3A – Water & Wastewater Regulation and Compliance 2023: An interactive case study

May 11 – 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 obtaining approvals and responding to a spill from a manufacturing facility, including managing environmental liability. The session will explore public participation tools, First Nation engagement, and consideration of the impact of new development proposals on operations. Attendees will take away valuable lessons for the practical application in identifying, managing and mitigating environmental compliance risks in their workplace.

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Course begins 9 AM

Water & wastewater regulatory framework in Ontario

Overview of the legislation governing water and wastewater in Ontario.

Speaker: Julie Abouchar, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Case study introduction

Participants will be introduced to a case study featuring Outlaw Brewing Co., a mid-sized family run brewery operating in Brewville. Outlaw Brewing Co. 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.

Speaker: Rosanna DiLabio, ERCO Worldwide

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, Outlaw Brewing Co., to discharge water, and to take water in Brewville as well as ongoing compliance responsibilities following the initial approvals.

Speakers: Linda Byron, Blue Heron Environmental

Participation in development proposals

Participants will consider a scenario in which a new residential development is proposed next to the plant requiring new water and wastewater systems. We will review avenues available to the company to participate in the development and environmental assessment aspects, and mitigate future land use conflicts. Participants will also consider obligations under the Environmental Bill of Rights.

Speakers: Julie Abouchar, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

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, Outlaw Brewing Co. identify potential violations and deal with an unexpected spill event.

Speakers: Rosanna DiLabio, ERCO Worldwide

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.

Speakers: Bianca Salive, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP et al.

Charges and personal environmental liability, and defending your actions: Due diligence

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

Speakers: Bianca Salive, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP; Rosanna DiLabio, ERCO Worldwide

Closing remarks and question & answer period

Course ends 4:30 PM

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