Agenda - November 17th, 2020

   9:00

Welcome and Introduction by PBLI

   9:05

Chairs' Welcome and Introduction

 

Andrea Akelaitis

Letcher Akelaitis LLP

 

Jason Wilkins

Hemmera Envirochem Inc.

 

   9:10

2020 Case Law Update

 

Andrea Akelaitis

Letcher Akelaitis LLP

 

  • A review of recent court and tribunal decisions affecting the field of contaminated sites

 

   9:50

Questions and Discussion

  10:00

Morning Break

  10:15

Contaminated Sites: The 3 Forums

 

Tony Crossman

Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

 

  • Civil liability and cost recovery for contaminated sites
  • Provincial remediation orders and matters before the Environmental Appeal Board
  • Federal and provincial liability and quasi-criminal prosecutions (Fisheries Act, etc.)
  • Similarities and differences between these forums: defending an action, using experts, evidentiary issues
  • Limitation issues in each forum

 

  11:00

Questions and Discussion

  11:10

Ministry Update

 

Daniel Grbavac

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

 

Kelli Larsen

Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy

 

  • Regulatory and legislative amendments recently introduced and under review
  • Procedural changes
  • Ministry priorities in 2020/2021

 

  11:50

Questions and Discussion

  12:00

Lunch Break

   1:00

Buying and Selling Contaminated Lands

 

Max Collett

Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

 

  • Strategies and approaches to avoiding legal challenges on contaminated sites acquisition or divestment
  • Environmental due diligence
  • Mitigating risks to the purchaser and vendor
  • Allocation responsibility for known and unknown environmental problems
  • Releases and indemnitites (SCC decision in Resolute)

 

   1:45

Questions and Discussion

   1:55

Afternoon Break

   2:10

ICSAP Society Perspectives

 

Duncan MacDonald

PGL Environmental Consultants

 

  • Recent CSAP developments and updates

 

   2:55

Questions and Discussion

   3:05

High Risk Sites
 

Guy Patrick

Patrick Consulting Inc.

 

  • What it means to be a high risk site
  • What your regulatory obligations are
  • High risk abandoned well sites and associated challenges
  • Navigating high risk through the regulatory processes

 

   3:50

Questions and Discussion
   4:00 Chairs' Closing Remarks - Program Concludes