1A – Environmental Regulation & Compliance 2020: Practical Case Studies

Course Agenda

Course Description

A practical, updated case study-based session on current and future trends in environmental regulation in Ontario and Canada, chaired by Len Griffiths and Sarah Gilbert of Bennett Jones LLP’s Environmental, Health & Safety Law Group.

For more than 23 years, this course has provided Canada’s leading update and overview on environmental compliance for both seasoned environmental professionals and those new to environmental responsibilities.

Course Chairs

Len Griffiths, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP | Sarah Gilbert, Counsel, Bennett Jones LLP

Guest Speakers

Susan Lower, Technical Director & Senior Team Leader, RWDI | Ceilidh Mulder, Associate, Bennett Jones LLP | Gord Reusing, Principal, GHD | Julia Schatz, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP | Venetia Whiting, Associate, Bennett Jones LLP

Course begins 9 AM

Introduction to environmental law

Spills, discharges and environmental incidents
  • What is and is not a spill/discharge?
  • Managing regulators: Federal, provincial and municipal
  • Prevention, reporting and mitigation
  • Practical case studies and tips to manage liability

Enforcement of environmental laws

  • Key trends: What you need to know to stay out of trouble
  • Key updates regarding fines, administrative penalties and orders
  • Key issues regarding director and officer personal liability
  • Practical cases to manage interactions during enforcement actions

The regulation of air, odour, noise and GHG emissions in Ontario
  • ECAs / EASRs
  • Air Regulation 419/05
  • Noise and vibration
  • GHG developments in Ontario

Key issues relating to the regulation of waste and water
  • Practical case studies and tips for compliance and managing liabilities; potential opportunities
  • Developments in excess soil
  • Key issues/case studies for water approvals, including municipal requirements

Producer responsibility: Recycling and recovery
  • The Circular Economy Model
  • Full producer responsibility – what will it look like?
  • Cross Canada checkup: How will it impact you?
  • Reporting, audit, penalties/interest for non-compliance
  • Canada’s Plastics Action Agenda: Provincial action plan

Managing environmental liability
  • What is due diligence?
  • Practical case studies: What to do if an incident occurs
  • Training, procedures, government/public relations, legal advice

Hot topics
  • Me, personally liable?
  • What is control and why is it important?
  • And more!

Question and answer period

Course ends 5 PM

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