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. 



ECO Canada and BCEIA present a 1/2 Day Pre-Conference Workshop

The environment industry is a multi-disciplinary sector comprising scientists, engineers, and other professionals from a wide range of technical backgrounds. Technical expertise has been essential to the success of this growing sector.

ECO Canada’s labour market research indicates soft skills as a frequent gap most employers identify in their staff. Technical competencies may be needed to gain employment, but soft skills are essential in keeping a job and career growth.

BCEIA and ECO Canada have partnered up to address this gap and are pleased to offer a half-day soft skills pre-conference workshop on the afternoon of Wednesday, May 8.


Greg Campeau with Campeau Learning will lead this session. Here is what Greg has to say about the importance of Emotional Intelligence, or EQ. “The research is crystal clear – regardless of the type of work, EQ is the cornerstone of superior performance. When star performers were analyzed the one consistent common denominator was they had healthy EQ! The purpose of this course is to demystify EQ, help people assess their current level of EQ and most importantly provide proven and practical strategies on how to develop ones EQ.”

Details on the Registration page.

For information about BEST, email:

Whistler, BC

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.

From the Fairmont Chateau Whistler: We’ve recently been made aware of a campaign letter distributed by the Whistler municipality to members of the oil and gas industry. The views and opinions expressed in this letter do not reflect the policy or position of our hotel. We have a longstanding history of creating special memories and experiences for our guests from near and far, and that will continue to be our priority.

2019 Speakers

Kevin Vallely

After spending nearly twenty years testing the limits of human endurance in the most inhospitable environments on the planet, Kevin has developed a sixth sense, a ‘wild wisdom’, that allows him to succeed at everything he does. “There’s nothing special about me,” he says steadfastly when asked, “I don’t have some hidden talent or gift, I just know how to get things done.” He inspires audiences with his core belief that all of us are capable of achieving big goals.

Patrick Moore

Known as The Sensible Environmentalist, Dr. Patrick Moore has been a leader in the environmental movement for more than 40 years. He is a co-founder of Greenpeace where he served as the Canadian President for nine years and as a Director of Greenpeace International for six years. Today, Dr. Moore is committed to finding solutions to our environmental issues by striking a balance between the needs of people and the need to protect the environment. His environmental policy is based squarely on science and logic. He believes that too much of today’s “pop-environmentalism” is filled with sensationalism, misinformation, and fear.

2019 Conference Program

11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Frontenac Foyer

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop
Empress Ballrooms A/B

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

BCEIA Annual General Meeting – Empress Ballroom C

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception – Exhibit Area (Frontenac Ballroom & Foyer)

Enjoy a complimentary beverage, light snacks and entertainment.

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

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Networking Break – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

Technical Sessions

Empress A

Empress B

Empress C

9:30 am - 10:00 am
10:05 am - 10:35 am
10:40 am - 11:10 am
11:15 am - 11:45 am
11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker – Frontenac A/B
Sponsored by VanMars Drilling

Kevin Vallely
Inspirational Adventurer, Work Life Balance Advocate

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking Break – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

Technical Sessions

Empress A

Empress B

Empress C

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm
2:20 pm - 2:50 pm
2:55 pm - 3:25 pm
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Reception – Merlins 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 – Frontenac A/B
Sponsored by TRIUM Environmental Inc.

Technical Sessions

Empress A

Empress B

Empress C

9:00 am - 9:30 am
9:35 am - 10:05 am
10:10 am - 10:40 am
10:40 am - 11:10 am

Networking Break – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

Technical Sessions

Empress A

Empress B

11:10 am - 11:40 am
11:45 am - 12:15 pm
12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Sponsored by QM Environmental

Dr. Patrick Moore
The Sensible Environmentalist

Conference Registration

BEST 2019

May 8 - 10, 2019 • Fairmont Chateau Whistler

Early Bird Registration Now On! (until March 15) • 

BCEIA Member Rate


Non-Member Rate


Government Rate


Pre-Conference Workshop (BEST Delegate)


Pre-Conference Workshop Only


*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.

Pre-Conference Workshop registration includes all materials, coffee, tea and a light snack, as well as attendance at the BEST 2019 Opening Reception from 5 – 7 pm.

All registration rates are exclusive of GST.

2019 BEST Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our BEST 2019 Sponsors!

 Sponsor opportunities that come with a booth are sold out. One sponsorship item remaining – Thursday Keynote Luncheon. For details, 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

Breakfast - Thursday

Breakfast - Friday


Conference App

2019 Exhibitors

  AGAT Laboratories
  CARO Analytical Services
  Clean Harbors
  Coastline Technologies Inc.
  Drillwell Enterprises
  ECO Canada
  Envirogreen Technologies Ltd.
  ERIS - Environmental Risk Information Services
  Exova Canada Inc.
  GeoScan Subsurface Surveys Inc.
  Geotech Drilling
  GroundTech Solutions Ltd.
  Indigenous Business and Investment Council
  Iron Creek Group Inc.
  McCue Engineering Contractors
  Mud Bay Drilling (2015) Ltd.
  Omega Drilling
  On Track Drilling
  Rice Resource Technologies Inc.
  Summit Earthworks Inc.
  Trace Associates
  Waste Management

Additional Optional Activities for BEST 2019 Delegates

Mountain Bike Ride


Core6 Environmental would like to invite BEST 2019 participants to join us for a mountain bike ride on Whistler’s fabulous trails. We’ll ride at noon on Wednesday, May 8th.  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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