2017 Operator Continuing Education Day & Tradeshow

Are you short on time but looking to earn CEUs by the end of the year? Join us for the Operator Education Day & Trade Show, a new and innovative event created to provide operator training in a condensed and interactive format.

The Operator Continuing Education Day & Trade Show provides a valuable day of practical, operator-relevant learning in specialized education streams, as well as networking opportunities through the trade show lunch and reception. 


Water and wastewater operators from small to metro-sized facilities. Programming is available for all levels of experience.


This event has been approved as CORE for WD, WWC, WT, WWT, SWWS, SWS for 0.6 CEUs 

Date December 12, 2017

Anvil Centre  777 Columbia Street, New Westminster

The Anvil Centre is easily accessible by SkyTrain and from Highway 1, and is just a 35 minute drive from the Tsawwassen ferry terminal.

Registration is now closed.
Regular member: $249.00
Regular non-member: $369.00
Group Discount - Send 5 for the price of 4
Register four people and the fifth registration is free. If you would like to take advantage of this group discount, please contact Member Services Coordinator, Ally Trott, at 604-433-4389 ext. 233 or email atrott@bcwwa.org to register.


Design your day by selecting education sessions, roundtable discussions and mini-courses in four specialized streams: Water Distribution, Wastewater Collection, Water Treatment, and Wastewater Treatment.

This one day event contains:

Education Sessions

The morning portion of the event features presentations from industry experts in all specialized streams. From leak detection programs, to flushable wipes, to corrosion, to UV disinfection in wastewater, our experts will present on some of the most pressing issues for operators today.

Tricks & Traps Discussions

Do you find conversation helpful in understanding an issue or working through a problem? Join one of our four facilitated roundtable discussions to explore specific industry challenges and solutions.


If you love hands-on learning, then our 90-minute mini-courses are for you! The afternoon portion of the event provides the opportunity to experience latest technology and techniques in an interactive classroom setting.


Introduced to British Columbia at the 2017 Annual Conference in Victoria, and brought over from South Africa, this game challenges you to create a grid from pipes that distribute three litres of water equally to three different reservoirs. A hit at the conference and available for you to try!

Trade Show

Learn about the latest tools and equipment at your own pace at the trade show. Wander amongst the booths during the lunch and reception and make connections with manufacturers and suppliers across the industry.



Each of our facilitators are commited to creating a fun collegial atmosphere during the CEU day. They will “host” in each of the breakout rooms by moderating the different presentations and mini-courses, and lead the open discussion “Tricks and Traps”.

Wastewater Treatment - Co-facilitators Russ Carmichael and Stacy Bell

Russ Carmichael  

Russ Carmichael 

Russ Carmichael is recently retired and living in Maple Ridge. He has been a member of BCWWA since the 1990's and has been teaching Wastewater Collection, Water Distribution and Leadership courses for over 17 years. He is on the executive of the LMWSSA (Lower Mainland Water and Sewer Supervisors Association) Russ' career was in construction and municipal civil works including positions in Northern BC, the City of Coquitlam and the City of Maple Ridge. He is an Applied Science Technologist and has held Risk Management and level 1 WWD and WWC certifications. Russ volunteers on humanitarian projects around the world and has just returned from building latrines in Cambodia. 

Stacy Bell

Stacy Bell

Stacy Bell currently works for Neptune Terminals as an Environmental Systems Specialist, responsible for 2 waste water treatment systems, 12 air scrubbers, 4 bag houses and any noise issues. Previously, he was the chief operator at the wastewater treatment plant in Squamish and held various positions with West Vancouver including pipefitter, service truck foreman and sewer utility man. Stacy is certified in WWT 3, WWC 2, and WD2 and is working on his WWT 4. Stacy is an outdoors person, with a passion for photography and competitive axe throwing/loggers sports. He is married to his best friend, is father to two 2 grown boys and is a proud grandpa.  


Water Treatment - Dean Scovill 

Dean Scovill Dean Scovill has worked in the water industry for over 20 years. He is currently an Engineering Assistant with the Water Operations Section for the City of Surrey. Prior to that, he was an Environmental Health Officer where he was able to share his passion and support operators towards operating, maintaining and safeguarding public health. Dean is a BCWWA instructor for both in class and online courses, where he is able to interact with students all over the province. During his free time he likes the great outdoors through hiking and camping. Dean has been married for 29 years, has two (young) adult children (twins) and lives in Langley.


Wastewater Collection - Doug Haagen

Doug Haagen

Doug Haagen is the Manager of Wastewater Collections for the City of Abbotsford, where he has worked for the past 24 years, having started as a labourer in wastewater collections. Doug is responsible for both storm and sanitary sewer systems and is also an instructor with BCWWA. Doug loves to spend his time outdoors camping, fishing and quading (ATV’s).


Water Distribution - Larry Massier

Larry Massier

Larry Massier has been with the Township of Langley for over 26 years. He is currently the Senior Water Systems Operator and comments that he very much enjoys working with the great team in the Township. Larry has been certified as a WD4 operator since 2010 and also holds WT2 and WWC1 certifications. Larry has been married to Sharon for 34 years, has two adult sons and two grandchildren. In his spare time, Larry enjoys camping and fishing.



The Operator Continuing Education Day & Trade Show provides a great opportunity for manufacturers and suppliers to share their products and services with operators through the trade show and event sponsorships.


Thank you to our Lunch sponsor:  

Row 3 - EOCP

Event Floorplan


 Floor Plan v6



New Westminster's Inn at the Quay is offering a special rate of $144.00 for event attendees. You can book this rate by calling the hotel at 604-520-1776 or 1-800-663-2001 and identifying yourself as a participant attending "BCWWA Operator Symposium."


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