A Modern Approach to Inflow & Infiltration Reduction: Spend Less & Reduce More with the help of New Guidelines & Standards in Canada

Friday, November 20, 2020 at 1:00pm




Join us for an informative and interactive workshop.

  • Become familiar with the new changes to MECP design standards that are I/I related.
  • Learn new strategies that can be implemented immediately at no cost to start I/I reduction
  • Understand longer-term strategies to develop an I/I reduction program that considers the life of a sewer from cradle to grave.
  • Become familiar with resources currently available and under development that will save you time and money in developing an I/I program.
  • Hear about other Standards and Guidelines published and pending to reduce I/I risk in Canada

The workshop will present research findings that identified that many newly installed sewers are not performing as intended and the complex causes and conditions found to be underlying the issue.  The research that followed will be outlined and some of the best practices and strategies that are being developed and can be implemented immediately will be described. The workshop will also review the evolving provincial and national regulations and standards landscape that is quickly changing to address I/I, in both new sewers and existing sewers. The significance of this body of work cannot be underestimated, in the light of the impacts of extreme wet weather events related to climate change.


Webinar Host:

Cheryl Beam, P.Eng., is the Program Lead for the Water and Wastewater Task Force at the City of Greater Sudbury and has been on the OMWA Board of Directors since March 2020. Cheryl graduated from McMaster University with a bachelor of Chemical Engineering and Society. Cheryl began her career at Vale on a variety of projects involving industrial water and wastewater treatment, as well as modeling water chemistry as it moved through the tailings area. Cheryl began working for the City of Greater Subury in 2009 as the Manager of Water Distribution and Wastewater Collection and in 2019 started a new role as the Program Lead for the Water and Wastewater Task Force, which is focused on reducing inflow and infiltration in the collection system and reducing leaks in the distribution system.



Barbara A. Robinson, M.A.Sc., P.Eng., has been a professional engineer specializing in all aspects of sewer systems for 30 years. Barbara works as a paid infrastructure columnist with CBC Radio, speaking monthly on the morning shows on a wide range of infrastructure and engineering issues. Barbara established Norton Engineering Inc. in 2015 following two years as a City Engineer. Norton provides boutique engineering services to dozens of municipal governments across Canada, as well as provincial and federal governments and agencies, assisting them with finding solutions to the issue of I/I in both existing and new sewers, both on the public and private sides. She has extensive expertise on private side sewers, having taken Building Code courses and liaised extensively with building officials across Canada.  Barbara chaired the national CSA committee that developed “CSA Z800-18:  Basement Flood Protection and Risk Reduction Guideline” (June 2018). Barbara has been working closely with ICLR on behalf of Standards Council of Canada, to update national sewer standards, both new and existing, particularly as they relate to inflow and infiltration. Norton also works with National Research Council on sewer standards issues and has published several Manuals of Best Practice for sewers (Public Side and Private Side), which involved working with hundreds of engaged municipal professionals across Canada interested in improving the status quo for all.


Special Guests: 

Richard Tremblay is the Vice President of Strategy and Stakeholder Engagement at the Standards Council of Canada (SCC). He holds an Engineering degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Sherbrooke and conducted research internships at Pratt & Whitney Canada.  Mr. Tremblay has been Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Center for Innovation in Microelectronics of Quebec (CIMEQ), a college technology transfer center. He is a founding member of the Industrial Automation Association of Quebec (Regroupement des équipementiers en automatisation industrielle – REAI), was a member of the Board of Directors of Manufacturers and Exporters of Quebec (MEQ) and was the President of the Board of Directors of the CIB (International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction) located in the Netherlands. He is currently a founding member and member of the Board of Directors of the Association for Innovation in Building and Construction, and a member of the Board of Directors of the RNF (Réseau Normalisation et Francophonie). Prior to working at the Standards Council of Canada, he was the Director General (CEO) of the Construction Research Centre at the National Research Council of Canada.


Aziz Ahmed, P.Eng., is Manager of Approvals and Licensing at the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ (MECP) Environmental Assessment and Permissions Branch, and is the approving director under Part V and VI of the SDWA, and Part II.1 of EPA. A graduate of the University of Toronto in Chemical Engineering, Aziz has worked with the MECP since 1988, in a variety of engineering and managerial positions, in the areas of water treatment and distribution, stormwater management, and municipal and industrial wastewater.


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