BEST 2018

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology
May 9 - 11, 2018 • 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.

Early bird registration ends March 26! Don’t miss out on the great rates!

See below for details and the link to the on-line registration page.



Whistler, BC

Three Days

Top Presentations

The BEST 2018 Program is now available! See below for full schedule. Speaker abstracts and bios available on-line.

BEST Conference 2017

Highlights from our 2017 BEST Conference. Thanks to everyone involved for a successful conference and hope to see you all next year!

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

The location for BEST 2018 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 2018. 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 2018 Conference” or group code ‘'0518BEST_001’ in order to receive the group rates.

Conference rates will extend from May 8 – 12, 2018, should you want to go early, or stay on after the Conference.

2018 Conference Speakers

Dr. Andrew Furey (Keynote Speaker)

Dr. Andrew Furey was shaken upon hearing of the devastation caused by the earthquake that hit Haiti in 2010, killing over 200,000 people. Haiti was in desperate need for help, so along with his wife Dr. Allison, and orthopedic surgeon Dr. Will Moores, Dr. Andrew travelled to Haiti to do everything possible to help those affected. Out of this mission, Team Broken Earth was born. Dr. Andrew put together a group of Canadian physicians, nurses, and physiotherapists to provide aid in Haiti for the long term. Over the years, Team Broken Earth has expanded across Canada and continues to help those suffering in Haiti, and more recently, in other countries like Nepal, Bangladesh, Guatemala, and Nicaragua.

Tania & Martina Halik (Keynote Speakers)

It took five and a half months and 2,300 kilometres, but they did it. Martina Halik and her mother Tania completed a cross-country ski trip from Squamish to Skagway, Alaska, traversing the entire length of the Coast Mountains. It's a feat that has only ever been accomplished once before. Their presentation will detail the five and half month-long ski traverse and will feature their challenges, close-calls, failures and successes throughout the epic adventure.

2018 Conference Program

2:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Frontenac Foyer

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BCEIA Annual General Meeting

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception – Exhibit Area
Sponsored by McCue Engineering Contractors

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Frontenac Foyer

7:30 am - 9:00 am

Opening Breakfast
Sponsored by NSERC

Welcome Remarks, President, BCEIA

Líl̓wat Nation Welcome and Blessing
Lois Joseph, Líl̓wat Cultural Centre

David Morel, Assistant Deputy Minister, Environment, Government of British Columbia

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Networking Break

Technical Sessions


Contaminated Site Management

Hazardous Waste

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Opening the door to Government Research – DFO’s plans for a Science Enterprise Centre

Cher Lacoste, DFO & Mike Mammone, Office for Architecture Ltd.

BC Hydro Rock Bay Remediation Program – Management and Technical Achievements of a Major Remediation Program

Ian Mace, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Hazardous Waste Management 101: Waste Characterization and Classification

Gisalene Carl, Envirogreen Technologies Ltd.

10:05 am - 10:35 am


Decommissioning, Demolition and Remediation of Industrial Properties

Alan McCarthy, Tervita Environmental Services

Hazardous Waste Management 102: Packaging & Transporting

Racheal Mani, Kel-Ex Agencies, A Div. of ICC

10:40 am - 11:10 am

Update on the Land Remediation Section and the BC Contaminated Sites Regulatory Regime

Danielle Grbavac, BC Ministry of Environment

Case Study: How to Avoid Failure in the Design and Installation of Permeable Reactive Barriers

Kevin French, Vertex and John Clarke, Milestone Environmental Contracting

PANEL: Improving Hazardous Waste Industry Practice

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Determination of Regional BC Background Metals Concentrations in Groundwater

Steve Munzar, Core6 & Heather Osachoff, MOE

Cross Border Movement of Waste

Mike McQuarrie and Kristin Castner, Waste Management

PANEL: Improving Hazardous Waste Industry Practice (Continued)

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker
Sponsored by Canada Colors & Chemicals Ltd.

Dr. Andrew Furey, Team Broken Earth
Leadership & Team Building

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking Break

Technical Sessions


Risk Assessment

First Nations

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Opportunity Outlook for Industrial Stormwater Management in BC

Sanj Mudaliar, Brenntag Canada

Diesel Particulate Matter and Health Risk: What to Do About It?

Karl Bresee, Intrinsik Corp.

Fill Management on FN Lands – an Environmental Consultants Perspective

Ian Collings, Teranis Consulting Ltd.

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

Case Study: Overcoming Challenges for effective water Treatment of a remote Hydro Tunneling Project

Leonard Firkus, Stormtec Filtration

Risk Management of a remote Small Craft Harbour in British Columbia

Lizanne Meloche, Golder & Chris McDonald, Fisheries & Oceans Canada

Hydrogeological Investigation of the Squamish Nation Seymour Reserve No. 2 to Assess for Potential of Adverse Impacts to the Seymour River

Connie Romano, Golder

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

Lessons Learned: Treating Stormwater During the Construction of the $500mm Ridley Island Propane Export Terminal

Warren Sandes, Aqua-Solve Services Inc.

Big Data and Mixed Reality: The Future of Conceptual Site Models Has Arrived

Nick Welty, Arcadis US and
Jan Abbott, Arcadis Canada

Indigenous Land Stewardship and Invasive Species Management: Partnerships, Tools and Networks to Increase Success

Sue Staniforth and Jake Archie, ISCBC

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Progress Towards Closure – remediation and Risk Assessment of the Furry Creek Watershed of the Britannia Mine

Christine Thomas, Golder

Application of Positive Building Pressure to Mitigate Sub-Slab Vapour

Chris Lach, SNC-Lavalin

The Changing Indigenous Landscape in Canada and What This Means to Partnering Initiatives

Chris Reynolds, Stantec

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Networking Break

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Reception – Whistler Brewhouse

Sponsored by AGAT Laboratories

7:00 am - 1:30 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by TRIUM

Technical Sessions


Environmental Monitoring

Innovative Waste Management

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Managing Environmental Liabilities: Principles of Legal Liability for Contaminated Sites and Case Law Update

Selina Lee-Andersen, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Field Sampling Considerations and Best Practices for Filtration of Dissolved Metals

Tim Crowther, ALS Environmental

The BC First Nations Solid Waste Program

Emily Chu, In.tent Planning Inc. and
Calvin Jameson, Lil’wat Nation

9:35 am - 10:05 am

A Primer on Environmental Prosecutions: The Latest from the Courts

Wally Braul and Mark Youden, Gowling WLG

Asbestos in Soil

Alan M. Segrave, Maxxam Analytics

Industrial Symbiosis – Emissions Reductions Through Waste Re-Purposing

Timo Makinen, Light House Sustainable Building Centre

10:10 am - 10:40 am

If You Build It They Will Come; Civil Disobedience and Natural Resource Development

Dino Rossi & Luke Dineley, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Quantitative Field Screening: High Resolution Site Characterization with Reflectance Spectroscopy

Preston Sorenson, Maapera Analytics Inc.

Let’s Get our Ash in Gear! Exploring Alternative Solutions to Landfilling Residual Wood Products

Stacy Boczulak, Associated Environmental

10:40 am - 11:10 am

Networking Break

Technical Sessions

Remediation Technology

Site Investigation

11:10 am - 11:40 am

Pilot Testing of Electrokinetic Remediation to Facilitate Nitrate-Enhanced Bioremediation of Gasoline Contamination in a Clay Aquitard

Christina Brow, SLR International Corporation

The Trouble with Salt: Case studies and Lessons Learned

Diane Zorn, Hemmera

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

The InSitu Treatment of PFAS-Impacted Groundwater Using Colloidal Activated carbon

Rick McGregor, InSitu Remediation Services Ltd.

Lower Mainland Surgical Geology: From the Wisconsin Ice Age to Protocol 21!

Kalina Malowany and Virginie Brunetaud, Core6 Environmental Ltd.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Sponsored by QM Environmental

Martina and Tania Halik

Conference Registration

Early Bird Registration Now Open! Ends March 26

BEST 2018

May 9 - 11, 2018 • Fairmont Chateau Whistler

•  Prices are exclusive of GST

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.

2018 BEST Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our BEST 2018 Sponsors!

BEST 2018 sponsorship opportunities are sold out. If you would like to be added to the sponsor/exhibitor wait list for 2019, please email:

Gold Level Sponsors

Opening Reception (Wednesday)

Thursday (Off-Site) Reception

Silver Level Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsors


Friday Keynote Luncheon

Breakfast - Thursday

Breakfast - Friday

Speaker Gifts

2018 Exhibitors

11   AGAT Laboratories
5   Bionera Resources Inc.
13   Brenntag Canada
25   Canada Colors & Chemicals Ltd.
17   CARO Analytical Services
1   Chemco Inc.
3   Coastline Technologies Inc.
24   Drillwell Enterprises
2   Envirogreen Technologies Ltd.
8   ERIS
15   Exova Canada Inc.
10   GeoScan Subsurface Surveys Inc.
4   GroundTech Solutions Ltd.
7   Iron Creek Group Inc.
14   The Langley Concrete Group
21   McCue Engineering Contractors
16   McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
20   Mud Bay Drilling (2015) Ltd.
12   Omega Environmental Drilling
6   On Track Drilling
18   Rice Engineering & Operating Ltd.
22   Summit Earthworks Inc.
19   Tervita
23   Trace Associates
9   Waste Management

Additional Optional Activities for BEST 2018 Delegates

Golf at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course

Maxxam Analytics is coordinating a non-tournament style golfing event at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course on Friday, May 11th. Tee off times will start at 2:00 PM, following the closing keynote luncheon.

Details coming soon!


Mountain Bike Ride

Core6 Environmental would like to invite BEST 2018 participants to join us for a mountain bike ride on Whistler’s fabulous trails. We’ll ride at noon on Wednesday, May 9th.  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 regard. 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 Tom Hudson at Core6 at

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.