BEST 2023

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology
May 10 - 12, Fairmont Chateau Whistler 


Thank you to the delegates, sponsors and presenters for being part of the 9th BEST Conference in Whistler. By all accounts it was a huge success.

PDF versions of the presentations have been uploaded to the website. You’ll find the link under the Speakers tab.

For information about BEST 2023, email: [email protected]



Delegate List

Whistler, BC

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

The Fairmont Chateau Whistler has once again been secured as our Conference Hotel for BEST 2023.

Check back later this year for the details, including the rates and a link to reserve a room.

Conference Speakers

Chantal Hébert

Chantal Hébert began her career in Toronto as a reporter for the regional newsroom of Radio-Canada in 1975 before moving on to Parliament Hill for Radio-Canada. She has served as parliamentary bureau chief for Le Devoir and La Presse. She is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto and holds honorary doctorates from Bishop’s,York University, the University of Western Ontario and Concordia University. In 2006, she received the Hy Solomon award for excellence in journalism and public policy, as well as York University’s Pinnacle Achievement Bryden Alumni award.

Eric Termuende

Eric Termuende is a small-town guy with big ideas. A seasoned keynote speaker and best-selling author, Eric has been on hundreds of stages all over the world speaking about workplace culture and one-degree shifts that build communities at work. Eric has a deep understanding of the next generation of work and how to attract and retain the right talent. His best-selling book, Rethink Work, has become a must-read for today’s leaders and as a renowned keynote speaker, Eric travels the world sharing his insights and tips about talent, teams, and employee engagement.

Click Here for Presentations, Abstracts & Bios

2022 Conference Program (subject to change)

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Macdonald Ballroom Foyer

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Pre Conference Workshop
How to Create Accountability in the Workplace and, When Necessary, Change Staff Behaviour to Meet Performance Expectations
Shane Jensen, New Quest Coaching & Consulting

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BCEIA Annual General Meeting

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception
Sponsored by: McCue Engineering Contractors
Portobello Restaurant, Fairmont Chateau Whistler

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Macdonald Ballroom Foyer

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Opening Breakfast (Macdonald Ballroom)
Sponsored by Stormtec

8:30 am - 9:00 am

Welcome Remarks (Macdonald Ballroom)
President, BCEIA

Kevin Jardine, Deputy Minister, Environment & Climate Change Strategy

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Networking/Refreshment Break
Exhibit Area


Hazardous Waste

Insitu Remediation

Legal Perspective

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Hazardous Waste Management in the Metal Recycling Industry – Constraints and Opportunities

Nures Kara, Schnitzer Steel Canada Ltd.

Restoring Canada’s Natural Heritage through Conservation of Species at Risk

Maya Stano & Emma Hobbs, Gowling WLG

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Hazardous Waste – Turning Waste Oil
Back to Re-Use

Rachel Mani, GFL Environmental Inc.

Quantitative Remedial Conditions Assessment Using Flux Measurement Tools

Keith Munsey, REGENESIS

Case Law Updates & Hot Topics in Environmental Law

Luke Dineley and Rick Williams, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

10:40 am - 11:10 am

City of Abbotsford 2021 Flooding:  Hazardous Materials Response Case Study

Evan Foley and Andy Jeves, Nucor Environmental Solutions Ltd

The Successful In-Situ Treatment of a TCE Plume Using a Combination of Reduction, Sorption, and Anaerobic Bioremediation

Ben Galbraith, InSitu Remediation Services Ltd.

Case Law Updates & Hot Topics in Environmental Law (con’t)

Luke Dineley and Rick Williams, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

11:15 am - 11:45 am

National Perspective on Hazardous Waste

Mike Parker, Clean Harbors Environmental Services Inc.

“How much is enough?” Design factors for in-situ chemical remediation

Jevins Waddell, TRIUM Environmental Inc.

A Guide for Environmental Experts in Legal Proceedings

Mark Youden & Wally Braul, Gowling WLG

11:45 am - 1:15 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker (Macdonald Ballroom)

National Affairs: Politics from Coast to Coast

Chantal Hébert, Columnist, Toronto Star

BCEIA Scholarship Awards & Special Award Presentation


1:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Networking/Refreshment Break
Exhibit Area



Site Decommissioning


1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan; Reconciliation Procurement Policy

Raman Birk, PWGSC

End of an Era: Investigation, Remediation and Site Closure of a Detonator Cord Manufacturing Facility

Marion Houlbrook, Associated Environmental Consultants Inc.

Remediating Bedrock: What Once Was Impossible Is Now Routine
(Three Case Studies)

Kevin French, Vertex Environmental Inc.

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

An Introduction to BC’s Dormancy and Shutdown Regulation and an Update on its Implementation

Matt Edgar, BC Oil & Gas Commission

An Abandoned Drycleaner Brownfield in Rural Alberta: A Costly and Dangerous Family Legacy

Michael Lupart, Trace Associates Inc.

Case Study: Using Hydrous Ferric Oxide to Remediate Arsenic

Jake Gossen, Langan International LLC

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

Economic Management of Large Area Based Oil and Gas Reclamation Programs
– A Consulting Perspective

Anela Baig, Trace Associates Inc.

Sumas First Nations Brick Works Demolition

Sean Murphy, Secure

Mycoremediation – Mushrooms for More
than Just Food

Oskar Pula, TRIUM Environmental Inc.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Cocktails & Light Snacks in the Exhibit Area

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception
Sponsored by AGAT Laboratories

Dubh Linn Gate Irish Pub, Lower Village

7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Macdonald Ballroom Foyer

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast
Macdonald Ballroom


First Nations

Case Studies


9:00 am - 9:30 am

Building Relationships and Understanding Between First Nations and Industry

Lana Eagle, Senior Advisor, Mining Industry

How to successfully use Low Temperature Thermal Desorption for Remediation of Hydrocarbon Contaminated Soil

Darryl Nelson, Nelson Environmental Remediation

Design and Implementation of a Source Control Program for PFAS at the Fire Fighting Training Area, CFB Comox

Korene Torney, SLR Consulting & Mark Edwards, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

9:35 am - 10:05 am

Transmountain and Their Efforts on Including First Nations Interests

Harold Calla, Executive Chair, First Nations Financial Mangement Board

Enhanced Anaerobic Bioremediation Achieves Cost Effective Closure for a PHC Impacted Site

Ryan Riess, PINTER & Associates Ltd.

A Contractors Perspective on the use of two Management Strategies for PFOS Contamination at the CFB Comox Fire Training Area Source Control Project

Robert Stacey, QM Environmental &
Dan Boucher, Consultant

10:10 am - 10:40 am

Economic Reconciliation and the First Nations Fiscal Management Act

Chief Commissioner Manny Jules, First Nation Tax Commission

Burning Down the Bonds that Tie Us: A Case Study of PFAS Thermal Destruction for the CFB Comox Fire Training Area Source Control Project

Andrew Thalheimer & Mandy McDougall, Dillon Consulting Ltd.

PFAS Treatment of Liquids from Varying Sources

Francis Galbraith & Mark Edwards, SNC-Lavalin Inc.

10:40 am - 11:10 am

Networking/Refreshment Break
Exhibit Area


Spill Response

Contaminated Sites Management


11:10 am - 11:40 am

Studying Impacts of Weathered Oils on Freshwater Shorelines – Using Data from Controlled Crude Oil Product Releases in the Field to Advance Understanding of Spill Response and Remediation Strategies

Tanya Shanoff, Stantec Consulting Ltd.

Remediation in Remote Locations

Katie Oliver, KBL Environmental

Don’t Look Up…or Down?! How Climate Change May Impact BC Contaminated Sites

Virginie Brunetaud & Leane Holloway, Core6 Environmental Ltd.

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

QM Paving the Way in Emergency Spill Response: Asphalt Oil Spill Cleanup in a Ravine and Waterway

Michael Rae, QM Environmental

Managing Environmental Data Via ESdat Online to Meet Updated BC MOE CSR Requirements and Support Efficient Workflows

Nick Tumney, EarthScience Information Systems & Gabrielle Swann, Gwaii Engineering

No Session

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Closing Lunch with Keynote Speaker (Macdonald Ballroom)

Building Tomorrow’s Greatest Places to Work: A One-Degree Shift Framework
Eric Termuende, The NOW of Work

Sponsored by Bureau Veritas

Conference Registration

BEST 2022

Registration Closed


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.

BEST 2022 Sponsors

Thank you to our Conference Sponsors!


Sponsorships for BEST 2022 are sold out.
If you would like to be placed on a wait list for BETS 2023, email [email protected]

Gold Level Sponsors

Opening Reception

Off-Site Reception

Silver Level Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsors

Pillar Branding

Pillar Branding

Conference Notebooks

Thursday Keynote Luncheon

Friday Keynote Luncheon

Post Secondary Scholarship Recipient Support

Breakfast - Thursday


Conference App

Drink Tickets - Wednesday

Drink Tickets - Thursday

Concurrent Session Room Sponsor

Concurrent Session Room Sponsor

BEST 2022 Exhibitors

5   AGAT Laboratories
15   CARO Analytical Services
23   Clean Harbors
19   Continental Carbon Group Inc.
16   Drillwell Enterprises
13   Earth Drilling
7   ECO Canada
12   Element Materials Technology
20   Envirogreen Technologies Ltd.
14   ERIS - Environmental Risk Information Services
3   Ernco Environmental
9   GeoScan Subsurface Surveys
4   Geotech Drilling
1   GroundTech Solutions Ltd.
25   Iron Creek Group Inc.
17   McCue Engineering Contractors
24   Mud Bay Drilling (2015) Ltd.
10   Omega Environmental Drilling
11   Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC)
2   QM Environmental
6   Rice Earth Sciences
8   Secure Energy
22   Summit Earthworks Inc.
21   Trace Associates Inc.
26   TRIUM Environmental Inc.

BEST Activities

Golf at the Whistler Golf Club!



Sold out!

While spaces are sold out, we have started a wait list in case of cancellations. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, email: [email protected]

Secure is coordinating a non-tournament style golfing event for conference delegates at the beautiful Whistler Golf Course.

Date: Friday, May 27

Time: Tee off times start at 2:30 PM (following the closing keynote luncheon)

Rate: BEST Conference delegate rate is $95.55/per player

Space is limited for these rates!

Thank you to Secure for covering the cost of electric carts for all players!

Register by clicking on this link:

Logistical details will be provided upon registration. If you have any questions about the tournament, contact John Hibbard at: [email protected]

Mountain Bike Ride




Core6 Environmental would like to invite BEST 2022 participants to join us for a mountain bike ride on Whistler’s fabulous trails. We’ll ride at noon on Wednesday, May 25th.  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 [email protected].



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