ESAA Weekly News – Week ending April 9th, 2021

ESAA Announces 2021 Board of Directors

The Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA) is pleased to announce the 2021 Board of Directors:

  • President – Stacy Thygesen – JSK Consulting
  • VicePresident – Rob Traynor – SLR Consulting
  • Treasurer – Karen Schmidt – Osprey Scientific
  • Secretary – Darrell Haight – Trace Associates
  • Director – Tyler Barkhouse – Dillon Consulting
  • Director – Darren Cherniak – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Director – Sheila Duchek – SNC-Lavalin
  • Director – Sean Parker – McLennan Ross LLP
  • Director – Shawn Samborsky – CORE Environmental Consulting


To learn more about each of our Board members, visit:

The Board and Staff would like to thank Adam Dunn, Earthmaster Envrionemtnal Strategies and Cory Sommer, Millennium EMS Solutions for stepping forward as candidates for the Board and your continued support of ESAA.

Thank to everyone that participated in the AGM and voted.


2020 ESAA Annual Report Released

The 2020 ESAA Annual report is now available at:

Thank you to all of our members and the industry for your continued support!



AER: New Edition of Directive 067

Today we released a new edition of Directive 067: Eligibility Requirements for Acquiring and Holding Energy Licences and Approvals. Changes include additional requirements to provide updated financial information at the time of application and throughout the energy development life cycle. This information will enable the AER to

  • assess licensee eligibility,
  • assess the capabilities of licensees and approval holders to meet their regulatory and liability obligations throughout the energy development life cycle,
  • provide further direction on which material changes can indicate a risk of licensees or approval holders being unable to meet their regulatory and liability obligations,
  • administer our liability management programs, and
  • ensure the safe, orderly, and environmentally responsible development of energy resources in Alberta throughout their life cycle.

Other changes of note include extending the 120-day timeline for financial submissions to 180-days in order to align with tax filing deadlines and confirming that all financial information will be kept confidential as outlined in section 12.152(2) of the Oil and Gas Conservation Rules.

When determining licence eligibility, one of the things we must determine is if the applicant, licensee, or approval holder poses an “unreasonable risk.” We look at their individual circumstances and may consider a variety of factors. As a result of input received from stakeholders, one of the factors we may now consider is unpaid municipal taxes and surface lease payments.

These changes support the Government of Alberta’s new Liability Management Framework and are enabled by rule changes announced in our Bulletin 2020-26. Before we can implement the government’s new framework, changes are required to AER directives, and Directive 067 is the first to be completed. More information about how the AER is implementing the Government of Alberta’s framework, including timelines for certain components, is available on our liability management webpage.  

A new fillable form (Schedule 3) has been added to the directive for use in submitting the required financial information. Please refer to our detailed instructions on how to use the new form. Licensees and approval holders are now required to submit a Schedule 3 and financial statements to the AER annually. The first annual submissions (based on 2020) must be submitted within 180-days of the fiscal year end.

We encourage all licensees and approval holders to also provide financial statements and Schedule 3 forms based on the fiscal years 2018 and 2019, if not already provided. Please note that the AER can require this additional information through the directive to assess licensee eligibility.

A draft of the directive was released for public feedback on January 14, 2021 (see Bulletin 2021-01). A summary of the feedback, including our responses, is available on the directive’s webpage. The revised edition of Directive 067 is available on our website, > Regulating Development > Rules and Directives > Directives > Directive 067. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected].

AER New Functionality Moving to OneStop

On April 22, 2021, we will release new functionality to the OneStop platform:

  • Reporting: Licensees will have the ability to submit a pre-2019 remedial action plan (RAP) as required by the Remediation Regulation. More information can be found on our website,  under Pre-2019 Substance Releases.

Details on other enhancements and fixes will be made available at the time of release in the “What’s New” document, found on the OneStop landing page under “Enhancements and Fixes”. 

We will schedule a system outage to implement these new changes. The outage notice will be posted on our Systems and Tools portal on our website, and the OneStop landing page.

Training and support materials

Following the software release, we will hold training sessions on the pre-2019 RAP functionality. More information can be found on the Events page.

A new quick reference guide (QRG) will also be posted on the OneStop landing page; this supports RAP submissions for unreported pre-2019 substance releases.

If you have questions about OneStop or this bulletin, contact the AER’s Customer Contact Centre by phone at 403-297-8311 (1-855-297-8311 toll free) or by email at [email protected].

West Edmonton compost facility given cancellation notice by the province for lingering odour issues

(Source: Edmonton Journal)  A west Edmonton composting site will have its registration cancelled by the Alberta government 15 months from now in response to lingering odour issues.

The province issued a cancellation notice Thursday afternoon to Cleanit Greenit Composting System Inc. in the Winterburn Industrial Area that will come into effect June 30, 2022. Cleanit Greenit has been the subject of several odour concerns in northwest Edmonton communities of Trumpeter, Hawks Ridge and Starling. In a Thursday afternoon statement, Alberta Environment and Parks said inspections of the facility found ongoing issues related to odour and contaminants found in groundwater.

“Following detailed inspections of the facility, Alberta Environment and Parks has identified ongoing and persistent issues related to air, land and water. These include odour concerns and contaminants found in groundwater,” the statement said. “Alberta Environment and Parks has determined it requires a more suitable tool to better regulate this complex facility instead of its current registration under the Code of Practice.”

Cleanit Greenit currently operates under a registration, meaning the facility must comply with Alberta’s Code of Practice for Composting Facilities. This Code of Practice requires facilities to manage site runoff, implement measures to control odours, litter and pathogens, and meet groundwater performance standards, the province said. If the facility wants to operate past the cancellation date, the province said there are several options which include applying for a new authorization under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act.

“For any application, Alberta Environment and Parks considers public input, and can also establish operating conditions tailored to the facility that ensure environmental objectives for waste management are met while addressing potential environmental and community impacts,” the province said.

The province has been working with Cleanit Greenit for more than a decade to help bring the facility into compliance with regulations and issued an enforcement order in 2011 that remains in force as not all requirements have been met. In the last five years, the province received more than 800 calls with complaints about unpleasant odours from the site.

In February, the City of Edmonton launched a court battle against the operation, seeking an injunction to curb the odour concerns. Between Feb. 21 and Dec. 9 of last year, the city received 300 complaints from residents about two to four kilometres away identifying the composting site as the cause of odour. Complainants have compared the smell to sour garbage, rotting food or hot sewage.

Speaking to Postmedia in February, Cleanit Greenit CEO Kirstin Castro-Wunsch said the company takes the concerns of the communities seriously and has worked to improve by hiring its own odour patrollers to investigate smells. She argued that the composting site is not the source of all the odours in the area, noting that a 2020 report conducted by the company found 13 cases of odour in residential neighbourhoods out of 208 investigations.

The composting site has been operating since 1998 and diverts 20,000 tonnes of organic waste from the landfill each year. In December, Cleanit Greenit paid a $4,000 fine for 14 of the 33 tickets issued by the city since June 2019.

Florida Crisis Highlights a Nationwide Risk From Toxic Ponds

(Source: New York Times) Thousands of open-air waste pools near power plants, mines and industrial farms can pose safety dangers from poor management and, increasingly, the effects of climate change.

A pond, built atop a mound of waste from phosphorous mining, in Riverview, Fla., in December.
Credit…Jason Gulley

They are ponds the size of city blocks: Wastewater pits that hold the hazardous byproducts of coal. Lagoons brimming with diluted pig excrement. Vast pools atop stacks of radioactive tailings.

The risks posed by pools of waste like these, a common feature at thousands of industrial and agricultural sites across the country, have been brought into sharp relief by a giant wastewater pond in Piney Point, Fla., that in recent days had appeared in danger of catastrophic failure.

Officials on Monday said the threat of collapse had passed and residents were allowed to return home after an emergency effort had pumped millions of gallons of water out of the pond and into local waterways. The environmental effects of such a large release of contaminated water remained unknown. This past weekend, the specter of a deluge had prompted the authorities to evacuate hundreds of people from their homes.

Open-air ponds are vital to major industries, like livestock and power generation. But environmental groups say they pose major environmental, health and safety risks, whether from mismanagement, or, increasingly, from the effects of climate change.

“They’re just an irresponsible way to store very dangerous waste,” said Daniel Estrin, general counsel at the Waterkeeper Alliance, a clean water nonprofit group. “And with climate change, we’re going to see more frequent and stronger storms that are going to impact these sites.”

The Florida emergency, at a former phosphate mining plant south of Tampa, is particularly dire. There, a pool that initially held more than 400 million gallons of wastewater, with traces of heavy metals and other toxic substances, sits atop a pile of phosphogypsum tailings at least 70 feet tall. Tailings are waste that is left behind when ores from phosphate mining are processed to create phosphoric acid, an ingredient used in fertilizer.

For decades, the tailings, a radioactive wet slurry containing traces of radium along with arsenic, lead, and other elements, were placed in ponds and left to evaporate, leaving behind enormous stacks of phosphogypsum topped by water. The fear was that if the pond collapsed it could wash away the tailings, sending a “wall of water” over nearby homes and businesses.

The mounds of tailings like these, which are scattered across more than two dozen sites across Florida, are some of the tallest earthen structures in the state. Florida is the world’s largest phosphate-producing area, according to the E.P.A., and accounts for about 80 percent of the nation’s phosphate mining. The United States mines and consumes about 23 million tons of phosphate a year.

But at the site of the current breach, evaporation has not kept up with rainfall, which continued to add to the site’s ponds, according to the Bradenton Herald. On numerous occasions over the past year, the site’s owner, HRK Holdings, found tears in the plastic liner that holds wastewater and warned local officials that the ponds were fast running out of capacity, the Herald reported.

Reached by phone, Jeff Barath, general manager at HRK Holdings, said he was the “just the boots-on-the-ground guy” and was not authorized to speak to the press. A number he gave for a spokesperson, as well as a number listed on the company’s corporate website, failed to connect.

To relieve pressure on the pools’ walls, workers have been releasing about 35 million gallons of wastewater a day into nearby waterways. Even though the fear of a wider breach appears to have passed, there is likely to be environmental fallout from the emergency release of the polluted water, which also contains nutrients that could spur harmful algae blooms, followed by fish kills.

“When the highest point on our horizon is a toxic waste site, it’s terrifying,” said Hannah Connor, a senior attorney for the environmental health program at the Center for Biological Diversity. “And with more rain events, and more severe storms, this is going to happen more frequently.”

Piney Point and Beyond
Credit…Jason Gulley

While phosphogypsum tailing stacks like the one at the Piney Point site are concentrated in Florida, thousands of industrial and agricultural open-air wastewater ponds dot the country. They include at least 70 phosphogypsum stacks, 700 coal-ash ponds near coal-burning power plants and thousands of agricultural facilities like the vast lagoons at large, industrial livestock farms.

When farming was done on a more human scale, manure had value to farmers as fertilizer for corn, which would then feed the next generation of pigs and cows. But now, the bulk of corn is grown at an industrial scale using synthetic fertilizers. As a result, excrement today is collected and stored in cesspits.

These earthen pits, many of which are unlined, pose a risk of leaching into the groundwater, said D’Ann Williams, a researcher for the Center for a Livable Future at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Gases also come off the lagoons, or crusts can form on top, trapping the gas and then releasing bursts of hydrogen sulfide or ammonia, both affecting air quality in the area.

“And when you have flooding and you can’t manage the amount of water that’s coming in, you can end up with the bacteria, and chemicals, in the surface water, and on the land,” Ms. Williams said.

Hurricane Florence, which brought record-breaking flooding to the Carolinas in 2018, swamped more than 100 hog lagoons, unleashing their contents into the flood water. Excess nitrates in pig manure have also been linked with health problems, like blue baby syndrome, which causes the blood to become unable to carry oxygen around an infant’s body and can be fatal.

Various efforts to strengthen federal oversight of manure lagoons have faltered, and most ponds are regulated at the state level. However, the Environmental Protection Agency has acted in some of the most egregious cases, ordering dairy farms to shore up their lagoons after tests showed elevated nitrate levels, which can harm human health, in residential drinking water wells.

In the early 2000s, the agricultural giant Smithfield Foods promised to study alternative ways to handle manure under an agreement with North Carolina. An expert appointed by the world’s largest pork producer, now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Chinese meat and food processing company WH Group, came up with a number of different options, including one that would solidify the fecal waste, but none of those were found to be economically feasible.

Environmental groups recently petitioned the state to revisit the agreement. Smithfield has said it has already fully complied with the agreement’s terms. The company did not immediately provide further comment.

“It’s a model that needs to be revised — this large scale animal production model,” Ms. Williams said. “These are huge industries but they’re not regulated as industries. They’re still regulated as if they’re small farms.”

Hundreds of Coal Ash Pools

When coal-fired power stations generate electricity, they leave behind hundreds of thousands of tons of a toxic residue called coal ash, which is mixed with water and sluiced into ponds on the plant property.

Kemp Burdette, the Cape Fear Riverkeeper in North Carolina, has seen what happens when those ponds of the ash — which contain arsenic, mercury, lead and other heavy metals hazardous to human health — are overrun by floods.

Hurricane Florence inundated Duke Energy’s Sutton Plant in Wilmington, N.C., which had previously burned coal. (Today it burns gas.) In response to a lawsuit filed by environmental groups, Duke had started to excavate the ponds, moving the coal ash into lined landfills, but floodwaters eroded the site’s defenses, releasing coal ash.

“You had this torrent of water that had picked up the coal ash just pouring out,” Mr. Burdette said. “You could see big spirals of the ash just floating down the river.”

Bill Norton, a Duke spokesman, said that “a very small amount of ash” had made its way off plant property and was recovered.

More than 700 landfills and bodies of water across the United States still store coal ash. An Obama-era rule would have required power companies to start closing their coal ash ponds in 2018, but the Trump administration, in one of its many rollbacks of environmental regulations, moved to weaken the rule. President Biden is now reviewing the rollback.

North Carolina, though, has started to require power companies to excavate their coal ash storage ponds under a new state law that requires all ponds close by 2029, the ash secured, dried out and moved away from the water. The Sutton Plant’s ponds are now closed.

“The claim always was: We can’t clean this stuff up, it’s impossible,” Mr. Burdette said. “But of course it’s possible. You just have to spend the money to do it.”


ESAA Member News


WSP Completes Acquisition of Golder, Creating the Leading Global Environmental Consulting Firm, and Announces an Executive Leadership Appointment in Canada


MONTREAL, April 07, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WSP Global Inc. (TSX: WSP) (“WSP” or the “Corporation”) is pleased to announce that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Enterra Holdings Ltd., the holding company of Golder Associates (“Golder”), through a plan of arrangement pursuant to the Companies Act (Nova Scotia) (the “Acquisition”). Golder is a global consulting firm with approximately 7,000 employees and 60 years of experience in providing earth sciences and environmental consulting services.

The aggregate cash consideration payable in connection with the Acquisition is approximately US$1.14 billion (approximately C$1.4 billion), which was paid in cash. The Acquisition and other related transaction costs were financed using the proceeds from the Corporation’s previously closed C$310 million private placements of subscription receipts with GIC Pte. Ltd., and British Columbia Investment Management Corporation, and new bank financing term loans.

“Today we have reached a transformational milestone for WSP, Golder and our 54,000 employees around the world as we begin our journey together as the leading global environmental consulting firm,” said Alexandre L’Heureux, President and Chief Executive Officer of WSP. “This acquisition directly contributes to the realization of the goals we laid out in our 2019-2021 Global Strategic Plan. We expect that the addition of Golder will contribute to both strategic growth and value creation for many years to come.”

“Over the past few months, both WSP and Golder’s leadership teams have been working together to build the foundation necessary to ensure we are unlocking the full potential of our increased scale and broader, deeper range of solutions to tackle key environmental and ESG challenges around the world. I am confident that our focus on technical excellence and shared passion for innovation and collaboration will facilitate integration, while providing professional development opportunities for our employees and long-term value for our communities, clients and shareholders,” added Alexandre L’Heureux.

Additionally, leaders from Golder will be taking strategic positions within both the Corporation’s operating regions and support functions, creating a truly diverse, inclusive and collaborative platform maximizing integration success with WSP’s existing leadership.

“Golder was built by generations of pioneering, passionate, and caring world-class experts that collectively created one of the most iconic global brands in the industry, underpinned by a strong inclusive culture with technical excellence and innovation at its core,” said Dr. Hisham Mahmoud, Global President and Chief Executive Officer of Golder, who previously announced that he will be retiring from his role. “I believe the combination of Golder and WSP will create significant value for our clients and opportunities for our people. I’ve been impressed with what our teams have already accomplished in planning for the integration, further confirming a shared excitement for the future.”

“I would like to thank Dr. Hisham Mahmoud for bringing Golder to this point in its journey, as one of the most successful and respected brands in the industry. We wish him continued success in his future endeavors,” stated Alexandre L’Heureux.


Marie-Claude Dumas has been named President and CEO of WSP in Canada, replacing Ryan Brain who will ensure a smooth transition. Since joining WSP in January 2020, Ms. Dumas has served as Global Director, Major Projects & Programs/Executive Market Leader – Quebec, working closely with our Global and Canadian operations and leadership. A member of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec, Ms. Dumas brings a proven track record as a global engineering and construction executive with over 20 years of multi-disciplinary management and consulting experience acquired with several multinationals.

“As we have entered the last year of our strategic cycle, we are confident that Marie-Claude’s extensive technical background, combined with her track record in major project delivery, will set the foundation for sustained growth at WSP in Canada, in addition to capturing the benefits offered by the Golder acquisition. We thank Ryan Brain for his contribution to the success of WSP’s Canadian operations during his tenure and for his ongoing support during the transition,” said Alexandre L’Heureux.

“After witnessing firsthand, the undeniable talent and level of expertise of WSP in Canada over the past year, I am proud to continue to work alongside the Canadian leadership team as we pursue the organization’s strategic ambitions to further our client centric approach and people development initiatives,” said Marie-Claude Dumas.

As one of the world’s leading professional services firms, WSP provides engineering and design services to clients in the Transportation & Infrastructure, Property & Buildings, Environment, Power & Energy, Resources and Industry sectors, as well as offering strategic advisory services. WSP’s global experts include engineers, advisors, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, environmental specialists and surveyors, in addition to other design, program and construction management professionals. Our talented people are well positioned to deliver successful and sustainable projects, wherever clients need us. For more information about WSP, please visit


Upcoming Events


Spring Environmental Technology Webinar organized by ESAA/CHEMCO

9am – 11:30 am
Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Register Now

As the largest Canadian distributor & supplier of in situ and ex situ remediation amendment and other environmental technology including unique water and atmospheric emission solutions, Chemco is inviting you to attend our Spring Environmental Technology Webinar that is organized in collaboration with ESAA.

This technical workshop will cover a wide range of topics such as new techniques for chemical oxidation, chemical reduction, water treatment & odour and atmospheric emission medias.

Agenda (Tentative):

9:00-9:05 – Welcoming Remarks and Comment (Joe Chowaniec & Jean Pare)

9:05 – 9:35 – Bio-Conservation – Speaker to be confirmed – Gas Filtration Media Performance and Treatment capability

9:35-10:05 –  EOS Remediation – Brad Elkins  – Addressing DNAPL via a unique self emulsify oil formulation with micro scale zero valent iron

10:05-10:15 – Coffee / Lunch / Stretching Break

10:15-10:45 – Peroxychem – Brant Smith – Easy to use oxidants to dealt with hydrocarbon and other organic contaminant in difficult geologies

10:45-11:15 – Hoganas – Alex Korff – Novel zero valent iron properties and uses  for contamination destruction as PRB or filtration media

11:15-11:20 – Closing remarks


  • $0 for ESAA Members
  • $10 for Non-Members
No refunds once purchased.   Session will be recorded for viewing after.

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New ESAA Webinar

Odour Free Composting with Biochar

11am – 12pm
April 20th, 2021

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Composting and fire have been part of early human history and the journey continues today!

Composting is the ever-recurring natural aerobic microbiological (involving micro-organisms including bacteria, actinobacteria, fungi, protozoa, and rotifers) process that supports all life on earth. Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed aerobically (in the presence of air) through biological reduction and reduced to humus which is the organic matter of soil. Composting of food and animal waste significantly enhances the growth of food crops and is a significant contribution to organic farming. Over 2000 years ago the Amazonians developed “Terra Preta” (dark earth) by amending biochar into their soils in south America, much of which continues to be farmed today.

Today, biochar is intentionally made as an amendment that creates the soil conditions needed to promote healthy plant supporting microbiological life.   A thermal process called pyrolysis is used to heat “roast” untreated wood or other biomass in an oxygen restricted manner until a carbon rich, high porosity and surface area material is produced.

Having a small garden area provided an opportunity to compost on a small scale and enhance the soil around our home for growing vegetables and other plants. Composting in an aerated container became a simple and satisfying way to minimize organic kitchen and garden waste being sent to the landfill and adding biochar, made it odour free!

Most communities around the world source separate their organic waste to make compost and several municipalities have started adding biochar to enhance the quality of their compost, some for creating urban forests, and others are interested in making the compost odour free.

Many gardeners have a passion for composting their kitchen and garden waste and enjoying using it in their garden without any associated odours or garden pests. This presentation describes how homeowners and municipalities can make odour free compost from home and garden waste, enhance the soil quality, and have fun doing it!

Don Harfield
VP Technology & Operations, AirTerra Inc.
Odour Free Garden Compost Enthusiast

Don retired from InnoTech Alberta in April 2017 and with his gardening interest commenced a three-year practical research study in odour free composting at his home in Vegreville, Alberta. He understands the desire many gardeners have for composting their kitchen and garden waste and enjoying their garden without any associated odours or garden pests.

Having a small garden area was a composting challenge. This was easily solved and composting became a simple and satisfying way to address kitchen and garden waste with AirTerra™ SoilMatrix® biochar!

Don was leader of the Thermochemical Processing Team in Vegreville for many years prior to his retirement. During this time, he focused on research and development projects related to biomass conversion technologies from lab scale to large production facilities. Don led research projects in waste conversion, biomass combustion and pyrolysis technologies, specialty biochar-based products, hydrothermal carbonization (HTC), soils amendments, fertilizer development, municipal solid waste and refuse derived fuels.

During this time, Don was co-lead for the Alberta Biochar Initiative responsible for the successful implementation of research centred demonstration scale biochar units and greenhouse trials of biochar based growth media.

Don has since joined AirTerra as VP, Technology & Operations to expand their supply and capability to produce biochar from clean forest and municipal woody residues.

Rob Lavoie
CEO and Founder of AirTerra Inc.
SoilMatrix and the Soil Geek

Rob founded AirTerra in 2009 to bring clean cooking stoves that make biochar  to small shareholder farmers in Kenya.   The benefit of the clean cooking stoves was  their ability to improve indoor air for the women and children who lived and worked in the kitchens. The benefit of the biochar was to provide a super organic fertilizer for the soils on the farm.   So it really was a mission to improve the Air and the Terra.

Seeing how these two improvements changed the lives of people was more than enough of a reward for having been involved in this space for a few years.

In 2013 AirTerra pivoted to make SoilMatrix Biochar available for the Canadian farming, gardening, horticulture, silviculture, reclamation, and compost market.  In short SoilMatrix Biochar is a product for any soil that is intended to be friendly to roots. However, one very important point, SoilMatrix Biochar needs a friend…  compost!

Rob has been gardending for many years and the only fertilizer ever used in the SoilMatrix garden is compost.   But it is a special kind of compost.   It is biochar fortified compost.  If you read the posts provided on the AirTerra website in SoilMatrix Library Archives dating all the way back to 2013, you will learn the story of how the biochar and compost have an important  “plant-life-giving” relationship.

Registration is free!

If you are interested in sponsoring this webinar, contact Joe at the ESAA Office. 

Register Now


Virtual EnviroTech 2021 Information and Call for Abstracts
June 2 & 3

Call for Abstracts Submission Deadline Extended to April 14th

While we had hoped to see you all in-person at EnviroTech 2021, with the ongoing COVID19 restrictions, EnviroTech will once again be on-line, scheduled for June 2nd & 3rd. Complete EnviroTech 2021 details can be found at:

ESAA has listened to all of the feedback we received through 2020 and we have made a number of major changes to the delivery of EnviroTech 2021. 

What changes can you expect?

  • New Event Website
  • New Platform
  • Virtual Exhibits
  • Virtual Group Chat Features
  • Individual Speed Networking
  • and much more

Additional details about the platform will be released in the weeks prior to EnviroTech.

Registration, Sponsorship, and Exhibitor Information

Registration: Registration is now open for EnviroTech 2021.  Early bird rates for members and non-members are available until April 16th.  Rates start as low as $69.  Student and Unemployed rates are also available.  Register Now at:

Sponsorship: If you are interesting in sponsoring EnviroTech, please contact: [email protected] for full details and availability

Virtual Exhibit Space: Virtual exhibit space is only available with sponsorship packages.

Call for Abstracts 2021

ESAA invites you to submit technical abstracts for EnviroTech 2021. Abstracts are encouraged in, but not limited to, the following areas:


  • modelling, monitoring, quality, hydraulic fracturing, emerging contaminants, oilsands issues, saline, contamination, industrial re-use, wastewater treatment, risk management, groundwater, surface water, water wells, wetlands, produced water

Climate Change

  • adaptation, alternative energy, carbon credits, energy efficiency, energy from waste, GHG monitoring and sampling, regulatory, sustainability, impacts of climate change, CleanTech


  • monitoring, modelling, sampling, quality, regulatory, noise management


  • landfill design, landfill closure, hazardous waste management, emerging contaminants, resource recovery, regulatory


  • laboratory testing and sampling, field testing and sampling, monitoring, analysis


  • management, safety, hidden dangers, technology


  • engagement, stewardship

Panel Discussion

  • ESAA will consider submissions that could be used as a panel discussion for the opening of either day.


  • topics from areas not listed will also be considered

The preliminary selection of presentations will be based on submitted abstracts and reviewed by a panel of peers.

Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words (not including bio), should include a presenter biography and be submitted as a Word Document by no later than midnight on Wednesday, April 14th, 2021.

Before submitting your abstract, ensure that client approval has been obtained.

Send abstract submissions to Joe Chowaniec via email to: [email protected]

Notification of acceptance will be given by April 30th, 2021.

Thank you for your continued support of ESAA and ESAA events.


ESAA Job Board

Check out the new improved ESAA Job Board.  Members can post ads for free.

Current Listings:
  • Environmental Assistant – Paragon Soil & Environmental Consulting
  • Senior Researcher – Reclamation, Remediation – InnoTech Alberta
  • Junior Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Intermediate Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Intermediate Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Environmental Engineer / Scientist / Technology – Nichols Environmental (Canada)
  • Intermediate / Senior Environmental Consultant – Ridgeline Canada
  • Project Technologist, Environmental Due Diligence & Remediation – Pinchin
  • Intermediate/Senior Environmental Specialist – Summit
  • Intermediate/Senior Environmental Specialist – Contract Consultant – Summit
  • Environmental Specialist (Summer Student) – Summit
  • Intermediate Reclamation/Remediation Specialist – NorthWind Land Resources
  • Project Coordinator – Assessment and Remdiation – Ecoventure
  • Junior Environmental Scientist – Ecoventure
  • Environmental Geologist, Hydrogeologist, Engineer or Scientist – Langan Engineering and Environmental Services Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
  • Environmental Engineer, Scientist, Geologist or Hydrogeologist – 5 to 10 Years Experience – Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
  • Environmental Scientist, Engineer, Geologist or Hydrogeologist – 10 to 15 Years Experience – Langan Engineering and Environmental Services
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