October 29 & 30 2019 - Air quality, nuisance and the future of land use planning in Ontario

The Ontario Section of the A&WMA is pleased to announce its upcoming Fall Conference to be held on Wednesday October 30th 2019 at the Delta Guelph Hotel and Conference Centre. This full-day conference will address current issues relating to air quality and nuisance impacts to land use planning. The MECP will be presenting their policy directions related to the D-series Guidelines and this will be combined with other viewpoints and case studies from a wide variety of stakeholders. This conference should not be missed by anyone with an interest in development issues.

Click HERE for updated conference preliminary agenda.

To supplement the conference, A&WMA will sponsor a half-day course commencing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 29th on "Consultant Liability and Expert Witness Testimony".  This important course will be presented by John Georgakopoulos and Jacquelyn Stevens of Willms and Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP.  Specifically, 

  • Consultant Liability: It is important for environmental professionals to understand the growing liabilities associated with advising clients on environmental matters. Such liabilities often arise through civil lawsuits and regulatory prosecutions. If found liable, environmental professionals may have to pay damages or fines, or face other penalties. Jacquelyn and John will review eight common “blunders” and liabilities. They will draw on their firm’s experiences with environmental professionals and discuss the ways to manage such liabilities.

  • Expert Witness Testimony: Environmental litigation is a world of disputes where science, engineering, and environmental law intersect. These disputes lead to environmental claims. Environmental litigators retain experts to help decipher the intersection of environmental technical and legal issues. In this session, Jacquelyn and John will discuss expert’s duties under Ontario's Rules of Civil Procedure and the Law Society of Ontario’s Rules of Professional Conduct. They will examine what Canadian courts say about the expected relationship between counsel and experts, admissibility of expert evidence, how far privilege extends over communications with experts and experts' reports, and how best to establish and maintain an expert's credibility before and at trial.

Special thanks to the following GOLD sponsor.

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Click HERE for information about sponsorship opportunities.

Please click the link “Buy Tickets” below to register for the event. Use EARLYBIRD discount code for 20% off registrations prior to October 15.

No refunds/cancellations once you have registered. You can contact info@awma.on.ca to make a substitution within one (1) week of the event.



October 23, 2019 - Ottawa Valley Chapter Workshop: Cannabis in Canada

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The Ottawa Valley Chapter is hosting their featured workshop providing an in-depth look at the environmental aspects of the production of Cannabis under Canada’s new regulations. Expert speakers will explore the environmental challenges of the growing Cannabis industry and provide thoughtful insight on management practices.

The workshop will cover topics such as the current regulatory landscape, odour management, wastewater, waste management, energy use and health and safety. Speakers from Hexo, Aurora, Statistics Canada, Willms & Shier just to name a few!

The workshop is scheduled for October 23, 2019 at the Nepean Sailing Club in Ottawa. Visit the OVC Workshop page for more information: www.awma-ovc.ca/workshop

 Take advantage of Early Bird pricing! Get your tickets today!