Environmental Law Conference 2013


Course Date: November 8, 2013

Total: 4h 43min

Welcome and Introduction

Richard E. Bereti — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver
R. Max D. Collett — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver

Introduction to and Summary of Law Governing Contaminated Sites

  • Environmental Management Act
  • contaminated sites Regulations
  • other statutes
  • recent case law

 Richard E. Bereti — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver
 Christopher E. Hirst — Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP, Vancouver
 Una Radoja — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver

   
Current Issues Relating to Certificates of Compliance

  • Ministry of Environment update on new initiatives related to certificates of compliance
  • new Ministry guidelines in relation to COCs
  • recent Environmental Appeal Board decisions

Richard E. Bereti — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver
R. Max D. Collett — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver
Mike Macfarlane — Land Remediation, Ministry of Environment, Victoria

Networking Break

Issues Relating to Valuation of Contaminated Property

  • available methodology
  • specific challenges
  • evidentiary burden
  • damages—diminution in value
  • value with risk based vs. numeric based certificate of compliance
  • case law

Steve Kelly — Regional Director, Real Property Accommodation and Portfolio Management, Public Works and Government Services Canada, Vancouver
David G. Perry — Stewart & Company, Vancouver
Graham B. Walker — Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Vancouver

Networking Lunch

Recent Changes to Federal Evironmental Laws and a Recent Application: The New Prosperity Mine

  • Canadian Environmental Assessment Act 2012
  • Fisheries Act
  • navigable waters
  • Species at Risk Act
  • the new Prosperity Mine Review Panel Report (expected October 2013)

Jana K. McLean — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver

Regulatory Prosecutions Update

  • due diligence—both branches
  • cooperation—when and where to do it
  • statements and the corporate accused

Clifford G. Proudfoot — Lawson Lundell LLP, Vancouver

Networking Break

Remediation Agreements

  • defining scope of remediation work
  • working with environmental consultants
  • allocating cost of remediation
  • drafting release and indemnity provisions

Olga Rivkin — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver

Contractual Provisions for Buy/Sell Agreements for Contaminated Sites

  • different models for allocation of liability
  • pre-acquisition due diligence
  • representations and warranties

Andrea C. Akelaitis — Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP, Vancouver
Gary A. Letcher — Edwards, Kenny & Bray LLP, Vancouver

Concluding Remarks

Richard E. Bereti — Harper Grey LLP, Vancouver
R. Max D. Collett — Bull, Housser & Tupper LLP, Vancouver