Posted on October 17, 2018

Organization: Canadian Urban Institute

2018 Ontario Excess Soils Symposium

November 28, 2018 8:30 am to November 28, 2018 5:30 pm

Soil is a critical resource. It supports plant growth, stores and filters water and stores carbon. It is a crucial part of our ecosystem. Due to construction and development in Ontario 25 million cubic metres of excess soil is generated and transported across the Province each year. The movement and relocation of this soil must be properly managed to mitigate negative impacts to communities and the environment and to help preserve this critical resource.

To help support the beneficial reuse of excess soil the Canadian Urban Institute is convening the 2018 Ontario Excess Soil Symposium in partnership with experts from industry, government, NGOs and academia.

The event will be held on November 28 in Ajax Ontario and feature lessons learned and successful case studies about the management of excess soil. Discussion topics will include:

  • Successful pilot projects and case studies
  • Technology options
  • Soil quality and carbon storage
  • Prevention of illegal dumping and enforcement
  • Advances in municipal by-laws
  • And more

Speakers include:

  • Hon Rod Phillips, Minister, Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks
  • Francine Kelly-Hooper, Environmental Contaminant Scientist, Stantec
  • Didi Pershouse, Author of Understanding Soil Health and Watershed Function
  • Dean Young, Sustainable Technologies Evaluation Program, Toronto & Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)
  • Janet Bobechko, Senior Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP
  • Rob Baldwin, General Manager, Planning and Development, Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority
  • Tom Halinski, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP
  • Meggen Janes, Director of Soil and Groundwater Management, Waterfront Toronto
  • Kevin Goldberg, Product Manager, SynerTrack
  • Derek Stephens & Chris Lant, SCS Consulting
  • Grant Walsom, Partner, XCG Consulting