Program Preview and Pre-Registration

Program Preview and Pre-Registration

Presented by the American Public Works Association Hosted by the Quebec Chapter of APWA.

The 2003 APWA North American Snow Conference offers a unique learning experience, combining 3 days of quality education with opportunities to network with manufacturers, distributors, consultants and other public works professionals.

Discover the latest snow and ice control trends and technologies by visiting with our exhibitors and attending the best, most comprehensive education program in the winter maintenance field.

For a complete program preview, including descriptions of the education sessions and a current list of exhibiting companies, visit APWA’s website at and click on the Snow Conference logo.

General Sessions & Keynote Speakers

The Champion Within Speaker: Cary Mullen Opening General Session, Sunday, April 27

On January 6, 1997, Cary Mullen from Calgary, Alberta captivated eyes around the globe by skiing 151.5 kilometers per hour (about 100 mph) down the slopes of Hahnenham in Kitzbuhel, Austria. Cary had just set a new record for the fastest skier in the world; a record he still holds today. A 10-year member of the Canadian National Ski Team and a 1994 World Cup Champion in downhill, Cary was not new to skiing glory, nor to the other side of fame. His setbacks, his drive, and his goal orientation all make for an electrifying story.

Maintaining Service Levels With a Limited Budget: Let’s Talk It Out “Talk Show” General Session Monday, April 28

Let’s face it. Our communities are growing and the public and elected officials are expecting you to deliver the same level of service or better with one caveat. Do it, and do it with less money, staff, and equipment. Your crews are covering more ground and have less time to do it in. In this face-to-face “talk show” style session, a panel of public works and winter operations leaders will give you the low-down on how they are meeting this challenge. Come prepared, as this interactive session will give you ample time to ask questions.

If I’d Known It Was Going to Be Like This, I’d Have Taken Better Care of Myself! Speaker: Murray Banks Closing General Session, Tuesday, April 29

Taking care of winter roads can be challenging, stimulating, and gratifying, but it can also wear you down. Balancing the eternal guessing game of “What is the weather going to do?” “When should I send the crews out?” “What road treatment to use?” takes a toll on the best of us. This session will lift you up, make you laugh, and share practical insight into everyday living. Drawing on his experiences as a father, school teacher and triathlon competitor, Murray Banks’ message will help you balance the intensity of your work by showing simple ways to reach better physical health, a more positive outlook, and how to save time for essential fun and humor in each day.

Technical Tour – Quebec City Snow Operations

This year’s technical tour is included as a part of the Snow Conference educational program – there is no additional cost to participate. Please check the box on your registration form if you plan to participate, so that we can plan for the correct number of buses. The tour will visit an “artificial glacier” snow disposal site and one of Quebec City’s operations facilities.

The City of Quebec is a real winter city, receiving an average of 11 feet of snow per year, where the weather varies from one location in the city to another, and where the temperature can drop from +37 degrees F to -5 degrees F in a matter of hours. Snow removal operations present many challenges. The city’s public works department is responsible to clear more than 1,500 miles of streets (plus sidewalks), and carry approximately 7 million cubic yards of snow to 13 different snow disposal sites that respect environmental regulations and can receive up to 425 trucks per hour. There are also challenges in dealing with the design of a city that has a lot of hills and narrow streets, and protecting the unique infrastructures that make Quebec City a world historical site.

This technical tour will take you to the Henri-Bourassa artificial glacier, Quebec City’s most used snow disposal site, with 1.5 million cubic yards of snow dumped here on an average winter. You will learn the techniques used to manage the snow and maximize the capacity of the site, and how the water from the melting snow is clarified from pollutants before going into the river. After the snow dump site, the technical tour will visit one of Quebec City’s public works operations facilities, where you will be able to see the variety of winter equipment used by the city.

Optional Tours & Monday Evening Event

The Quebec Chapter and Touristicom are offering optional tours on Saturday and Sunday, and a Monday evening dinner cruise on the Saint Lawrence River. Separate registration and fees required. For more information and the optional tours registration form, visit APWA’s website at and click on the Snow Conference logo, or call Touristicom at 418-684-3144 or email:

Traveling to Quebec from the United States

For information about Quebec City, traveling from the US to Canada, currency exchange, the language of Quebec, etc., visit APWA’s website at and click on the Snow Conference logo.

Snow Conference Location

APWA’s 2003 North American Snow Conference will be held at the Quebec City Convention Centre.

Quebec City Convention Centre 1000, boulevard Rene-Levesque est Quebec City, QC G1R 2B5 Canada Website:

Hotel Guest Rooms & Reservations

APWA is holding guest room blocks at two hotels, the Hotel Radisson Quebec and the Hilton Quebec. Both hotels are located next to the convention center and connected to the center via an underground shopping center.

When making your room reservation, be sure to ask for the APWA North American Snow Conference group rate. The special convention rates are offered on a space available basis only until March 21, 2003. Rates do not include taxes, currently 14.5% plus $2.00 CAD per night lodging tax (non-resident visitors to Canada are eligible for a tax refund).

Hotel Radisson Quebec 690, boulevard Rene-Levesque est Quebec City, QC G1R 5A8, Canada Phone: 888-884-7777 (direct hotel line) -or- 800-333-3333 (US reservation center) Website: APWA room rates: Regular Room single/double – $145 CAD (approx $92 USD) Business Class single/double – $185 CAD (approx $117 USD)

Hilton Quebec 1100, boulevard Rene-Levesque est Quebec City, QC G1K 7K7, Canada Phone: 800-447-2411 (direct hotel line) -or- 800-445-8667 (US reservation center) Website: APWA room rates: Regular Room single/double – $152 CAD (approx $96 USD) Executive Floor single – $212 CAD (approx $134 USD) Executive Floor double – $232 CAD (approx $147 USD)

Special Airfares

APWA has appointed Air Canada as the official airline of the North American Snow Conference in Quebec City. Special airfares are available for Snow Conference participants between the dates of April 22 and May 3. Simply contact Air Canada’s North American toll free number at 800-361-7585 or local number 514-393-9494 or your travel agent to take advantage of special discounted airfares. APWA’s convention number is CV762050. Be sure to give this number to the agent when booking your flights.

On-Line Registration

Register for the Snow Conference on-line! Visit APWA’s website at and click on the North American Snow Conference logo.

Full Attendee Registration

Save money with the “Early Bird” discount! Register before March 1 and save $50 USD off the full registration price.

Early Bird Full Registration – Before March 1, 2003 APWA Member: $350 USD / $552 CAD Non-member: $480 USD / $757 CAD

Full Registration – After March 1, 2003 APWA Member: $400 USD / $631 CAD Non-Member: $530 USD / $836 CAD

Note: APWA will accept check payments in Canadian dollars, but only if the pre-registration form and check are mailed to the Toronto address indicated on the form. DO NOT send checks payable in Canadian dollars to the Kansas City address.

One-Day Registration

One-day attendee registrations are available for Monday and Tuesday only. One-day registrations can only be purchased on-site; this category is not available on the pre-registration form. Cost is $185 USD / $292 CAD per day for APWA members and $235 USD / $371 CAD per day for non-members. One-day registrations include entrance onto the exhibit floor and into all education sessions and roundtables (does not include Tuesday banquet).

Guest/Spouse Registration

The guest/spouse registration price is $85 USD / $134 CAD and includes a name badge for entrance onto the exhibit floor, the Sunday exhibit opening reception, and the Tuesday banquet. Be sure to include your guest or spouse’s name on the registration form.

Exhibit Floor Only Registration

Exhibit floor passes will be available for purchase on Monday and Tuesday only, and can only be purchased on-site. Monday exhibit passes are $40 USD / $63 CAD each and include lunch on the exhibit floor. Tuesday exhibit passes are $20 USD / $32 CAD each.

Schedule of Events & Education Sessions

Sunday, April 27

3:30 – 5:00 p.m. Opening General Session The Champion Within Speaker: Cary Mullen

5:00 – 7:30 p.m. Welcome Reception and Exhibit Opening

Monday, April 28

Monday Exhibit Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

8:30 – 9:30 a.m. General Session “Talk Show” Maintaining Service Levels With a Limited Budget – Let’s Talk It Out

9:30 – 10:00 a.m. Coffee Break on the Exhibit Floor

10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Education Sessions The Triad: Public Agencies, Private Consultants, and the Citizenry

Dragging Your Feet on Anti-Icing: Five Common Excuses Get Debunked

Rebuild Versus Purchase

Snow Management Policies and Planning in the City of Quebec

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Education Sessions Road Weather Systems and Services – Emerging Technologies in Canada

Advances in Intelligent Transportation Systems and Winter Operations Management from Across the Globe

Lessons Learned About Anti-Icing/De-Icing Chemicals From the Washington Department of Transportation

Electronic Control of Snow Hauling and Elimination in the City of Montreal

11:50 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Non-Compete Exhibit Time & Free Lunch on the Exhibit Floor

2:00 – 2:50 p.m. Education Sessions Strategies for Meeting Increased Demand with Constrained Resources

Battling Snow With RWIS and a Forecast

State of the Art – Permanent Automated Anti-Icing Spray Systems

Quebec’s Regulations on Snow Elimination

2:50 – 3:15 p.m. Refreshment Break on the Exhibit Floor

3:15 – 4:30 p.m. Roundtable Forums Roundtable Forum A: Anti-Icing/Chemical Selection

Roundtable Forum B: RWIS and Weather Forecasting

Roundtable Forum C: City/County Regulations and Policies

Roundtable Forum D: Fleet Management/Equipment

Roundtable Forum E: Canadian Specific Issues

Evening Optional Event – Dinner Cruise on the Saint Lawrence River

Separate registration and fee required. For more information and the optional tours registration form, visit APWA’s website at and click on the Snow Conference logo, or call Touristicom at 418-684-3144 or email:

Tuesday, April 29

Tuesday Exhibit Hours: 8:00 – 11:30 a.m.

8:00 – 9:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast on the Exhibit Floor

9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Education Sessions Our Town Central

Using Salt-Brine in Winter Operations


Snow Management at Transports Quebec: Mission and Technological Development

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Coffee Break on the Exhibit Floor

11:00 – 11:50 a.m. Education Sessions

Performance Measures and Continuous Improvement for Winter Storm Management

How the Internet Works in Public Works

Basic Hydraulics

The Unique Snow Management Policies in Laval

11:50 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Break – lunch on your own

1:30 – 2:20 p.m. Education Sessions Maintenance Decision Support System

Driver Assist Systems for Snowplows – System Functionality and Potential Benefits

Weather and Maintenance Workers – The Communication Factor

The Environmental Assessment and Risk Management of Road Salts: An Updated Report

2:30 – 3:20 p.m. Education Sessions Winter Fleet Operations and GPS/AVL – A 3-Year Case Study

Computer Based Training For RWIS and Anti-Icing

7 Million Cubic Yards of Snow With Somewhere To Go

3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Closing General Session If I’d Known It Was Going to Be Like This, I’d Have Taken Better Care of Myself! Speaker: Murray Banks

6:00 p.m. Snow Celebration Banquet

Wednesday, April 28

8:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon Technical Tour – Quebec City Snow Operations

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