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Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Course Offerings (Morning)

High Resolution Site Characterization

Overview of Human and Ecological Risk Assessment

Health and Safety at Contaminated Sites


Outdoor Demonstrations of Contaminated Site Technology and Techniques (Offsite - Lunch and Transportation will be provided to site.)

Ben Sweet is the technical lead for SCG Industries’ high-resolution site characterization tools and services. He has completed his Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Acadia University and a Masters in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Brunswick. Ben is a key member of SCG team playing a major role in research & development, remedial action planning, pilot testing, technical design, and contaminated site data interpretation.
In these roles he has completed numerous projects across North America, conducting both large and small scale remediation projects and high resolution site characterization investigations. Ben strives to ensure SCG’s clients are equipped with the latest innovative technologies and strategies to help cost-effectively address their environmental liabilities. Ben has presented at numerous conferences and been involved in technical workshops for both government and private organizations. Mr.Sweet will lecture on high-resolution site characterization tools and techniques.

Glenn Ferguson, Ph.D., QPRA, is a Vice President and Senior Environmental Health Scientist for Intrinsik Corp. with more than 25 years of experience in the areas of toxicology, epidemiology, human health and ecological risk assessment, health impact assessment and risk communication. Dr. Ferguson has a Ph.D. from the University of Waterloo specializing in environmental toxicology and risk assessment. Glenn has been declared an expert witness on issues related to toxicology and risk assessment in both the Ontario Court of Justice and the Ontario Municipal Board, as well as both the Alberta and British Columbia Environmental Appeal Boards. Glenn has managed or been technical lead for all phases of risk assessment projects related to new petroleum refineries, electrical power generation facilities, active mining facilities, occupational health assessment, community-based risk assessments, contaminated industrial and residential sites, smelter and incinerator emissions, landfills, pits and quarries, rail corridors, highways, major airports, abandoned mine sites, fuel oil spills, microbial risk assessment, and drinking water contamination. Dr. Ferguson'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.

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 and hazardous waste sites.

Outdoor demonstrations of site characterization and remediation technologies will be held at a location near the hotel from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Full-scale soil and groundwater remediation technologies, and drilling, geophysical, and sampling and analysis equipment will be demonstrated. The temperature in early June in Toronto ranges from 10-22 C. Attendees should have appropriate apparel, such as rain gear, casual work clothes, and good walking shoes. Cameras and video recorders are permitted.

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