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Monday, June 5, 2017

Course Offerings:

Overview of Contaminated and Hazardous Waste Site Management
Principles of Contaminant Hydrogeology
Soil Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
Environmental Chemistry Made Easy For Site Investigation
Practical Model Applications for Risk Assessment and Site Remediation
Groundwater Modeling

Gareth Owen
is the President of GOwen Environmental Limited and has spent the last twenty seven years training other environmental professionals in the discipline of contaminated and hazardous waste site management. Mr. Owen has managed over 600 contaminated sites including site and risk assessments, remedial plan development and expedited site closures for sites contaminated with hydrocarbons, chlorinated solvents, heavy metals, and radioactive waste. He has worked on and provided technical and/or managerial support to clients on over 3,700 sites worldwide. He has managed and provided program and project support on contaminated site investigations and remediation for soil, water, and sediment in every jurisdiction and at every level of government in the provinces and territories of Canada, and advised private and public sector clients on similar issues worldwide. He has worked with and instructed most regulatory agencies in Canada responsible for contaminated and hazardous waste site management.

His decision in 2001 to no longer participate in the investigation or the remediation of contaminated sites as a consultant or contractor, ensures the provision of sound and unbiased technical and managerial support to all his clients. It also ensures no conflict of interest with any environmental consulting or contracting firm providing contaminated site management services. Mr. Owen's principal responsibilities have included providing support to government agencies and multinational corporations in managing large and complex environmental programs and projects. His principal experience relates to contaminated site project management and closure as well as environmental program management. Mr. Owen will provide a detailed overview of Contaminated and Hazardous Waste Site Management.

Dr. Ken Howard, University of Toronto, is a certified and chartered hydrogeologist, with broad experience in all aspects of groundwater resource evaluation, management and protection. As Director of the Groundwater Research Group at the University of Toronto, he has worked on numerous applied projects in Canada, U.K., the West Indies, equatorial Africa and Australia. He has published over 50 articles on topics that range from numerical flow modeling and contaminant migration to environmental isotopes and borehole geophysics. Dr. Howard will cover the Principles of Hydrogeology and will provide an overview of scientific principles Monday evening. After attending this lecture, the attendee will have an increased understanding of the physical and chemical processes that determine how contaminants are transported in the subsurface.

Dr. Kirk Scheckel is a Senior Research Soil Scientist with US EPA’s National Risk Management Research Laboratory in Cincinnati, OH, USA. His research focus is solving fundamental issues regarding elemental speciation in soils, sediments, water, plants, and waste materials via advanced, molecular-level spectroscopic techniques coupled with macroscopic kinetic and thermodynamic laboratory studies and field research to elucidate reaction mechanisms that influence fate, transport, reactivity, mobility, bioavailability, and toxicity of elements in the natural environment leading to effective and economical remediation/use strategies. Dr. Scheckel received his B.S. in Agronomy from Iowa State University and his Ph.D. in Environmental Soil Chemistry from the University of Delaware. He is a Fellow in both the Soil Science Society of America and the American Society of Agronomy. Kirk is also an adjunct faculty member at the Ohio State University. He will lecture on Soil Chemistry of Hazardous Materials.

George(Bud) Ivey, is the President and Senior Remediation Specialist with Ivey International Inc. He has over twenty five years of environmental assessment and remediation experience, travelled to over 40 countries, and has worked on more than 1,500 projects internationally. His background includes: Organic Chemistry, Geological Engineering, and a Master’s Certificate in Project Management. His education and the school of hard knocks have provided him with a good foundation for assessing and remediating many of today’s environmental challenges. Among some of his more notable accomplishments include; being one of the few ECO-CANADA Nationally Approved Instructors for delivery of professional development courses, holds several International Patents, and has won many environmental awards including: The Globe Award, North American Frost & Sullivan Award, Environmental Business Journal (EBJ) Awards (2), R.F Weston Award, and the MISTIC Award. He continues to conduct applied soil, solid waste, waste water, and groundwater research, and is currently working on several international remediation projects Mr. Ivey will be presenting Environmental Chemistry Made Easy For Site Investigations.

Jacob George, B.Sc is a Hydrogeologist and Groundwater Modeler at Waterloo Hydrogeologic who is experienced with project management,quality control and assurance in the following fields: groundwater-surface water modelling,highway construction, groundwater and surface water monitoring programs, groundwater remedial projects, design projects, as well as concrete structures and materials engineering. Jacob will lecture on Practical Model Application for Risk Assessment and Site Remediation. Participants of this lecture will have increased knowledge of model applications, model selection, and model development and evaluation. He will also be conducting the evening workshop on Groundwater Modelling.

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