BEST 2019

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology
May 8 - 10, 2019 • Fairmont Chateau Whistler 

The British Columbia Environment Industry Association’s BEST Conference Attracts environmental professionals every May for two days of technical sessions, networking opportunities and a sponsor exhibition. Register now! You don’t want to miss out on the “BEST” opportunity to networking and learn about the current environment industry in BC.

Registration now open for BEST 2019. Early Bird rates in effect. Don’t miss out! Details and a link through the Registration tab. 

The Call for Abstracts for BEST 2019 is now underway. Click the link at the side of the page.

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Whistler, BC

Three Days

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

The location for BEST 2019 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 2019.

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 2019 Conference” or group code ‘'0519BEST_001” in order to receive the group rates.

Conference rates will extend from May 6 - 11, 2019, 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 – Empress A

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

Enjoy a complimentary beverage, light snacks and entertainment 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 NSERC

Welcome Remarks, Brian White, 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 – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

Technical Sessions

Contaminated Sites Management
Empress A
Moderator: Chris Gill

Empress B
Moderator: Forrest Tittle

Hazardous Waste
Empress C
Moderator: John Hibbard

9:30 am - 10:00 am

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

Ian Mace, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

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

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

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

Risk Management of a Remote Small Craft Harbour in British Columbia

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

Hazardous Waste Management 102: Packaging & Transporting

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

10:40 am - 11:10 am

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

Kevin French, Vertex and John Clarke, Milestone Environmental Contracting

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

Danielle Grbavac, BC Ministry of Environment

PANEL: Improving Hazardous Waste Industry Practice

Jack Green, Ministry of Environment
Evan Jones, Golder Associates Inc.
Kevin Swinden, Global Hazmat, Inc.
Cameron McLean, Clean Harbors Inc.

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Evaluating Contaminated Site Cleanup Using Chemical and Biological Markers

Mahyar Sakari AGAT Laboratories

Determination of Regional BC Background Metals Concentrations in Groundwater

Steve Munzar, Core6 & Heather Osachoff, MOE

PANEL: Improving Hazardous Waste Industry Practice (Continued)

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker – Frontenac A/B
Sponsored by Canada Colors & Chemicals Ltd.

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

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking Break – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

Technical Sessions

Empress A
Moderator: Elena Ranyuk

First Nations
Empress B
Moderator: Monte Anions

Risk Assessment
Empress C
Moderator: Jason Wilkins

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Opportunity Outlook for Industrial Stormwater Management in BC

Sanj Mudaliar, Brenntag Canada

The BC First Nations Solid Waste Program

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

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

Karl Bresee, Intrinsik Corp.

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

Case Study: Overcoming Challenges for Effective Water Treatment of a Remote Hydro Tunneling Project

Leonard Firkus, Stormtec Filtration

Fill Management on FN Lands – an Environmental Consultants Perspective

Ian Collings, Teranis Consulting Ltd.

Application of GCxGC for Assessment of Hydrocarbon Releases in BC Soils

Matthew Endsin, AGAT Laboratories

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.

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

Michael Zima, Golder

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

Jan Abbott, Arcadis Canada

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

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

Sue Staniforth and Jake Archie, ISCBC

Application of Positive Building Pressure to Mitigate Sub-Slab Vapour

Chris Lach, SNC-Lavalin

4:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Networking/Refreshment Break – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Reception – Milestones Grill & Bar (4555 Blackcomb Way)

Sponsored by AGAT Laboratories

7:30 am - 1:30 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open – Frontenac Foyer

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast – Frontenac A/B
Sponsored by TRIUM Environmental Inc.

Technical Sessions

Environmental Monitoring
Empress A
Moderator: Kate Branch

Empress B
Moderator: Luke Dineley

Innovative Waste Management
Empress C
Moderator: Vijay Lanji

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Quantitative Field Screening: High Resolution Site Characterization with Reflectance Spectroscopy

Preston Sorenson, Maapera Analytics Inc.

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

Selina Lee-Andersen, McCarthy Tetrault LLP

Industrial Symbiosis – Emissions Reductions Through Waste Re-Purposing

Timo Makinen, Light House Sustainable

9:35 am - 10:05 am

Field Sampling Considerations and Best Practices for Filtration of Dissolved Metals

Tim Crowther, ALS Environmental

A Primer on Environmental Prosecutions: The Latest from the Courts

Wally Braul and Mark Youden, Gowling WLG

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

Stacy Boczulak Associated Environmental

10:10 am - 10:40 am

Asbestos in Soil

Alan M. Segrave, Maxxam Analytics

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

Dino Rossi & Luke Dineley, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Cross Border Movement of Waste

Mike McQuarrie and Kristin Castner, Waste Management

10:40 am - 11:10 am

Networking Break – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

Technical Sessions

Remediation Technologies
Empress A
Moderator: Brian White

Site Investigation
Empress B
Moderator: Mike Farnsworth

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, an Ausenco Company

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 Surficial 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

BEST 2019

May 8 - 10, 2019 • Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Early Bird Registration Now On! • 

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.

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


Thursday Keynote Luncheon

Friday Keynote Luncheon

Breakfast - Thursday

Breakfast - Friday

Speaker Gifts

Room Key Cards

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

On behalf of the 2018 BEST Conference organizers, Maxxam Analytics is once again coordinating a non-tournament style golfing event for conference delegates at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course on Friday, May 11th. Tee off times start at 2:00 PM, following the closing keynote luncheon.

Maxxam is pleased to be subsidizing the green fees this year.  A BEST Conference rate of $54/per player has been secured after Maxxam’s contribution, which includes the cart rental. Clubs may be rented at an additional cost.

Space is limited for these rates!

If you are interested, please complete the online pre-payment form by clicking the link here: Logistical details will be provided upon registration.

If you have any questions, contact Aron Weir at or by phone at 1.604.639.8419.

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

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.