3C – Water & Wastewater Regulation and Compliance 2019

Preliminary Course Agenda

May 9, 2019
Course Description

Join us for an update on water and wastewater legislation, and 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 discharge into water during a construction project, 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.



Course begins 9 AM

Water & wastewater regulatory framework in Ontario

Overview of the legislation governing water and wastewater in Ontario

  • Provincial legislation: Recent changes to Provincial regulations and legislation governing water and wastewater in Ontario
  • Federal legislation: Recent updates on changes to Federal regulations and legislation governing water and wastewater in Ontario.

Case study introduction

Participants will be introduced to a case study featuring the Municipality of Maple Falls, a mid-sized municipality in central Ontario, and Down the Drain Inc., a family-run watermain construction company.

Maple Falls and Down the Drain Inc. run 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 municipality’s and 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 our case study municipality, Maple Falls, and case study company, Down the Drain Inc., to construct in water, discharge into water and to take water, as well as ongoing compliance responsibilities following the initial approvals.


The discharge, violations and reporting

Participants will be updated on reporting obligations and take part in an interactive session about legal obligations for managing discharges and reporting. Participants will apply the law to assist our case study municipality, Maple Falls, and our case study company, Down the Drain Inc., to identify potential violations and deal with an unexpected discharge event.


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.


Charges and 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 case study discharge event.


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 Maple Falls, Down the Drain Inc., their employees and agents against this standard.


Closing Remarks and Q&A

Course ends 5 PM

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