SAEWA History

Southern Alberta Energy from Waste Association (SAEWA) operating officially as a non-profit society registered under the Society Act of Alberta (2013) was developed in (2009) through a partnership initiative championed from the region of Vulcan, Alberta; the group held a collective voice in mentoring the development of a strategy concept plan identifying sustainable solutions that will provide viable alternatives to landfill of waste and environmental impact.  

The SAEWA mission: to develop an energy-from-waste facility for the treatment of solid waste with the value added benefits from development of energy-from-waste. This process will significantly Reduce the Alberta environmental footprint through the offset of GHG credits and has the potential to generate positive socio-economics.  The integrative business plan is in the process of being finalized and will capture opportunities for clean energy development. This project will steward significant positive economic gains through the deployment of the services of over 500 contractors in the construction and procurement phase, and 50 full time operational positions will be employed upon final commissioning of the energy-from-waste facility.

SAEWA, a non-profit entity registered under the Society Act of Alberta is formed of a collaborative membership representing 60 southwestern Alberta municipalities and stakeholders; a regional footprint population of 160,020.


A unique success factor: SAEWA is the largest municipal collaboration of its kind in Alberta. 

The organizational structure of SAEWA includes: A Board of Directors (12); An Executive Board of Directors (4), and a Special Committee; The Board Governance Committee (4) formed of representatives that are appointed by each member municipality; whereby

Board Meetings are held the last Friday monthly, location varies according to municipal designated host. (please refer to the Events & Meeting Calendar Schedule)

Executive Meetings are held via teleconference on the second Friday monthly. 

The Annual General Meeting is held in the Spring and notices are issued 31 days prior as per the SAEWA bylaws (2014).


Energy-from-Waste (EfW or waste-to-energy) facilities offer a safe, technologically advanced means of waste disposal while also generating clean, renewable energy, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and supporting recycling through the recovery of metals. According to a 2012 whitepaper released by Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA), energy-from-waste facilities "are economically sound investments that provide multiple financial and environmental benefits to the communities that utilize them."