Conference Program

Our 2018 program will include:



Session Title

8:00 AM

CBN Annual General Meeting
Learn about the programs and initiatives undertaken by the CBN this past year and where the organization is heading in the year to come.

8:30 AM


Speakers:  Marlene Coffey and Margie Carlson, Ontario Non-Profit Housing Corporation
Canada is facing an acknowledged affordable housing crisis. Can brownfields be part of the solution? Our keynote speakers will explore the linkages between affordability, social/non-profit housing and brownfields in an engaging and thought-provoking presentation.

9:00 AM

Emerging Technology
Speakers: Dr. Barbara A. Zeeb (Royal Military College of Canada), Dr. Silvia Mancini (Geosyntec Consultants), Dr. Parisa Jourabchi (Golder Associates), Bruce Tunnicliffe (Vertex Environmental)
Using the popular Peta Kucha format, this session offers rapid-fire discussions of the latest remediation technologies. This year, you'll learn about phytotechnologies and their role in remediation, electrokinetically-emplaced amendments to treat chlorinated compounds, natural source zone depletion and Quebec's experience with trap and treat.

10:00 AM

Networking Break

10:15 AM

Legal Update
Speaker: John Georgakopoulos (Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
Case law is always evolving. Join us for this discussion of recent and important changes in the interpretation of the law that will affect brownfields practice in the near future.

10:45 AM

Cross-country Check-up
Speakers: Kerri Skelly (BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy), Laurent Pilon (Réseau Environnement, covering Quebec), Krista Barfoot (Jacobs Engineering Group, covering Ontario) and Lisa Fairweather (Alberta Environment and Parks)
Always popular with Conference participants, this year's Check-up will focus on the changing regulatory landscape for excess soils. Learn about BC's new regulations, Ontario's pending guidelines and Quebec's soil tracing program.

12:00 PM

Networking Lunch

1:00 PM

"The Brownfields Industry in Canada: State of the Union" - CBN/Ryerson Research
Speakers: Angus Ross (L and A Concepts), Dr. Chris de Sousa and Reanne Ridsdale (Ryerson University); moderated by Grant Walsom (XCG)
It's been 15 years since the National Round Table on the Environment and the Economy (NRTEE) report and its 13 recommendations. In this session, you'll hear about the NRTEE background and CBN's role in moving its recommendations forward from Angus Ross, who chaired the Task Force. Following that will be a presentation from a Ryerson planning studio group on the state of brownfields policy in Canada. Then we'll learn about the CBN/Ryerson survey results, during which you'll discover how the brownfield community views the progress we've made and their views on what remains to be addressed.

2:15 PM

Networking Break

2:45 PM

Breakout Discussion Groups (including a working break)
This is the working part of the Conference. Participants will go into breakout groups to discuss the survey results and policy report. Each group will have one or more "challenge questions" to answer in light of the research findings, and will be tasked with identifying the next steps in moving Canada's brownfield agenda forward. The breakout groups will be facilitated.

3:45 PM

Charting the Future - Plenary Discussion
Facilitator: Todd Latham (Actual Media)
In this session, the culmination of the day, we will regroup, review and discuss the recommendations of the breakout groups, agree on the priority issues to be addressed to ensure brownfield reuse will be the preferred solution for developers (even more so than now), and define what CBN's role could be in making this happen.

4:30 PM

HUB Awards
Join us as we celebrate individual excellence in brownfields through the presentation of the 3rd Annual HUB Awards. Who will be acknowledged?

5:30 PM

Networking Reception at JOEY Restaurant

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