BEST 2024

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology
May 8 - 10, Fairmont Chateau Whistler 

It’s a Wrap!

Thank you to the sponsors, speakers and delegates who attended BEST 2024. Because of you, it was an oustanding Conference!

The presentations have been uploaded and can be found on the Speakers page.

Check back to see the pictures and the closing video as those will be uploaded shortly.

For those of you who missed out on attending BEST 2024, make sure you sign up for the BCEIA Newsletter (BCEIA Newsletter Sign Up) so you find out about BEST 2025 (May 21 – 23) when we start planning.

Delegate List

Click on the link at the side of this page for the final delegate list.

Check out our Happy Snaps video for a look at BEST 2024!

BEST 2024 Delegate List

Whistler, BC

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

On-line reservations are now closed.

However, there may still be guest rooms available at the conference rate. Contact the Global Reservations Centre at 1-800-441-1414 to check. Identify yourself as being part of the Best Conference 2024, or group code 0524BEST_001 in order to receive the conference rate, if available.


Conference Speakers

John Vaillant

John Vaillant is an American-Canadian writer and journalist whose work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, National Geographic, and Outside. His latest book Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World was selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 best books of 2023. It is also the winner of the Baillie Gifford Prize for Nonfiction and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize and the National Book Award, both for nonfiction. Fire Weather is the stunning account of the colossal wildfire at Fort McMurray, and a panoramic exploration of the rapidly changing relationship between fire and humankind.

Julie Angus

Julie Angus is the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland and is a recipient of the National Geographic Adventurer of the Year award. She is an accomplished adventurer, scientist and bestselling author of Rowboat in a Hurricane. She has also cycled across continents, rowed thousands of kilometers of coastlines and rivers, and organized a National Geographic expedition that sailed the ancient Phoenician trading routes to research the olive. Explore Magazine listed her as one of North America’s leading adventurers and in 2016 Canadian Geographic named her one of Canada’s Greatest Women Explorers. She is a recipient of the McMaster University Arch Award and a Canadian Geographic Fellow. Julie is a scientist with an B.Sc. from McMaster University in Psychology and Biology and an M.Sc. in Molecular Biology from the University of Victoria. She also studied at the University of Leeds in England. She spent a decade developing therapeutics for genetic ailments and cardiovascular disease as a researcher and in business development.

2024 Presenter Bios, Abstracts & Presentations

2024 Conference Program

12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Macdonald Ballroom Foyer


Invasive Species Stream
Macdonald E

Moderator: Brent Olson

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Invasive Species Management – Partnerships, Training and Resources for Professionals

Nicholas Wong, Invasive Species Council of BC

2:05 pm - 2:35 pm

Collaboration Across Jurisdictions: Key Elements to Success in Managing Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) in BC’s Lower Mainland

Heike Stippler, Heike Designs Inc. & Nicholas Wong, Invasive Species Council of BC


The Future of the Environment Industry
Macdonald E

Moderator: Brent Olson

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm

Boomers to Gen Alpha: Challenges, Opportunities, Myths and Realities for Environmental Consulting in 2024 and Beyond

Steve Boyce & Mackenzie Smith, Active Earth Engineering Ltd.

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

The Role of AI in the Management of Contaminated Land

Greg Martin, DataNest

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

BCEIA Annual General Meeting
Macdonald F

All are welcome to attend.

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception
Woodlands Terrace, Fairmont Chateau Whistler
Sponsored by: PANAQUA by McCue

7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Macdonald Ballroom Foyer

7:30 am - 8:45 am

Opening Breakfast (Macdonald Ballroom)
Sponsored by: Omega Environmental Drilling

8:45 am - 9:15 am

Welcome Remarks (Macdonald Ballroom)
David Kettlewell, President, BCEIA

Carrie Nugent, Director, Site Remediation, Environment & Climate Change Strategy

9:15 am - 9:30 am

Brief Refreshment Break
Exhibit Area


Macdonald E

Moderator: Korene Torney

Case Studies – Contaminated Sites
Macdonald F

Moderator: John Hibbard

Risk Assessment
Empress A

Moderator: Jason Wilkins

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Protection of Potable Aquifer Affected by PFAS Type Contaminants by Point of Entry
Treatment Technologies

Jean Paré, Chemco Inc.

Bioremediation of a Liquid Petroleum
Hydrocarbon Plume and Associated Soil Contamination in Northern British Columbia

Greg Frank & Adam Radlowski, Keystone Environmental Ltd.

Modelling and Monitoring the Effects of SO2 in the Kitimat Valley

David Marmorek, ESSA Technologies Ltd.

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Pitfalls of PFAS Waste Disposal in BC and Five
Questions You Should Ask

Korene Torney, SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.

Remediation of Petroleum Hydrocarbon
Impacted Peat Within a Wetland and
Adjacent to an Operating Pipeline

Jason Hampson, Trace Associates Ltd.

From Wide Area Site to Community Center – The River District Story

Jennifer Trowell, Ausenco

10:35 am - 11:00 am

Networking/Refreshment Break – Exhibit Area


PFAS (con’t)
Macdonald E

Case Studies – Contaminated Sites (con’t)
Macdonald F

Risk Assessment (con’t)
Empress A

11:00 am - 11:30 am

From Bench to Field: Examining Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl
(PFAS) Removal Strategies in
Groundwater Contaminated by Aqueous Filmforming
Foam (AFFF)

Ehsan Banayan Esfahani, UBC

Barriers to Redeveloping a Contaminated Site
with an Active Service Station across the
Street – A Case Study on Navigating
Challenging Technical Issues and Finding
Unique Solutions

Diane Zorn, Ausenco

Using Climate Change Projections To Identify
Potential Impacts To Long-Term Risk
Management Of A Contaminated Site In A
Region Of Continuous Permafrost – A Case

Tracey L’Espérance & Matt Deane, Stantec

11:35 am - 12:05 pm

Case Study: World’s First Injected In-Situ
Treatment Barrier for a PFAS Plume Using a
Modified Clay Amendment

Kevin French, Vertex Environmental Inc.

An Introduction to Emerging Contaminants
6PPD and 6PPD-Quinone

Ryan Black, GHD Ltd.

Application of PFAS SiREM Equilibrium Passive
Samplers to Enhance Fate and Transport
Assessments for Risk Assessment: A Case Study
on Porewater Collection in a Freshwater Creek

John Dewis, Keystone Environmental Ltd.

12:05 pm - 1:30 pm

Lunch with Keynote Speaker (Macdonald Ballroom)
Sponsored by: Bureau Veritas
Fire Weather: A True Story from a Hotter World
John Vaillant, Author

BCEIA Scholarship Awards

1:30 pm - 1:45 pm

Brief Refreshment Break
Exhibit Area



Macdonald E

Moderator: Chris Gill

Macdonald F

Moderator: Luke Dineley

Empress A

Moderator: Gisalene Carl

1:45 pm - 2:15 pm

Assessing the Impact of Wildfires on Canadian
Water Quality: Contaminants, Impacts, and
Logistical Considerations

Thomas Fleming, Bureau Veritas

The Year in Environmental Case Law

Rick Williams & Luke Dineley
Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Decarbonization: Navigating the Path to Net Zero

Jag Bilkhu & Aman Gill, GHD Ltd.

2:20 pm - 2:50 pm

Lytton First Nation and Village of Lytton
Wildfire Remediation – Contractor’s

Chris Brown, Matcon Environmental Ltd.

2023: A Landmark Year for Federal
Environmental Jurisdiction

Mark Youden & Emma Hobbs, Gowling WLG

Climate Change Litigation in Canada and the
US: Past, Present, Future

Maya Stano & Quinn Rochon, Gowling WLG

2:55 pm - 3:25 pm

Evaluating PCOC from Wildfires using Case

Tadd Berger, Pinchin Ltd.

Paying your Dues: Laying the Groundwork for
the Due Diligence Defence

Matthew Keen & Alan Harvie, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Green House Gas (GHG) Emissions from
Federal Contaminated Sites, Alaska Highway,

Sai Rajajayavel & Josh Baran, AtkinsRéalis Canada Inc.

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Cocktails & Light Snacks in the Exhibit Area

4:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Networking Reception
High Mountain Brewing (formerly Whistler Brew House), Lower Village
Sponsored by: AGAT Laboratories

7:30 am - 2:00 pm

Registration/Information Desk Open
Macdonald Ballroom Foyer

8:00 am - 9:00 am

Networking Breakfast
(Macdonald Ballroom)
Sponsored by: Drillwell Enterprises


Macdonald E

Moderator: Brent Olson

Macdonald F

Moderator: David Kettlewell

9:00 am - 9:30 am

Protocol 19 Updates

Kerri Skelly, Land Remediation Section, BC ENV

Breaking Barriers: Overcoming Project Challenges through Indigenous Partnerships

Gavin Domitter
Milestone Environmental Contracting

9:35 am - 10:05 am

Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan and
Demand Forecast

Dave Osguthorpe, PSPC

CBear Creek Compound – Klondike National
Historic Site: A Unique Look Into History,
Contamination, Risk Assessment and Site
Management in the Yukon Territory

Zachary Luck, AtkinsRéalis Canada Inc.

10:05 am - 10:35 am

Networking/Refreshment Break
Exhibit Area


Macdonald E

Moderator: Esma Al-Autman

Macdonald F

Moderator: Marion Reid

Case Studies – Marine
Empress A

Moderator: Stephen Pinto

10:35 am - 11:05 am

Successful In-Situ Biological Treatment within
Gibraltar Mines Tailings Storage Facility

Corné Pretorius, Ensero Solutions

Method Adaptation and Exhaustive Extraction
for Remediation – PFAS and Dioxin Case

Permveer Bains, Pacific Rim Labs

Emergency Response for a Subsurface Release
Near the Marine Foreshore

Paul Gardner, Tetra Tech Canada Inc.; Ricki Sahota, BC Hydro & David Meikle, Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc.

11:10 am - 11:40 am

Mining Waste to Value in Thompson,

Darryll Champagne, KBL Environmental

Disposal at Sea (DAS) – The Best Laboratory
Methods and Ecotoxicology Approaches to
Drive Compliance

Kristopher Beaudet & Marriah Grey, Bureau Veritas

CFSA Waterlot Remediation in Esquimalt
Harbour: Addressing Marine Site Impacts

Tim Knelsen, QM Environmental

11:45 am - 12:15 pm

Faro Mine Landform, Cover and Revegetation
Pilot – Yukon

Mick Grohmann,
Milestone Environmental Contracting

The Influence of PFAS Sampling Precaution
Protocols on Reported PFAS Concentration

Allison Cranwill, SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.

Effectiveness of Reactive Amendments to
Reduce Porewater Sulphide in Esquimalt
Harbour Wood Waste-Impacted Sediments

Tasha Sorensen, Anchor QEA, LLC

12:15 pm - 1:45 pm

Closing Lunch with Keynote Speaker (Macdonald Ballroom)

Julie Angus, Adventurer
Rowboat In A Hurricane: Dealing with Change and Unexpected Setbacks

Sponsored by: Environmental Services Association of Alberta

Registration for BEST 2024 is Closed

Conference registration includes: Pre Conference Workshop, Wednesday Welcome Reception, Technical Sessions, Thursday Networking Reception, Breakfast, Lunch and Coffee Breaks on Thursday and Friday

BEST 2024


BCEIA Member Rate


Non-Member Rate


Government Rate*


Student 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.

**Student must be 19 years of age or older, and currently enrolled in, and taking classes at, a post secondary institution.

All registration rates are exclusive of GST.

BEST 2024 Sponsors

Thank you to our Sponsors & Partners!
If you are interested in sponsoring BEST 2025, please email:

Platinum Level Sponsor

Gold Level Sponsors

Wednesday Opening Reception

Thursday Reception

Silver Level Sponsors

Bronze Level Sponsors

Pillar Branding

Pillar Branding

Hotel Key Cards


Thursday Keynote Luncheon

Friday Keynote Luncheon


Wednesday Drink Tickets

Drink Tickets - Thursday

Post Secondary Scholarship Recipient Support

Opening Breakfast

Conference App

Concurrent Session Room

Concurrent Session Room

Concurrent Session Room

Breakfast - Friday

BEST 2024 Exhibitors

14   AGAT Laboratories
20   Bureau Veritas
18   CARO Analytical Services
25   Chemco
15   Clean Harbors
5   ConeTec Investigations
4   Datanest
10   Drillwell Enterprises
2   Earth Drilling
26   ECO Canada
11   Element Materials Technology
3   Envirogreen Technologies Ltd.
22   ERIS - Environmental Risk Information Services
16   ESdat Software by EScIS
9   GeoScan Subsurface Surveys
7   Hoskin Scientific
1   Iron Creek Group Inc.
17   Milestone Environmental Contracting
6   Millenium EMS Solutions Ltd.
19   Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy
27   Omega Environmental Drilling
23   PANAQUA by McCue
13   Rice Earth Sciences
8   Summit Earthworks Inc.
24   Trace Associates Inc.
12   TRIUM Environmental Inc.

2024 BEST Activities

Golf at Nicklaus North!



SECURE is once again coordinating a non-tournament style golfing event for conference delegates at the beautiful Nicklaus North Golf Course.


Date: Friday, May 10

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

Rate: BEST Conference delegate rate is $99/per player (Registration deadline is April 29)

Note: Golf is now fully booked. If you’d like to be put on a wait list should a spot open up, please email

Thank you to SECURE for subsidizing the cost for all players!

Logistical details will be provided upon registration.

If you have any questions about the tournament, contact: Eric Distefano (

Mountain Bike Ride




Core6 Environmental would like to invite BEST 2024 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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