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 (May 9, 2013). 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, March 8, 2010). Ms. Akelaitis also works in permitting, compliance, defending environmental prosecutions and environmental assessment regulatory / litigation issues. She appeared as co-counsel in the B.C. 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 (Domtar v. Univar, 2011 BCSC 1776).

   

Jason Wilkins, Vice President, BC/YT Region, Site Assessment and Remediation, Hemmera Envirochem Inc., Vancouver, BC. Jason Wilkins is a Senior Environmental Scientist and Business Leader with Hemmera. He has over 18 years of experience in environmental science, and is a Professional Agrologist and Certified Canadian Environmental Practitioner. Jason has extensive knowledge of environmental science applications including contaminated sites investigation and remediation. His skills relate specifically to investigation and assessment design and implementation; contaminant characterization; contaminant fate and transport assessment; remedial design and installation; audit recommendations; public consultations; regulatory liaison; and project management.

   

Faculty

Max Collet, 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 Nation 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 contributing editor to numerous property and environmental law publications. Mr. Collett has held numerous senior management positions, including past executive, vice-chair of the business law group and the chair of the environmental law practice group.

   

Tony Crossman, Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, Vancouver, BC. Tony is a leading expert in Canadian environmental law who assists with identifying and managing environmental risks, providing advice on day-to-day operational issues, and solving complex issues. His work specifically includes advising on environmental regulation and management, corporate compliance and due diligence, and litigation matters. Tony’s experience includes work in the energy, mining, natural resources and forestry sectors as well as manufacturing, real estate, municipal, waste management and transportation.

   

Danielle Grbavac, Director of the Land Remediation Section, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Victoria, BC. Danielle has 18 years of experience working in environmental science, including marine geoscience, climate change, and contaminated sites, both for the provincial and federal government. In her current role as Director of the Land Remediation Section with the Ministry, Danielle leads a diverse team of more than 30 professionals responsible for oversight of high risk site remediation, site risk classification as well as the development of policy for legislative and regulatory change and related guidance for BC’s contaminated sites program.

   

Kelli Larsen, Senior Policy Analyst, Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, Surrey, BC. Kelli Larsen is a senior policy analyst with the Ministry of Environment and Climate Changes Strategy’s Land Remediation Section, leading the policy work to amend the legal regime for identifying contaminated sites in BC. Kelli also worked for 14 years with the Ministry as a statutory decision maker for site profiles, administering discharge authorizations and writing Ministry policy documents such as fact sheets, administrative guidance and protocols.

   

Duncan MacDonald, Vice President, PGL Environmental Consultants, Vancouver, BC. Duncan is an accomplished environmental engineer (P.Eng.) and ultimate frisbee world champion (retired). Duncan’s career has focused on contaminated sites assessment and remediation, helping clients acquire regulatory approval for contaminated sites. He is one of the most active Approved Professionals with BC’s Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (CSAP) Society for regulatory submissions (70+) and is currently Vice President of the CSAP Society. Duncan makes relentless use of common sense with technical and regulatory issues.

   

Guy Patrick, Managing Director, Patrick Consulting Inc., Salt Spring Island, BC. Mr. Patrick is a contaminant hydrogeologist and environmental engineer with over 35 years of experience in the assessment and remediation of contaminated sites in soil, sediment and bedrock environments. As Managing Director of Patrick Consulting Inc. and a Contaminated Sites Approved Professional in BC, Mr. Patrick’s expertise includes strong technical review and project oversight, with a focus on the development of innovative approaches in the assessment and clean-up of contaminated sites. As a senior technical specialist, he provides leadership in the investigation and remediation of complex industrial and landfill sites in freshwater and tidally-influenced environments. Mr. Patrick also provides technical training via in-class courses and webinars through GeoEnviroPro, as well as technical review and litigation support on a number of projects in Canada, the US and overseas.