PFAS Symposium

ESAA PFAS Symposium

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7:15 am to 5:00 pm
December 6th, 2023

Fairmont Palliser, Calgary



Event Sponsored by:

ALS NEW 2022

PFAS, PFOS and other forever chemicals are widely used, long lasting chemicals, components of which break down very slowly over time.  These chemicals are now everywhere in the environment (soil, water and blood streams of people and animals).  Remediation and management of PFAS-contaminated sites are very challenging and complex, and the removal of PFAS from the broader environment is not currently possible.

This one day symposium will feature 5 panel discussions each focussing on a different aspect of this growing issue: Science,  Legal, Testing, Risk Management and Treatment.

Final Attendee List

Presentations - Click the Presenter Name to Download (PDF)


7:15 – 8:10 am

Networking Breakfast


8:10 – 8:20 am

Opening Comments

Joe Chowaniec, ESAA Executive Director

9:30 – 9:50 am

Coffee Break


9:50 – 11:00 am

Regulatory and Legal Panel – What are the Regulatory and Legal Perspectives in Alberta, Canada and the US

Sean Parker, Partner – McLennan Ross LLP

Matt Gardner, Partner – Willms & Shier Environmental Lawyers LLP
Rick Williams, Partner and National Leader, Environmental – Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Stefano Marconetto, Sr. Principal Engineer and PFAS Practice Lead, WSP

11:00 – 11:20 am

Coffee Break


11:20 – 12:30 pm

Testing Panel – How Are We Identifying the Level of Contamination

Laura Rathgeber, Vice President – AGAT Laboratories

Desiree Hui, Manager Speciality Chemistry – AGAT Laboratories
Sanja Risticevic, Senior Scientist – ALS Environmental
Tim Russell, Vice President – Barr Engineering

12:30 – 1:40 pm


Buffet Lunch

PFAS in Products: Policy, Markets and Advocacy
Cassie Barker, Senior Program Manager, Toxics
Environmental Defence Canada


3:10 – 3:30 pm

Coffee Break

4:40 – 4:50 pm

Closing Comments

Joe Chowaniec, Executive Director, ESAA


  • Members – $279 + GST
  • Non-Members – $349 + GST


  • Cancellation deadline is October 15th.  Cancellations prior to October 15th will be subject to a $50 processing fee.  After October 15th, no cancellations will be accepted and no refunds will be issued. Passes can be transferred to another individual.
  • Registration fees includes access to the symposium, breakfast, lunch and coffee breaks.
  • Registration fees does not include taxes, hotel or travel.
  • GST number – R123692360 


  • Event Sponsor – SOLD (includes 3 delegate passes, on-screen logo branding during the event, and a prime spot for a company pop-up banner)
  • Breakfast Sponsor – SOLD  (includes 1 delegate pass, exclusive on-screen logo branding during the breakfast,  and a spot for a company pop-up banner)
  • Lunch Sponsor – SOLD  (includes 1 delegate pass, exclusive on-screen logo branding during lunch, and a spot for a company pop-up banner) 
  • Coffee Break Sponsor – SOLD  (includes 1 delegate pass and a spot for a company pop-up banner) 
  • Company Display (Pop-Up Banner) – $750 + GST (3 remaining)