2018 BEST Speakers

Speaker abstracts/bios are in alphabetical order by speaker last name.

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.


Stacy Boczulak

Associated Environmental Consultants Inc.  

Let’s get our Ash in gear! Exploring alternative solutions to landfilling residual wood products  

Wally Braul/Mark Youden

Gowling WLG (Canada) LLP  

A Primer on Environmental Prosecutions: The Latest from the Courts  

Karl Bresee

Intrinsik Corp.  

Diesel particulate matter and health risk: What to do about it?  

Christine Brow

SLR International Corporation  

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

Gisalene Carl

Envirogeen Technologies Ltd.  

Hazardous Waste Management 101: Waste Characterization and Classification  

Emily Chu/Calvin Jameson

In.tent Planning Inc./The BC First Nations Solid Waste Program  

The BC First Nations Solid Waste Program  

Ian Collings

Teranis Consulting Ltd.  

Fill Management on FN lands – an Environmental Consultants Perspective  

Tim Crowther

ALS Global  

Field Sampling Considerations and Best Practices for Filtration of Dissolved Metals  

Leonard Firkus


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

Kevin French/John Clarke

Vertex Environmental/Milestone Environmental  

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

Danielle Grbavac


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

Chris Lach

SNC Lavalin  

Application of Positive Building Pressure to Mitigate Sub-Slab Vapour  

Cher Lacoste/Mike Mamone

DFO/Office for Architecture Ltd.  

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

Selina Lee-Anderson

McCarthy Tétrault LLP  

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

Ian Mace

SNC Lavalin  

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

Timo Makinen

Light House Sustainable Building Centre  

Industrial Symbiosis - Emissions Reductions Through Waste Re-Purposing  

Kalina Malowany/Virginie Brunetaud

Core6 Environmental Ltd.  

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

Racheal Mani

Kel-Ex Agencies  

Hazardous Waste Management 102: Packaging and Transporting  

Alan McCarthy

Tervita Corporation  

Decommissioning, Demolition and Remediation of Industrial Properties  

Rick McGregor

In Situ Remediation Services Ltd.  

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

Michael McQuarrie/Kristin Castner

Waste Management  

Cross Border Movement of Waste  

Lizanne Meloche/Christopher McDonald

Golder Associates/DFO  

Risk Management of a Remote Small Craft Harbour in British Columbia  

Sanj Mudaliar

Brenntag Canada  

Opportunity Outlook for Industrial Stormwater Management in BC  

Steve Munzar/Heather Osachoff

Core6 Environmental/MOE  

Determination of Regional BC Background Metals Concentrations in Groundwater  

Chris Reynolds


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

Connie Romano

Golder Associates  

Hydrogeological investigation of the Squamish Nation Seymour Reserve No. 2 to assess for potential of adverse impacts to the Seymour River  

Dino Rossi/Luke Dineley

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP  

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

Warren Sandes

Aqua-Solve Services Inc.  

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

Alan Segrave

Maxxam Analytics  

Asbestos in Soil  

Preston Sorenson

Maapera Analytics  

Quantitative Field Screening: High Resolution Site Characterization with Reflectance Spectroscopy  

Sue Staniforth/Jake Archie

Invasive Species Council of British Columbia  

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

Christine Thomas

Golder Associates  

Progress towards closure – Remediation and Risk Assessment of the Furry Creek Watershed of the Britannia Mine  

Nicklaus Welty/Jan Abbott

Arcadis US Inc./Arcadis Canada Inc.  

Big Data & Mixed Reality: The Future of Conceptual Site Models has Arrived  

Diane Zorn


The Trouble with Salt: Case Studies and Lessons Learned