September 16, 2022 - Other News

Berkley Canada Environmental Conference


Agenda and Program

Tuesday, September 20th, 2022

8:00am Breakfast

9:00am Sessions Begin

12:00pm Lunch

3:00pm Sessions End

Toronto Region Board of Trade, Lennox Hall.

77 Adelaide St. West, Toronto, ON

Registration: email

Subject Line: “I'm interested in the Environmental Conference!”

A registration link will follow.

Summary of Conference

Overview of Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) for Canadian Businesses

ESG factors have become key considerations for investors locally and globally.

ESG signals a move by lenders and investors towards companies and projects that promote positive environmental, social, and corporate governance initiatives.

This presentation will provide an overview of ESG, explain some of the benefits arising from ESG, and set out some of the associated risks and liabilities.

Climate Change – How does it impact Canadian Businesses

This presentation will explore why climate change matters to businesses and what Canadian businesses are doing to manage risk, climate impact, target setting and disclosure.

It will offer a framework addressing how companies get started on integrating climate risk into their businesses and provide better disclosures to stakeholders.

Indigenous Inclusion in the Environment Sector

This surface examination will provide attendees with the language required to pursue further, self directed learning opportunities.  Topics to be examined include:

  • Language and Distinction Based Approaches to Indigenous understanding
  • What is the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC)
  • What is the United Nations Declaration and of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) and Free, Prior, Informed Consent
  • What is the Duty to Consent and Accommodate (e.g., the difference between engagement and consultation)
  • Relationship building with Indigenous People of Canada

Excess Soils - Practical applications of soil tracking Software to mitigate owner liability in soil movement

Excess soil management is evolving across Canada.  This presentation will outline how proper implementation of soil management software can reduce exposure to liability when importing or exporting soil.

By leveraging chain of custody tracking and previous site delineation, proponents can mitigate costs in secondary soil testing while ensuring all soils entering or leaving a property is properly characterized.

Environmental Insurance

In these sessions, attendees will have the opportunity to learn about:

  • Environmental Insurance 101: why it exists, what it covers, and what products are available in the Canadian marketplace.
  • What is new: a discussion focusing on new covers and emerging risks
  • How to ensure your Construction Project or Property Acquisition is properly insured against environmental liabilities.

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