EnviroTech 2020

June 11 & 12, 2020 - Virtual Event (Webinars)


Professional Development Courses

EnviroTech 2018 will feature three (3) professional development courses on Tuesday, April 3rd.   Registration will be limited to 25 individuals per course.

Courses include: Course material, continental breakfast, lunch, coffee breaks and access to the EnviroTech opening reception.

Course Fees:

Registration Closed


Introduction to Air Quality Modelling

This one-day introductory course is designed for permitting staff, regulators, engineers, and managers with ambient air quality management responsibilities. The course will consist of technical lectures with relevant examples. Topics covered will include air quality issues, fundamentals of meteorology, air quality model types and selection.At the end of the course, students will:

  • Have a better understanding of the key meteorological processes that impact air quality
  • Be able to select the appropriate model(s) to address specific air quality issues
  • Be able to assess necessary input data and critically review air quality modelling studies

Module 1: Air Quality Issues Overview  

  • Air Quality Issues
    • Emission Sources

Module 2: Meteorology  

  • Boundary Layers Fundamentals
  • Meteorological Input to Air Quality Models
  • Prognostic (MM5 / WRF) vs. Diagnostic (CALMET) models

 Module 3: Air Dispersion Modelling

  • Lagrangian Puff (CALPUFF) vs. Gaussian Plume (AERMOD) Models
  • Lagrangian (CALPUFF) vs. Eulerian (CMAQ) models

Module 4: Model Interpretation, Validation, and Evaluation

  • Interpreting Modelling Results
  • Model Performance Validation and Evaluation
  • Sources of Model Inaccuracy

Mr. Brian Sulley
is a Technical Director whose air quality emissions and dispersion modelling work has benefitted our clients in almost every industrial and institutional sector served by RWDI. Brian’s experience includes heavy industry such as mining, aggregate extraction, hot mix asphalt
production, cement plants, pulp and paper mills, petrochemical facilities, and automotive production, through to institutional facilities such as hospitals and universities. In order to understand the needs of our industrial clients,
Brian builds on his background as a process engineer in the chemical industry. In addition to working directly with clients to meet air quality objectives and comply with regulations, Brian leads our Air Quality modelling group, overseeing scientists and engineers across Canada at work on a range of emissions inventory, monitoring and modelling projects.
In this capacity, Brian is responsible for
coaching and mentoring staff with a wide range of technical backgrounds and specialties, as well as planning for long term technical development, ensuring that RWDI is at the forefront of new techniques and knowledge.

An Introduction to Environmental and Regulatory Law

The environmental impacts of industrial and commercial activities in Alberta can have serious consequences.  Provincial regulators place significant emphasis on monitoring, and where necessary, enforcing, compliance, which can include stiff penalties and even prosecutions.  In addition, private (civil) law suits commenced by impacted third parties arising from releases, contamination, trespass and other environmental impacts can result in significant damages being awarded by the courts.

This course is intended to give managers the basic tools to identify potential environmental and regulatory liability and respond appropriately. This course is an introduction and is intended for those who are unfamiliar with environmental and regulatory law in Alberta.

This course will include a background of the regulatory process in Alberta, including inspections, investigations, enforcement and prosecutions and environmental civil actions, as well as case studies.  The case studies will help participants identify and understand how environmental liabilities arise, and to apply the strategies discussed in the course on how such liabilities can and should be addressed.

Mr. Stuart Chambers is a partner with McLennan Ross LLP and a member of the Bar in both Alberta and the Northwest Territories.  He practices in the areas of energy, environmental and regulatory and commercial litigation, with a particular focus on environmental and occupational health and safety regulatory law.

Stuart has extensive experience advising oil sands and other industrial operators in relation to environmental and health and safety law issues, in particular in preparation for and responding to regulatory investigations and prosecutions.

Stuart also has a wide range of experience in commercial litigation matters, including complex class actions involving many different issues.

While Stuart has extensive experience in dealing with complex multiparty litigation, he is equally comfortable in finding efficient solutions for smaller disputes. Stuart is also experienced in utilizing alternative dispute resolution methods including mediation and arbitration to resolve issues.

Stuart was formerly a member of the Board of Directors of ESAA (2006-2012) and has presented or co-presented on various environmental and regulatory law topics at ESAA events, including predecessor versions of this course.

Waste Classification and Disposal in Alberta

Waste generators are responsible for properly characterizing their waste for disposal. This course will assist those individuals who are responsible for overseeing wastemanagement activities in their organization. Key elements of the course include how to: properly characterize waste, prepare it for transport, manifest it, and select appropriate disposal options. This is an interactive course that incorporates several real life examples.


  • Math and chemistry review
  • Use of statistics for waste classification
  • Units of measurement

Waste Classification in Alberta

  • Using the “User Guide for Waste Managers” to classify waste (Classes 1 –9)
  • Exemptions; hazardous verses non hazardous waste
  • Oilfield Waste
  • What parameters to test for
  • When to test

Classification of Waste for Class II (Non Hazardous) Landfill Disposal)

  • Understanding the TCLP test
  • Using an MSDS sheet for characterization
  • Use of other types of lab analysis

Waste Containers

  • Container management
  • Labeling
  • Inspection

Waste Sampling

  • Representative sampling
  • Sample containers and storage

Disposal Wells

  • What is a disposal well
  • Types of disposal wells in Alberta
  • Waste classification for disposal wells


  • Classes or types of landfills

Waste Manifesting

  • AEP manifests
  • AER manifests
  • Other shipping documents

Due Diligence

  • Approvals and permits
  • Audits and inspections

Ms. Renee White, EP is currently the Licensing and Compliance Manager at KBL Environmental Ltd. She has over 20 years of waste and environmental management experience at KBL Environmental Ltd., Newalta Corporation, Tervita (formerly HAZCO), Clean Harbors (formerly Safety-Kleen/Laidlaw), Osprey Scientific, and EnviroTest Laboratories that included operations, customer service/sales, analysis and regulatory support.  Renee has been responsible for various functions including waste inventory management, waste classification, assessing waste management options, transfer station operations, database administration, regulatory applications and compliance, technical support, and training. Renee served as a member of the ESAA Board of Directors for six years.