2C – Dealing with Spills and Environmental Emergencies


Course Description

Environmental emergencies can result in a nightmare scenario for the unwary manager who must now consider risks associated with climate change in addition to dealing with more common spills, leaks and discharges that can prompt unwanted ministry investigations; fines and penalties; and damage community relations. Attend this course to be sure of your responsibilities; implement measures to increase resiliency; avoid liability; and encourage proactive best practices.

Course Chair

Janet Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Guest Speakers

Sat Anand, Anco Chemicals Inc. and Chair Toronto North CAER | Carol Aziz, Ramboll Environ Inc. | Sue Kemball-Cook, Ramboll Environ Inc. | Dr Blair Feltmate, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation | Cliff Holland, Spill Management Inc. | Rob Reid, Environment and Climate Change Canada | Shannon Seko, Spills Action Centre, MOECC | Sharon Walker, City of Vaughan

Course begins 9 AM

Environmental Emergencies: Proactive Strategies – Planning to respond to tomorrow’s emergencies today


Risk assessment – modelling climate change-related risks and emergencies for industries and municipalities

Sue Kemball-Cook and Carol Aziz, Ramboll Environ Inc.


Adaption and resilience strategies for business and municipalities

Dr Blair Feltmate, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation


Complying with the new federal E2 regulations
  • Environmental Emergency (E2) Regulations and their intent
  • Requirements and reporting under the current E2 Regulations.
  • New E2 Regulations, timing, additional substances, key changes, and new reporting system

Rob Reid, Environment and Climate Change Canada


Planning – Best practices in building and maintaining an effective and responsive E2 plan
  • Prevention of, preparedness for, response to, and recovery from, Environmental Emergencies
  • Benefits of involvement in E2 planning
  • Success stories and testing of an E2 plan
  • Public notification

Sat Anand, Anco Chemicals Inc.


Practice – organizing meaningful E2 exercises and drills
  • E2 Exercise Planning
  • Conducting E2 Exercises
  • Evaluating Exercises
  • What-If: Planning/Exercising for Other Emergencies

Sharon Walker, City of Vaughan


Spills, Leaks and Discharges
Current requirements: Practical Responses and Due Diligence Strategies for Dealing with Spills, Releases, Leaks and Discharges


Reporting spills, leaks and discharges: Compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Overview of environmental emergency and spills related legislation under CEPA; TDGA; Fisheries Act; Ontario EPA; etc.
  • Spills, leaks and discharges (odours; gas; water; noise and air (dust); smoke; explosion and fuel spill; chemical spill; acid mist; oil)
  • What must be reported, to whom

Janet Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


Reporting to the Spills Action Centre (SAC) and other agencies
  • What SAC does and where it fits in with other organizations

Shannon Seko, Spills Action Centre, MOECC


Cautionary tales:
  • Avoiding liabilities
  • Cases resulting from a failure to report
  • Trends in enforcement

Janet Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP


Practical Spills Response
  • WHMIS 2015 and the coming GHS: Essential information for first responders
  • Crisis management for chemical spills
  • Emergency Spill Response Plans – ASIA-R method
  • Incident command system – Schemata

Cliff Holland, Spill Management Inc.

Course ends 5 PM

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