BEST 2020

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology
May 6 - 8, 2020 • Fairmont Chateau Whistler 

Join us for the seventh annual Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology (BEST) Conference!

 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 network and learn about the current environment industry in BC.

Call for Abstracts

Download the call for abstracts by clicking on the link at the side of the page. Don’t miss out on your chance to participate in our outstanding program. Presenters receive 50% off the Registration fee.

Registration Now Open!

Registration for BEST 2020 is now open. Click the registration tab at the top of the page.

For information about presenting, sponsoring/exhibiting, or attending BEST, email:

BEST 2020 Call for Abstracts

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 ‘'0520BEST_001” in order to receive the group rates.

Conference rates will extend from May 2 - 12, 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

2019 Speakers & Presentations

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.

Andrew Campbell

The world is more connected than ever before. But with that connection, comes a barrage of information that is hard to sort through from fact & fiction. We see it in agriculture, energy, manufacturing, and of course you see it in your industry too. The impacts are real when we look at what that information can do to public trust, as more regulations & buyer demands are implemented, some of which aren’t any safer, but merely a nod to misunderstood public pressure. Something can be done. Something needs to be done. Public outreach through social media, dinner conversations, grocery check-out lines and more can all help. But you’ve got to stand up for your industry if you want to have an impact on it.

12:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Frontenac Foyer

1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Pre-Conference Workshop
Empress Ballroom B

The EQ-Leadership Connection

Greg Campeau, Campeau Learning

Welcome and Introduction by Angie Huk, ECO Canada

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

BCEIA Annual General Meeting – Empress Ballroom A

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

Opening Comments: Dr. Kevin Butterworth, Executive Director, Environmental Emergencies and Land Remediation Branch, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Networking Break – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

Technical Sessions

Empress A

Water Treatment

Empress B

Local Government & Regulatory Challenges

Empress C

In-Situ Remediation

9:30 am - 10:00 am

On-Site Water Treatment with Naturally-Sourced Chemistry

Eric Bradley, Dober Chemical

Prevention of Site Contamination From Soil Relocation – Final Policy Direction

Kerri Skelly, MOE/ENV

Going Global: Excitement, Challenges and Innovation for Advanced In-Situ Remediation Technologies

B.J. Min and Jevins Waddell, TRIUM Environmental Inc.

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Groundwater Metals Contamination and Construction Dewatering: Treatment Challenges and Solutions

Cecilia Garcia Marra, McCue Engineering Contractors & Cory Nelson, PGL Environmental Consultants

From Brownfield to Community Connector: Historical Mine Site Remediation in an Urban Setting

Allison Waldick, McElhanney Consulting & Phil Stewart, City of Nanaimo

The InSitu Treatment of Chlorinated Ethenes Using Colloidal Activated Carbon and Bioremediation

Rick McGregor, In Situ Remediation Services, Inc.

10:40 am - 11:10 am

The CECs are Coming: Advanced Oxidation Processes for the Removal of Contaminants of Emerging Concern

Petr Kolosov, QM Environmental

What the Fe?

John R. Taylor, Core6 Environmental Ltd. & Lauren Cherkezoff, BC Hydro”

Overcoming Persistent Organic Contaminant Back-Diffusion Using Adsorptive Technologies

Kevin French, Vertex Environmental Inc.

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Gravel Bed Reactors (GBR™): Semi-Passive Water Treatment of Metals and Inorganics

Silvia Mancini, Geosyntec Consultants, Inc.

Post-Risk Assessment Public Engagement in a Remote Indigenous Community in British Columbia

Paddy McManus & Tamara Hamilton, Fisheries & Oceans Canada

Remediating F2 Impacts in Soil via Hydrogen Peroxide Injections

Francis Galbraith, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

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

“Rowing the Northwest Passage”

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking Break – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

Technical Sessions

Empress A

Indigenous and Industry Relations: A Care and Collaborative Approach

Empress B


Empress C

Contaminated Sites Management

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Forming Meaningful Relationships with First Nations and Indigenous Peoples: A Musqueam Perspective and Approach

Jim Kew, Musqueam Nation/IBIC

Environmental Inspections, Investigations and Prosecutions

Dino Rossi & Luke Dineley, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Case Study: Overcoming Challenges and Obstacles to Remediate a Former De-Waxing Facility in Richmond

Tyler Joyce, Stantec Consulting Ltd. & Kate Schendel, Vancouver Fraser Port Authority

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

First Nation Industrial Perspective: Environmental Management and Stewardship Regimes and Approaches

Chief Aaron Sumexheltza, Lower Nicola Indian Band/IBIC

The Ever- Changing Environmental Assessment

Wally Braul & Maya Stano, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Surfactant Enhanced Extraction to Expedite Remediation of a Carbon Tetrachloride Source Zone at an Active Grain Elevator Facility

George (Bud) Ivey, Ivey International Inc.

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

Indigenous-Industry Relations: From Good to Great

Lana Eagle, IBIC and Christine Creyke, Tahltan Nation

Changing Standards and Contaminated Sites – The Legal Perspective

Adam Way, Harper Grey LLP

Game of Zones: Remediation through Bulk Excavation and Risk Assessment at a Former Sawmill Operation on Kwantlen FN Lands

Michelle Ashley, PGL Environmental Consultants & John Clarke, Milestone Environmental Contracting

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

The importance of First Nation Integration in Rural and Remote Construction Projects:
A Bella Bella Case Study

Jonathan Sanders, Klohn Crippen Berger & Ian Reid, Heiltsuk Nation

The Latest Trends and Key Issues before
Environmental Tribunals

Mark Youden & Wally Braul, Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP

Use of a Biostimulatory Solution to Enhance Petroleum Hydrocarbon Degradation Rates in Cold-Region Soils: A Bench-Scale Microcosm Study

Amy Jimmo, Jacobs

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Reception – Merlin’s Bar & Grill

Appetizers & Beverages

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.

Arthur de Jong, Whistler Blackcomb

The Whistler Blackcomb Approach to Climate Change

Technical Sessions

Empress A

Site Assessment Practices

Empress B

Federal Government

Empress C

Analytical Techniques

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Development of Methods, Tools and Models for Assessment of Natural Source Zone Depletion and Enhanced Bioremediation at Petroleum Hydrocarbon Impacted Sites

Ian Hers, Golder Associates Ltd.

FCSAP Program Post 2020 and Working with PSPC Environmental Services

Raman Birk, PWGSC

Maximizing Data Quality for Nutrients and Aggregate Organics

Jasmeen Jatana, ALS Global

9:35 am - 10:05 am

The Use of Low-Level Membrane Interface Probe® and Hydraulic Profiling Tool in the Delineation of a Chlorinated Solvent Plume in Sandy Soils

Chris Henry, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

Federal Government Contaminated Sites Project Overview

Scott Tomlinson, PWGSC

Accurate and Quantifiable Characterization of Biogenic vs. Petrogenic Hydrocarbons in Soil

Heather Lord, Maxxam Analytics

10:10 am - 10:40 am

High Resolution Characterization and Remediation

John Sankey, True Blue Technologies, Inc.

Managing Complex Sites with

Development of Regional Scale Background Trace Element Concentrations and Application to Sites on the Alaska Highway, Northern BC.

William CullochDasson, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

New Quadrupole Mass Spectrometer Method for the Quantification of Inorganic and Organic 18O- Phosphate Species

Aimee Schryer, University of Saskatchewan

10:40 am - 11:10 am

Networking Break – Exhibit Area (Frontenac C & Foyer)

Technical Sessions

Empress A


Empress B

Marine Environment Challenges

Empress C

Marine Environment Projects

11:10 am - 11:40 am

CFB Comox, Fire Fighting Training Area, PFAS Delineation and Water Treatment: A Case Study

Doug McMillan, SNC – Lavalin Inc.

Determining the Applicability of CSR AW Standards in a Tidally Influenced Environment

Karey Dow, Hemmera Envirochem Inc. & Warren Mills, City of Richmond

Middle Harbour Fill Site Uplands Remediation: Execution and Management of a Large Remediation Project as Prime Environmental Contractor

Mike Turner, QM Environmental LP & Robert Stacey, ASTTBC

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

PFAS Replacement Compounds: The Next Generation

Heather Lord, Maxxam Analytics

Offshore Investigation Techniques for
Contaminated Sites

Michael Zima, Golder Associates Ltd.

Environmental Monitoring of DFO’s New Pile Driving Mitigation Advice

Jayson Kurtz, Ecofish Research Ltd.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Sponsored by QM Environmental

Andrew Campbell, Fresh Air Farmer
“Stand Up for Your Industry”

Conference Registration

BEST 2020

Registration now open!

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*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.

2019 BEST Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our BEST 2019 Sponsors!

Sponsor opportunities are sold out. To be added to a wait list for 2020, 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

Drink Tickets

2019 Exhibitors

11   AGAT Laboratories
17   CARO Analytical Services
1   CHEMCO Inc.
10   Clean Harbors
3   Coastline Technologies Inc.
24   Drillwell Enterprises
7   ECO Canada
14   Element Materials Technology
2   Envirogreen Technologies Ltd.
18   ERIS - Environmental Risk Information Services
25   GeoScan Subsurface Surveys Inc.
8   Geotech Drilling
4   GroundTech Solutions Ltd.
16   Indigenous Business and Investment Council
15   Iron Creek Group Inc.
13   Maxxam
21   McCue Engineering Contractors
20   Mud Bay Drilling (2015) Ltd.
5   Omega Environmental Drilling
6   On Track Drilling
12   Rice Earth Sciences
22   Summit Earthworks Inc.
19   Tervita
23   Trace Associates Inc.
9   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

Golf at the Whistler Golf Club!

Registration for the post-conference golf is now sold out!

If you are registered to golf and have any questions, contact John Hibbard at

BEST 2019

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2017 BEST Conference

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2016 BEST Conference

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2015 BEST Conference

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2014 BEST Conference

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