Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chairs' Welcome and Introduction


Andrea Akelaitis

Letcher Akelaitiss LLP


Peter Reid

Hemmera Envirochem Inc.



2019 Case Law Update


Andrea Akelaitis

Letcher Akellaitis LLP


  • A review of recent decisions from the BC Supreme Court, BC Court of Appeal, and tribunals



Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Adjournment


Expert Evidence in Contaminated Sites


Kinji Bourchier

Lawson Lundell LLP


Thomas Boyd

Lawson Lundell LLP


  • Use of experts and expert reports in contaminated sites disputes
  • Cross-examination tips and tricks



Questions and Discussion


Soil Relocation


Peter Reid 

Hemmera Environment Inc.


  • Soil relocation regulations: What happens now that there are no soil relocation standards?
  • What to know, who to notify to relocated soil
  • Contaminated soil relocation agreements (CSRA) don't exist anymore - what replaces them?



Questions and Discussion


Networking Lunch


Buying and Selling Contaminated Lands


Max Collett

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP


  • Solicitor strategies and approaches to avoiding legal challenges on contaminated sites acquisition or divestment
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Mitigating risk to the purchaser and vendor
  • Allocation of responsibility for known and unknown environmental problems
  • Releases and indemnities



Questions and Discussion


Refreshment Adjournment


CSAP Society Perspectives

Tony Gillett

SNC-Lavalin Inc.


  • Updates to the Professional Governance Act, new protocols and guidance
  • How is the process working from CSAP's perspective?
  • Other CSAP developments



Questions and Discussion

   3:40 Ministry Update

Peggy Evans

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy


  • Regulatory and legislative amendments recently introduced and under review
  • Policy developments and directions
  • Ministry priorities in 2019/2020


   4:30 Questions and Discussion
   4:40 Chairs' Closing Remarks 
   4:45 Program Concludes