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2018 Drainage Engineers Conference

The 50th Annual Drainage Engineers Conference

The 2018 Drainage Engineers Course and Conference at the Holiday Inn Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre.

  • Thursday, October 25 –  Drainage Engineers Course 
  • Thursday, October 25, 7:30 to 9 p.m. – Drainage Practitioners Meeting, including Tribunal Updates
  • Thursday, October 25, starting at 9 p.m. – Networking Social
  • Friday, October 26, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Drainage Engineers Conference

Your registration fee includes breakfast, refreshments and hot lunch, 50th anniversary mug, and conference proceedings. Registration begins Fall, 2018.

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Drainage Conference Program 2018 Exhibitors

The Conference program will be posted as sessions and speakers are confirmed.

9:00 a.m. Welcome and Introductions, Jeff Dickson, P. Eng., Chair, Land Drainage Committee / Project Engineer, R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited


10:10 a.m. Nothing is more Certain than Change, Ralph Clayton

A review of agricultural drainage over the past 50 years referencing the presentation delivered at the first conference on November 7, 1969 ” Tile Drainage Engineering”. This session identified the need for adequate outlets based upon current practice, the use of county soil maps and the Ontario Drainage Guide.

10:30 a.m. Drainage Stats from Time Immemorial, Alex Barrie, EIT, OMAFRA

Prepare to experience an autonomous sensory meridian response as you listen to the dulcet tones of a man pretending to remember things from before he was born. Watch as he indiscriminately misuses mathematical techniques to create trends that may appear interesting to even the most casual of observers.


To be confirmed.


1:50 p.m. Springmount Drain – A Case Study, Ian Ericksen, P.Eng., Project Manager, GM BluePlan Engineering

The Springmount Municipal Drain project commenced in 2012. The project included the lowering and widening of 1.6 km of an existing tributary to the Pottawatomi River, installation of two 3600 x 1800mm Precast Concrete Box Culverts crossing Highway 6 (MTO), as well as two private CSPA culverts. This presentation will focus on the various issues/considerations/roadblocks that were encountered throughout the project.

2:20 p.m. Drainage Engineering: Can You Put New Wine in an Old Wine Skin? Tim Brook, P.Eng., Engineering Program Coordinator (A), OMAFRA

Drainage is essential to agriculture!  However, it is a complex task of balancing property owner needs, environmental and societal interests, regulatory compliance and protection of the municipal infrastructure.  OMAFRA’s Publication 852 – “A Guide for Engineers working under the Drainage Act in Ontario” is designed to help engineers navigate through these challenges and opportunities. 

This session will provide an overview of the Guide including the application of the Drainage Act requirements; design components and considerations of the Engineer’s report; and regulatory, policy and agency considerations. It will focus on many of the innovative approaches found in the Guide that can be used to balance drainage with other interests of society such as climate change, fish and wildlife habitat, water quality/quantity, wetlands and water retention. “

2:50 p.m. Food : Soil : Water – Our Choices Matter, Don Lobb, P.Ag.(Hon) 

No civilization has ever survived the consequences of exploitive agriculture. As soil was degraded, people moved on to “new frontiers”. Today, we have a rapidly growing population in a world where most of the highly productive land is already in use – and abused. The “last frontier” is intensive, scientifically sound and responsible soil and water management. Strategic use of organic materials, protection of the soil biological community and precise soil moisture and surface-water management can ensure sustainable, reliable and environmentally friendly food production.

As we look forward, we have tools and technology not available to previous peoples. The “last frontier” is full of opportunities! The status quo is not an option. The fate of future generations depends on our choices.

3:20 p.m. Closing Notes, Jeff Dickson, P. Eng., Chair, Land Drainage Committee / Project Engineer, R.J. Burnside & Associates Limited


Interested in exhibiting? Send a note to Shara Inotay.

Armtec Solutions for a Better World

Armtec is the leader in the supply of drainage products including CSP, HDPE, Stormwater management / treatment, and other related materials.

Canada Culvert

Canada Culvert is a leading manufacturer of CSP and SPCSP in Canada, and trusted partner for transportation, public works, forestry, oil, gas and mining industries.

Logo: International Erosion Control Solutions

IECS has provided solutions for SWM, erosion control issues and pre-cast structures since 1984. Cable Concrete® is backed by extensive engineering and testing.

Maccaferri Logo

Maccaferri is a leading provider of Geosynthetic Materials, Steel Products, and Gabions around the world. Engineering a Better Solution!

Terrafix Geosynthetics

Terrafix is a manufacturer and distributor of geosynthetic products and engineered systems. Focusing on subgrade improvements, erosion control, stormwater