The Hazardous Waste & Environmental Response Conference is scheduled for November 25th & 26th at the Mississauga Convention Centre in Mississauga, Ontario. The event is co-hosted by the Ontario Waste Management Association and Hazmat Management Magazine.
This 2-day conference provides an essential and timely forum to discuss the management of hazardous waste and special materials, soils and site remediation, hazmat transportation, spill response and cutting-edge technologies and practices. Valuable information will be provided by leading industry, legal, financial and government speakers to individuals and organizations that are engaged in the wide range of services and activities involving hazardous and special materials.
Attendees can expect an informative and inspiring learning and networking experience throughout this unique 2-day event. Session themes provide an essential and timely forum to discuss the management of hazardous waste and special materials, soils and site remediation, hazmat transportation, spill response and cutting-edge technologies and practices.
As the only event of its kind in Canada, delegates will receive valuable information from leading industry, legal, financial and government speakers who are actively engaged in a wide range of services and activities involving hazardous waste and special materials.
Company owners, business managers, plant managers, environmental professionals, consultants, lawyers, government officials and municipalities – all will benefit from the opportunity to learn, share experiences and network with peers.
MONDAY, NOVEMBER 25 – GENERAL SESSIONS
8:00 am – Registration
8:45 am – Opening and Welcome Address
9:00 am – 9:40 am
OPENING KEYNOTE – Lessons Learned from Hazmat Incidents
Jean Claude Morin, Directeur General, GFL Environmental Inc.
Dave Hill, National Director Emergency Response, GFL Environmental Inc.
Jean Claude and Dave will discuss lessons learned from hazmat incidents in Canada, including, train derailments, truck turn-overs, and hazardous materials storage depot explosions. This presentation will also provide an overview of some of the more serious incidents in Canada and discuss the valuable lessons learned regarding best practices in hazmat response.
9:40 am – 10:10 am
Legal Reporting Requirements
Paul Manning, LL.B., LL.M, Certified Specialist in Environmental Law and Principal, Manning Environmental Law
Paul will provide an overview of the Canadian federal and Ontario legislation as it relates to the reporting requirements in the event of a hazmat incident and/or spill. Included in the discussion will be an examination of the case law related to hazmat incidents and failure to report.
10:10 am – 10:45 am – Refreshment Break
10:45 am – 11:15 am
Hazmat and Spill Response Actions and the Utilization of Countermeasures
Kyle Gravelle, National Technical Advisor, QM Environmental
Kyle will be speaking on hazmat and spill response actions and countermeasures to prevent contamination. Included in the presentation will be real-world examples of incidents in Canada and advice on preparations and hazmat management.
11:15 am – 12:00 pm
PANEL DISCUSSION: Utilization of New Technologies for HazMat Emergency Response
Moderator: Rob Cook, CEO, OWMA
James Castle, CEO & Founder, Terranova Aerospace
Bob Goodfellow, Manager, Strategic Accounts & Emergency Response, Drain-All Ltd.
Ross Barrett, Business Development/Project Manager, Tomlinson Environmental Services Ltd.
The hazmat and environmental response sector is quickly evolving. During this discussion, panelists will share their experiences on new technologies and methodologies for the management of hazmat and environmental incidents and provide advice on what companies should do to be better prepared for hazmat incidents.
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm – Luncheon Speaker
From Hacking to Hurricanes and Beyond – The New Era of Crisis Communications
Suzanne bernier, CEM, CBCP, MBCI, CMCP, President, SB Crisis Consulting, Founder & Author of Disaster Heroes
During any crisis, communicating effectively to all key stakeholders is key. This session, delivered by a former journalist and now award-winning global crisis communications consultant, will look at the evolution of crisis management and crisis communications over the past 15 years. Specific case studies and lessons learned from events like the recent terror and mass attacks across North America, as well the 2017 hurricane season will be shared, including Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico communications challenges and successes. The session will also review traditional tips and tools required to ensure your organization can communicate effectively during any crisis, while avoiding any reputational damage or additional fall-out that could arise.
1:35 pm – 2:15 pm
Fire Risk in Hazmat and Hazardous Waste Facilities – The Impact and Organizational Costs
Ryan Fogelman, Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, Fire Rover
Fire safety is an important responsibility for everyone in the hazardous materials & waste sector. The consequences of poor fire safety practices and not understanding the risk are especially serious in properties where processes or quantities of stored hazmat and waste materials would pose a serious ignition hazard.
In an effort to prevent fires and minimize the damage from fires when they occur, owners, managers and operators of hazmat and related facilities will learn about fire safety and how to develop plans to reduce the risk of fire hazards.
- Data and statistics on waste facility fire incidents
- Materials and processes that create a fire risk
- Planning and procedures to reduce fire risk
- Tools and practices to detect, supress and mitigate fire damage.
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Implementation of Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR) in Ontario – Treatment Requirements & Associated Costs
Erica Carabott, Senior Environmental Compliance Manager, Clean Harbours Inc.
The field of hazardous waste management in Ontario is complex and places an onus on all parties involved, including, generators, carriers, transfer and disposal facility operators. Initiatives such as pre-notification, mixing restrictions, land disposal restrictions, recycling restrictions and the requirements of the Hazardous Waste Information Network (HWIN) all add to the cumbersome task. The Landfill Disposal Restrictions (LDR) place responsibilities on generators and service providers alike. This presentation aims to navigate the implementation of LDR in Ontario, with specific emphasis on the Clean Harbors Sarnia facility to accommodate LDR treatment and the significant costs associated with it.
2:45 pm – 3:15 pm – Refreshment Break
3:15 pm – 4:00 pm
New Requirements on the Shipment of Hazardous Goods – Provincial, Federal and International
Eva Clipsham, A/Safety Policy Advisor for Transport Canada
Steven Carrasco, Director, Program Management Branch, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP)
Current federal and provincial frameworks for regulating the movement of hazardous waste and materials are currently undergoing change. Manifesting systems are being upgraded and refocused as electronic systems that will provide efficiencies to both generators and transporters. Learn about the current federal and provincial systems and the changes that are anticipated to be implemented in the near future.
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm – All attendees are invited to attend the Tradeshow Reception!
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 26
8:30 am – Registration
8:45 am – Opening & Welcome Address
9:00 am – 9:45 am
Management of contaminated sites & increasing complexity and cost
Carl Spensieri, M.Sc., P.Eng., Vice President Environment, Berkley Canada (a Berkley Company)
This presentation will explore the various elements contributing to the increasing complexity and cost of managing contaminated sites. Carl will examine emerging risks and speak to potential strategies we can use to mitigate them. This presentation will also highlight opportunities for conference participants to offer new services that help owners of contaminated sites best respond to existing and emerging challenges.
9:45 am – 10:10 am – Refreshment Break
TRACK 1: HAZARDOUS WASTE GENERATION, TRANSPORTATION, TREATMENT AND DISPOSAL
10:15 am – 10:55 am
A National Perspective on the Hazardous Waste
Michael Parker, Vice President, Environmental Compliance, Clean Harbours Inc.
Hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the hazardous waste, hazmat and emergency response sector from an industry leader with a national view. The industry is evolving and the business fundamentals are ever changing. Government administrative and technical burdens are increasing and the volume of hazardous waste is declining – what will the future hold?
11:00 am – 11:40 am
PANEL DISCUSSION: Hazardous Waste & Special Materials – Transportation & Transit Challenges
Jim Halloran, Regional Manager, Heritage – Crystal Clean Inc.
Doug DeCoppel, EH&S Manager, International Permitting and Regulatory Affairs, GFL Environmental Inc.
Frank Wagner, Vice President Compliance, Safety-Kleen Canada Inc.
This panel will discuss key transportation issues and compliance challenges faced by hazardous waste generators and service providers, including significant changes to the documentation, labelling, packaging, emergency planning, and reporting requirements for hazardous waste and special materials shipments resulting from updated regulations and proposed initiatives. The panel will also review key considerations when selecting service providers to manage hazardous waste and special materials.
Topics included in this discussion: E-manifests (provincial and federal – lack of e-data transfer capabilities), HWIN fees (300% increase in fees but no increase in service), Transboundary Permits (lack of e-data transfer capabilities), container integrity and generator awareness.
11:45 am – 12:25 pm
Factors Influencing Treatment and Disposal Options for Hazardous Waste in Ontario
Ed Vago, Director of Operations, Covanta Environmental Solutions
Dan Boehm, Director of Business Development, Veolia ES Canada Industrial Services Inc.
Learn about the many recycling, treatment and disposal options for hazardous waste and hazardous materials in Ontario. Hear about the regulatory and operational factors to consider when deciding on the best management approach.
TRACK 2: SITE REMEDIATION
10:15 am – 10:55 am
Soils – Dig and Dump vs. On-Site Remediation: Factors to Consider & Case Studies
Devin Rosnak, Senior Client Manager & Technical Sales Manager, Ground Force Environmental
D. Grant Walsom, Partner, XCG Consulting Limited, Environmental Engineers & Scientists
Mark Tigchelaar, P. Eng., President and Founder of GeoSolv Inc.
Developers of brownfield site are faced with decisions around how to manage excavated soils. Impacted soils and soils with hazardous characteristics as tested at the site of generation can be managed through on-site remediation, or can be removed from the site to a variety of remediation and/or disposal options. Learn about the key options and factors that contribute to determining the optimum approach to managing soils.
11:00 am – 11:40 am
The Legal Framework for the Management of Contaminated Sites and Materials
John Tidball, Partner, Specialist in Environmental Law, Miller Thomson LLP
The management of contaminated sites and related materials, including soils, are constrained by both regulatory and legal framework. Hear from a legal expert with unparalleled experience about the regulatory and legal issues that all developers/excavators transporters and service providers should be aware of as the legal liabilities in this area can be significant.
11:45 am – 12:25 pm
Anaerobic Bioremediation & Bioaugmentation – from the Lab to the Field
Dr. Elizabeth Edwards (Professor), Dr.Luz Puentes Jacome, Dr. Olivia Molenda, Dr. Courtney Toth, Dr. Ivy Yang (all Post doctoral fellows in the lab), Chemical Engineering & Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
Together with her Post-Doctoral team, Dr. Edwards will present an overview of anaerobic bioremediation and bioaugmentation with some examples from their research and its application to the field.
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
CLOSING KEYNOTE & LUNCHEON SPEAKER
Andrea Khanjin, MPP Barrie-Innisfil, Parliamentary Assistant, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MOECP)