*Editor's Note: Welcome to the Week 4 preview of the Sites and Spills Conference, Feb. 19-20, 2014, at the International Centre in Toronto. To read last week's preview, please click here.
Calgary’s worst-ever natural disaster will come into focus on February 19, 2014, as the new and improved Sites and Spills Conference in Toronto delves into the challenges of rebuilding after a devastating flood.
Keynote speaker Tony Ciarla of Tervita Corporation will kick off the two-day Sites and Spills Conference with a keynote presentation about Tervita’s response work in Calgary during the late spring 2013 flood. Tervita is an integrated environmental services company with more than 4,000 employees at 140 sites across North America.
Ciarla, a corporate account manager, will share stories and insight from Tervita’s efforts to restore flooded grounds and get the iconic Calgary Stampede get back on its feet in time for the annual summer celebration. The challenge was that the company had just two weeks to do it.
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At Stampede Park, Tervita brought in some 500 workers from across Canada to aid in the clean up. The crew worked intensely to remove more than 450,000 kilograms of demolition waste, debris and sludge.
Tervita brought in 12 large dehydration units and more than 100 industrial fans to dry out affected areas. Nearly 200 other pieces of construction equipment and vehicles were also deployed to the Stampede grounds.
Tervita worked on the 200-acre site by cleaning, demolishing and disinfecting so that the Stampede area would be safe for guests, employees and volunteers.
Following the Stampede, Tervita took on a $45-million contract with the Alberta government to aid recovery efforts in the town of High River.
Through The Alberta Flood Recovery Task Force, some 100 Tervita employees began to remove floodwater and debris in an attempt to restore the town to its pre-flood state.
In addition to Tervita, several other environmental services companies took part in the clean up.
To listen to Tervita's experiences during the 2013 Calgary Flood, please register here for the 2014 Sites and Spills Conference. The conference runs February 19 -20, 2014 at the International Centre in Toronto.