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Course Offerings:
Day One
Overview of Contaminated Waste Site Management
Canadian Environmental Law Applicable to Contaminated Sites
Health and Safety at Contaminated Waste Sites
Day Two
Environmental Chemistry Made Easy for Site Investigation
Principles of Contaminant Hydrogeology
Day Three
Soil Chemistry of Hazardous Materials
Soil and Groundwater Characterization Tools and Techniques
Day Four
Sediment Characterization Tools and Techniques
Overview of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment

Gareth Owen is the President of GOwen Environmental Limited and has spent the last 28 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 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 Waste Site Management.

Jacquelyn Stevens is a partner in Wilms & Shier and is a certified specialist in environmental law with significant expertise representing a wide range of clients in civil and regulatory litigation. She is called to the bars of Ontario and Alberta. Jacquelyn prosecutes and defends environmental lawsuits. She advises on cross-boundary migration of contamination and remediation options during civil litigation. Jacquelyn also has significant expertise litigating contamination issues at dry cleaning operations and gas stations. Ms. Stevens will lecture on Canadian Environmental law as well as basic legal principles related to contaminated property and environmental investigations. After attending this lecture, the attendee will have increased knowledge of Canadian Environmental Law applicable to contaminated and hazardous waste site management and private sector liability for clean-up of contaminated sites.
Logan Barrett manages Accuworx’s Emergency Services division. Specializing in high hazard chemical releases and containment. Logan has extensive training in chemical fire-fighting, hazardous materials response, railway emergency response, clandestine lab mitigation, chemical security and crude oil releases. Logan has been contracted by various agencies across Canada to teach hazardous materials and emergency response techniques. With the ability to design structured curriculum and industry specific lesson plans Logan’s course content has proven to be extremely effective when applied to field scenarios. With over 2000 deployments Logan has developed his reputation on an international scale for quick, efficient, and safe responses. Mr. Barrett will be discussing and demonstrating occupational health and safety issues for contaminated waste sites.
George (Bud) Ivey is the President and Senior Remediation Specialist with Ivey International Inc. with global headquarters in Vancouver, Canada. He has over twenty-five years of environmental site assessment and remediation experience. He has worked on more than 2500 major environmental projects, taking him to over 50 countries globally. His multi-disciplinary education includes: Synthetic Organic Chemistry, Geological Engineering, and a Master’s Certification in Project Management. Mr. Ivey will be discussing environmental chemistry in contaminated waste sites.

Dr. Brewster Conant Jr., P.Geo.(Ontario) is an Adjunct Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Waterloo and has over 26 years of experience in hydrogeology and environmental consulting. He received a B.Sc. in Geology-Physics/Mathematics from Brown University in 1984, and received a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Earth Sciences at the University of Waterloo in 1991 and 2001, respectively. He has designed, managed, and conducted hydrogeological investigations for: contaminated site assessments; water supply protection; landfill assessments; evaluating agricultural best management practices; remediation; litigation; regulatory negotiation; and modeling studies. General areas of research interest are in physical and contaminant hydrogeology and in field methods and instrumentation. His main area of expertise and interest is in interactions at the groundwater/surface water interface and the examination of flow, transport, and fate of contaminants passing through it. He has developed innovative field methods, instrumentation, and numerical techniques for assessing groundwater/surface-water interactions including the use of temperature as a tracer techniques, infrared thermography, direct-push methods, and diffusion samplers. He has been an invited speaker at international scientific meetings and co-taught several training courses for USEPA. Dr. Conant will lecture on Principles of Contaminant Hydrogeology as well as Subsurface Characterization Tools and Techniques with a focus on Soil and Groundwater Sampling.

Dr. Derek Peak is a professor of Environmental Soil Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan, where he uses a wide range of laboratory and molecular-scale techniques to probe soil chemical processes. Dr. Peak has been a synchrotron user for 20 years and has served as a member and chair of the Canadian Light Source Users Advisory Committee. His overall research program focuses on using synchrotron-based chemical speciation techniques to determine nutrient and contaminant fate in soils and sediments. Major research themes include understanding the fate and transport processes that control phosphate availability in soils, developing sustainable agricultural development in West Africa, and effectively managing metal and metalloid affected soils produced as a result of natural resource extraction. He will lecture on Soil Chemistry of Hazardous Materials.

Dr. Paul Sibley is a Professor in the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Guelph who specialises in the assessment of potentially contaminated environmental media (water, soils, and sediments). His current fields of research include sediment toxicology and risk assessment, invertebrate toxicology focusing on benthic invertebrate community assessments in streams and lakes, disturbance ecology and impacts of land use practices on aquatic-terrestrial interactions. In the field of sediment characterization, his relevant research experience includes: collecting and processing site-specific water, sediment and soil samples for physical, chemical, and biological characterisation; analysis and interpretation of water, sediment, and soil quality data from field surveys and risk assessments; and development of provincial and federal water and soil quality guidelines and objectives. He has worked with metals, petroleum hydrocarbons, pesticides, polyfluorinated compounds, pharmaceuticals and personal care products, and other priority substances. Dr. Sibley has extensive knowledge of the fate and effects of contaminants in both aquatic and terrestrial environments. Dr. Sibley will present the Practical Considerations for Collection of Sediment Samples for Chemical and Biological Assessment. Participants in this lecture will gain an understanding of the practical and conceptual issues associated with and factors that might influence the collection, handling, storage, and transportation of potentially contaminated sediments.

Elliot Sigal, B.Sc., QPRA, is the Vice President President and Senior Toxicologist for Intrinsik Corp. Mr. Sigal graduated with an Honours B.Sc. in Toxicology from the University of Toronto in 1988 and has over 25 years of experience in toxicology, human health and ecological risk assessment, and risk communication. Mr. Sigal has been responsible for leading risk assessment teams in determination of potential for exposure of and risk to receptors associated with complex contaminated sites, mining/smelting facilities, military base closures, underground storage tanks, incinerator/WTE emissions, landfill sites, consumer products and industrial processes. He has overseen and contributed to hundreds of risk assessments, including many successfully completed in compliance with federal and provincial regulations in Canada. Mr. Sigal's lecture will provide an introduction to the underlying concepts and general approaches for Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment (HERA). Participants of this lecture will gain an understanding of the role of HERA in contaminated site assessment and remediation, basic components of HERA, complexity of planning a HERA, identifying HERA objectives, basic approaches to toxicity and exposure assessments, receptor and risk characterization, and dealing with uncertainty in HERA.
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