BEST 2020

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology
October 21 - 23, 2020 • Fairmont Chateau Whistler 

Special Announcement: BEST 2020 and COVID-19

BEST 2020 Revised Dates: October 21 – 23 at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler

In response to the current COVID-19 pandemic, BEST 2020 has been rescheduled to October 21 – 23. We will continue to monitor the health crisis and will keep the website updated with any further changes.

 What’s Next?

 For now, there is nothing you need to do. Sponsorships and presenter/delegate registrations will be transferred to the new dates. If you are unable to participate in October, your sponsorship or registration payment can be held and put towards BEST 2021. If you need a refund at this time, please email and we will start the process. 

 These are incredibly difficult times for everyone and we thank you in advance for your understanding as we all navigate this unprecedented global crisis. 

Whistler, BC

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

The location for BEST 2020 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 2020.

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 2020 Conference” or group code ‘'1020BEST_004” in order to receive the group rates.

Conference rates will extend from October 17 - 27, 2020, should you want to go early, or stay on after the Conference.

For delegates looking for things to do while in Whistler, visit Tourism Whistler's website at

2020 Conference Speakers

Chantal Hébert

National Affairs Columnist
Chantal Hébert began her career in Toronto as a reporter for the regional newsroom of Radio-Canada in 1975 before moving on to Parliament Hill for Radio-Canada. She has served as parliamentary bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse. She is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto and holds honorary doctorates from Bishop’s,York University, the University of Western Ontario and Concordia University. In 2006, she received the Hy Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy, as well as York University’s Pinnacle Achievement Bryden Alumni award.

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.

2020 Conference Program

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open (Frontenac Foyer)

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pre Conference Workshop (Empress B/C)
How to Create Accountability in the Workplace and, When Necessary, Change Staff Behaviour to Meet Performance Expectations
Shane Jensen, New Quest Coaching & Consulting”

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BCEIA Annual General Meeting (Empress A)

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception – Exhibit Area
Hors d’oeuvres & Cocktails; music by Martin Acosta
Sponsored by McCue Engineering Contractors

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
(Frontenac Foyer)

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Opening Breakfast (Frontenac A/B)
Sponsored by Stormtec

8:20 am - 9:00 am

Welcome Remarks
Kate Branch, President, BCEIA
Opening Comments
Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Networking/Refreshment Break (Exhibit Area)


Empress A

Federal/First Nations
Empress B

Water Management
Empress C

9:30 am - 10:00 am

A Guide for Environmental Experts
in Legal Proceedings
Mark Youden & Wally Braul, Gowling WLG

How to Use a Complex Conceptual Site Model to Develop Site-Specific Federal GW Guidelines – A Case Study at a First Nation Development Site
Virginie Brunetaud, Core6 Environmental Ltd.

Integrated Audit of a Large Infrastructure Project: The Benefits of Large Datasets
Lee Nikl, Golder Associates Ltd. & Joanne Letkeman, Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Restoring Canada’s Natural Heritage through Conservation of Species at Risk
Maya Stano, Gowling WLG

Successful Local and Indigenous Engagement to Complete a Northern Remediation Program
John Hibbard, Tervita

Major Construction Dewatering: A Case Study on Water Management in a Challenging Environment
Nora Badreldin, Envirochem Services Inc.

10:40 am - 11:10 am

Sweeping Changes to the Federal & Provincial Environmental Assessment Regimes
Dino Rossi, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Socio-Economics & Indigenous Engagement at Y Jetty & Lang Cove
Eric Pringle, Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc.

Groundwater Licensing in BC – Water Sustainability Act Requirements
Michelle Taylor, Waterline Resources Inc.

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Case Law Updates & Hot Topics in Environmental Law
Luke Dineley, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Shaping the Victoria Harbour Floor Project with Indigenous Traditional
Knowledge and Use
Deanna Higginson, Hemmera,
an Ausenco Company
& Fiona Wong, Transport Canada

Metals & Organic Contaminant Removal Using Novel Iron Media for Ex Situ Groundwater Remediation and Industrial Wastewater Treatment
Yu Yang, Hoganas Environment
& Jean Pare, Chemco Inc.

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker (Frontenac A/B)
Sponsored by QM Environmental

Chantal Hébert, National Affairs Columnist

Presentation of BCEIA Scholarships

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking/Refreshment Break (Exhibit Area)


Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA)
Empress A

Empress B

Contaminated Sites Assessment & Management
Empress C

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Remediation in Remote Locations
Katie Oliver, KBL Environmental

Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan Phase IV – Program of Work
Raman Birk, Public Services
& Procurement Canada

Enhanced Anaerobic Bioremediation Achieves Cost Effective Closure for a PHC impacted Site
Ryan Riess, Pinter & Associates Ltd.

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

Redevelopment On or Near Oil & Gas Wellsites – A Minefield of Safety, Environmental and Planning Considerations
Michael Lupart, Trace Associates Inc.

From Site Profiles to Site Disclosure: Revamping the Identification of Contaminated Sites in BC
Kelli Larsen, ENV

A Consultant’s Perspective in Understanding & Complying with the Recently Enacted Dormancy and Shutdown Regulation
Daniel Gorsic, SynergyAspen Environmental Inc.

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

Economic Management of Large Area Based Oil and Gas Reclamation Programs
Anela Baig, Trace Associates Inc.

Watson Island – Part 1

Bench to Field: ISCO Based Permeable Reactive Barrier at Multiple Sites
Stacey Telesz, PeroxyChem

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Case Studies of Dynamic Remediation Strategies for Urban and Remote Project Success
Jevins Waddell, TRIUM Environmental Inc.

Watson Island – Part 2

Remediation of Marwell Tar Pit
Josh Howardson, Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc.
& Chad Belenky, Iron Creek Group Inc.

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Reception – Merlin’s Bar & Grill
Sponsored by AGAT Laboratories

7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open (Frontenac Foyer)

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast & Special Presentation (Frontenac A/B)
Sponsored by TRIUM Environmental Inc.


Risk Assessment
Empress A

First Nation Leadership
Empress B

Empress C

9:00 am - 9:30 am

When a Neighbour Complicates Matters
Joline Widmeyer, SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.

Creating and Negotiating Standards for Environmental  Management
Chief Michelle Edwards, Cayoose Creek Development Corporation

Results from Six Insitu Pilot-Scale Tests for the Treatment of PFAS-Impacted GW
Rick McGregor, InSitu Remediation Services Ltd.

9:35 am - 10:05 am

Lucy Islands Case Study
Hans Damman, Fisheries & Oceans Canada

UNDRIP: An Indigenous Legal and
Regulatory Perspective
Jim Kew, Musqueam Nation

PFAS Replacement Compounds:
The Next Generation
Terry Obal, Bureau Veritas Laboratories

10:10 am - 10:40 am

Use of Risk Assessment to Manage Historical Contamination Along the
Former Alaska Highway
Jennifer Cook, Golder

Beyond Resource Development
Brenda Knights, Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group

Approaches to Addressing Challenges for PFAS Site Characterization in Multiple Environmental Media
Michaye McMaster, Geosyntec Consultants

10:40 am - 11:10 am

Networking/Refreshment Break (Exhibit Area)


Empress A

First Nation (con’t) followed by Marine
Empress B

Empress C

11:10 am - 11:40 am

Combining Remediation Technologies Surfactant Enhanced Extraction – In-situ Chemcial Oxidation or In-situ Chemical Reduction: European Case Studies
Bud Ivey, Ivey International

Gunnar Mine: Bridging the Distance
Kyle Remus, QM Environmental

Studying Impacts of Weathered Oils on Freshwater Shorelines
Tanya Shanoff, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Case Study: When In-Situ Techniques Fail
Kevin French, Vertex Environmental Inc.

Sea Level Rise Guidance Waste Management Unit Closure
Anju Wicke, Geosyntec Consultants

Flocculant Use for Treatment of Turbid Waters
Lee Nikl, Golder Associates Ltd.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Closing Lunch with Keynote Speaker (Frontenac A/B)
Chief Andrea Paul, Boat Harbour Site

Conference Registration

BEST 2020

Registration now open!

Early Bird Registration (Ends August 28) • 

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.

Additional Optional Activities for BEST 2020 Delegates

Golf at the Whistler Golf Club!


Unfortunately, golf season will be over when BEST 2020 happens in October. However, Tervita will be coordinating the golf outing in 2021 when we return to our May dates.  If you have any questions, contact John Hibbard at

Mountain Bike Ride

Core6 Environmental would like to invite BEST 2020 participants to join us for a mountain bike ride on Whistler’s fabulous trails. We’ll ride at noon on Wednesday, October 21.  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. The ride will be on Intermediate (blue square) rated trails, where you can expect to encounter trail obstacles such as roots, rocks, and ladder bridges, and a dual suspension mountain bike is recommended. Post ride rehydration and refueling will be in the Mallard lounge! Please use common sense and caution when riding, and ride within your ability level. The organizer bears no responsibility for the condition of trails, or for potential injury or damage to equipment. All participants ride at their own risk. By participating in this activity, riders agree to this disclaimer. For more information, or to sign up, contact Tom Hudson at Core6 at



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