Co-Chairs

Andrea Akelaitis, Partner, Letcher Akelaitis LLP, Vancouver, BC. Ms. Akelaitis has acted as advisor and co-counsel on many of British Columbia’s contaminated sites matters including before the Environmental Appeal Board on behalf of the successful party in Seaspan ULC v. Director, Environmental Management Act and Domtar Inc. et al. Ms. Akelaitis works in air and odour management regulatory issues and in a range of issues related to recycling and waste management. She acted as co-counsel in the leading Canadian odour management, decision West Coast Reduction Ltd. v. District Director of the Greater Vancouver Regional District (BC Environmental Appeal Board). Ms. Akelaitis also works in permitting, compliance, defending environmental prosecutions and environmental assessment regulatory and litigation issues. She appeared as co-counsel in the BC Environmental Appeal Board case Worthington MacKenzie Inc. and Daniel Alexander White v. Director, Environmental Management(January 19, 2010). Ms. Akelaitis has also had significant experience working in foreign tort issues concerning environmental law matters. Ms. Akelaitis has acted for a range of Canada’s leading corporations, and in 2014 Ms. Akelaitis acted for the Nisga’a Nation in litigation involving important Aboriginal law and environmental law issues. Ms. Akelaitis has appeared before all levels of British Columbia Courts. Together with Mr. Letcher, she acted for the successful plaintiff in a leading case related to “economic force majeure” in the context of a contract for the supply of caustic soda.

   

Peter Reid, M.Eng., P.Eng., CSAP, MBA, Vice President, Site Assessment and Remediation, Hemmera Envirochem Inc., Vancouver, BC. Peter Reid has completed over 1400 environmental projects, including some of the largest in Western Canada. He has developed an excellent working relationship with other consultants, the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, and the overall environmental industry. As a CSAP, Peter has completed over 40 submissions and as an expert witness Peter has completed 50 expert witness reports for legal proceedings in a variety of claims within five Canadian Provinces. Peter is a past President of CSAP. He has won several awards over his career for contributions to the field of Contaminated Sites Remediation and Redevelopment.

   

Faculty

Kinji Bourchier, Partner, Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver, BC. Kinji’s primary practice areas include complex commercial and civil litigation with a focus on contractual disputes, environmental remediation claims, product liability claims, shareholder and transactional disputes, and business torts. Kinji has a focused practice in the field of environmental remediation cost-recovery claims and contaminated site litigation. He regularly appears as lead counsel in the British Columbia Supreme Court, has appeared as lead counsel in the British Columbia Court of Appeal, and has appeared before several administrative tribunals. Kinji is repeatedly recommended as a Leading Practitioner for Environmental law in Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and has been recognized as a Litigation Star for General Commercial and Energy and Natural Resources litigation in British Columbia in Benchmark Canada: The Guide to Canada’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys; for Environmental law in Best Lawyers in Canada; and received a Lexpert Rising Star Award in 2013.

   

Max Collett, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP, Vancouver, BC. Max Collett is a leading real property, planning and environmental lawyer with a keen interest in the development of sustainable cities. Mr. Collett provides timely and practical advice to public and private sector clients on a diverse range of projects, including the remediation and re-development of industrial brownfield sites, development of healthcare-related facilities, complex mixed-use strata developments and commercial joint ventures on First Nations lands. He regularly assists on property, environmental and Indigenous consultation-related matters for public infrastructure and institutional projects, including those undertaken pursuant to public-private partnerships. Mr. Collett advises commercial and industrial clients on all aspects of regulatory compliance with environmental laws. He is a contributing editor to numerous property and environmental law publications. Mr. Collett has held numerous senior management positions at his firm, including past executive, vice-chair of the business law group and the chair of the environmental law practice group.

   

Peggy Evans, Manager, Risk Assessment and Remediation, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Victoria, BC. Peggy is a hydrogeologist by training and has been working in the field of contaminated site remediation for 26 years; in private consulting, in the federal government and with the province of BC for the past 20 years. Peggy's work with the province spans: development of policy and legislation; technical review and regulatory decision-making on a wide range of sites, including the former Nexen chlor-alkali site in Squamish, the Britannia Mine Site and the Teck Smelter site in Trail; oversight and collaboration with the Contaminated Sites Approved Professional process; and current program management.

   

Tony Gillett, P.Eng., CSAP, Senior Environmental Engineer, SNC-Lavalin Inc., Burnaby, BC. Tony Gillett is a Senior Environmental Engineer at SNC-Lavalin where he has held senior roles in project technical leadership, project management and operations management. His project experience includes site investigation, remediation, facility closure and waste management planning and monitoring activities at a wide variety of active and idle commercial and industrial facilities with complex development and operating histories (e.g., metal mines, smelters, rail yards, power stations, petroleum storage facilities and refineries, and marine facilities). Tony was appointed to the Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy roster of Approved Professionals in 2004 and is the current president of the board of directors for the Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals Society of BC (CSAP).