January 30, 2006

Calendar (January 30, 2006)

February 8: Environmental Law and Due Diligence course, presented by Gowlings' Environmental Law Group; to be held in Toronto (also April 26, 2006 in Mississauga). The course will provide a synopsis of federal and Ontario environmental legislation (including Ontario's Bill 133) and will cover trends in enforcement and prosecution, what to do when an environmental inspector or investigator shows up, the due diligence defence as seen by the legislation and the courts, and strategies for achieving environmental due diligence. Details, including registration forms, are available on Gowlings' Web site, www.gowlings.com/ohslaw, or by calling 1-866-862-5787, ext 83645.

February 20-24: U.S. EPA SWMM and PCSWMM stormwater modeling workshops, followed by the 39th International Conference on Stormwater and Urban Water Systems Modeling, both to be held in Toronto. The workshops will take place February 20 through 22, with the conference on the 23rd and 24th. Conference sponsors include the ASCE Urban Water Resources Research Council, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Ontario Ministry of Environment. The workshops are sponsored by Computational Hydraulics International (CHI), in Guelph, Ont. Details from: Bill James at CHI, 519/767-0197, FAX 519/489-0695, E-mail bill@computationalhydraulics.com.

February 23-24: Best Practices for Drinking Water Treatment in the Athabaska Region, sponsored by The Canadian Institute; to be held at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre, Fort McMurray, Alta. Among the conference topics will be effective methods and technologies for removing organics; managing chlorination and its byproducts; ultrafiltration applications for the oil sands; and use of brackish groundwater as a source of potable water. Details from: The Canadian Institute, 1-877-927-7936, Web site www.CanadianInstitute.com/AH2O.

February 23 and 27: Assessing Clean Energy Project Opportunities, a free one-day training seminar sponsored by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)'s Renewable Energy Deployment Initiative (REDI) and the RETScreen International Clean Energy Decision Support Centre; to be held in Ottawa on the 23rd and in Toronto on the 27th. These seminars are designed to strengthen the ability of planners, decision-makers and industry to implement renewable energy and energy efficiency projects by providing tools for more cost-effective analysis of the technical and financial viability of such project. The seminars feature demonstrations of the RETScreen Clean Energy Project Analysis software, which has been developed for use domestically and internationally in evaluating the energy production, life-cycle costs and greenhouse gas emission reductions for various types of proposed energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies, compared to conventional energy projects. More information, including dates and locations for additional training seminars, is available on the RETScreen Web site, www.retscreen.net.

February 23: Brownfields Knowledge Workshop: Building Capacity for Brownfields Redevelopment and Revitalization in the City of Greater Sudbury, presented by aboutREMEDIATION.com (AR), the Canadian Brownfields Network (CBN) and the Greater Sudbury Development Corporation; to be held at the Regent Street Holiday Inn, Sudbury, Ont. In addition to providing an update on provincial policies and regulations, the workshop will feature AR's Brownfields Redevelopment Toolbox. The event will be of value to consultants, developers, provincial and municipal officials and other stakeholders. The same program, oriented to issues in the Kingston area, will be offered February 28 at the Radisson Hotel Kingston Harbourfront Hotel in Kingston, Ont. Details from: Joanna Hickling at the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA), 905/822-4133, ext 237, E-mail jhickling@oceta.on.ca, or at www.aboutremediation.com.

March 1 and 2: The Sustainability Challenge Conference, presented by the non-profit organization ForestLeadership and sponsored by Weyerhaeuser, the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) and the Ontario government; to be held at the Wyndham Bristol Place Hotel, Toronto. Conference discussions will address: sustainability challenges and opportunities in North America's forests; management of global certified supply chains; climate change and forestry; opportunities associated with bio-energy; reconciliation of sustainability with financial performance; and implementation of corporate social responsibility. A highlight of the event will be the release of key results of the landmark 2006 ForestLeadership Sustainability Survey. Among the speakers will be Ontario Natural Resources Minister David Ramsay; Frank Dottori, founder and retired president and CEO of Tembec; and World Wildlife Fund-Canada president emeritus Monte Hummel. Details from: ForestLeadership, 514/274-4344, FAX 514/277-6663, E-mail conference@forestleadership.com, Web site www.ForestLeadership.com.

March 29-31: Globe 2006 9th biennial Conference and Trade Fair on Business and the Environment, to be held at the Vancouver Convention and Exhibition Centre, Vancouver. This year's main themes include: Corporate Sustainability; Energy and Environment; Building Better Cities; and Global Environmental Markets and Financing. More than 200 international speakers have been lined up for the event, among them Annette Verschuren, president of Home Depot Canada; Elyse Allan, CEO of General Electric Canada and former head of the Toronto Board of Trade; Avrim Lazar, president and CEO of the Forest Products Association of Canada; and Michael Gallagher, president of Westport Innovations. Details are available on the Globe Web site, www.globe2006.com.

April 9-11: Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO) 2006 Annual Technical Symposium, to be held at the Doubletree International Plaza Hotel, Toronto. The program will feature the latest developments in watershed management, preliminary and primary treatment, biological treatment, advanced treatment technologies, biosolids management, odour control and new technologies and research. Details from: WEAO, 416/410-6933, E-mail weao@weao.org, Web site www.weao.org.

April 26-27: Second Annual Summit on the Greater Golden Horseshoe, presented by the Strategy Institute; to be held at the Old Mill Inn, Toronto. Sessions will focus on legislative and policy initiatives aimed at managing growth and ensuring sustainable development in Ontario's Golden Horseshoe region. Case studies will illustrate how other jurisdictions have integrated these two objectives. Details are available on the Strategy Institute Web site, www.strategyinstitute.com.

May 9-12: Climate Change Technology Conference, presented by the Engineering Institute of Canada (EIC) and its member societies; to be held at the Ottawa Congress Centre, Ottawa. Details from: EIC Climate Change Conference, 613/839-1108, FAX 613/839-1406, Web site www.ccc2006.ca.

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