Understanding Environmental Regulations - British Columbia

Online /
Oct 26 - 29, 2021 /
Course Code: 12-1025-ONL21

  • Overview
  • Syllabus
  • Instructor


Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 4 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

12:30 pm to 6:30 pm Eastern Time (Will include a short break)

After participating in this course, you will be able to do the following:

  • Update your knowledge and skills in reporting, inspections and investigations, and environmental management
  • Gain an understanding of the legislation and applicable environmental regulation that directly impact solid waste, industrial effluents and air emissions
  • Review practical approaches for environmental compliance as applicable to contaminated site and decommissioning projects, hazardous materials, storage tanks and spills
  • Learn to manage environmental issues with substantial liabilities
  • Understand the roles and obligations of various types of environmental professionals


Given the operational and economic changes resulting from the pandemic, environmental regulation is expected to undergo significant changes in the year ahead. Remaining up to date and understanding these changes and the potential to affect the roles and responsibilities of regulated industries, consultants and regulators is central to meeting compliance obligations.

This online format course will increase your understanding of environmental compliance issues in the Province, including applicable Federal requirements.

The course emphasizes the application of regulations in the areas of most concern to industry.

Whether you have limited previous knowledge or simply need to maintain an up to date knowledge of important changes, you will receive a comprehensive overview of the federal and provincial environmental regulations governing proposed projects and facilities and how regulation may affect industrial processes and projects.

Course Outline

  • Introduction - the legal system
  • The environmental regulatory process for projects
  • Permitting and Impact Assessment
  • Inspection, enforcement and liability
  • Federal legislation – fish and fish habitat and the Fisheries Act
  • Provincial water and water resources regulation
  • Water taking and effluent discharge regulation/reporting
  • Species legislation
  • Air quality legislation and standards
  • Industrial emissions compliance
  • Compliance monitoring and reporting
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Nuisance - noise and odour
  • Dealing with wastes
  • Managing contaminated sites
  • Conclusion

Who Should Attend:

Environmental Managers • Coordinators • Engineers • Scientists• Environmental Departments • Corporate/Project Managers • Directors and Officers • Facility Managers • Plant Superintendents • In-house counsel • Consultants • Regulatory Personnel• Municipal Personnel 

Special Features:

This online course is designed specifically to enhance your knowledge and develop your skills in areas of everyday concern to you. Industrial environmental professionals with limited previous knowledge will become knowledgeable about applicable environmental regulations, while more experienced professionals will benefit from the reference materials and the updates of the regulations. Both will receive a comprehensive overview of federal, provincial and how they affect industrial processes and projects. 

More Information

Time: 12:30 PM - 6:30 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.


Day I

Instructor: Sarah D. Hansen,LL.M., Miller Thomson LLP

  • Introduction – the legal system
  • The environmental regulatory process for projects
  • Permitting and Impact Assessment
  • Inspection, enforcement and liability

Day 2

Instructor: Steven Evans, LL.M., Miller Thomson LLP

  • Water resources
  • Federal legislation – habitat and the Fisheries Act
  • Provincial water regulation
  • Water taking and effluent discharge regulation/reporting
  • Species at risk legislation

Day 3

Instructor: Stephen Lamming, Ph.D., E.P.

  • Air quality legislation and standards
  • Industrial emissions compliance
  • Monitoring and reporting
  • Environmental emergencies
  • Nuisance – noise and odour

Day 4

Instructor: Stephen Lamming

  • Dealing with wastes
  • Managing contaminated sites
  • Conclusion


Steven Evans, J.D.

Steven Evans practises commercial litigation, environmental law, and insurance law. He advises clients on a wide range of matters and assists them in achieving successful resolutions of their disputes.

Steven obtained his Juris Doctorate from the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. While at law school, Steven volunteered with Pro Bono Students Canada and was active in the Student Animal Law Association and Weldon Arts and Culture Society. In 2013, he was awarded the John V. O’Dea Prize and co-authored a paper on climate change adaptation that was published by the journal Climate Law. In his third year, he attended the National University of Singapore on an international exchange and co-authored a report for East Coast Environmental Law on Nova Scotia’s failure to protect species-at-risk.

Sarah Hansen, LL.M.

Sarah Hansen is a Partner in the Litigation group in the Vancouver office of Miller Thomson LLP. She has experience and expertise in environmental and aboriginal law, including contaminated site litigation.

Sarah has practice experience representing clients in complex commercial litigation matters relating to environmental matters and focusing on regulatory and administrative law, extra-provincial regulatory regimes, industry standards, sustainable energy practices, climate change, and environmental compliance issues. She also has experience in aboriginal law and practice including consultation with First Nations, consultation protocols, and various issues concerning consultation and accommodation with First Nations in relation to energy projects and rights and title claims.< She has represented clients in litigation and environmental defence matters under the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, the British Columbia Contaminated Sites Regulation, and the Federal Fisheries Act including working with municipalities, government and First Nations.

She has worked on complex regulatory matters including: a mine expansion project; environmental assessments and First Nations consultation; the Mackenzie Valley Pipeline Project before the National Energy Board; and an electricity project before the British Columbia Utilities Commission. She is an executive member of the CBA National Environment, Energy and Resources Law Section (NEERLS). Sarah is called to the bar in British Columbia, Alberta and the Yukon.

Stephen Lamming, Ph.D., E.P.

Now mostly retired, Stephen was until 2017, a Principal Consultant with the Wood Group (formerly Amec Foster Wheeler Environment & Infrastructure) in the field of air quality management. With more than 40 years of experience in air quality management, his expertise includes emissions assessment, air monitoring, dispersion modelling, and climate change mitigation/adaptation. Dr. Lamming has worked with municipal, industrial, and resource sector clients across Canada and internationally to assess climate impacts, determine emissions, prepare and execute sampling programs, conduct transport and dispersion modelling, assess community impact, develop abatement and monitoring strategies, and prepare permit documentation.

He has also been involved in air quality assessment and management studies (including greenhouse gases) as part of the federal and provincial environmental assessment process in the areas of oil & gas, mining, thermal power, major industry projects and forest products. He is a Director of the AWMA Ontario Section, a member of ISO technical committees, and continues to keep abreast of the latest trends in air quality management and control.


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Fee & Credits

$1995 + taxes

  • 2.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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