1A – Environmental Regulation & Compliance Essentials: Practical Case Studies and What You Need to Know

November 15 – 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 24 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
Guest Speakers
  • Gord Reusing, GHD
  • Julia Schatz, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Venetia Whiting, Bennett Jones LLP

Course begins 9 AM

Introduction to environmental law
  • What is environmental law (and why do I care)?
  • Sources of environmental law
  • Important terms and concepts
  • Due diligence
  • Understanding and managing compliance

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

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

Key issues relating to waste and water
  • Water approvals/municipal requirements
  • Key issues for waste management
  • Practical case studies and tips to manage liabilities

Important and emerging federal initiatives
  • Regulation of Toxic Substances under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)
  • Environmental Emergency (E2) and Emergency Planning
  • CEPA reform
  • Releases (CEPA, Fisheries Act, Migratory Birds Convention Act)

Managing environmental liability
  • Due diligence revisited (will never leave you)
  • Practical case studies: What to do if an incident occurs
  • Training, procedures, government/public relations, legal advice

Enforcement of environmental laws

  • Recent trends: What you need to know to stay out of trouble
  • Updates regarding charges, fines, administrative penalties and orders
  • Key issues regarding director and officer personal liability
  • Managing enforcement actions (orders, charges)

Question and answer period with all speakers

Course ends 4:30 PM

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EVENT SCHEDULE

8 AM: Registration opens

9 AM: Courses begin

12 PM: Lunch

4:30 PM: Courses finish