CPANS 2023 – Environmental Challenges in a Post-Pandemic World
Wednesday, March 15th, 2023

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Introduction to Air Quality Dispersion Modelling Course

March 14 @ 8:00 am4:30 pm (additional fees apply)

Venue: Lister Conference Centre (1-047 Lister Centre), University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB T6G 2H6

General Information
The 2023 CPANS annual conference will be held at the Lister Conference Center, Edmonton, Alberta. Participants of this conference will include environmental researchers, educators, students, environmental managers, other professionals, environmental industries and policy makers. The conference will be a great opportunity for attendees to develop new collaborations and share knowledge with experts from various fields in air and waste management.

Registration Links:

A&WMA Member – $200

Non-Member – $250

Student – $50


Wednesday, March  15, 2023

7:00 Registration and Breakfast
7:45 Welcoming & Opening Remarks Mujtaba Shareef CPANS Chair
Session 1 Session Chair: Piotr Staniaszek
8:00 From Hot Calls to the Court House – Managing an Environmental Incident Brad Gilmore Bennet Jones
8:30 Approaches and Solutions for NO2 CAAQS Achievement in Alberta David Spink and Alec Carrigy CASA
9:00 Breaking down the 2021 CEMS Code Pierce Baker Global Analyzers
9:30 Interpretation of Air Quality model results for Regulatory Applications in Alberta (draft) David Lyder Environment and Protected Areas
10:00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition
Session 2 Session Chair: Mujtaba Shareef
10:15 Low-Cost Air Quality Sensors as a New Tool for Indoor Air Quality Research Ran Zhao University of Alberta
10:40 Investigating the impact of COVID-19 public health actions on NO2 levels in Alberta Yayne-abeba Aklilu Environment and Protected Areas
11:05 Managing Emissions Using Intelligent Continuous Monitoring Dennis Prince Airdar Inc.
11:30 Ensuring Compliance, Enhancing Safety and ESG Ratings through digital shipping documents Amit Bhargava Enviroapps Inc.
12:00 Lunch & Open Exhibition Mujtaba Shareef CPANS Chair
Session 3 Session Chair: Travis Tokarek
1:00 Case study- Quantification of Fugitive Methane Emissions by Inverse Dispersion Modelling in the Oil Sands and Coal Mines Francoise Robe RWDI
1:30 Quantifying Emissions from a Small Oil Sands Demonstration Pit Lake using OP-FTIR Measurements coupled with Vertical Radial Plume Mapping Randy Rudolph AECOM
2:00 Multi-level techno-economic analysis model for the identification of optimal emissions mitigation strategies Marcelo Mathias Process Ecology
2:30 PFAS stack sampling methodologies as an overview Wasef Jamil Arcadis
3:00 Networking Break & Open Exhibition
Session 4 Session Chair: Dennis Fudge
3:15 The GHG and Air Policy Landscape of the Electricity in Alberta Ahmed Idriss Capital Power
3:40 A Model for Success: A Case Study on Remediating a Site to Full Regulatory Closure in 4 Years Alana Clark Enbridge
4:05 AERflare: A dispersion modelling tool with AI (Assumptions Included) Mike Zelensky, Brian Zelt AER
4:30 Case study- calculating and Reporting on Biofuel Compliance Units under the Renewable Fuels Regulations Patrick Howe North West Redwater Partnership
4:55 Conference Wrap-up and Mixer Piotr Staniaszek Conference Chair
Mixer Drinks and snacks will be available!

Program Disclaimer: The contents of all conference presentations are the sole responsibility of Speakers and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the A&WMA CPANS (and conference organizers). The organizers reserve the right to change the information where necessary without notice.


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Calling all students in air and waste management research!

The Canadian Prairie and Northern Section (CPANS) of the Air and Waste Management Association (AWMA) will be holding our annual conference in Edmonton on Wednesday, March 15, 2023. If you have research that you would like to present in our poster competition, please submit an abstract to The top 3 posters selected by our panel of judges will be awarded cash prizes (1st = $250, 2nd = $100, 3rd = $50)! The cost to attend the conference is $50 for students. The deadline to submit an abstract is February 28, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Participants must have been enrolled in a degree program at the time of abstract submission.
  • Participants must be present at their posters during their assigned poster session.
  • Undergraduate students are permitted to present a poster, but will be competing against graduate students for the prizes.
  • Postdocs are NOT eligible.

Abstract Requirements

  • Only one poster (abstract) per student can be entered into the competition.
  • The student must be the first (senior) author of the abstract, the major contributor to the material presented, and the person presenting the poster.
  • The abstract should be 350 words or less.  Type font should be Calibri 12 point.

Criteria for Selection

  • Originality of the research
  • Quality of the execution
  • Impact to the field
  • Organization and clarity of presentation

Winners will be announced at the end of the conference.


Good luck and we hope to see you at the conference!