Americana 2023 Program

Program

Major biennial event for environmental professionals, Americana is the meeting place of choice for environmental professionals to discuss technical, scientific and business issues in environment. 
 
Case studies, technical and scientific information, results of innovative research, and inspiring projects are just some of the exciting subjects of the 100 conferences, which will be given in four rooms simultaneously. These conferences, panels, round tables, will be gather in thematic session around 5 sectors : Water, Soil and Ground Water, Waste Management, Biodiversity, Air, Climate Change and Energy.
 

Over 200 environmental professionals, researchers, technicians, managers, and business leaders, who hail from Quebec, Canada, the United States, South America, Europe, and Africa, will be featured in the program of Americana 2023.

 

The program of Americana 2023 will be announced in December 2022.

Preliminary Programming

Americana 2023 preliminary programming is now available! For an overview of the entire event, check out the summary PDF.

To discover all the speakers that will spice up these three days, check out the sections below.

Day 1 - March 20, 2023

Plenary room

Water Sector

Pressures on water resources are increasingly present and it is important to find solutions to continue preservation efforts. The principle of ecofiscality is a principle applied in the fee for water withdrawals. Bill 42, brought to light before the elections, made it possible to put the principle of “consumer-pays” back to the fore. This workshop will make it possible to list and find eco-taxation measures to promote the preservation of the resource.

  • Speakers TBD

Climate change brings with it several problems, including scarcity of water. The management of this resource must be a key issue, at the heart of development strategies of municipalities and industries. This session discusses different solutions in terms of managing, saving and reusing this resource.

  • Speakers TBD

Protecting water quality is an increasingly important issue these days. Sanitation is at the heart of this awareness-raising and new tools make it possible to take real steps forward in terms of data collection and analysis monitoring, thus facilitating adaptation to climate change and compliance with ministerial standards. This session will address these different aspects as well as Quebec regulatory control.

  • Techno-Economical Analysis of various process intensification technologies for the conversion of high-purity oxygen (HPO) to complete nutrient removal process at Fish Creek WWTP Alberta by Mehran Andalib – Stantec
  • Other speakers TBD

A significant proportion of Quebec’s population as well as world’s population is supplied with water directly from an aquifer. The climatic situation and the environmental impacts associated with it are advancing rapidly and bring their share of dangers and uncertainties concerning the future state of these aquifers. This panel will focus on groundwater from the perspective of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN.

  • Marie Larocque – WaterShed Monitoring Europe
  • Other panelists TBD

Waste Management Sector

For several years now, we have seen the emergence and evolution of ecofiscal measures to improve the waste management. The “polluter pays” principle, a very useful lever, has appeared in several forms: eco-taxation, incentive pricing, EPR, etc. This workshop will allow us to identify and find ecofiscal measures to reduce the disposal of residual materials.

  • Speakers TBD

With the evolution of environmental concerns, business economic models have greatly evolved over the years. Nowadays, it is crucial to remember the importance of the circular economic model based on the 3RV-E concept. This hierarchy prioritizes actions to evolve the ultimate residue and that is why it is important to dedicate our efforts to it. It is our duty to optimize the use of our resources at all stages of the life cycle of a good or service, reducing our environmental footprint and contributing to the well-being of individuals and communities. Therefore, the objective of this panel will be to represent, on a global scale, initiatives that advocate this circular logic in its entirety to influence a collective movement towards a continuous improvement of our economic model.

  • Panelists TBD

Air, Climate Change and Energy Sector

In Quebec, the transportation sector is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases (GHG). Therefore, this session will put forward solutions promoting sustainable mobility that contribute to decarbonize the transportation sector.

  • Speakers TBD

Air quality and the quality of the sound environment are important to consider for the well-being of the populations. Thus, this session will present solutions and methodologies that can be used to optimize this management.

  • For a better representation of fugitive dust emissions
    by François Châteauneuf – INO
  • Other speakers TBD
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Green and blue infrastructures have an important role to play in adapting urban environments to climate hazards. This session will address the role that these infrastructures can play in a sustainable urban development.

  • Reconnecting nature and care: a perspective on the design and integration of green spaces in healthcare facilities by Samuel Charlebois – Nature Québec
  • Other speakers TBD
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With the evolution of environmental concerns, business economic models have greatly evolved over the years. Nowadays, it is crucial to remember the importance of the circular economic model based on the 3RV-E concept. This hierarchy prioritizes actions to evolve the ultimate residue and that is why it is important to dedicate our efforts to it. It is our duty to optimize the use of our resources at all stages of the life cycle of a good or service, reducing our environmental footprint and contributing to the well-being of individuals and communities. Therefore, the objective of this panel will be to represent, on a global scale, initiatives that advocate this circular logic in its entirety to influence a collective movement towards a continuous improvement of our economic model.

  • Panelists TBD

Soil and Groundwater Sector

The development of new technologies, sustainable innovations and effective practices are crucial to rehabilitate our soils and achieve the objectives of revitalization of territories, in Quebec and around the world. The conferences of this session will present some of these global practices and technological innovations in order to inspire and equip all actors in the field.

  • Speakers TBD

A significant proportion of Quebec’s population as well as world’s population is supplied with water directly from an aquifer. The climatic situation and the environmental impacts associated with it are advancing rapidly and bring their share of dangers and uncertainties concerning the future state of these aquifers. This panel will focus on groundwater from the perspective of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the UN.

  • Marie Larocque – WaterShed Monitoring Europe
  • Other panelists TBD

Biodiversity Sector

Green and blue infrastructures have an important role to play in adapting urban environments to climate hazards. This session will address the role that these infrastructures can play in a sustainable urban development.

  • Reconnecting nature and care: a perspective on the design and integration of green spaces in healthcare facilities by Samuel Charlebois – Nature Québec
  • Other speakers TBD

Multi-Sector

Presentations TBD

Day 2 - March 21, 2023

Plenary room

  • Nancy Goudreau, Managing Director, Sustainable financing at Desjardins
  • Paul Copti, Senior Vice President in the Construction & Infrastructure practice at Marsh Canada
  • Other panelist TDB

Water Sector

In the current context, water is one of the resources most affected by the impact of man on the environment. Indeed, water resources are impacted by several issues: scarcity, increase in pollution, increase in extreme events, etc. It is becoming imperative to be able to react and anticipate these problems which are likely to intensify over the next few years. This session will address several technologies, studies and predictions in order to highlight the current major issues and explore ways to improve to preserve this resource.

  • Speakers TBD

Challenges that future generations will have to face are new and growing every year. The asset maintenance deficit is one of these challenges and it is essential to act now. This panel will focus on management of water assets in Quebec and abroad and on the tools aimed at enhancing and improving the practices of water services.

  • Panelists TBD

Waste Management Sector

Due to the growing phenomenon of ephemeral fashion, the continuous increase of the world’s population as well as the difficulty of treating the materials from this exploitation, the textile industry is the second most polluting industry after the oil business. It is therefore crucial to leverage everyone’s efforts to move towards a circular economy model for this industry. The goal of this session is to demonstrate solutions and alternatives to the entire cycle of the textile industry, from production to treatment, on a global scale, to reinvigorate people’s hope for this industry and to inspire participants in the transition to a circular textile economy.

  • Speakers TBD

Around the world, innovations never cease to surprise us. With the climate crisis, we can see that emerging technologies in the environmental field are growing rapidly. The field of waste management is no exception to the rule. Several new technologies now make it possible for residual waste to be genuinely disposed of. The improvement of the management of our end-of-life materials depends imperatively on technological advances and therefore the sharing of expertise becomes an important asset in the improvement of our practices on a large scale. The goal of this session is to present international technological innovations that will inspire and equip all stakeholders in the field to continuously improve the management of our waste.

  • Sorting of household waste and detour of materials to landfill in the MRC Beauce-Sartigan by François Léveillée – Environnement Viridis
  • Other speakers TBD

With the increasing amount of waste worldwide, it is now common to see new regulations regarding the management of waste. With most engineered landfills reaching their maximum capacity, not to mention those that have already exceeded it, it is of particular interest to learn about the regulations in place that are influencing the reduction of materials sent to landfill. The purpose of this session will be to share regulatory applications from around the world, to recognize successes from one continent to another, and to open the door to the replicability of regulatory systems to reduce the disposal of our waste.

  • Speakers TBD

Air, Climate Change and Energy Sector

This panel looks at the path to carbon neutrality. The challenges and opportunities of this process will be discussed. In order to reach our goals and avoid a global warming exceeding 1.5°C, it is necessary to revisit our current practices and to be innovative.

  • Carbon neutrality in busines
    by Geneviève Gauthier – Econoler
  • Quebec: Risks and Opportunities of the Global Transition to Carbon Neutrality
    by Julien Bourque – L’Institut climatique du Canada
  • Panelist TBD

Recent climatic events, such as drought and heavy rainfall, have caused countries to take a closer look at the issues surrounding soil conservation. Although often overlooked when discussing climate change, our soils are a fundamental tool to mitigate and reduce the impacts of this new reality. In this panel, our panelists will highlight the many benefits that we can gain from using and managing soils in the fight against climate change.

  • Panelists TBD

Soil and Groundwater Sector

Dubbed “eternal chemicals” by the media, PFAS pose unique challenges due to their persistence, rotating life cycle, and distinctive chemical characteristics. As per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) become a growing concern in the soil sector, this conferences session will explore PFAS sources, potential alternatives, and current regulatory approaches and guidance in the field to further the understanding of the presence and persistence of volatile PFAS in industrially contaminated soils.

  • Speakers TBD

Recent climatic events, such as drought and heavy rainfall, have caused countries to take a closer look at the issues surrounding soil conservation. Although often overlooked when discussing climate change, our soils are a fundamental tool to mitigate and reduce the impacts of this new reality. In this panel, our panelists will highlight the many benefits that we can gain from using and managing soils in the fight against climate change.

  • Panelists TBD

Biodiversity Sector

Humans have significantly altered the planet’s land and have had a significant negative impact on much of the oceans, so that it is estimated that about a quarter of species are threatened with extinction. In order to stabilize and reduce the current rates of loss of biodiversity and natural areas around the world, threatening the natural life support system, the 30% by 2030 target aims to take ambitious action to address the global biodiversity crisis. The UN High Ambition Coalition for People and Nature’s initiative is pushing countries to commit to these protection targets and sparking new conservation action around the globe. This session will be an opportunity to present some of these actions around the world.

  • Speakers TBD

Multi-sector

Access to quality drinking water is a vital need for all. Nevertheless, fears continue to grow with regard to contaminants of emerging interest. This panel is therefore interested in the challenges, dangers, technologies and existing solutions to better understand and solve the problems related to emerging contaminants of interest.

  • Panelists TBD

Presentations TBD

Adaptation is an issue that affects all spheres of society. Thus, it is necessary to coordinate actions with different stakeholders, such as private, public, academic and civil society actors. This panel will address the necessary elements to consider in order to mobilize and coordinate these actors for the effective implementation of climate change adaptation measures.

  • Broadening the conversation on conservation
    by Raphaëlle Fréchon – Canada Research Chair in Ecological Economics, Université du Québec en Outaouais
  • Other panelists TBD

Day 3 - March 22, 2023

Plenary room

Panelists :

  • Yves Giroux, Parliamentary Budget Officer, Canada
  • Nicolas Marceau, Quebec Minister of Finance from 2012 to 2014
  • Carlos Leitão, Quebec Minister of Finance from 2014 to 2018

Water Sector

Currently, preservation and protection of water resources are major issues. Helping citizens understand these issues is a crucial first step in achieving resource preservation objectives. This workshop aims to encourage everyone to reflect on the importance of informing and educating the population from an early age on the necessity of protecting and preserving this resource.

Nowadays, stormy episodes are intensifying both in terms of water volume and frequency. These events make the treatment of water in factories more and more difficult. This leads, subsequently, to discharges of waste and untreated water directly into rivers. This session will focus on existing technologies allowing better control and more adequate management of overflow water in order to minimize discharges.

  • Martin Pleau – Tetra Tech
  • Other speakers TBD

Wastewater treatment faces many challenges, especially in the context of climate change. Many different technologies exist to ensure the quality of our releases. This session will focus on innovative biofiltration technologies and provide solutions for treatment plants to maximize their efficiency using advanced technologies.

  • Putting 10 pounds of upgrades in a 5 pound box: What Quebec Can Learn from Seoul’s Recent Wastewater Intensification & Upgrade Program
    by Jonathan Liberzon – Tomorrow Water
  • Other speakers TBD

Waste Management Sector

Today, climate change initiatives are at the center of many of our ambitions. Around the world, the fight against food loss and waste is gaining momentum. The problem is that these organic materials end up in landfills and produce methane gas, not to mention that the resources needed to produce this material have also been wasted. It is therefore important to look at all the possible initiatives, on a global scale, to fight against this problem linked mainly to overconsumption. The goal of the session will be to present measures that go through the 3RV-E steps to influence the habits of citizens as well as to bring changes within companies.

  • Falling in love with an issue!
    by Guillaume Cantin – La Transformerie
  • Other speakers TBD

With the evolution of environmental concerns, business economic models have greatly evolved over the years. Nowadays, it is crucial to remember the importance of the circular economic model based on the 3RV-E concept. The material marketing stage is critical. Indeed, it is easier to foresee the end-of-life management of a product during the post-market stage than once it is already designed, produced, and sold. Eco-design is the key to this stage. With more than 22 million tons of plastic released into the environment each year, the design of consumer goods requires special attention. This panel will showcase international eco-design initiatives to reduce the amount of material send to landfill.

  • Mixing post-industrial and post-consumer plastics to obtain a 100% recycled, 100% recyclable and 100% local product
    by Rémy Boquien – Éco-Plastiques
  • Other panelists TBD

Air, Climate Change and Energy Sector

Building construction involves significant embodied carbon emissions associated with the production of building materials over their entire life cycle. Thanks to computer modeling systems, it is now possible to calculate all the emissions of a building during its construction, operation and demolition. This allows us to make choices at the planning stage of a project that will concretely reduce GHG emissions without affecting its functions. This panel will explore different perspectives on architectural choices, the content of plans and specifications, and the final results of large construction projects through a holistic view and accessible modeling tools.

  • By Philippe St-Jean – McGill University
  • By Steve Poulin – Société québécoise des infrastructures
  • Panelist TDB

Man-made climate change is a reality. In all regions of the world, we are seeing risks that were once only theoretical become the new reality of the present day. Although biodiversity provides goods and services that are essential both for adapting to the effects of climate change and for mitigating climate change, it too is directly threatened by climate change. In many parts of the world, species composition has been altered and species have been lost at a rate of 100-1000 times greater than normal. This panel will discuss the links and bi-directional impacts of these two major global challenges, the biodiversity crisis and climate change.

  • Panelists TBD

Biodiversity Sector

It is certainly essential to conserve natural areas and ensure access to nature in all environments, but what about its presence in urbanized areas? The protection of biodiversity has become a priority for many cities and towns. Although it is omnipresent and its actions are not always visible on a daily basis, it is nevertheless at the service of the environment, ensuring the proper functioning of ecosystems, the diversity of our food, etc. This conference session will provide an overview of several initiatives to enhance biodiversity in cities and increase the integration of such solutions in our urban territories.

  • by François Kouame N’Guessan Université Nangui Abrogoua
  • Other speakers TBD

Man-made climate change is a reality. In all regions of the world, we are seeing risks that were once only theoretical become the new reality of the present day. Although biodiversity provides goods and services that are essential both for adapting to the effects of climate change and for mitigating climate change, it too is directly threatened by climate change. In many parts of the world, species composition has been altered and species have been lost at a rate of 100-1000 times greater than normal. This panel will discuss the links and bi-directional impacts of these two major global challenges, the biodiversity crisis and climate change.

  • Panelists TBD

Multisecteur

Presentations TBD

Études de cas, informations techniques et scientifiques, résultats de recherches innovantes et présentations de projets inspirants pimenteront les 100 conférences du Salon. Ces conférences, panels et tables rondes seront regroupés sous forme de session thématique, s’inscrivant dans les secteurs de l’eau, Sols et Eaux Souterraines, Air, Changements climatiques et Énergie, Biodiversité, Matières résiduelles.

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Session 2

Air, Changements climatiques et Énergie

  • Réduire les émissions de GES grâce à la mobilité durable 

  • Favoriser la décarbonation en améliorant la résilience et la coordination du secteur de l’électricité  

  • Transition énergétique: les défis et les opportunités 

  • La gestion de la qualité de l’air pour protéger la santé des populations 

  • Impressionnez-nous

Biodiversité

  • Comment atteindre l’objectif de protection de 30% des terres et dans les océans d’ici 2030 ?  

  • La valorisation de la biodiversité dans les villes 

  • Impressionnez-nous

 

Eau

  • Les solutions aux pénuries d’eau 

  • La sensibilisation au service de la protection de la ressource en eau 

  • L’assainissement et la protection de la qualité d’eau 

  • L’apport d’une saine gestion des eaux pluviales dans un contexte de préservation de la ressource en eau 

  • L’importance du financement du service d’eau et de la gestion d’actif pour les générations futures 

  • Les solutions innovantes pour protéger l’or bleu 

  • Impressionnez-nous

Matières résiduelles

  • Les synergies et les bons coups en économie circulaire 

  • Initiatives pour contrer le gaspillage alimentaire (citoyens, ICI, gouvernements) et résultats)  

  • Gestion des textiles (solutions et alternatives, impacts de l’exportation, etc.)  

  • Technologies émergentes en matières résiduelles (gestion des matériaux difficiles à traiter (plastiques d’hôpitaux, palmes d’éolienne, batteries lithium, etc.), projets d’universités, etc.)  

  • Les règlements qui ont un impact sur l’élimination (applications règlementaires, bons coups et résultats)  

  • Impressionnez-nous

 

Sols et Eaux souterraines

  • Stratégies de valorisation des sols faiblement contaminés dans un contexte d’économie verte 

  • Qualité des eaux souterraines 

  • Technologies durables, innovations et pratiques efficaces en réhabilitation des sols 

  • Impressionnez-nous

 

Multisectoriel

  • Écofiscalité : mécanismes financiers au service de l’environnement 

  • Implantation d’une politique de durabilité au sein d’organisation (ESG) 

  • La cybersécurité et la gestion des données dans les villes de demain 

  • Comment allier développement économique et préservation de l’environnement/des ressources naturelles ? 

  • Liens et impacts des changements climatiques sur la crise de la biodiversité 

  • L’usage des sols pour lutter contre les changements climatiques 

  • Comment mobiliser les différents acteurs pour l’adaptation aux changements climatiques 

  • Le rôle des infrastructures vertes et bleues dans un aménagement urbain durable 

  • Étude de cas à succès et acceptabilité sociale en valorisation énergétique 

  • Rôle des eaux souterraines dans l’atteinte des objectifs de développement durable de l’ONU 

  • La gestion des contaminants d’intérêt émergent 

  • Impressionnez-nous