BEST 2017

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology
May 10-12, 2017 • Fairmont Chateau Whistler 

BCEIA’s BEST Conference attracts Environmental Professionals every May for two days of technical sessions, networking opportunities, and a sponsor exhibition. Conference registration includes a welcoming reception, technical sessions, panel discussions, an off-site networking reception, and all meals and coffee breaks.

Thanks for a successful BEST 2016!

Thank you to everyone who attended, sponsored, presented or exhibited at BEST 2016! The third annual BEST Conference has concluded and by all accounts it was another huge success.

View BEST 2016 Presentations

Registration is open! Visit the registration section for details.

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

The location for BEST 2017 is once again the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler. Experience the Chateau Whistler’s luxurious hotel and golf resort located at the base of Blackcomb mountain in Whistler, British Columbia.

We have secured special conference rates for attendees at BEST 2017. You can find those rates by following the link below.

Conversely, you may call the in-house Reservations Department at 1-800-606-8244 to make your reservation. Please identify yourself as being part of the “BEST 2017 Conference” or group code ‘05172015_002’ in order to receive the group rates.

Conference rates will extend from May 9 – 13, 2017, should you want to go early, or stay on after the Conference.

Conference Speakers

Mike Harcourt

Mike is a passionate believer in the power of cities and communities to improve the human condition. He has steadfastly maintained his focus on conservation and sustainable development and because of his efforts has played a significant role in promoting quality of life for those in Canada and abroad. He has held significant urban posts his entire adult life and his interest in civil society, urban design, conservation and sustainable development have made him the leader he is today in advancing livability in our cities.

Dr. Ken Coates

Dr. Ken Coates is Canada Research Chair in Regional Innovation, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, University of Saskatchewan and Senior Fellow, Macdonald-Laurier Institute. His work focuses in Indigenous engagement in the resource economy, the social and economic impact of science and technology, and strategies for economic development in rural and remote regions.

2017 Conference Program

Program is tentative and subject to change.

2:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BCEIA Annual General Meeting

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Opening Reception – Spirit Room, Hotel Lobby

Sponsored by McCue Engineering Contractors

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Opening Breakfast Sponsored by NSERC

Welcome Remarks, John Hibbard, President, BCEIA

Líl̓wat Nation Welcome and Blessing
Elder Mary James
Lois Joseph, Manager, Líl̓wat Cultural Centre

Wes Shoemaker, Deputy Minister, Environment, Government of British Columbia

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Networking Break

Technical Session

Provincial Regulatory Session

Site Investigation/Remeditation

9:15 am - 10:15 am

Addressing Current Challenges of the Provincial Soil Relocation Process Through Regulatory Change to Better Promote Compliance and Beneficial Re-use of Soils

Kerri Skelly, Ministry of Environment

New Vibracore Technologies to Manage Georeferenced Sediment Samples

Dave Munday, Coastline Technologies Inc.

9:45 am - 10:15 am

Identification of Contaminated Sites in BC: Creating a Results-Based Provincial Process that Balances the Needs of Affected Parties and Ensures Remediation of Contaminated Sites Prior to Redevelopment

Kelli Larsen, Ministry of Environment

Bedrock has its faults! How We Characterized Fracture Hosted Groundwater at a Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contaminated Site

Stephen Munzar, Core6 Environmental Ltd.

10:15 am - 10:45 am

New Structured Application Process

Cassandra Caunce, Ministry of Environment

A Unique Approach to Excavating Limited Access Areas

Tadd Berger, Pinchin West Ltd.

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break

Technical Session

First Nations

Environmental Monitoring

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Re-Defining Environmental & Safety Consultation, A Social Innovation For Sustainability

Mafalda Arias, Mafalda Arias & Associates

Advances in Taxonomy and Biomonitoring

Tara Macdonald, Biologica Environmental Services Ltd.

11:45 am - 12:15 am

Developing Long Term First Nations Employment and Economic Activity through Emergency Response and an Integrated Environmental Services Model

Dave Hill, QM Environmental

Darwin Douglas, Cheam Enterprises

20,000 Hours: A preliminary quantitative review of the performance of the hydropower sector through the lens of an Independent Environmental Monitor (IEM)

Cedric Robert, Ecofish Research Ltd.

12:15 am - 1:30 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker Sponsored by REGENESIS

The Honourable Mike Harcourt, Former Premier of British Columbia & Expert on Sustainable Communities

Communities as Resilient Places

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking/Refreshment Break

Technical Session

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Brownfield/Contaminated Sites Management

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Title – TBD

BC CSR Omnibus Amendments: A case study on the impacts to environmental investigation and remediation at various sites

Jason Wilkins, Hemmera

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Title – TBD

Remediation and Site Soil Management of Industrial Brownfield Site in Burnaby

Stephen Custeau, Matcon

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Introduction to a Tool to Develop Conceptual Site Models for Contaminated Sites

Jo-Ann Aldridge, Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada

Challenges & Considerations for Management of Historical Shoreline Industrial Properties: A Case Study from the Steveston Harbour

Chris McDonald, Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Elyse Sandl, Core6 Environmental Ltd.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking/Refreshment Break

Technical Session


Municipal/Industrial Concerns

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

A Lawyer’s Guide to Marine Emergency Spill Response (Part 1)

Mark Youden & Wally Braul, Gowling WLG
Dino Rossi, Borden Ladner Gervais

New Canadian Air Quality Standards and Implications for Industry in B.C.

Anna Henolson, Trinity Consultants

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A Lawyer’s Guide to Marine Emergency Spill Response (Part 2)

Mark Youden & Wally Braul, Gowling WLG
Dino Rossi, Borden Ladner Gervais

Suspended Pavement Systems and Stormwater Management: Monitoring Results

Michael James, DeepRoot Canada Corp.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Case Law Update

Luke Dineley, Borden Ladner Gervais

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Support

Nelson Lee, Green Sky Sustainability Consulting Inc.

5:30 pm -

Reception – Whistler Brewhouse

Sponsored by AGAT Laboratories

7:00 am - 1:30 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast Sponsored by TRIUM

Technical Session

Remediation Technologies

Emergency/Spill Response

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Field Performance of Dispersive Colloidal Activated Carbon – Lessons Learned from Multiple Geological Settings

Ashley Cedzo, REGENESIS

Stewart Center Fire

Andy Jeves, NUCOR Environmental Solutions Ltd.

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Treatment of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Soil and Water

John Sankey, True Blue Technologies Inc.

Developing a Large-Scale Field Experiment to Measure Fate, Behaviour and Toxicity of a Controlled Diluted Bitumen Release in a Canadian Boreal Lake

Tanya Shanoff, Stantec
Vince Palace, IISD-ELA

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Sediment Remediation/Risk Management by In Situ Stabilization/Treatment (ISS/T) with Deep Soil Mixing (DSM)

Pete Craig, Canada Geo-Solutions

Spill Response – Lessons Learned and Deciding When to Build an Ark

Chris Gill & Jeff Robertson, Stantec

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking/Refreshment Break

Technical Session


Water Treatment

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Evaluation of Risks to the Environment: An Audit of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Energy and Mines Compliance and Enforcement Activities at Major Operating Mines in BC

Ardice Todosichuk & Jake Tynan, BC Auditor General’s Office

Economical Approach to Treatment of Soluble and Particulate As, Cu, Zn, and Cr in Stormwater Runoff to Meet BCWQGs AW

Elena Ranyuk, Stormtec Filtration Inc.

11:00 am - 11:30 am

How to go from Moonscape to Garden of Eden

Melanie Piorecky, Associated Environmental

Evaluating Biochar as an Adsorbent for Metals in Wastewater

Kelly Sveinson, Langara College
Lynda Smithard, McCue Engineering Contractors

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Overview of the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment, Mount Polley Mine Tailings Breach

Trish Miller, Golder Associates Ltd.

Removal of PAHs Compounds from Aqueous Solution by Modified Zeolites

Monireh Hedayati, UBC

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

LUNCH AND CLOSING REMARKS Sponsored by Quantum Murray

Dr. Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair, Regional Innovation, University of Saskatchewan

Imagining Canada’s Resource Future: How Indigenous Engagement, Emerging Technologies and Environmental Realities have Transformed Resource Development

Registration is Open!

Register now to avoid missing out on this outstanding event!

BEST 2017

May 10 – 12, 2017 • Fairmont Chateau Whistler

BCEIA Member Early Bird Rate $700
Non-Member Early Bird Rate $850
Government Early Bird Rate $700*

Prices are exclusive of GST

*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 (technical sessions and panel discussions), off-site networking reception, and all meals and coffee breaks.

Conference Sponsors

Sponsorship of BEST 2017 is now sold out. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for BEST 2018, please email:

Gold Level Sponsor

Opening Reception (Wednesday)

Thursday (Off-Site) Reception

Silver Level Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsors


Thursday Keynote Luncheon

Friday Keynote Luncheon

Breakfast - Thursday

Breakfast - Friday

Guest Room Key Cards

Speaker Gifts

BEST Exhibitors

  AGAT Laboratories
  AESAC Inc.
  Biologica Environmental Services, Ltd.
  CARO Analytical Services
  Coastline Technologies Inc.
  Drillwell Enterprises
  Envirogreen Technologies Ltd.
  Exova Canada Inc.
  Geo Tactical Remediation Ltd.
  GroundTech Solutions Ltd.
  Hoskin Scientific
  Iron Creek Group Inc.
  The Langley Concrete Group
  Maxxam Analytics
  McCue Engineering Contractors
  McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
  Mud Bay Drilling (2015) Ltd.
  On Track Drilling
  Royal Roads University
  Stormtec Filtration


Check back soon for conferences activities.

Mountain Bike Ride

Once again, Nelson Environmental Remediation would like to invite BEST 2017 participants to join us for a mountain bike ride on Whistler’s fabulous trails. We’ll ride at noon on Wednesday, May 10th.  The ride will begin promptly at 12:00 pm, and the group will meet in front of the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Hotel and ride from there to the trail head.  You should be comfortable riding for 2 to 3 hours on technical single track trails and have at least an intermediate level of fitness and bike handling skills. Post ride rehydration and re-fueling in the Mallard lounge!  The organizer cannot warrant that the trails we will ride are safe and we bear no responsibility in this regards. Please note that mountain biking is inherently dangerous and you may encounter trails with difficult terrain. Please use common sense and caution when riding. The organizers bear no responsibility in the event of injury or death. By participating in this ride “I agree to this disclaimer”.  For more information, or to sign up, contact Garry Ogletree of Nelson at

2015 BEST Conference

Some of our favourite memories from our 2015 conference.

2014 BEST Conference

Some of our favourite memories from our 2014 conference.