3C – Managing Water & Wastewater Issues


2018 Preliminary 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 a spill from a manufacturing facility resulting in management and employees preparing themselves for trial.

Attendees will take away valuable lessons for the practical application in identifying, managing and mitigating environmental compliance risks in their workplace.

Course Co-Chairs

Julie Abouchar, Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP | Rosanna DiLabio, Pinchin Ltd.


9:30 AM

Water & Wastewater Regulatory Framework in Ontario

Overview of the legislation governing water and wastewater in Ontario. Discussing updates on provincial, federal and municipal regulation of water.


Case Study Introduction

Participants will be introduced to a case study featuring Glazed, a mid-sized family run food industry business operating in Toronto. Glazed 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.


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, Glazed, to discharge water, and to take water in Toronto.


Source Protection Policies

Participants will be provided an update on Source Protection Policies, Risk Management Orders and enforcement. Participants will be invited to assess what Source Protection Policies apply to Glazed’s operations.


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, Glazed identify potential violations and deal with an unexpected spill event.


Environmental Investigations

Participants will learn about their rights and responsibilities during an environmental enforcement investigation. Participants will role play investigations, learning about dos and don’ts and managing different investigation styles.


Personal Environmental Liability

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 Glazed.


Defending Your Actions: Due Diligence

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


Closing Remarks


5:00 PM

End of session


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