Welcome and Introduction by PBLI


Chairs' Welcome and Introduction


Andrea Akelaitis

Letcher Akelaitis LLP


Jason Wilkins

Hemmera Envirochem Inc.



2020 Case Law Update


Andrea Akelaitis

Letcher Akelaitis LLP


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



Questions and Discussion


Morning Break


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



Questions and Discussion


Land Remediation Section Update


Heather Osachoff

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



Questions and Discussion


Lunch Break


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)



Questions and Discussion


Afternoon Break


CSAP Society Perspectives


Duncan MacDonald

PGL Environmental Consultants


  • Recent CSAP developments and updates



Questions and Discussion


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



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