Environmental Law: Managing Risk 2011

Course Date: November 18, 2011

Introduction and Overview

Anthony J. Crossman — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Sarah D. Hansen — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver

Contaminated Sites

  • overview of the contaminated site regime
  • amendments to Environmental Management Act and Contaminated Sites Regulations
  • case law update: civil liability, cost recovery, the common law

Richard E. Bereti — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver
Una Radoja — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver 
John Ward — Ministry of Environment, Victoria      

Real Estate and Corporate Commercial Transactions

  • due diligence: what is it?
  • working with consultants
  • dealing with environmental issues generally
  • M&As and buying or selling a business
  • leases and buying or selling land
  • land development

Gary A. Letcher — Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP , Vancouver
Deborah H. Overholt — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Environmental Enforcement and Penalties

  • what to do when the regulator calls
  • penalties 

Todd C. Gerhart — Public Prosecution Service of Canada, Vancouver 
Clifford G. Proudfoot — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver     

Networking Lunch

Environmental Assessment Process

  • federal process
  • BC process
  • harmonization
  • recent cases

Brad Armstrong, QC — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver   
Beverly J. Hobby — Department of Justice Canada, Vancouver

Environmental Issues: Working with First Nations

  • consultation and accommodation
  • working with First Nations on environmental issues, IBAs

Rosanne M. Kyle — Janes Freedman Kyle Law Corporation, Vancouver

Climate Change

  • overview
  • federal approach
  • British Columbia approach
  • the future

Faculty TBA

Networking Break

Water Issues

  • Fisheries Act: authorizations, prosecutions, penalties
  • BC Regime: permits and work in and around streams
  • the rights of water users versus the rights of resource developers

R. Max Collett — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver
Andrew Gage — West Coast Environmental Law, Vancouver
Dr. Paul McElligott — Hemmera Environmental Engineers, Vancouver

Concluding Remarks

Anthony J. Crossman — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver
Sarah D. Hansen — Miller Thomson LLP, Vancouver