News & Events2017-02-07T01:33:56-05:00

Important Dates 2023-2024

Dear OPCEA Member:

On behalf of the Ontario Pollution Equipment Control Association (OPCEA), we would like to thank you for your support over the last year. Your support has meant a lot to the association and has allowed OPCEA to continue our services and be a vocal advocate for our members.

We would like to make you aware of some important dates for the upcoming 2023 – 2024 membership year. Please see below:

June 8, 2023

  • OPCEA golf tournament taking place at Cardinal Golf Club in King, ON
  • Link for registration will be available through OPCEA’s website

June 30, 2023

  • 2022-2023 OPCEA membership expiration date

July 1, 2023

  • 2023-2024 OPCEA membership renewal opens
  • Renewal fee for members will be $400 + HST

October 2, 2023

  • Deadline to renew membership for 2023-2024
  • Any member renewing after this date are required to pay a registration fee of $350 + HST, in addition to the membership renewal fee ($400 + HST)

March 1, 2024

  • Advertisement sales open for OPCEA Directory

May 5, 2024

  • OPCEA Directory release date
  • OPCEA Annual General Meeting (AGM)

May 5 to May 7, 2024

  • Annual Conference and OPCEA Exhibition in Niagara Falls, ON

2023 OPCEA Golf Tournament

IMPORTANT NOTE: Wednesday, May 31st is the last day for registration!

Dear OPCEA Members:

Registration is now open for the 2023 OPCEA golf tournament, which is an economical and relaxing opportunity for you to network with your clients.The cost is $217/person ($868/foursome), See below for inclusions.

Thursday June 8th, 2023

Cardinal Golf Club 2740 Davis Drive West, King, Ontario L7B 0G7

10:30 AM – 12 noon at the OPCEA desk in the North Hall. If you are sponsoring a hole please drop off your gift no later than 12:00pm.

Available from 11:00 AM

1:00 PM for the 18 hole Shot Gun Event


This will maximize your company’s exposure at the tournament to all participants.
We will proudly display your Company’s name on one of the 18 holes.
To be a Hole Sponsor, all you must do is provide a prize with a minimum $100 value.
For additional $100 you can support Water for People and have a unique W4P logo included on your sponsorship banner.
Please drop off your prize at the registration table upon arrival.

Any member company not registering a team but would like to sponsor a hole can do so by emailing the golf coordinators (Zaynab Ahmed zahmed@SCGprocess.com or John Devlin john.devlin@aquafy-wt.com) to make the appropriate arrangements. Please Note, the sponsorship prize with minimum $100 value must be delivered to Zaynab Ahmed or John Devlin minimum one (1) week prior to the Golf Tournament date.                

REGISTRATION: $217/person. This includes:

  • A ticket for complimentary small bucket of driving range balls.
  • Barbeque lunch ticket (lunch will be available from 11 AM).
  • One adult beverage ticket
  • 18 holes of golf (4 person Scramble) with shared cart
  • A steak/chicken/fish dinner will be served at 6:30 PM
  • Complimentary gift for all registered golfers
  • Chance to win any of our hole-sponsored prizes.

 To register, click on: https://cardinal.golfems2.com/event/2023-opcea-golf-tournament
(The registration deadline is Friday June 2nd, but we urge you to register ASAP)

NOTE:  OPCEA Members – For those companies inviting guests that need to pay their own way, please register and pay for all golfers in your twosome or foursome. Following the tournament, you will be reimbursed by OPCEA, the amount of $75.00 + HST, for any golfer in your group who utilizes the **Pay-Your-WAY** program.

Individuals interested in **Pay-Your-Way** can register online, please specify your preference with your Group Captain during the registration process.

Remember: OPCEA provides gifts for each registered golfer, which eliminates the cost to you to supply gifts for your guests.

We look forward to seeing you and your guests at this year’s OPCEA tournament.

John Devlin
2023 Golf Tournament Coordinator

Office:  416-307-2185

2023 OPCEA Exhibition

Max Rao, Aquafy Water Technologies – 2023 OPCEA Exhibition Lead

Once again, the 2023 Annual OPCEA Exhibition was a resounding success. With 109 exhibitors
showcasing equipment and services represented by the OPCEA membership, a great environment was
created whereby delegates, visitors and equipment suppliers could discuss the latest in industry trends. It
is the one time during the busy year when city staff, consultants, and equipment suppliers representing
the most influential companies in the industry are able to come together to talk shop, build on existing
relationships and establish new ones. Positive feedback was received with high traffic volumes seen on
both days of the Exhibition. Events on the tradeshow floor including the Operations Challenge and the
Totally Wasted Game Show kept the exhibition area busy for the full two days.

The OPCEA Reception held on Monday afternoon from 5 to 7 pm offered two beers from a local brewer,
Amsterdam Brewery. Both the Big Wheel Amber and the 3 Speed Lager were a hit with the attendees as
was the complimentary OPCEA beer glass. The donations raised this year once again went to Water for
People with just over $2,600 raised.

On behalf of OPCEA, I would like to thank the participating OPCEA member companies, conference
delegates, visitors, and volunteers for making this year’s sold out show a huge success. We look forward
to seeing everyone next year at the Niagara Falls Convention Centre.

The Passing of Michael Albanese

On behalf of the OPCEA Board I am very sad to announce the passing of Michele (Michael/Mike) Albanese on Sunday January 22nd at the still young age of 58. He leaves behind his beloved wife Helma and children Massimo, Adriano and Isabella, his mother Maria and his sister Laura.

Michele graduated with a  Bachelor of Applied Science (BASc) in Mechanical Engineering from the University of South Florida in 1987.

His family, originally from Abruzzo Italy, emigrated to Canada and Michele first  worked for an OPCEA member company Metcon.  He participated in OPCEA activities on behalf of Metcon and that is how I first met him. He was very impressive individual, bright, serious, very polite and well-mannered and very  knowledgeable.

He passed the exams and became a registered Professional Engineer in the Province of Ontario.

Mike stuck out on his own when he founded H2FLOW Equipment in 1992. It was while starting his company he volunteered to serve on the OPCEA board and in 1999 he served as President. In 2006 Michael also started H2FLOW Tanks and Systems, a company specializing in liquid storage solutions.

Michael served on a number of committees of the  WEAO representing OPCEA including the Special Events Committee, the Conference Committee and the Seminar Committee. .

His volunteering also included serving as Vice President of the York South Weston Ontario Liberal Association, Trojan Technologies Rep Council Member, Eimco Water Technologies Rep Council Member, the Professional Engineers Ontario – Dufferin Chapter Executive and Newsletter Editor, and as an Engineering Mentor with Skills for Change training for newly arrived foreign engineers.

For his significant contribution to the WEAO Michael was inducted in the 5S Society in 2008.

Although a competitor he was  a good friend, as he was to many others in the industry and his presence will be sorely missed.

Brian Gage

OPCEA past President

ConstructConnect: Latest Construction Projects

OPCEA Members,

OPCEA is dedicated to assisting member companies in the promotion of their equipment and services to the pollution control market sector of Ontario.  A big part of such promotional activities for our members is the ability to learn about the latest construction projects that require pollution control equipment and services.

For this reason, OPCEA has partnered with ConstructConnect, Canada’s leading provider of construction project information, to bring you unparalleled value in the form of discounts on your purchase of ConstructConnect’s Insight platform.  Insight gives you access to the most comprehensive database of project leads and participants, and the software tools to find and manage your ideal projects.

Until December 31, 2022, OPCEA Members can enjoy the following discounts on select Insight packages:

ConstructConnect Insight Packages Discount %
Ontario – Waste Water Treatment Plants, Water Treatment Plants & Pumping Stations Verticals Only 32%
Canada – Waste Water Treatment Plants, Water Treatment Plants & Pumping Stations Verticals Only 19%
Ontario – Civil, Residential & Commercial Verticals Only 23%
Canada – Civil, Residential & Commercial Verticals Only 20%
Ontario – All Verticals 20%
Canada – All Verticals 20%

Discount Terms: All discounts are calculated on full book rates for product packages that are part of this offer.  These discounts cannot be combined with any other discounts or offers, including ongoing and/or one-time promotional offers and subscription/renewal incentives.  This offer is only available to new subscribers, defined as companies that have not subscribed to ConstructConnect Insight for the 6 calendar months preceding the date of commencement of the new subscription.

We hope you are able to take advantage of these great exclusive OPCEA Member offers from ConstructConnect and find and win more projects!

A representative from ConstructConnect will call you in the coming weeks to discuss your needs, but if you want to take advantage of these offers right away, please send an email to SalesCanada@ConstructConnect.com and mention your OPCEA Discount.

ConstructConnect partners with MasterSpec – and what this means for our OPCEA Members

ConstructConnect now partners with MasterSpec, a product of the American Institute of Architects and the leading software that houses specifications for various products and companies for architects to access and complete the writing of their own specifications.

For example, Wolseley can sign up for an enhanced listing that will list the specs and details of a butterfly valve. If an architect is looking to design a WasteWater Treatment Plant and is need of writing in butterfly valve, then a list of companies would be brought up matching his requirement. This leads to having a products in front of over 10,000 architects without having to reach out to them on a regular basis. Combined with ConstructConnect data, listing your products in MasterSpec will allow you to get in front of architects and engineers earlier, find specific projects where you are specified, and track your success.

This is typically meant for companies that have the ability to sell across Canada and US.

PDF Attachments: 2021 Q1 CC Construction Starts Forecast Report for and the MasterSpecSolutions-QuickInfoSheet.

CanaData 2020 Speaker Slides and Recordings

The 35th edition of the live, three-day economic conference was held virtually Sept. 29 to Oct. 1 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The theme of this year’s conference was The Perfect Storm and it focused on forecasts against an unknown COVID-19 backdrop.

Webinar Videos and Presentations are now available to our OPCEA members only, and are password-protected. Should you wish to view them, please send an e-mail to opcea@opcea.com for the password.

Link to Videos and Presentations is available here.

Water for People Canada

OPCEA strives to support Water for People at all of our yearly events, as was mentioned on the 1st Tee at the Golf Tournament.  Please take a moment to review their message below, and your donations are always appreciated!

Water for People Canada would like to thank OPCEA Members for your ongoing support. Although we could not be with you this year to put your putting skills to the test, we’d like to remind you of Water for People’s ongoing efforts in developing sustainable sanitation. As you know, access to hand washing is one of the most effective measures in managing disease, including COVID-19. Please take a glance at our website to see the latest in WFP’s work and if you are able to, a donation would be most welcome. Thank you!


OPCEA welcomes new EA

The OPCEA Board of Directors is  pleased to welcome Rebecca Alexander as the new Executive Administrator for OPCEA.  Rebecca is part of the Tracy Blyth & Associates Association Management Company and  has worked in the not-for-profit sector for over 25 years.

Her experience with Associations comes not only from working with not-for-profits but also assisting with events, education while volunteering on membership, sponsorship, recruitment and events committees. Rebecca has been awarded numerous awards for her dedication and vision.

Rebecca can be reached by email at:  opcea@opcea.com, or by  telephone at 416-524-8988.  Please note  that the new mailing address for OPCEA is: 

Coxwell-Danforth P.O.
P.O. Box 72070
Toronto, Ontario  M4C 0A1

Young Professionals

A great opportunity exists for A great opportunity exists for Young Professionals in our industry to get involved, learn and network. Our associate organization WEAO (Water Environment Association of Ontario) has an excellent program for helping new professionals get involved.

This Committee represents WEAO members with 5 or fewer years in the industry, and under the age of 35. Its primary goal is to recruit, develop programs for, and encourage the participation of Young Professionals in the activities of the Association.

Visit the WEAO YP webpage for contact information. in our industry to get involved, learn and network. Our associate organization WEAO (Water Environment Association of Ontario) has an excellent program for helping new professionals get involved.

This Committee represents WEAO members with 10 or fewer years, or under the age of 35, in the wastewater industry. Its primary goal is to recruit, develop programs for, and encourage the participation of Young Professionals in the activities of the Association.