediment and erosion control strategies for 10 years. Having been immersed in sediment and erosion control in the remote northern coast on a large construction project with highly erodible soils, I take a practical and pragmatic approach to erosion and sediment control, favoring biodegradeable and more sustainable or locally sourced materials where possible that can be easily applied to ensure the Site erosional issues are covered. I find sediment and erosion control fascinating and am looking forward to exciting discussions in the conference with you.
Silvia D’Amelio, TUC’s CEO, has been with the organization for almost 20 years. Trained as a fisheries biologist, geneticist and ecologist, Silvia’s work started with scientific research and quickly moved to stream and habitat rehabilitation. With a focus on real on-the-ground change, Silvia’s projects have improved the habitat of many watershed, brought back native and endangered species and improved water quality in watersheds for hundreds of communities. Silvia also played a critical role in representing TUC on provincial committees, action plans and species at risk efforts while lobbying the federal government for grater and effective protections of Canada’s natural resources. She took on the role of CEO 6 years ago and is here to tell us a bit about where the organization is headed and its role in the protection of Canada’s aquatic resources.