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).


Enabling energy markets of tomorrow The Heads of Delegation reaffirmed the importance of integrated energy markets as part of open, flexible, competitive and transparent global energy markets. They also recognized the need for continued and substantial investments in energy infrastructure and discussed G7 governments’ role in addressing investment barriers. They noted the importance of community engagement and meaningful dialogue to build public confidence in energy projects, including through consultation with women, youth and Indigenous groups. Heads of Delegation expressed their intent to pursue energy market integration as well as measures that will achieve more dynamic, transparent and competitive energy markets and more predictable energy trade. In this regard, they reiterated the importance of greater flexibility of commercial clauses in LNG contracts, including relaxation of destination restrictions, and similar restrictive mechanisms. To this end, they encouraged the sharing of information, on a voluntary basis, of private sector and regulatory best practices.