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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

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).

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.

Hybrid in Vancouver, BC | Sept 21-22, 2022

8:30am – 4:30pm Both Days

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Workshop: Contaminated Sites Risk Management

September 21

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.

Workshop Schedule

September 21

8:30 – 8:35am
Introduction to Workshop – Part 1: Review of Day & Objectives

Dr. Ian Hers

Hers Environmental Consulting Inc.

8:30 – 8:50am
Introduction to Workshop – Part 2: Setting the Stage for Climate Change Risks – Current Knowledge, Gaps & Opportunities

Dr. Olenka Forde

RESOLVE & MG360 Groundwater Research Institute

8:55 – 9:30am
The Current Practice in Understanding & Managing Disaster Risk

Sahar Safaie

Disaster & Climate Risk Management Specialist, Associated Engineering - Sage On Earth Consulting

9:30 – 10:05am
Massachusetts Approach for Incorporating Climate Change in the Contaminated Sites Process

Cathy Rockwell

Woodard & Curran

BREAK 10:05 – 10:20am
10:20 – 10:55am
Temporal Modifications to the Water Cycle & Implications for Site Management

Ferdinando Manna

Morwick G360 Groundwater Research Institute, University of Guelph

10:55 – 11:30am
Disaster at the Mouth of the River: Contaminant Risks facing BC’s Towns Built on Alluvial Fans

Collen Middelton

Waterline Resources Inc.

PANEL DISCUSSION 11:30 – 12:00pm
LUNCH 12:00 – 12:45pm
12:45 – 1:10pm
B.C.’s Climate Preparedness and Adaptation Strategy

Tina Neale

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Director of Climate Risk Management

1:10 – 1:35pm
Post-event Analysis of the 2021 Extreme Weather Events

Mary Cameron

BC Ministry of Health, Director of Climate Resilience

1:35 – 2:00pm
Flood Water Quality Monitoring Task Force

Robyn Roome

BC Ministry of Environment and Climate Change, Director of Monitoring, Assessment & Stewardship. Regional Operations

2:00 – 2:25pm
How Climate Change May Impact BC Contaminated Sites

Leanne Holloway

Core6

BREAK 2:25 – 2:40pm
2:40 – 3:15pm
Contaminated Sites: Taking Future Climate into Account

Ellen Pond

Canadian Centre for Climate Services

Kari Tyler

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

3:15 – 4:20pm
Finding and Using Future Climate Data – Facilitated Discussion and Group Exercise

THIS WILL BE A HANDS ON EXERCISE, PLEASE BRING YOUR LAPTOP

Ellen Pond

Canadian Centre for Climate Services

Kari Tyler

Pacific Climate Impacts Consortium

4:25 – 4:30pm
Workshop Wrap

Conference: Perspectives on Contaminated Sites Investigation, Remediation and Risk Assessment

September 22

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 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

Call for Abstracts

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 22, 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.

Conference Schedule

September 22

8:30am
Details To Come

EARLY BIRD PRICING
until August 20, 2022

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.
Workshop Only

$400

Virtual attendees save 25%
off the above pricing. Does not include food.

Price increases to $450 on
August 20, 2022

Includes Lunch &
Snack at Breaks

Conference Only

$200

Virtual attendees save 25%
off the above pricing. Does not include food.

Price increases to $250 on
August 20, 2022

Both Days

$600

Virtual attendees save 25%
off the above pricing. Does not include food.

Price increases to $700 on
August 20, 2022

Includes Lunch &
Snack at Breaks

SPECIAL PRICING


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

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.

Workshop Only

$300

Virtual attendees save 25%
off the above pricing. Does not include food.

Includes Lunch &
Snack at Breaks

Conference Only

$150

Virtual attendees save 25%
off the above pricing. Does not include food.

Both Days

$450

Virtual attendees save 25%
off the above pricing. Does not include food.

Includes Lunch &
Snack at Breaks

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