2C – Dealing with Environmental Emergencies and Spills

Course Agenda

May 13, 2020
Course Description

Environmental emergencies can result in a nightmare scenario for the unwary manager who must now also consider risks associated with climate change.

New federal Environmental Emergencies (E2) Regulations, as well as proposed changes to ERAP provisions under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations (both scheduled to take full effect on March 1, 2020), reflect the importance of planning for community resilience and business continuity. In addition to natural disasters, industrial spills, leaks and discharges can have equally devastating consequences resulting in unwanted ministry investigations; prosecutions, fines and penalties.

Attend this course with your spills response team to be sure of your responsibilities; avoid potential liabilities; and encourage proactive teamwork approaches and best practices.

Course Chair

Janet Bobechko, Senior Partner, Certified Specialist (Environmental Law), Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP

Speakers
  • Jenna Anne de Jong, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Ron Azarkiewicz, Regional Manager, International Bulk Services
  • Kathryn Bakos, Director, Climate Finance and Science, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation
  • Spencer Buckland, President, Emergency Response Assistance Canada
  • Brian Culp, Platoon Chief, Vaughan Fire and Rescue
  • Carol Koh, National Manager, Emergency Management & Environmental Response Services, QM Environmental
  • Alain Normand, Emergency Manager, City of Brampton
  • Rob Read, Senior Program Officer Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Sharon Walker, Manager, Emergency Planning, City of Vaughan

Course begins 9 AM


Environmental emergencies: Adaptation and resilience strategies for businesses and municipalities

Speaker: Kathryn Bakos, Director, Climate Finance and Science, Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation


Natural disasters risk assessment: Modelling climate change-related risks and emergencies for industries and municipalities

Speaker: Alain Normand, Emergency Manager, City of Brampton


Complying with the new federal Environmental Emergencies (E2) Regulations – Update
  • An update related to the Environmental Emergency Regulations, 2019 (in effect March 1, 2020)
  • Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC) tools to support compliance with E2 Regulations

Speaker: Rob Reid, Senior Program Officer, Environmental Emergency Regulations, Environmental Emergencies Program, Environment and Climate Change Canada


Pre-planning process for high hazard sites
  • Using a city facility as an example, the presentation demonstrates the importance of collaborating with ER services in advance and the positive outcomes it creates

Speaker: Brian Culp, Platoon Chief, Vaughan Fire and Rescue


A collaborative approach to dangerous goods emergency management
  • Regulations amending Emergency Response Assistance Plan provisions in the federal Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations that take effect on March 1, 2020
  • An organizational overview of Emergency Response Assistance Canada
  • The importance of ER planning, including annual tabletops and exercises
  • How geospatial tools such as ArcGIS can be used in emergency preparedness and response

Speaker: Spencer Buckland, President, Emergency Response Assistance Canada


Spills response & E2 planning: A facility perspective
  • Hazardous materials spill and E2 response planning and preparation in a complex hazmat materials loading and unloading cargo facility

Speaker: Ron Azarkiewicz, Regional Manager, International Bulk Services, CN


Reporting spills, leaks and discharges: Compliance with regulatory requirements
  • Overview of spills related legislation under the Fisheries Act; the Ontario Environmental Protection Act; TSSA, 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 and when

Speaker: Jenna Anne de Jong, Senior Associate, Norton Rose Fulbright


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

Practice: Collaborating to develop E2 public education and exercise
  • Tips and tricks for E2 public education pieces
  • Conducting and evaluating exercises
  • Leveraging municipal expertise

Speaker: Sharon Walker, Manager, Emergency Planning, City of Vaughan


Personal and corporate liability: Cautionary tales for supervisors and managers
  • Avoiding personal and corporate liabilities: Case history red flags
  • Common pitfalls and how to avoid them

Speaker: Janet Bobechko, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP


Panel discussion:  Key take-aways, lessons learned and best practices

An opportunity hear about the reality of “boots on the ground” followed by a panel discussion including earlier speakers.

Speaker: Carol Koh, National Manager, Emergency Management & Environmental Response Services, QM Environmental


Question and answer period

Course ends 5 PM

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