Upcoming Environment Industry Events

BEST 2017 Conference

Bettering Environmental Stewardship & Technology Conference (BEST 2017)

May 10-12 , 2017 | Fairmont Chateau Whistler | Whistler, BC
2017 Photo Gallery Now Online

BEST 2017 took place May 10th to 12th at the Fairmont Chateau Whistler in Whistler, BC. Thank you to the sponsors, partners, presenters and exhibitors that helped make our fourth annual conference such a success!

Over 185 delegates attended two days of programming with sessions and panel discussions on a variety of topics, including:

  • Provincial Regulatory Sessions – BC Ministry of the Environment
  • Site Investigation/Remediation
  • Environmental Monitoring
  • First Nations
  • Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Brownfield/Contaminated Sites Management
  • Legal
  • Municipal/Industrial Concerns
  • Emergency Spill Response
  • Remediation Technologies
  • Mining
  • Water Treatment

Visit the new BEST Conference website to download the 2017 Presentations!


Upcoming Environmental Industry Events

Remediation Technologies Symposium 2017 (RemTech™ 2017)

October 11-13, 2017 | Banff, AB

RemTech™ 2017 is the premier remediation technology transfer event for environmental professionals, encompassing the latest innovations in soil and groundwater remediation.

Building on the overwhelming success of last year’s event, RemTech™ 2017 is expected to exceed the standards set by its predecessor. Offering a larger, more diversified program, with additional keynote speeches and networking sessions, this is an event you won’t want to miss! Early Bird Registration

British Columbia Perspectives: Special BCEIA Sponsored Session at RemTech™ 2017

At the request of ESAA, the BCEIA is organizing a special session at RemTech™ 2017. The British Columbia Perspectives session is scheduled to take place Thursday, October 12th at 2:00 PM. Member organizations will be presenting the following abstracts –

  • Hemmera: Better planning and preparation: Lessons learned from spill response and how to improve the outcome
  • Gowling WLG LLPLatest Developments on How Remediation Affects Environmental Sentencing
  • Golder Associates: Evaluating Natural Source Zone Depletion at Petroleum Hydrocarbon Sites – New Toolkit of Technologies
  • Ivey International Inc.Surfactant Enhanced Extraction to Expedite Remediation of a Carbon Tetrachloride Source Zone at an Active Grain Elevator Facility

Coast Waste Management Association 2017 Annual Conference:
“Changing Times, Changing Minds”

October 18-20, 2017 | Victoria, BC

“Changing Times, Changing Minds” will bring together over 250 waste and recycling professionals to network and explore leading edge topics that affect the waste management, recycling and organics sector today. This year’s conference will feature two experts renowned for their work on behaviour change, a cornerstone of sustainable and healthy communities – Dr. Doug McKenzie-Mohr and Ruben Anderson. Registration

Fourth Annual BCEIA Victoria Luncheon

Friday, October 20, 2017 | Union Club | 805 Gordon Street, Victoria, BC
Registration 11:45 am | Lunch at 12 noon with presentations to follow

Featured Presenters

Duane Freeman, MA, BSc., Dipl. Tech.
Formation Safety and Environment Officer,
Maritime Forces Pacific at Department of National Defence

Jeff Miller, P.Eng
Director of Engineering and Public Works,
Township of Esquimalt

Learn More about the Speakers and Presentations
Registration – Sponsorship Opportunities

7th Annual Zero Waste Conference

November 1, 2017 | Vancouver, BC

Eliminating waste and creating value are essential pillars in a new way of doing business and developing policy – a new norm of addressing waste in every sector of our lives. The 2017 Conference will showcase on a global and local scale how we can:

  • reimagine linear systems of production and consumption with waste prevention and the circular economy in mind
  • advance organizational change and collaborate across sectors to develop new solutions and approaches
  • embrace new ways of thinking, innovation, and disruption to address barriers and intractable problems
  • benefit from this emerging opportunity – whether you are a business, government, or community sector leader Registration

Erosion and Sediment Control Association of British Columbia (ESCA BC)
2017 Conference

November 8-9, 2017 | Coquitlam, BC

This year’s conference theme is “Changing Landscapes” – a reflection of the rapid evolution of design solutions and field applications for effective erosion and sediment control on BC’s construction sites.
Join BC’s ESC professionals, along with expert speakers and industry service providers for two days of sessions, exhibitor displays, networking and more. The Call for Speaker Proposals closes September 15, and a few exhibitor booths are still available. More Information


Indigenous Affairs and Business Relationships 101

Thursday, November 9, 2017 – 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

British Columbia Institute for Technology (BCIT) | Townsquare C | Burnaby, BC

Join us for this specially facilitated workshop presented by Kory Wilson, Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives & Partnerships, BCIT.

Learn about indigenous issues related to:

  • Place and space of indigenous people in Canada
  • Current reality
  • Legacy of colonization
  • Indian Act
  • Doing business with indigenous peoples
  • Q&A

For more information, please contact Kate MacDonald at info@bceia.com. Net proceeds from this event will be used to develop a scholarship fund for aboriginal students at BCIT. Light refreshments will be served. Space is limited for this special event – register online!

EMA of BC: Climate Extremes in BC – A New Environmental Reality

Thursday, November 16, 2017 | BCIT Downtown | Vancouver, BC
Registration opens at 2:30 PM – Session runs from 3 to 5 PM


  • Lilian Zaremba, Metro Vancouver
    “Climate Projections for Metro Vancouver”
  • Steve Litke, Fraser Basin Council
    “Implications of Rising Sea Levels and the Risk of Flooding in the Fraser River Basin”
  • Bob Gray, forest fire expert,
    “True Cost of Wildfires and Why Building Wildfire Resilience is Our Best Option”

Registration and More Information

Join us at the BCEIA Winter Social following the session!

BCEIA Winter Networking Social

Thursday, November 16, 2017 | 4:30 to 9 PM | Vancouver, BC

Join the British Columbia Environment Industry Association for its annual Winter Networking Social – one of our most popular events of the year! Registration is limited to BCEIA and EMA Members in good standing. Please email Kate MacDonald at info@bceia.com for more information.

Registration – Sponsorship Opportunities


Western Canada Cleantech Forum

November 29-30, 2017 | Winnipeg, MB

The Forum will consist of morning plenary sessions, and keynote speakers, including Dr. Thomas Homer-Dixon, author of Carbon Shift: How the Twin Crises of Oil Depletion and Climate Change Will Define the Future and Terry O’Reilly, Host of CBC Radio’s ‘Under the Influence’. The program will also include a pitch competition for cleantech products and services, and concurrent technical sessions.