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The Fall CANECT Essentials Conference will be taking place November 14-15, 2023 at The Venetian Banquet & Hospitality Centre, in Vaughan, Ontario. This hybrid event allows you to attend in-person or online through our digital Zoom platform.

For over 30 years, CANECT courses have met the needs of Canada’s environmental managers and professionals. Attend CANECT to keep up-to-date with new environmental regulations and expand your awareness and best practices. 

For help with employer approvals, see the CANECT Employer Approval Tips Letter as well as a sample Approval Request Letter.


CANECT’s practical professional development courses are designed to help you meet your environmental responsibilities.

  • Virtual access to course presentations
  • Receive a Certificate of Attendance featuring Continuing Education Credits (CECs).
  • Access leading experts for one-on-one solutions to specific compliance problems.
  • Demonstrate your organization’s commitment to environmental due diligence.
  • Take home valuable reference and guidance materials.
  • Update your knowledge of new regulations.
  • Connect with technology and service providers.
Course topics

Courses are lead by Canada’s leading environmental professionals and feature speakers from government agencies, industry and municipalities. Click here to see the Fall CANECT Essentials course listings.

CANECT course topics regularly cover:

  • Environmental Regulation and Compliance
  • Contaminated Sites
  • Excess Soils
  • Environmental Management Systems
  • Water & Wastewater: Regulation and Compliance
  • Environmental Emergencies & Spills
  • Due Diligence in Environmental Prosecutions
  • Air Quality Challenges
  • Climate Change
  • Environmental, Social and Governance

Course Programs

 Click the course titles below to see course agendas and speaker information.

CANECT Essentials Course Chairs

Click speakers to see bio information

Raimund Laqua

Lean Compliance Consulting

    Sarah Gilbert

    Bennett Jones LLP

      Len Griffiths

      Bennett Jones LLP


        Click to see guest speakers

        CANECT provides attendees with plentiful networking opportunities throughout the day including networking breakfasts, lunches and coffee breaks.


        What delegates say about CANECT

        “Attending my first CANECT conference allowed me to connect with industry experts…more importantly, it alerted me of new and applicable regulations.”
        Project Manager, Environmental AffairsSaputo
        “Wonderful experience; very valuable guidance and the information presented was pertinent to current and new environmental issues.”
        Operations Co-ordinatorThe Cannington Group
        “There really isn’t another forum for environmental professionals to get this breadth of exposure in a single event.”
        Manager, Environmental Management, SafetyMetrolinx

        Sponsor and Partners

        Sponsor opportunities for CANECT are still available. For more information, contact Denise Simpson at

        Networking Sponsor

        Nimonik - Regulatory and standards compliance management software company


        ACEC Ontario
        cbn logo
        ES&E Magazine logo
        Partners in Project Green Logo
        OACETT logo


        What is the difference between the Fall CANECT Essentials and the 2023 Spring CANECT Conference?

        The CANECT Environmental Compliance and Due Diligence Essentials Conference is a learning opportunity for those who were unable to attend the Spring CANECT 2023 conference this past May.

        Much of the course content for the November 14 Environmental Regulation & Compliance Essentials course is the same as the Spring event. If you have more questions, or want to learn more about what was covered in May, it would be good to attend.

        Additional courses will be announced. So stay tuned!

        What are the official dates of the Fall CANECT Conference?

        The Fall CANECT Essentials Conference will take place from November 14-15, 2023.

        Where is CANECT located?

        CANECT will be held at The Venetian Banquet & Hospitality Centre, 219 Romina Drive, in Vaughan, Ontario. Venue website:

        Is CANECT a virtual or in-person event?

        The Fall CANECT Essentials Conference will be held as a hybrid event, with attendees able to choose between either in-person or virtual participation. Course sessions will be live-streamed, however they will not be recorded.

        You can choose to attend either in-person or virtually. Attendees can switch between options until October 31, by contacting Fees may apply.

        Hotel information

        Novotel Toronto Vaughan Centre Hotel is approximately 1 km from the event venue. For more information, including a special rate, visit our Hotel Information page.

        Who should attend CANECT?

        Main Job Titles Of Past Canect Attendees

        Consultants, Directors, Engineers, Environmental Coordinators/Engineers/Officers, Environmental Health & Safety Coordinators/Managers/Specialists, Facility Managers, Maintenance Managers, Occupational Health & Safety Coordinators, Operators, Plant Managers, Spills Coordinators.

        What are the hours of CANECT?

        Registration opens:  8 AM

        Courses begin: 9 AM

        Lunch: 12 PM

        Courses finish: 4 pm –4:30 pm

        When is CANECT 2024?

        The 2024 CANECT Environmental Compliance and Due Diligence Training Event will take place April 23 – 25, 2024 in Vaughan, Ontario.

        I’d like to speak or suggest a speaker/topic for your next conference.

        If you have a suggestion for next year’s conference or would like to speak at CANECT, please contact us Peter Davey, Coordinator:

        How do I register for CANECT?

        Click here to see registration information. CANECT registration is provided by MicroSpec.

        Does CANECT offer group pricing?

        Yes! Register a second person to save 5% and a third (or more) to save 10%.

        For more group pricing information, contact Denise Simpson at: or 905-727-4666 ext. 21

        How do I become a sponsor of CANECT?

        For any questions, contact Denise Simpson, CANECT Show Manager.


        Phone: 905-727-4666 x.21

        Is there an exhibition or tradeshow at CANECT Essentials Conference?

        There is no tradeshow or exhibition at the CANECT Essentials Conference. We look forward to seeing our exhibitors in 2024 for the CANECT Environmental Compliance and Due Diligence Training Event in April 2024.

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         May 7May 8May 9
        Registration/Breakfast:8 a.m. – 9 a.m.8 a.m. – 9 a.m.8 a.m. – 9 a.m.
        Courses begin:9 a.m.9 a.m.9 a.m.
        Lunch:Noon – 1 p.m.Noon – 1 p.m.Noon – 1 p.m.
        Courses end:4:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.4:30 p.m.
        Exhibitor Zone:12 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
        Networking reception:4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.


        CANECT is pleased to offer shuttle service from the Novotel Toronto Vaughan Centre Hotel to the Venetian Banquet & Hospitality Centre. Look for a silver Toyota van with CANECT logos.

        Shuttle times:

        Tuesday, May 7
        Wednesday, May 8
        Thursday, May 9
        7:45AM – 8:15AM
        7:45AM – 8:15AM
        7:45AM – 8:15AM
        5:45PM – 6:15PM
        4:45PM – 5:15PM
        No return shuttle

        For questions contact Steve Davey: or 416-709-8702