2018 Workshops

Alberta Environment and Parks has accredited the Water Week North conference with Continuing Education Units (CEU's). To receive these CEU's you will be required to sign and complete the Awarding of CEU's Form provided to you at the conference and submit it to Please keep the original signed copy for your records.

Half Day Workshop - $175.00            Full Day Workshop - $350.00

Changes to Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines Presented by Associated Engineering
November 6, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
CEU's 0.6

A three part workshop :

  1. Changes to the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality
  2. Algae Control and Treatment
  3. Iron and Manganese Removal for Surface Water and Groundwater

Water Sampling Presented by  Bob McAlpine of WQ Consulting Services
November 6, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
CEU's: 0.6

Course Introduction:

Both water and wastewater operators need to be fully conversant with understanding the importance of water sampling, how water samples should be taken, how to take representative samples, as well as understanding and interpreting the results. This course will cover all aspects of water sampling (drinking water and wastewater) including the use of chlorine meters and turbidity meters, as well as understanding human health risks related to bacteria and parasites. Additional sections include basic understanding of laboratory procedures and taste & odour testing. Sampling is a critical component of all water and wastewater operators’ responsibilities, and this course is designed to fill that requirement and need.

Instructor Bio:

Bob McAlpine B.Sc. P.Biol

Bob McAlpine has worked as a Water Quality Specialist since 1982 in industry, federal and provincial governments and as a Consultant in the UK, Alberta and British Columbia. Bob’s background includes working as a Senior Scientist for Thames Water Utilities in the UK. In a consulting capacity, Bob has worked for municipalities, city departments, the energy sector, mining, engineering, construction and private development companies. His expertise extends to water and wastewater, water quality assessments and advice on treatment, microbiology, water chemistry, and regulatory compliance. When working with Thames Water Utilities in the UK, Bob was a NAMAS accredited auditor, Water Scientist and Technical Advisor at Farmoor near Oxford.

People Smarts Presented by Kris Robins
November 7, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
CEU's: 0.6

This is a full day workshop that will provide methodologies of determining the preferred approach of the person you are working or communicating with.  The interactive activities throughout the workshop will deliver valuable insight into enhancing workplace relationships along with providing an understanding of the power of influencing change from all levels of the organization.

Learning “People Smarts” can be a Leader’s best tool for developing, and managing, relationships with others.  If you are a front-line Supervisor, People Smarts will give you immediate insight into the preferred approach of each of your individual team members. More importantly, it will give you practical tools for adjusting your approach to ensure that you are on track with the best way to communicate with, supervise, and reward your employees.  You will also learn how individuals like work delegated to them, where they might excel and where they will not be in a position to give you their best performance.

The good news is that most interpersonal challenges that we face as Leaders can be resolved through understanding the approaches of others, most of whom are not like us! This is especially true if we are willing to adjust our personal approach for the benefit of the performance-based relationship.  As an added bonus, there will also be tips and techniques for developing great working relationships with your own Leader.  In addition to being practical, People Smarts is easy to learn.

This session will be highly interactive, and will involve a lot of small group conversations and projects.  If you attend this one, please be prepared to have a little fun as we learn together!

Gas Detection and Monitoring Presented by Brad Yaceyko of Honeywell Industries
November 8 (8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

At the heart of every gas detector measurement is a sensor; in this half day workshop join us to learn more about sensor technologies used in portable safety gas detectors. You will gain a better understanding of the capabilities and limitations of these important safety devices.  Topics covered in this workshop will include: applications, sensor technology, calibration and bump testing recommendations, a review of common atmospheric gas hazards and the consequences of failing to monitor for them.

Workshop Date: Thursday, November 8th, 2018 (8:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.)

Reading Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams Presented by Grant Dixon of ATAP
November 8 (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
CEU's 0.6

Piping and Instrumentation Diagrams is a graphical interpretation of the monitor and control process within a plant using various symbols that denote the piping, instrumentation and equipment.

This full day course will provide participants with an opportunity to learn and understand the principles related to reading piping and instrumentation diagrams.  Students will be provided with a workbook for reference in during the course.

Areas of focus will include:

  • Master Sheet
  • Symbols
  • Instrumentation
  • Line Designation
  • Following process flow
  • Controlling process operations

Metering Workshop Presented by Alex McGregor of Neptune Technology Group
November 6 (8:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.)

This course is for anyone who is new to water metering or anyone who is looking for a refresher course on the basics.

It will cover:

  • Challenges in Water Metering
  • Meter Types and Meter Technology
  • Meter Sizing
  • Meter Reading Technology Overview
  • Data Analytics

Water Reuse Presented by Bob McAlpine of WQ Consulting
November 8 (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
CEU's 0.6

Both water and wastewater operators need to have a strong understanding of the following:

  • Growing water demand
  • Benefits of water reuse and why it's becoming a necessity
  • Regulatory environment
  • Types of water reuse
  • Municipal needs and opportunities
  • Environmental and water footprint
  • Water conservation and new sources
  • Operator roles in water reuse
  • Health implications
  • Water chemistry and reuse

All the above issues are becoming a growing necessity for the future for both wastewater and water treatment operations. Operators need to be conversant with the basic concepts associated with the some of the challenges and opportunities associated with water reuse.

This workshop will help operators understand the importance and benefits of water reuse as well as the challenges and risks. Students will learn the regulations and guidelines associated with water reuse for different end users and how to mitigate risks.

Pumps, Controllers for Lift Stations & Heat Exchangers Presented by Jessy Parmar and Xylem
November 7 (8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.)
CEU's 0.6 TBC


  • Brief overview of typical industrial applications and the pumps used within this industry.
  • Overview of new technological offerings within the industrial (and municipal) sector- Concertor technology and its uniqueness when compared to conventional technology.
  • Dewatering pump (Flygt 2610 or 2620) pump tear down, assembly, and maintenance schedule.

Xylem Session 1 (8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.)

Subject: Pump Station Control Panels – Examples, Features, and Tips

Presenters: Abram McAlear and Xylem 

Description: This session will review the Pump Station Controller. We will present the Layout of an existing control panel demo unit. The general “start-up” procedure for a control panel will be reviewed as well as some controller maintenance tips. We will also cover some case studies and touch on common questions like; What should be monitored by my pump control panel? To SCADA or not to SCADA? What call-out options are needed for a control panel?

Xylem Session 2: (10:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) | (1:00 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.)

Subject: Electric Submersible Pump – Layout, Features, and Tips

Presenters: Jessy Parmar and Xylem 

Description:This session will present the layout and features of an common submersible pump used for industrial, waste and storm water applications; Flygt Model 3085.

Pump tear-down and re-build will be demonstrated. Pump removal, maintenance, repair, tips and best-practices will be reviewed.

Xylem Session 3 (2:00 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.)

Subject: Heat Exchangers

Presenter: Rana Elbittibssi

Description: This session will present the Standard-Xchange heat exchanger and cover the related applications and features associated. Unit tear-down and re-build will be demonstrated.