2B – Water & Wastewater Regulation and Compliance 2022: An Interactive Case Study

 Course Agenda

Course Description

Join us for an interactive session that will walk participants through a case study designed to outline the regulatory framework around managing and troubleshooting common water and wastewater issues.

The session will focus on the application of information presented by subject matter experts to the fictional scenario of a spill from a manufacturing facility resulting in management and employees preparing themselves for trial. Attendees will take away valuable lessons for the practical application in identifying, managing and mitigating environmental compliance risks in their workplace.

Course Chairs

Julie Abouchar, Partner, Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP | Rosanna DiLabio, Senior Client Manager, Pinchin Ltd.


To be announced

Course begins 9 AM

Water & wastewater regulatory framework in Ontario

Overview of the legislation governing water and wastewater in Ontario. Updates on provincial, federal and municipal regulation of water.

Case study introduction

Participants will be introduced to a case study featuring Chocology, a mid-sized family run chocolate shop operating in Toronto. Chocology runs afoul of water laws in Ontario. Throughout the day, participants will be invited to role play, assess the application of water law, and analyze the company’s compliance.

Water and wastewater approvals

Participants will be provided with an update on municipal and provincial water approvals. In an interactive session, participants will be invited to assess what approvals are required for the case study’s company, Chocology, to discharge water, and to take water in Toronto as well as ongoing compliance responsibilities following the initial approvals.

Conservation authorities and endangered species

Participants will be provided with an update on changes to the Conservation Authorities Act and introduced to applicable endangered species law. Participants will be invited to assess what laws apply to Chocology’s operations.

The spill, violations and reporting

Participants will be updated on reporting obligations and take part in an interactive session about legal obligations for managing spills, and reporting. Participants will apply the law to assist our hypothetical company, Chocology identify potential violations and deal with an unexpected spill event.

Environmental investigations

Participants will learn about their rights and responsibilities during an environmental enforcement investigation. Participants will role play investigations, learning about do’s and don’ts and managing different investigation styles.

Charges and personal environmental liability

Participants will be updated on environmental liability for Directors and Officers, employees and consultants, and apply the law to hypothetical Directors, employees, consultants and contractors involved in the spill at Chocology.

Defending your actions: Due diligence

Participants will be updated on the legal defence of due diligence, and be invited to evaluate the evidence about actions of Chocology, its employees and agents against this standard.

Closing remarks and question & answer period

Course ends 5 PM

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