Agenda - October 18th, 2018


Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chairs' Welcome and Introduction


Paul Cassidy

McCarthy Tétrault LLP


Greg Quandt

Hemmera Envirochem Inc.



2018 Case Law Update


Paul Cassidy

McCarthy Tétrault LLP


  • A review of recent decisions of the BC Supreme Court and Court of Appeal, as well as relevant tribunal decisions



Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Adjournment


Anatomy of a Contaminated Sites Dispute


Angela Juba

McCarthy Tétrault LLP


Eva Gerencher Cindy Ott

SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.


Jana McLean

BR Law


Janice Walton

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP


  • A unique look at contaminated sites litigation through a demonstration cross-examination of expert witnesses



Questions and Discussion


Networking Lunch


Buying or Selling Contaminated Lands: Mitigation and Avoidance of Unintended Liabilities


Kinji Bourchier

Lawson Lundell LLP


Owen James

McEwan Partners


  • Strategies and approaches to avoiding legal challenge on contaminated sites acquisition or divestment
  • The importance of language in PSAs: Real world experience



Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Adjournment


Professional Judgement: CSAP and MOE's Expectations


Duncan Macdonald

PGL Environment Consultants


Peter Reid

Hemmera Envirochem Inc.


Tara Siemens Kennedy



  • Issues surrounding the concept of "Professional Judgement"
  • How can CSAPs be better enabled to apply professional judgement?



Questions and Discussion


Ministry of Environment Update

Alan McCammon

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy


3:45 Questions and Discussion
3:55 Chairs' Closing Remarks
4:00 Program Concludes