1A – Environmental Regulation & Compliance 2024: Practical Case Studies and What You Need to Know

April 23 – Course Agenda — Taking place in-person

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 25 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
Confirmed guest speakers
  • Claire Lingley, Associate, Bennett Jones LLP
  • Gordon Reusing, M.Sc., P.Eng., Principal, GHD
  • Julia Schatz, Partner, Bennett Jones LLP

April 23 – Course begins 9 AM

Introduction

What is Environmental Law (and why do I care)?
  • Sources — where does it come from, and where can I find it?
  • Due diligence? What’s all the fuss?
  • What is environmental, social, and governance (ESG) and why do I care?

Spills, discharges and environmental incidents
  • Key terms and concepts
  • Federal, Provincial and Municipal aspects/requirements
  • What is, and is not, a spill/discharge/release?
  • Prevention, reporting and mitigation
  • Practical case studies and tips to prevent liabilities

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

Key issues relating to waste
  • “Waste”, and its management
  • Practical case studies and tips to prevent/manage liabilities

Developments in environmental assessment
  • Ontario’s Environmental Assessment Act
  • 2023 challenge to the federal Impact Assessment Act

Regulation of chemicals
  • Information gathering and risk management under Canadian Environmental Protection Act (CEPA)
  • Emerging issues relating to contaminants

Enforcement of environmental laws
  • Recent trends — what you need to know to stay out of trouble!
  • Updates regarding charges, fines, administrative penalties, orders
  • Director and officer personal liability- what is it, and what’s new?
  • Managing enforcement actions (orders, charges)

Managing environmental liabilities
  • Due diligence revisited (it is that important!)
  • Practical case studies — what to do if an incident occurs (and before)
  • Training, procedures, government/public relations, legal advice

Question and answer period with all speakers

Course ends 4:30 PM

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