- Andrea Akelaitis, Partner, Letcher Akelaitis LLP
- Bruno Thielmann, Principal, REDEFINE Development
- Aimee Brisebois, Risk Assessment Officer, Land Remediation Section, Ministry of Environment
- Patrick Johnstone, Councillor, City of New Westminster
- Jim Malick, Executive Vice-Presdent, SLR Consulting
For more information on the Omnibus, please see Provincial Webinars here.
Changes are coming to B.C.'s Contaminated Sites Regulation.
Effective November 1st, 2017, these new regulations could potentially impact your projects significantly. Under the new regulation, some standards are more stringent, while some are less stringent. Please join us for breakfast on April 5th to hear from our expert panel, who will help guide you through the challenging complexities of the new Contaminated Sites Regulation, and help you determine how the regulations will affect your projects.
Read the Ministry of Environment's update on the regulations here.
- An introduction to upcoming changes to Contaminated Sites Regulation
- Input from experts on the effects of these changes
- An opportunity to ask policy-makers and experts questions
ANDREA AKELAITIS, Partner - Letcher Akelaitis LLP
Andrea Akelaitis provides advice and representation on a full range of environmental and regulatory matters and has acted as advisor and co-counsel on many of British Columbia's contaminated sites matters. Ms. Akelaitis is recognized for environmental law in Best Lawyers in Canada 2017. She has authored and presented "Provincial Environmental Law, Regulations and Policy" and "Groundwater, Regulation and Quality Control".
BRUNO THIELMANN, Principal - REDEFINE Development
Over the past almost 40 years, Bruno has played a key role in many of the largest development projects in the Greater Vancouver Area as well as the provinces of BC and Alberta. His experience in multi-family, commercial and industrial land developments have contributed to a broad expertise in optimizing the value of the lands he has developed. Bruno became involved in Brownfield development with the 84-acre 'Pacific Link Industrial Park', dredging sand directly from the Fraser River for flood-proofing; this experience has led to continued remediation and redevelopment projects. Bruno has advised and worked with the Ministry on the provincial Brownfield Renewal Strategy and often speaks at Contaminated Sites conferences, representing the developers perspective to the regulators and practitioners.
GLYN FOX, Head, Science and Standards - Land Remediation, Ministry of Environment
Dr. Glyn R. Fox is Head of Science and Standards, Land Remediation Section. Glyn’s group develops environmental quality standards, human health and ecological risk assessment methodology, science-based policy and guidance in support of several different ministry groups and programs, in addition to the Land Remediation Section. Glyn also represents the Environmental Protection Division on several provincial, national and international scientific committees and organizations. Since beginning his career with the ministry in 1989, Glyn has been intimately and extensively involved in virtually all aspects of the Contaminated Sites program.
PATRICK JOHNSTONE, Councillor - City of New Westminster
Patrick Johnstone is a Professional Geoscientist who works in environmental protection and contaminated sites, helping municipalities manage environmental liability. He is also a first-term City Councillor in New Westminster, after a long history of volunteering and building conversations in BC's most historic City. He is currently the UBCM representative on the Board of the Society of Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals of BC, serves on the Metro Vancouver Utilities Committee, and on the board of the Community Energy Association. He is a blogger and vocal advocate for more sustainable communities and evidence-based decision making.
JIM MALICK, Executive Vice-Presdent - SLR Consulting
Dr. Malick is based in Vancouver and has over 44 years of experience in a wide range of environmental assessments. Jim conducts contaminated site investigations, remediation and risk assessments for industrial and natural resource development projects, including remote and complex sites in western and northern Canada, and internationally. He is the founding President of the BC Society of Contaminated Sites Approved Professionals (credentialing body for Approved Professionals in BC) and is immediate past Chair of the Canadian Environmental Accreditation Commission for Eco Canada established for accreditation of post-secondary environmental education programs in Canada. Jim was recently appointed to the Sustainable Development Advisory Council by Environment Canada Minister. He is chair of the Environment Committee of the Pacific Region Urban Development Institute.