2C – Preparing for and responding to, spills and environmental emergencies

Janet Bobechko

2017 Course Chair: Janet Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

Janet Bobechko is a senior partner with Norton Rose Fulbright LLP. She is a Certified Specialist in Environmental Law by the Law Society of Upper Canada and is a “repeatedly recommended” practitioner in Environmental Law in the Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory. Click here for full bio.

2017 Guest Speakers

Shannon Seko, Spills Action Centre, MOECC | Sharon Walker, City of Vaughan | Christine Spence, Norton Rose Fulbright | Cliff Holland, Spill Management Inc.

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Begins at 9:30 AM


Spills-related legislation and best practices
Janet L. Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright

An overview of federal and provincial regulatory framework and the impact of recent cases in determining best practices.

Spill reporting and interacting with the Spills Action Centre
Shannon Seko, Manager, Spills Action Centre, MOECC

  • Spill reporting obligations
  • What happens when you call the Spills Action Centre
  • Working with the Ministry’s field response

Open Discussion


Emergency planning for hazardous materials: A cooperative approach
Sharon Walker, City of Vaughan

  • City of Vaughan’s Emergency Planning program practices of working in cooperation with the hazmat sector.
  • Joint emergency planning initiative.
  • Dealing with unique issues (tornadoes; TDG Directives; subway construction etc.)
  • Emergency planning; planning tools for business and industry.
  • Exercises and drills

New federal Environmental Emergency Regulations
Christine Spence, Norton Rose Fulbright

  • Context; rules governing environmental emergencies.
  • Who does it effect? What do you need to do to comply?
  • Impacts on industry.

12:10 – 2:00 p.m. LUNCH & TRADESHOW (includes keynote speakers)


Spill response: Legal cautions and strategies
Janet L. Bobechko, Norton Rose Fulbright

  • Responding diligently to regulatory investigations;
  • Effective due diligence and Information management best practices;
  • Fines, sentences and environmental penalties (EPs);
  • Recent cases: Compensation for spill damages under s.99 of the Environmental Protection Act

Designing and conducting drills and exercises of E2 and facility emergency plans in coordination with municipalities
Sharon Walker, City of Vaughan

  • E2 exercise planning
  • Scenarios – Industrial accident
  • Evaluation
  • Lock-down rules and procedures

WHMIS 2015 “essentials” for emergency planning and response
Cliff Holland, Spill Management Inc.

  • Introduction to Canadian WHMIS – 2015, Safety Data Sheet (SDS),
  • World Globally Harmonized System, (GHS)… (Standard)
  • Identification on Supplier Labels
  • Personal Protective Equipment: – for routine, emergency disaster Events
  • Safety-Data-Sheet, (SDS) –16 Chemical Sections
  • Hazard classes and pictograms for worker-safety, labels and containers, 
classifications of physical hazard for health and spill control.

WHMIS – 2015: Effective ‘Corporate to Field’ planning & control
Cliff Holland, Spill Management Inc.

  • The role of senior management and ultimate responsibility
  • Environmental Management System requirements for ER plans.
  • Designating an in-house emergency response team.
  • Classification – Incidents, emergencies, disasters.
  • Developing location-specific response procedures and guidelines.
  • Identifying ‘time critical issues’ and the ‘hierarchy of events’.
  • Establishing a capacity to ‘size up’ safety and danger factors.
  • Interface with ER services, regulatory agencies and contractors.
  • Approach, Secure, Identify, Assess, and Respond (ASIA-R).

Finishes at 5:00 PM

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