BEST 2020 (Virtual)

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology
October 29 & 30, 2020 

BEST 2020 is going Virtual!

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, BEST 2020 will be presented as a virtual event. Details are being worked out so please check back for updates.


Even though BEST 2020 will not be taking place at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler, the hotel will be offering our Conference rates if you would like to plan a get-away. See the hotel section of the website for details.



Whistler, BC

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

BEST 2020 is taking place on-line only. However, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler will be honouring the special conference rates over the dates we had originally moved our Conference to: October 17 – 27, 2020.

Rates start at $220/night (plus taxes & resort fee).

Please call the in-house Reservations Department at 1-800-606-8244 to make your reservation and identify yourself as being part of the “BEST 2020 Conference” or group code ‘’1020BEST_004” in order to receive the group rates.

2020 Conference Speakers

Chief Andrea Paul

Boat Harbour Site

"Cleaning up Boat Harbor is all my people have ever wanted."
Boat Harbour is a body of water formerly used by the First Nation. In the 1960s it was taken over by the Province of Nova Scotia for use as a settling pond for effluent from the nearby pulp mill. It quickly became polluted with heavy metals and organic chemicals. The Boat Harbour Act 2015 set a deadline for closing the treatment facility no later than January 31, 2020, after which the site was to be cleaned up. This will involve removing an estimated 350,000 cubic metres (12 million cu ft) of contaminated material and returning the lagoon to a tidal estuary.

Conference Registration

BEST 2020 - Virtual!

Registration opening soon


BCEIA Member Rate


Non-Member Rate


Government Rate


*The government rate is open to employees of a national/federal, state, provincial, or local government entity, including public higher education institutions. Attendees registering under the government rate may be required to provide proof of government employee status in order to receive the discounted rate.

Conference registration includes: welcoming reception, two days of programming, off-site networking reception, and all meals and coffee breaks.

All registration rates are exclusive of GST.

BEST 2020 Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our BEST 2020 Conference Sponsors!
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, email

Gold Level Sponsors

Opening Reception (Wednesday)

Thursday (Off-Site) Reception

Silver Level Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsors

Conference Notebooks

Thursday Keynote Luncheon

Friday Keynote Luncheon - Available

Breakfast - Thursday

Breakfast - Friday


Conference App

Drink Tickets - Wednesday

Drink Tickets - Thursday

2020 Exhibitors

  AGAT Laboratories
  Bureau Veritas Laboratories
  CARO Analytical Services
  Clean Harbors
  Coastline Technologies Inc.
  Continental Carbon Group Inc.
  Drillwell Enterprises
  Earth Drilling
  ECO Canada
  Element Materials Technology
  Envirogreen Technologies Ltd.
  ERIS - Environmental Risk Information Services
  Ernco Environmental
  GeoScan Subsurface Surveys Inc.
  Geotech Drilling
  GroundTech Solutions Ltd.
  Iron Creek Group Inc.
  McCue Engineering Contractors
  Mud Bay Drilling (2015) Ltd.
  Omega Environmental Drilling
  On Track Drilling
  Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
  Rice Earth Sciences
  Summit Earthworks Inc.
  Trace Associates Inc.

Golf at the Whistler Golf Club!


As BEST 2020 is now taking place virtually, there will be no golf. Check back when the planning starts for BEST 2021.

Mountain Bike Ride


As BEST 2020 is now taking place virtually, there will be no mountain bike ride. Check back when the planning starts for BEST 2021.



BEST 2019

Memories from our 2019 Conference

2018 BEST Conference

Memories from our 2018 Conference

2017 BEST Conference

Memories from our 2017 conference

2016 BEST Conference

Memories from our 2016 conference.

2015 BEST Conference

Memories from our 2015 conference.

2014 BEST Conference

Memories from our 2014 conference.