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

November 14 – 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 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.

If you missed the CANECT Conference this Spring, this course is an excellent opportunity to learn about, and refresh your knowledge of, environmental regulations and liabilities.

Course Chairs
Guest Speakers

Course begins 9 AM

  • Why are we here, where are we, and where are we going?
  • Tell me what I need to know, and make sure it’s current!

Speaker: Len Griffiths, Bennett Jones LLP

What is Environmental Law (and why do I care)?
  • Sources of environmental law: Where does it come from, and where can I find it?
  • Key terms and concepts
  • Due diligence? What’s all the fuss?
  • Understanding and managing compliance

Speaker: Len Griffiths, Bennett Jones LLP

Spills, discharges and environmental incidents
  • Federal, provincial and municipal aspects and requirements
  • What is, and is not, a spill/discharge/release?
  • Key issues related to water and wastewater
  • Prevention, reporting and mitigation
  • Practical case studies and tips to prevent and manage liability

Speaker: Sarah Gilbert, Bennett Jones LLP

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

Speaker: Gord Reusing, GHD

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

Speaker: Sarah Gilbert, Bennett Jones LLP

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

Speakers: Sarah Gilbert and Julia Schatz, Bennett Jones LLP

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

Speakers: Len Griffiths and Julia Schatz, Bennett Jones LLP

Managing environmental liabilities
  • Due diligence revisited (it’s that important!)
  • Practical case studies: What to do if an incident occurs (and before)
  • Training, procedures, government/public relations, legal advice
  • What is Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) and why do I care?

Speaker: Len Griffiths, Bennett Jones LLP

Question and answer period with all speakers

Course ends 4:30 PM

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8 AM: Registration opens

9 AM: Courses begin

12 PM: Lunch

4:30 PM: Courses finish