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2B – Environmental Issues: Air Quality, Climate Change, and Decarbonization

April 24 – Course agenda — Taking place in-person

Course Description

This popular course is constantly being updated to deliver Canada’s most authoritative guide to complying with federal, provincial, and municipal rules governing industrial air emissions and avoiding associated liability. As climate change mitigation and adaptation are also impacting the management of air quality emissions, how companies are developing transition strategies for decarbonization, sustainability, and greenhouse gas reduction will also be explored.

Course Co-Chairs
  • Matt Costigane, Senior Air Quality Engineer, RWDI
  • Matt Downey, Parklane Mechanical
  • Andrew Hejnar, MSc, P.Eng., CEM, CEA, CRM, CPEnMS, SEP PV
  • Raul Morales, Ash Grove Cement Company
  • Amanda Spitzig, Associate Lawyer, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
  • Jacquelyn Stevens, Partner, Certified Specialist in Environmental Law, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
  • Annik White, Technical Director, Associate Principal, RWDI
  • Mike Williams, Vice President | RWDI, Co-Founder | ClimateFirst Building Solutions

April 24 – Course begins 9 AM


Environmental Risk and Liability Management

  • Overview of regulatory regime air, noise, and odour emissions
  • Environmental liability exposure
  • Managing environmental liability

Speaker: Jacquelyn Stevens or Amanda Spitzig, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Air Quality Reporting – Programs and Model Changes

  • New models and their applications
  • Annual reporting requirements

Speaker: Matt Costigane, RWDI

GHG reporting and verification

  • Scopes 1, 2, and 3 emissions and significance of each
  • Provincial and Federal (OBPS) GHG Reporting Requirements
    • Ontario proposes regulatory amendments
    • A few other changes in Canada

Speaker: Annik White, RWDI

Impacts of encroachment to industrial facilities – protecting your buffers: A case study

Speaker: Matt Costigane, RWDI

Monitoring data and its role in compliance and community engagement

Speaker: Brad Bergeron, RWDI

Abatement plans and achieving compliance

  • Noise emissions: Abatement plans and achieving compliance
  • Case study: “Executing on the impossible”

Speaker: Matt Downey, Parklane Mechanical


Climate change legal updates

  • Climate change regulatory updates
  • Climate related reporting
  • Climate change litigation

Speaker: Jacquelyn Stevens and Amanda Spitzig, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Adapting to New Realities: ClimateFirst’s Role in Transforming Built Environment Resistance

  • Learn about leveraging cutting-edge technology to assess and manage physical climate risks, enabling informed decision-making in an era of climatic uncertainties.
  • Gain insights into how a unique Climate Value at Risk (CvaR) KPI can quantify climate-related vulnerabilities translating complex climate data into actionable intelligence for strategic investment in building resilience.

Speaker: Mike Williams, RWDI


Decarbonization and Resiliency – Company drivers, where to focus, strategies, and opportunities

Speaker: Mike Williams, RWDI 

Decarbonization and Energy Efficiency: A Path to Sustainable Growth

  • Gain insights into the latest advancements in decarbonization and energy efficiency.
  • Learn how your organization can adopt renewable energy sources and reduce its carbon footprint.
  • Discover how to transform your energy, industry, transport, and building to achieve sustainable growth.

Speakers: Andrew Hejnar

Industry Experience / Decarbonization Case Study

Speaker: Raul Morales, Ash Grove Cement Company

Question and Answer Period

Course ends 4:30 PM

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