BEST 2020 (Virtual)

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology
October 28 & 29, 2020 

BEST 2020 is a Wrap!

Thank you to all who participated in Virtual BEST 2020. We hope you found the presentations interesting and informative. PDF versions of the presentations (where we have permission) are posted in the Speaker section of the website.

We look forward to seeing you all in person at BEST 2021 in May, if it’s safe to gather once again.

Take care and stay well.



Whistler, BC

Fairmont Chateau Whistler

4599 Chateau Blvd, Whistler, BC V0N 1B4

BEST 2020 is taking place on-line only. However, the Fairmont Chateau Whistler will be honouring the special conference rates over the dates we had originally moved our Conference to: October 17 – 27, 2020.

Rates start at $220/night (plus taxes & resort fee).

Please call the in-house Reservations Department at 1-800-606-8244 to make your reservation and identify yourself as being part of the “BEST 2020 Conference” or group code ‘’1020BEST_004” in order to receive the group rates.

2020 Conference Program

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

Welcome Remarks
Kate Branch, President, BCEIA


Federal/First Nations


1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

Successful Local and Indigenous Engagement to Complete a Northern Remediation Program
Doug McMillan, SNC-Lavalin & John Hibbard, Tervita

1:40 pm - 1:50 pm

Ten Minute Break

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm

Socio-Economics & Indigenous Engagement at Y Jetty & Lang Cove Sediment Remediation Project, Esquimalt, BC
Eric Pringle & Gavin Domitter, Milestone Environmental Contracting

2:20 pm - 2:30 pm

Ten Minute Break

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Shaping the Victoria Harbour Floor Project with Indigenous Traditional Knowledge and Use
Deanna Higginson, Hemmera & Fiona Wong, Transport Canada

3:00 pm - 3:10 pm

Wrap Up Remarks

1:00 pm - 1:10 pm

Opening Comments




1:10 pm - 1:40 pm

Federal Contaminated Sites Action Plan Phase IV – Program of Work
Raman Birk, PSPC

1:40 pm - 1:50 pm

Ten Minute Break

1:50 pm - 2:20 pm

From Site Profiles to Site Disclosure: Revamping the Identification of Contaminated Sites in BC
Kelli Larsen, MOE

2:20 pm - 2:30 pm

Ten Minute Break

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

UNDRIP: An Indigenous Legal and Regulatory Perspective
Jim Kew, Musqueam Nation

3:00 pm - 3:10 pm

Closing Comments

Conference Registration

BEST 2020

Registration Closed


BCEIA Member Rate

$0 (Complimentary)

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 2020 Sponsors

Thank you to our BEST 2020 Conference Sponsors!
If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities in 2021, 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 - Available

Breakfast - Thursday

Breakfast - Friday


Conference App

Drink Tickets - Wednesday

Drink Tickets - Thursday

BEST 2019

Memories from our 2019 Conference

2018 BEST Conference

Memories from our 2018 Conference

2017 BEST Conference

Memories from our 2017 conference

2016 BEST Conference

Memories from our 2016 conference.

2015 BEST Conference

Memories from our 2015 conference.

2014 BEST Conference

Memories from our 2014 conference.