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3C – Dealing with Environmental Emergencies and Spills

April 25 – Course Agenda — Taking place in-person

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, Partner, Certified Specialist in Environmental Law, WeirFoulds LLP

Guest speakers to-date
  • Luke Greco, Environment and Climate Change Canada
  • Dan Humphrey, Climate Change Advisor, WSP Canada
  • Mark Jasper, Technical Director – Emergency Management, Principal, GHD
  • Afeefa F. Karim-Nasir, Senior Manager, Spills Action Centre, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Nick Lymer, Supervisor, Spills Action Centre, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Shannon Marceau, Claybar Contracting
  • Gerry Parrot, P.Geo., QPESA, Founder, BlueFrog Environmental Consulting

April 25 – Course begins 9 AM

Natural Disaster Risk and Resilience Management: Integrating Climate Change Related Risks into Emergency Response Planning
  • Understanding climate change and climate projections
  • Identifying common climate risks for municipalities and industrial facilities
  • Evaluating climate risk evaluation and who should be involved
  • Incorporating climate risk into existing risk management practices

Speaker: Dan Humphrey, WSP Canada


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

Speakers: Afeefa F. Karim-Nasir and Nicholas Lymer, Spills Action Centre, Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks


Reporting spills, leaks and discharges and cautionary tales
  • Inspections and investigations
  • Case law Review and Update
  • Trends in enforcement

Speaker: Janet Bobechko, WeirFoulds LLP


Complying with the new federal Environmental Emergencies (E2) Regulations: Regulatory and consulting perspectives

This presentation will offer a unique perspective on the Environmental Emergencies Regulations, 2019, from both the regulatory and consulting side. It will focus on E2 exercises (full-scales specifically coming up starting mid-2025), public notifications, and other regulatory requirements. It will also cover client examples and engaging local authorities.

  • Overview of the E2 Regulation
  • Common approaches to E2 Plan development using the ECCC guidelines
  • E2 exercises
  • Creating 5 year exercise plans to meet the E2 Regulations
  • Exercise Anatomy – How to plan, develop, facilitate, and evaluate meaningful exercises
  • Engaging local safety authorities
  • Public notification
  • Implementing and communicating your E2 Plan – Leveraging your investment in preparedness
  • Public Safety Authority (PSA) portal access/overview
  • Question period

Speakers: Luke Greco, Environment and Climate Change Canada and Mark Jasper, GHD


Regulatory Inspections and Investigations in the Aftermath of Environmental Emergencies

Speakers: Gerry Parrott, BlueFrog Environmental Consulting and Shannon Marceau, ClayBar Environmental Contracting


Wrap-up and Closing Comments

Course ends 4:30 PM

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