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12th Annual SABCS Conference on Contaminated Sites

September 21 – 22, 2022

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The 12th Annual SABCS Conference on
Contaminated Sites

September 21-22, 2022

8:30am – 4:30pm Both Days

SFU Downtown Campus, Vancouver, BC, Canada
& Virtual

The Science Advisory Board for Contaminated Sites (SABCS) in British Columbia is pleased to announce our 12th Annual Workshop and Conference on Contaminated Sites, to be held in Vancouver, BC, Canada on September 21 (Workshop) and 22 (Conference), 2022. Both events will be in-person, with an option to attend virtually (i.e., a hybrid event).

The Workshop theme is “Contaminated Sites Risk Management – When Natural Disaster Strikes”. The workshop is intended as a forum for presentations and discussions on emerging topics of interest. This year’s theme is timely and relevant given recent natural disasters in British Columbia as well as climate change risks posed to contaminated sites and ecosystems. Invited expert speakers, representing different disciplines and perspectives, will facilitate the workshop (see workshop abstract below; there is no general call for abstracts for workshop).

Workshop Abstract – Contaminated Sites Risk Management – When Natural Disaster Strikes

In 2021, British Columbia was faced with unprecedented extreme heat and fires (heat dome) and large-scale flooding (atmospheric river) – these are examples of events that are expected to become more common because of climate change. Other climate change factors such as temperature and sea level rise are associated with effects that occur over longer time scales, which are also important to understand. It is increasingly apparent that climate change factors and risks can have a profound effect on the vulnerability and resilience of contaminated sites and ecosystems. Natural disasters (e.g., earthquakes and floods) may also have critical implications with respect to preparedness or contamination risk management. Consequently, scientific inquiry on how natural disasters and climate-induced changes affect contaminated sites risk management is needed. This workshop is intended to address several key themes on this topic, as follows:

  • Tools for climate projections and identification of climate factors relevant to site and remediation activities
  • The importance of an adaptive conceptual site model that includes a climate change lens
  • Ways in which resilience and sustainability of contaminated sites and ecosystems can be increased
  • Specific issues related to disaster risk reduction and post-disaster assessment and mitigation for contamination including site-related, non-anthropogenic, and ecosystem effects
  • Learnings from other disciplines in relation to event prediction and disaster response
  • Practical examples and implications for practitioners and potential gaps in relation to current state of knowledge and practice.

The workshop will be facilitated by experts in varying disciplines that will provide different perspectives on this important topic.

The Conference theme is “Perspectives on Contaminated Sites Investigation, Remediation and Risk Assessment”. The conference theme is purposefully broad to cover multiple topics and provide the opportunity to “catch up” on new technical and regulatory developments. The conference will also provide an opportunity to network with colleagues. For the conference we are inviting all interested in sharing knowledge to submit an abstract (see topics below).

Conference Call for Abstracts

Conference topics of interest include:

  • Sustainable remediation
  • Climate change adaptation
  • Resiliency in contaminated sites management
  • Risk reduction and risk management
  • Emerging contaminants of concern
  • Innovative monitoring methods or tools
  • Use of renewable energy in site management
  • Human health and ecological risk assessment
  • Indigenous partnership
  • Soil vapour intrusion
  • In situ remediation technologies
  • Analytical methods
  • Background contamination issues and case studies
  • Legacy gasoline contamination: lead scavengers and tetraethyl lead
  • Remediation methods and optimization
  • Soil reuse or relocation
  • Natural attenuation and nature-based remediation
  • Natural resources including mining and upstream oil and gas
  • Regulatory changes / updates from all levels of government
  • Case studies of contaminated sites investigation and remediation including brownfields revitalization

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, please forward an abstract of 500 words or less in Microsoft Word file format by July 12, 2022 to Conference Co-Chairs, Zahra Pirani and Ian Hers at info@sabcs.ca. With your submission, please provide your name, email, phone number and affiliation of the author in the abstract submission.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be notified via email no later than August 4, 2022. Presenters may present in-person or virtually – please indicate your preference in your abstract submission. . Additional details on conference requirements will be provided upon acceptance of abstract.

Attending this event will be a worthwhile investment that will provide you with new perspectives, practical knowledge, professional connections, and will allow you to be better equipped in your role and professional practice. Benefits of attending include the following:

  • Learn: From wide-ranging presentations providing practical information on site investigation and remediation.
  • Recharge: Listen to cutting-edge research, new ideas and lessons learned.
  • Connect: During lunch and session breaks.
  • Give Back: Share your expertise and lessons learned and contribute to discussions.
  • Interact: With knowledgeable presenters during question-and-answer breaks.
  • Access: Benefit from on-demand access to audio and digital presentations after the event (for two months), allowing you to refresh knowledge.
  • Develop: As a professional and acquire professional development hours.

Workshop & Conference Fees

until August 20, 2022

Workshop General Admission: $400 (Workshop fees include lunch and snacks at breaks.)
Conference General Admission: $200
Total (Workshop & Conference): $600
Virtual attendees receive a 25% discount from the above prices.

starting August 20, 2022

Workshop General Admission: $450 (Workshop fees include lunch and snacks at breaks.)
Conference General Admission: $250
Total (Workshop & Conference): $700
Virtual attendees receive a 25% discount from the above prices.

Indigenous Partner,
Young Professional (<5 years’ work experience) or Government

Workshop General Admission: $300 (Workshop fees include lunch and snacks at breaks.)
Conference General Admission: $150
Total (Workshop & Conference): $450
Virtual attendees receive a 25% discount from the above prices.

Authors presenting papers at the Conference are entitled to a 50% reduction in conference registration fees. One author per paper is eligible for this discount. Registrations are transferable. The workshop fee is waived for invited speakers.


There will be an opportunity for organizations to sponsor the SABCS conference. A sponsor information package is being developed. Please contact Zahra Pirani and Ian Hers if you are interested in sponsorship, at info@sabcs.ca or 604-358-1379.

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