3B – Air Quality and Climate Change

Course Agenda

Course Description

This popular course delivers Canada’s most authoritative guide to complying with federal and provincial rules governing industrial air emissions, while avoiding associated liability and nuisance issues resulting from emissions of poor air quality, odour, dust and noise. As the environment we work in continues to evolve, industry faces emerging challenges with respect to climate change, GHGs, and the circular economy.

This course offers an overview of these items from the current regulatory framework and provides insight on how Industry can position themselves to minimize future financial risk.

Course Co-Chairs

Brad Bergeron, Vice President, Industry, RWDI | John Georgakopoulos, Partner, Certified Environmental Law Specialist, Willms and Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

  • Melissa Annett, RWDI
  • Carl Bender, Dürr Megtec
  • Matt Downey, Parklane Mechanical Acoustics
  • Kirk Easto, RWDI
  • Susan Lower, RWDI
  • Gatlin Smeijers, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
  • Carl Spensieri, Berkley Canada
  • Jacquelyn Stevens, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
  • Brian Sulley, RWDI
  • Julie Tartt, Mantle314 Inc.
  • Joanna Vince, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
  • Annik White, RWDI

Course begins 9 AM

Regulatory compliance update: Air regulation and reporting

Environmental risk and liability management
  • Regulatory regime for air, noise, and odour emissions
  • Environmental liability exposure
  • Managing environmental liability

Speaker: John Georgakopoulos and Joanna Vince, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Changes to standards/modelling
  • Updates to NO2 & SO2 standards
  • Changes to model versions (AERMOD, ASHRAE)
  • Changes to meteorological datasets

Speaker: Brian Sulley, RWDI

MSAPR – Multi-Sector Air Pollution Reduction
  • Testing for MSAPR regulation (CEMS)
  • Part 3 Cement Industry emission limits

Speaker: Kirk Easto, RWDI

Case study: Ambient monitoring real-time and forecasting
  • Field measurements at industrial and construction sites
  • Real-time alerts and notifications
  • Data reporting, forecasting

Speaker: Brad Bergeron, RWDI

Nuisance impacts: Particulate, odour and noise

Legal impacts of nuisance
  • Statutory nuisance
  • Common law nuisance
  • Case law update

Speaker: Jacquelyn Stevens, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

Overview of new air pollution control technologies
  • Triggers for when controls are needed: What is new on the market?
  • How to select most appropriate technology for your application
  • Case study: aligning emissions reduction with cost-effective control technology

Speaker: Carl Bender, Dürr Megtec

Understanding implementation of noise control
  • Noise control options
  • Factors affecting noise control design and overall project cost
  • Recommendations when implementing a noise abatement program

Speaker: Matt Downey, PARKLANE Mechanical Acoustics

Preparing for climate change, risk, and the circular economy

Environmental management in a circular economy
  • Circular economy & producer responsibility – What is the connection?
  • Mega trends and what industry will face
  • Full producer responsibility regulatory landscape and its impact

Speaker: Susan Lower and Melissa Annett, RWDI

Climate change legal updates
  • Recent climate change civil litigation
  • New guidance on climate change related risk
  • Ontario’s emissions performance standards (EPS) (O. Reg. 241/19)

Speaker: Gatlin Smeijers, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP

GHG reporting and reduction strategies
  • Scope 1, 2, and 3 emissions and importance of each
  • Federal (OBPS) and provincial GHG reporting requirements
  • GHG reduction opportunities

Speaker: Annik White, RWDI

Drivers to understand and manage climate-related risk and opportunities: Focus within Canada and Ontario
  • Finance, climate change, and business survival
  • Understanding climate risk disclosure – Does it impact your company?
  • Harnessing climate-related opportunities to stay ahead of your competition

Speaker: Julie Tartt, Mantle314 Inc.

Climate change and insurance
  • What risks do underwriters worry about?
  • Mitigation strategies
  • Risk transfer (aka insurance)
  • ESG/climate change insurance products

Speaker: Carl Spensieri, Berkley Canada

Panel discussion – Preparing for the future: Climate change, risk, and the circular economy

Panelists: Julie Tartt, Carl Spensieri, Gatlin Smeijers, Susan Lower, Melissa Annett and Annik White

Question and answer period

Course ends 5 PM

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