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 is now underway! Ends March 26.

The Call for Abstracts deadline has passed. Thank you for submitting an abstract for BEST 2018. Notification will be given by February 28.



Whistler, BC

Three Days

Top Presentations

Registration for BEST 2018 is now open! See below for details and a link to the registration site.

BCEIA 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.

2017 Conference Program

BEST 2018 program coming soon!

2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Frontenac Foyer

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BCEIA Annual General Meeting

5:30 pm - 7:30 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
Elder Mary James and Lois Joseph, Líl̓wat Cultural Centre

Wes Shoemaker, Deputy Minister, Environment, Government of British Columbia

9:00 am - 9:15 am

Networking Break

Technical Sessions

Provincial Regulatory Session

Site Investigation/Remeditation

Test Third Track

9:15 am - 9:45 am

Addressing Current Challenges of the Provincial Soil Relocation Process Through Regulatory Change to Better Promote Compliance and Beneficial Re-use of Soils

Kerri Skelly, Ministry of Environment

New Vibracore Technologies to Manage Georeferenced Sediment Samples

Dave Munday, Coastline Technologies Inc.

9:45 am - 10:15 am

Identification of Contaminated Sites in BC: Creating a Results-Based Provincial Process that Balances the Needs of Affected Parties and Ensures Remediation of Contaminated Sites Prior to Redevelopment

Kelli Larsen, Ministry of Environment

A Unique Approach to Excavating Limited Access Areas

Tadd Berger, Pinchin West Ltd.

Test Third Track

10:15 am - 10:45 am

New Structured Application Process

Cassandra Caunce, Ministry of Environment

Bedrock has its faults! How We Characterized Fracture Hosted Groundwater at a Petroleum Hydrocarbon Contaminated Site

Stephen Munzar, Core6 Environmental Ltd.

Test Third Track

10:45 am - 11:15 am

Networking Break

Technical Sessions

First Nations

Environmental Monitoring

11:15 am - 11:45 am

Re-Defining Environmental & Safety Consultation, A Social Innovation For Sustainability

Mafalda Arias, Mafalda Arias & Associates

Advances in Taxonomy and Biomonitoring

Tara Macdonald, Biologica Environmental Services Ltd.

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Developing Long Term First Nations Employment and Economic Activity through Emergency Response and an Integrated Environmental Services Model

Dave Hill, QM Environmental

Darwin Douglas, Cheam Enterprises

20,000 Hours: A preliminary quantitative review of the performance of the hydropower sector through the lens of an Independent Environmental Monitor (IEM)

Cedric Robert, Ecofish Research Ltd.

12:15 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker
Sponsored by REGENESIS

The Honourable Mike Harcourt, Former Premier of British Columbia & Expert on Sustainable Communities

Communities as Resilient Places

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking Break

Technical Sessions

Public Works and Government Services Canada

Brownfield/Contaminated Sites Management

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Environmental Procurement with PWGSC – Procurement Processes and Navigating

Scott Tomlinson, Public Services and Procurement Canada

BC CSR Omnibus Amendments: A case study on the impacts to environmental investigation and remediation at various sites

Karey Dow, Hemmera Envirochem Inc.

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm

Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan (FCSAP) Phase III- Recap of Year 1 and Forecast to 2020

Raman Birk, Public Services and Procurement Canada

Remediation and Site Soil Management of Industrial Brownfield Site in Burnaby

Stephen Custeau, Matcon

2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Introduction to a Tool to Develop Conceptual Site Models for Contaminated Sites

Jo-Ann Aldridge, Indigenous & Northern Affairs Canada

Challenges & Considerations for Management of Historical Shoreline Industrial Properties: A Case Study from the Steveston Harbour

Chris McDonald, Fisheries & Oceans Canada
Elyse Sandl, Core6 Environmental Ltd.

3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

Networking Break

Technical Sessions


Municipal/Industrial Concerns

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

A Lawyer’s Guide to Marine Emergency Spill Response (Part 1)

Mark Youden & Wally Braul, Gowling WLG
Dino Rossi, Borden Ladner Gervais

New Canadian Air Quality Standards and Implications for Industry in B.C.

Anna Henolson, Trinity Consultants

4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

A Lawyer’s Guide to Marine Emergency Spill Response (Part 2)

Mark Youden & Wally Braul, Gowling WLG
Dino Rossi, Borden Ladner Gervais

Suspended Pavement Systems and Stormwater Management: Monitoring Results

Michael James, DeepRoot Canada Corp.

4:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Case Law Update

Luke Dineley, Borden Ladner Gervais

Climate Change Vulnerability Assessment Support

Nelson Lee, Green Sky Sustainability Consulting Inc.

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Reception – Whistler Brewhouse

Sponsored by AGAT Laboratories

7:00 am - 1:30 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Networking Breakfast
Sponsored by TRIUM Environmental Inc.

Technical Sessions

Emergency/Spill Response

Remediation Technologies

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Stewart Center Fire

Andy Jeves, NUCOR Environmental Solutions Ltd.

Field Performance of Dispersive Colloidal Activated Carbon – Lessons Learned from Multiple Geological Settings

Ashley Cedzo, REGENESIS

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Developing a Large-Scale Field Experiment to Measure Fate, Behaviour and Toxicity of a Controlled Diluted Bitumen Release in a Canadian Boreal Lake

Tanya Shanoff, Stantec

Treatment of Perfluoroalkyl and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFASs) in Soil and Water

John Sankey, True Blue Technologies Inc.

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Spill Response – Lessons Learned and Deciding When to Build an Ark

Chris Gill & Jeff Robertson, Stantec

Sediment Remediation/Risk Management by In Situ Stabilization/Treatment (ISS/T) with Deep Soil Mixing (DSM)

Pete Craig, Canada Geo-Solutions

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Networking Break

Technical Sessions


Water Treatment

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Evaluation of Risks to the Environment: An Audit of the Ministry of Environment and the Ministry of Energy and Mines Compliance and Enforcement Activities at Major Operating Mines in BC

Ardice Todosichuk & Jake Tynan, BC Auditor General’s Office

Economical Approach to Treatment of Soluble and Particulate As, Cu, Zn, and Cr in Stormwater Runoff to Meet BCWQGs AW

Elena Ranyuk, Stormtec Filtration Inc.

11:00 am - 11:30 am

How to go from Moonscape to Garden of Eden

Melanie Piorecky, Associated Environmental

Evaluating Biochar as an Adsorbent for Metals in Wastewater

Kelly Sveinson, Langara College
Lynda Smithard, McCue Engineering Contractors

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Overview of the Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment, Mount Polley Mine Tailings Breach

Trish Miller, Golder Associates Ltd.

Removal of PAHs Compounds from Aqueous Solution by Modified Zeolites

Monireh Hedayati, UBC

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Sponsored by Quantum Murray

Dr. Ken Coates, Canada Research Chair, Regional Innovation, University of Saskatchewan

Imagining Canada’s Resource Future: How Indigenous Engagement, Emerging Technologies and Environmental Realities have Transformed Resource Development

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!

There are a few opportunities remaining and we are in the process of working our way through the wait list. If you would like to be added to the wait list, 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

Guest Room Key Cards

Speaker Gifts

2017 Exhibitors (2018 Exhibitor list coming soon)

  AGAT Laboratories
  CARO Analytical Services
  Coastline Technologies Inc.
  Drillwell Enterprises
  Envirogreen Technologies Ltd.
  Exova Canada Inc.
  GroundTech Solutions Ltd.
  Iron Creek Group Inc.
  The Langley Concrete Group
  McCue Engineering Contractors
  McElhanney Consulting Services Ltd.
  Mud Bay Drilling (2015) Ltd.
  On Track Drilling

2017 Activities (Check back for 2018 activities)

Golf at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course

On behalf of the 2017 BEST Conference organizers, Maxxam Analytics is coordinating a non-tournament style golfing event at the beautiful Fairmont Chateau Whistler Golf Course on Friday, May 12th. Tee off times will start at 1:50 PM, following the closing keynote luncheon.

A BEST Conference rate of $99/player has been negotiated, which includes the cart rental. Clubs may be rented at an additional cost.

Space is limited!

If you are interested please complete the online pre-payment form by clicking the link here:

The deadline is on May 8th, 2017. Logistical details will be provided upon registration.

If you have any questions, contact Monica at or by phone at 604.638.5028.

Mountain Bike Ride

Once again, Nelson Environmental Remediation would like to invite BEST 2017 participants to join us for a mountain bike ride on Whistler’s fabulous trails. We’ll ride at noon on Wednesday, May 10th.  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 regards. 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 Garry Ogletree of Nelson at

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