ESAA Weekly News – Week ending May 21st, 2021

Alberta Jobs Now Program

The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million to help private and non-profit businesses support much-needed jobs for unemployed and underemployed Albertans across the province and help Alberta’s economy recover.

Employers will be able to apply for a grant that covers 25 per cent of an employee’s salary for a 52-week period up to a maximum of $25,000 per employee. The grant can be used to cover salary or training costs. Employers who hire persons with disabilities will receive a grant 1.5 times higher than the amount they receive for other new employees. 

“We’re investing in Alberta’s economic recovery with financial support to provide job opportunities for unemployed Albertans. This is a long-term investment in working Albertans as we recover from the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and recession.” – Jason Kenney, Premier

“Reducing costs for employers encourages them to hire and train more people, getting more than 22,000 Albertans back to work faster. With support from the Alberta Jobs Now program, businesses can afford to train workers for the skills the business needs to be successful, and Albertans have an opportunity to gain new skills and find good-paying jobs.” – Jason Copping, Minister of Labour and Immigration

“Our economy has seen signs of recovery, and we are working hard to make sure that trend continues. By encouraging businesses to create and fill jobs and train new employees, we’re getting Albertans back to work sooner and putting money in their pockets that they could spend at local businesses, further driving economic recovery.” – Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation

“The Jobs Now program will give post-secondary students access to the job opportunities they need. Many of our students have been impacted by the pandemic, the global recession and previous years of economic challenge. This program will help our students find meaningful job opportunities and kick-start their professional careers.” – Demetrios Nicolaides, Minister of Advanced Education

“This is a very positive partnership between the province and the federal government to help employers get Albertans back to work. A program with the flexibility for businesses to develop industry-specific skills in their workforce, to help them grow and thrive, is what our members have been asking for.” – Ken Kobly, president and CEO, Alberta Chambers of Commerce

Employers will be able to apply at as of 9 a.m. on May 20. They can apply for funding for up to 20 new employees. Employers have until Aug. 31 to apply. A second intake will open on Sept. 15 and close on Dec. 31.

To be eligible for the program, private sector business or non-profit organizations must use the funding to hire unemployed Albertans in a new or vacant position. The new hire must reside and work in Alberta and must not have worked for the employer within the past 90 days.

For detailed information on eligibility and how to apply, please visit

Quick facts

  • In April, Alberta’s unemployment rate was nine per cent.
  • The Alberta Jobs Now program will provide up to $370 million to help private sector businesses and non-profit organizations hire and train unemployed Albertans.
  • $185 million in funding is available through federal transfers from the Government of Canada through the Workforce Development Agreement and $185 million is available through provincial funds.
  • Employers can apply through an application portal starting at 9 a.m. on May 20. Applications will be accepted until Aug. 31.
  • A second application period will open on Sept. 15 and close on Dec. 31.
  • Employers can apply for up to 20 new hires during each intake period.


AER: Remediation Regulation Reminder

Remediation Regulation reminder: Requests to extend Remedial Action Plan (RAP) submission timelines and to make use of the pre-2019 RAP tool in OneStop are due to the AER by May 30, 2021.  

Authorized representatives of licensees can email request letters and supporting rationale to [email protected], with “Pre-2019 RAP Extension Request” in the subject line. 

Further information on the pre-2019 RAP Tool is available here:

A Quick Reference Guide and information on how to get set up with OneStop access is available here:


‘No exploration or development on the Eastern Slopes’: Southern Alberta town takes tough stand on coal

(Source: CTV News) LETHBRIDGE — High River town council is letting the Alberta government know exactly where it stands when it comes to developing a new, modern coal policy for the province.

The town is proposing an Alberta Coal Restriction Policy that contains three key principles:

  • No further coal exploration or development will be permitted on the Eastern Slopes of Alberta. There will no longer be categories within this area and, instead, there would only be one defined today as the Eastern Slopes;
  • Existing coal mining operations in the Hinton/Grande Cache areas will be permitted to retire gracefully, and;
  • Reclamation of lands disturbed by coal exploration activities with coal exploration permits issued prior to February 8, 2021 must be reclaimed no later than December 31, 2025.

High River Mayor Craig Snodgrass said the inherent value of the Eastern Slopes only exists with the landscape remaining intact.

“You don’t have to look very far away to see the results of coal mining activity and what it does to watersheds,” said Snodgrass.

Town council will be sending a letter to all Alberta municipalities on Wednesday, asking communities to consider supporting their policy proposal, or propose their own ideas that should be presented to the government’s Coal Policy Committee, which is spearheading the public consultation process.

Snodgrass said he doesn’t want to get to the point where the province is worried about issues like reclamation, selenium contamination, or the effects on the environment.

“Just don’t let it happen to start with,” he said.

On Tuesday, the government quietly released a summary of the results of the Coal Policy Committee’s initial survey. It shows more than two-thirds of survey participants (70%) believe exploiting Alberta coal has a major effect on them.

“Environmental impacts of coal development,” and “if and where coal development takes place” were ranked by respondents as the most important issues when discussing Alberta’s coal policy.

When asked to rate the importance of economic benefits of coal development to Alberta and its communities, more than 64 per cent, answered “not important at all.”

“Even with all of those methodological flaws and tilted questions Albertans clearly said they do not want to see any more coal mines in our Eastern Slopes,” said NDP Environment Critic Marlin Schmidt.

“I would think the government would be wise to listen to them.”

“These results strongly suggest that most Albertans don’t want to see coal mining figure anywhere in Alberta’s future,” said AWA conservation director Ian Urquhart.

“They underline emphatically that Albertans don’t want to see coal mining in the Rockies and Foothills and that they don’t have any confidence in the government’s commitment to regulate coal mining in an environmentally responsible manner.”

Of the 24,752 participants in the coal committee’s survey, 91 per cent came from southern or central Alberta.

The AWA says the geographical distribution of the opposition to coal mining should be a political concern for the Kenney government.

“These areas are bedrocks of UCP electoral support,” Urquhart said. “To see such overwhelming, unmitigated opposition to the government’s commitment to promoting the coal mining industry should send shivers down the spines of UCP political strategists.”

Lethbridge West MLA Shannon Phillips said she has heard from hundreds of constituents who have expressed the same concerns that were outlined in the survey.

“Albertans are worried about Jason Kenney and the UCP’s plan to hand over previously protected areas to strip mining in our headwaters,” said Phillips.

“It puts at risk jobs and economic development already. Whether that’s in beef production and processing, crop production and processing, all down the line in the Oldman River Watershed and Highway 3 corridor.”

The office of Alberta Minister of Energy Sonya Savage provided a statement on the survey results.

“The survey provided valuable information for the Coal Policy Committee to consider as they proceed with engagement,” it read.

“We encourage all interested parties to participate in the process. This includes plans for the committee to meet with many groups, including municipalities. It is ultimately the committee’s responsibility to gather input, which will inform their recommendations in their final report.

“We will not be making any permanent policy decisions before the engagement process is complete and we have received the results.”

The statement says the government is committed to ensuring Albertans can participate in an open dialogue on the province’s long-term approach to coal development.

Snodgrass said his council has looked at the issue, “every way to Sunday,” and determined the risks are far too high for the town to support any kind of future mining activity.

He says the town will collect all of the feedback it receives from other municipalities and report back to the Coal Policy Committee by July 2021.


Alberta ‘undermining’ system meant to ensure oilsands companies pay for cleanup, critics say

(Source: Narwhal) Last year’s economic crash meant oilsands companies were going to have to pay an annual reclamation deposit for the first time — until the government temporarily changed the rules to prevent that from happening.

Critics say a change to the way Alberta collects deposits for reclamation of oilsands mines could weaken the province’s ability to ensure companies have sufficient funds to clean up mine footprints, including contaminated waste held in tailings ponds.

Through Alberta’s mine financial security program, companies are required to pay additional annual deposits if the ratio of a company’s assets — including the value of its oil in the ground — is less than triple the estimated cost of its liabilities. 

Here’s the thing: the value of a company’s assets is calculated based on oil prices, and when oil prices hit record lows early in the COVID-19 pandemic, that raised the possibility of triggering annual securities bills for oilsands companies — for the first time ever.

“The math doesn’t work if you have extremely low or negative oil prices,” Minister of Environment and Parks Jason Nixon said in a statement this month announcing the change. 

In response to the 2020 oil price crash, the United Conservative Party (UCP) government put in place a temporary change to “ensure security amounts align with the intent of the program”  to avoid what it called a “skewed” calculation based on the “drastic swings” of 2020. (A spokesperson for Alberta Environment and Parks did not respond to a request for comment.)

In its May 2021 announcement, the Alberta government said it plans to conduct a review that “will focus on the security calculation” as part of permanent changes to the mine financial security program.

The goal, the announcement said, was “to ensure sufficient funds are collected from oilsands mine operators to pay for future reclamation costs,” but that changes “will not impact environmental outcomes in any way.”

The temporary reprieve for industry raises concerns for local communities like the Mikisew Cree First Nation. The UCP government made “a decision without consulting with Mikisew Cree First Nation and we’re the ones being affected,” said Mikisew Cree Chief Peter Powder. “We’re downstream.”

“Allowing the industry to get a break doesn’t sit well with me,” he added.

Martin Olszynski, associate professor of law at the University of Calgary, doesn’t think companies should have been “allowed to skirt the consequences” of low oil prices last year.

“This wasn’t just a blip. It’s a warning,” Olszynski told The Narwhal. “You’ve built a system that’s fundamentally dependent on the value of assets and there are multiple signals being sent right now that the value of your asset is going to decrease over time.”

“What we’re staring down in the next 10 to 20 years is declining prices.” 

Nina Lothian, director of the fossil fuel program at the Pembina Institute, agrees. 

“The program is actually insufficient,” she said. “It’s already very weak in the sense that we are not managing the potential risk of massive changes in the energy market and the viability of the oilsands operators.”

Alberta oilsands liabilities already outstrip securities collected by province

The most recent estimate of total liabilities associated with oilsands mines is over $30 billion. As of September 2020, the regulator held $939 million in securities from oilsands mining companies, or just over three per cent of the estimated liabilities.

“It’s a virtual certainty that taxpayers will be on the hook for this,” Olszynski said.

The multi-billion-dollar cleanup tab is split between the six companies that operate oilsands mines: Suncor, Syncrude, Imperial Oil, Canadian Natural Resources Limited, Canadian Natural Upgrading Limited and Fort Hills Energy company. Between them, they operate nine projects.

In 2018, documents from the Alberta Energy Regulator revealed internal estimates of liabilities as high as $130 billion — far more than publicly cited figures, further stoking concerns about whether the industry will be able to pay for the cleanup.

Facing public outcry, the regulator distanced itself from its internal estimates, saying the figures represented a “worst-case scenario.”

Temporary change allows oilsands companies to sidestep paying additional securities

The changes announced by the Alberta government this month allow companies to calculate their assets based on revenue, rather than on the present-day value of oil deposits. The higher their estimate of their assets, the less likely they are to have to pay large sums in security deposits.

Under the old system, it’s unclear how many companies would have had to pay additional securities in 2020, but the UCP government is unlikely to have taken this new action unless companies were impacted in a significant way. The regulator said by email that it is “unable to determine what the amount would have been under the previous methodology.”  

With the recent changes, companies may avoid paying an annual deposit for 2020.

It’s what Lothian with the Pembina Institute said amounts to “completely undermining the purpose of the mine financial security program.” The program, she said, is designed exactly so that if companies show signs of financial issues, they must start putting aside additional security.

“Anyone with any kind of objectivity that has looked at the [mine financial security program] has concluded that it is wholly inadequate, that the previous formula was essentially too generous,” Olszynski said.

“So really, anything that puts less money into it is a bad idea,” he added. “And that’s what they’ve done this year.”

Deposit system set up to delay most security collection until the end of a mine’s life

When an oilsands company builds a new mine, it has to pay a base deposit just to get started. That upfront cost is a flat $30 million for a new oilsands mine and $60 million for one with an upgrader, a facility that processes the raw product from the oilsands into synthetic crude oil.

As a 2018 report from the Ecofiscal Commission noted, calculating the initial deposit based on project type means “projects that present greater environmental risks are not required to submit additional assurance.”

Then there’s the annual evaluation of financial health — the requirement recently amended by the Alberta government — which is intended to make companies pony up an annual deposit if they are deemed to be in a financially precarious situation.

As the Ecofiscal Commission’s report put it, the intention is that “more financially risky firms face more stringent financial-assurance requirements.”

The Narwhal asked the Alberta Energy Regulator which, if any, oilsands companies have been required to pay annual deposits in the past. A spokesperson for the regulator said by email that the assessment of companies’ financial health “have never triggered the collection of additional security.”

With the UCP government’s recent tweaks, that trend may continue again this year.

And, lastly, when a mine reaches the last 15 years of its productive life — which, for an oilsands mine, can be many decades — companies are required to increase deposits, with full security posted when a mine has six years of operations remaining.

All of these funds are held as security for the eventual cleanup bill. The deposit, Olszynski said, functions like a special purpose savings account or a Registered Education Savings Plan. 

“We’re not taking their money away from them,” he said. “This is about the idea that you should put away money now for something that you’re going to benefit from in the future.”

Auditor general previously flagged concerns about oilsands reclamation securities

The Alberta government said this month that it would look at how the deposit system works overall, acknowledging the findings of a scathing auditor general’s report released in 2015.

The auditor general’s report flagged myriad concerns with the province’s mine financial security program.

It found the program “underestimates the impact of future price declines” and left open the possibility “the province may have to pay a potentially substantial cost for this work to be completed.”

Further, it noted “calculation does not reflect any risks associated with the future economic value of the reserves” and that the province bears the burden of this risk.

All of this rests on the calculation done to determine the financial health of a company. A company deemed to be in a precarious position would have to pay additional security — something many companies likely would have had to do before the government’s temporary tweak.

The way financial health is calculated is based on numbers submitted by companies themselves.

The auditor general flagged concerns about this process, saying there’s “significant risk that asset values … are overstated.”

Part of the problem is that companies are able to include both their proven and their “probable” oil reserves as assets. According to the auditor general’s report, probable reserves are defined as those with a 50 per cent chance of being extracted.

“Treating both proven and probable reserves as equally valuable on a per barrel basis increases the risk that the [government] is overestimating the value of these assets,” the auditor general explained.

“Improvements are needed,” the report concluded, highlighting changes need to be made to how security is calculated and how it’s monitored.

Olszynski doesn’t have much faith that the government will make improvements.

“Even if they had kept the formula as it was previously, in my view, it would still not be sufficient,” he said. “They’re just going in the opposite direction.”

Indigenous communities not consulted on temporary reprieve for industry

In its announcement, the Alberta government said “Indigenous Peoples and stakeholders will be engaged in the [mine financial security program] review,” adding that further details will be announced in the coming weeks.

But according to Mikisew Cree First Nation Chief Powder, his nation was not consulted on the temporary reprieve for oilsands companies.

For him, the most recent announcement harkens back to the government’s decision last year to suspend some environmental monitoring in the oilsands — citing concerns over the COVID-19 pandemic. That decision was widely criticized; Chief Powder said it too was a “unilateral decision” done without Indigenous consultation. 

“We need to be taken seriously,” he said.

“We need to make sure that when the last drop of oil is taken out that we are well funded to reclaim the land,” he added. “That’s the most important thing. Our lands are there for the future of the Mikisew Cree First Nation.”

Advocates call for requirement of full Alberta oilsands reclamation security

Olszynski and Lothian both advocate for the requirement of full securities and timelines for progressive reclamation.

Full security would mean companies would set aside enough money to clean up their operations from the get-go. Progressive reclamation would mean they could clean up parts of their large mine footprints as they become inactive, rather than waiting until the very end of the project.

“If oilsands operators had to post the full security for their liabilities,” Lothian said, “it would incent much more progressive reclamation.” 

It’s something Mikisew Cree Chief Powder would also like to see. 

He compares the current situation to putting down an insufficient damage deposit on an apartment. 

“When the person leaves and you’ve got to clean it up, if you only have $200 then as a [landlord] you’re going to have to pay the rest yourself,” he said. 

The Mikisew Cree First Nation, which is downstream of the oilsands, is poised to bear the brunt of the effects in the long run, he said.

Advocates also note that, as of yet, some reclamation techniques for oilsands tailings ponds remain unproven. “Technological uncertainty in oilsands remediation is not reflected in …  financial-assurance requirements,” the Ecofiscal Commission report noted, adding some current remediation techniques have not been proven at scale — meaning more costly technologies may need to be deployed.

And a report last year from the Commission for Environmental Cooperation — created by Canada, Mexico and the United States to implement the environmental side agreement to the North American Free Trade Agreement — pointed out that tailings ponds in Alberta’s oilsands are leaking

Olszynski worries that all of this will one day fall to taxpayers.

“There are not that many examples of success stories, but there are dozens and dozens of examples of failures,” he said, pointing to Giant Mine in the Northwest Territories, where an old gold mine is now being cleaned up using federal dollars.

“It just seems inevitable, which is really hard to accept,” Olsynzksi said of taxpayers also footing the bill for the oilsands. 

“There’s an incredible level of frustration watching this unfold. It’s like watching a slow-motion train wreck.”


Brief: New B.C. coalition calls for improvements in species and habitat management

(Source: Revelstoke Mountaineer) A new coalition is taking aim at B.C. habitat and wildlife policies.

The Fish, Wildlife and Habitat Coalition are calling on the B.C. government to re-establish itself as a world leader in ecological management.

According to the coalition, the province is in a “dire situation for fish, wildlife, and habitat.”

By campaigning for conservation solutions, they aim to strengthen B.C. communities and economies, while protecting the environment.

The group is composed of a wide range of industries, including hunting, fishing, guiding, and tourism.

With partners from 25 organizations, the group claims to represent more than 273,000 British Columbians.

These partners include the B.C. Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited Canada, Guide Outfitters Association of British Columbia, and the Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C.

In a press release, they stated that “a lack of investment in fish, wildlife, and habitat management, combined with the impacts of resource extraction and a growing human population has severely reduced the number of species and is jeopardizing the future of B.C.’s natural legacy.”

To learn more about the coalition’s goals, methods, and partners, visit their official website supported by the B.C. Wildlife Federation.


New National Energy and Emissions Database Launched

(Source:  The Ministry of Natural Resources is supporting the development of the Municipal Energy and Emission Database (MEED), an integrated geospatial platform that tracks greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions for municipalities across Canada.

“Better data for municipalities means better planning and better energy efficiency, getting us a third of the way to our Paris targets,” said Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources.

The MEED was developed by Sustainability Solutions Group, a climate planning consultancy that has created community energy and emissions plans for over 60 municipalities, and whatIf? Technologies, experts in energy, emissions and financial modelling. Funding was provided by Natural Resources Canada’s GeoConnections Program, which facilitates sharing and use of geospatial information about Canada’s lands, people, and natural resources to support economic, social, and environmental priorities.

The platform supports open knowledge and data sharing among municipalities, particularly smaller and medium-sized municipalities, allowing greater access to standardized data on energy use and GHG emissions to support land-use planning, policy development and program design. This information is critical for designing effective plans for reducing GHG emissions.

The benefits of a MEED include:

  • A globally recognized standard: The inventories MEED generates use the Global Protocol for Community-Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories (GPC). The inventories can be used to report to the Global Covenant of MayorsCDP, and Partners for Climate Protection.
  • Capability to explore emissions by sector or fuel source: Sectors include transportation, buildings, stationary energy. Industry and agriculture, forestry and land-use are in development.
  • Comparability: Municipalities can compare their GHG emissions with peers by viewing or downloading results from other communities.
  • Transparency: Inventories are public, improving accountability for taking on climate action.

“Communities need up-to-date GHG inventories to improve energy efficiency and take effective climate action,” said Yuill Herbert of the Sustainability Solutions Group Workers Co-operative. In the past, creating inventories has been costly. Now, MEED is making inventories available free of charge so citizens, businesses and governments can get right down to fighting climate change.”


ESAA Member News


Geotech Drilling | Now with operations in Grande Prairie, Alberta

The Geotech Drilling Group of Companies is pleased to announce that we have established permanent operations in Grande Prairie, Alberta. We recognize the opportunities in this region of Alberta for drilling and cone penetration testing services, and wish to provide an advantage to our clients for decreased mobilization costs through a local contractor in the area.

Geotech has been operating in Alberta for over 25 years, supporting programs from our operations centers in Prince George, Delta and Vernon, British Columbia. Our team has been actively involved in numerous pipeline alignments, plant sites, phase II sites, and infrastructure programs. With this new operation center, we will work closely with local vendors and service providers to ensure we contribute economically to the region. During December 2020 Geotech mobilized drilling and support equipment to our Grande Prairie shop which includes, but is not limited to;

MX5D auger drill rig (truck mount)
CME 850 auger drill rig (tracked)
Fraste MDXL multipurpose drill rig (tracked)

Since setting up shop in Grande Prairie, our team has been focusing on phase II projects associated with abandoned wells and site investigations for pipeline alignments in Alberta and Northeast British Columbia. 

What benefits does this new location offer?

  • Reduce or eliminate mobilization costs from project sites in close proximity to Grande Prairie.
  • Establish a base to support and improve the efficiency of project logistics before, during, and at the completion of projects in the area.
  • Support local vendors and service providers for inventory and supplies.
  • Provide the opportunities and advantages of a “local” contractor.


Meet GP’s Project Manager

Mr. Brent Urlin joins the Geotech Group of Companies with over 20 years of experience in the geotechnical and environmental drilling markets throughout Ontario and Western Canada.  He was owner operator of Brent Urlin Drilling and Environmental Services Ltd. for over 10 years completing numerous geotechnical investigations for windmill construction and infrastructure upgrades. Most recently he was the Northern Area Manager for a drilling company based in Calgary, Alberta. Prior to that Brent was a Driller working on infrastructure programs throughout Alberta. Brent is a professional Class 1 Driver and has a Diploma in Resources Drilling and Blasting from Sir Sanford Fleming College, among other certifications.  

We are excited at the new opportunities which lie ahead and look to provide a sustainable business in the region for many years to come.  For more information regarding our drilling and CPT services in the Grande Prairie region, please contact:

Brent Urlin – Project Manager
[email protected]

Brant Jackson – Marketing Manager
[email protected]


New ESAA Member

ESAA welcomes the following new members.  If you are not a member of ESAA you can join now via:


Full Member:

Arletta Environmental Consulting Corp.

1900, 700 – 2 Street SW
Calgary, AB T2P 2W2
Phone: (403) 991-1879

Jennifer Carscallen, President
[email protected]


Arletta Environmental Consulting Corp. provides environmental management and assessment solutions to oil & gas, commercial, industrial, public and private sector clientele throughout Western Canada. With broad industry knowledge and experience, Arletta provides advanced insight and comprehensive understanding into each client’s unique situation.


 Upcoming Events


Virtual EnviroTech 2021

June 2 & 3

Starts in 2 Weeks – Have You Registered?

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
  • Group Networking
The Agenda
  • Opening Keynote – Balancing People and Nature – Simon Jackson, Spirit Bear Youth Coalition
  • Panel Discussion – Indigenous Engagement, Relationships and the Site Rehabilitation Program (SRP) –  Steve Saddleback, Indian Resource Council, Vanessa Frank, Kainai Resources Inc. / Blood Tribe, Clayton Heck, Arrowhead Abandonments
  • Closing Keynote – Gin, Tonic and Wildlife Stories – Brian Keating, Great Big Nature
  • 28 Technical Talks

Register Now

ESAA has intentionally kept the registration fees low and are asking everyone to register and to  spread the word about the event and the presentations. Approximately 90% of ESAA’s revenues come from events, and now more than ever your Association needs your support!

Registration rates:
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  • Students / Unemployed: $39
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ESAA Virtual Trivia Night

4 pm – 5pm
June 2nd, 2021

25 Spots Remaining

Register or Sponsor Now

Put on your thinking caps – it is Trivia Time.  Join us for the first ever Virtual ESAA Trivia Night.  Okay it really isn’t night time – just the end of the day.   ESAA has partnered with Nice Guys Trivia for a little virtual trivia. Compete for prizes and bragging rights.  There is sure to be some laughs and good networking.
Event Information:
  • Limited to 50 participants
  • As you register you will be automatically assigned to one of 5 teams.  If you register multiple people on the same registration you will be on the same team.  If you want to be on the same team, register as a group.  On different teams, register individually.
  • $10 for Members and EnviroTech 2021 attendees
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2021 Conference for the Canadian Brownfields Network

Keys to Brownfield Success: The Intersection of Planning, Development & Finance

Join us for the 2021 Brownfield Conference exploring the relationship between planning, development and finance in the successful redevelopment of brownfield sites. In response to the ongoing challenges with COVID-19, the event will be held virtually, kicking off with a panel discussion on Brownfields 2021 and Beyond on June 15th following CBN’s Annual General Meeting, and continuing through the afternoon (1pm to 4:30pm) of June 16th. CBN’s annual conference attracts attendees from across Canada, including land developers, engineering firms, environmental cleanup companies, and legal and financial experts.

We’ll feature a number of engaging sessions including:
  • Case Studies:  Don’t reinvent the wheel! Learn from experience in this review of lessons learned and novel approaches to site redevelopment.
  • Delivery Barriers:  A review of brownfield redevelopment challenges from a planning, development, and finance perspective.  Come hear what municipal, development, lender, and international practitioners have to say about their experience overcoming brownfield challenges and what is needed to further innovate.
  • Technical Challenges:  Technical approaches to addressing brownfield challenges are ever evolving.  In this fast-paced session, you’ll learn about more efficient, cost-effective ways to revitalize brownfields sites.
  • HUB Awards:  Join us as we recognize individual excellence in brownfields with our annual HUB Awards.

And, of course, you’ll have the opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals.  All in all, it promises to be another engaging experience.  Please note the event dates, and plan to attend!


ESAA Job Board

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

Current Listings:
  • Intermediate Reclamation/Remediation Specialist – NorthWind Land Resources
  • Environmental Geologist, Hydrogeologist, Engineer or Scientist – 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
  • Intermediate Reclamation/Environmental Scientist (Contract) – JMH Environmental
  • Project Manager, Consulting – KBL Environmental
  • Intermediate Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Junior Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Fugitive Emissions Field Technician – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Intermediate Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants
  • Client Engagement Specialist – Solstice Environmental Management
  • Intermediate Ecologist – Solstice Environmental Management
  • Intermediate to Senior Biophysical Specialist/Terrestrial Ecologist – NorthWind Land Resources
  • Intermediate/Senior Wildlife Biologist – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Junior Data Entry Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Intermediate Hydrogeologist – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • CAD Technician – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Junior Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Intermediate Environmental Consultant – North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc.
  • Graduate Environmental Scientist / Engineer / Technologist – Worley (Advisian)
  • Archaeology Permit Holder – Enviros Wilderness School Association
  • Archaeology Permit Holder – H3M Environmental
  • Archaeology Field Director – H3M Environmental
  • Assistant Project Manager – Archaeology – H3M Environmental
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