Online Webinars

Webinar Training Topics
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Webinars are a convenient, low-cost, and an efficient training option. We have instructors from a variety of disciplines, with specialties in environmental monitoring, compliance with legislation, environmental management systems, and various other fields.


Acute and Chronic Toxicity Testing

How to Interpret Information

This webinar explains Acute and Chronic Toxicity testing (e.g. Trout, Daphnia magna, Fathead Minnow, Ceriodaphnia dubia, and Algae), and how to interpret the reports and the results.

Breeding Bird Surveys and Nest Searches

Stay in Compliance and Avoid Contravention of MBCA

This webinar gives insight into performing Breeding Bird Surveys and the Migratory Birds Convention Act (MBCA).

Activities such as tree clearing during breeding bird season can render clients in contravention of this act unless preventative action is taken. Nest Searches can help to identify nests with eggs and to protect those nests from tree clearing activities. This webinar will help you to stay in compliance and avoid contravention of MBCA.

Building a Value-Added Legal Registry

Best Practices and Legislation

Imagine this: You are an environmental coordinator for a mining company. The site management team is discussing a problem with scale build-up in the polishing pond pumps and pipes. A suggestion to remedy the problem in the least expensive way is to open a valve and allow fresh water into the pond to bring the pH of the water down. The outlet of the polishing pond is to final treatment and final discharge.

The Mine Manager looks at you and says, “Can we do that?”

What do you do?

Closure Plan Expectations

Ontario's regulatory requirements and triggers for a Closure Plan will be reviewed in detail. Participants will understand the approval process for Closure Plans and Closure Plan Amendments.

Environmental Emergency Response Plans

For the Resource-Based Industry

This webinar is used to assist industry professionals in the development, and/or implementation of Environmental Emergency Response Plans.

As the HSE culture has been prioritized in resource-based industries, the development of ERP and EERP has become a requirement. There are numerous factors to consider when structuring, developing and implementing an EERP including legal requirements, site-specific requirements as well as other corporate commitments.

Environmental Monitor Data Management

Tips, Tricks and Tools

This webinar is used to help beginners to Microsoft Excel organize spreadsheets and data into meaningful formats!

Environmental Data collection can result in significant quantities of data pertaining to water quality, air quality, and soil quality sampling. Organizing and representing this data into meaningful outputs can be a tedious and challenging task. This webinar will teach the basics of data management using Microsoft Excel software.

Data representation methodologies will be presented to help excel users to represent data using a number of different tools provided in Excel. Course participants will learn the basics of representing data using charts and tables, calculations, formulas, and statistical analysis tools available in Excel.

Environmental Permitting Triggers

Keep your Ontario Project in Compliance

This webinar is used to help beginners to Microsoft Excel organize spreadsheets and data into meaningful formats!

Receive the latest information on the permit application process and environmental permitting triggers for mining projects in Ontario.

Environmental permits include, for example, MNRF work permits under the Lakes and Rivers Improvement Act, MOECC Environmental Compliance Approvals under the Environmental Protection Act / Ontario Water Resources Act, MOECC Permits to Take Water under the Ontario Water Resources Act, DFO Authorizations under the Fisheries Act, and Federal Environmental Assessments under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act, etc.

Erosion and Sediment Control

Fundamentals of Installation and Maintenance

We invite you to participate in the basic fundamentals required in order to maintain proper erosion and sediment control.

Learn the do's and don'ts of purchasing, installing and maintaining the proper controls that will remain effective for the life of the project while impressing authorities.

Establishing Your Annual Environmental Req. Calendar

Start planning your next calendar year!

Now is the time to plan for the Calendar year! Consider an annual 'master calendar' for planning your site-specific environmental monitoring programs (regulatory requirements, site specific monitoring, mock environmental spill drills, closure sampling, etc…)….to name a few.

During this webinar, we'll go over the major reporting dates in the calendar year for the Ontario regulations in the Mining Industry, as well as applicable Federal regulations. Not in the mining sector you say? No problem. Drop us a line and we can tailor a webinar to your environmental compliance needs.

Fundamentals of Bat Studies

Best Practices and Legislation

Imagine this: Three bat species in our area are considered endangered by the the Endangered Species Act COSEWIC. Any development now needs to consider these bats and bat habitat before project can proceed. Strategies for bat studies are still being developed and a new draft protocol was just release by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Our webinar will give a good indication of bat ecology, bat habitat, how assessments for bat habitat are conducted, and outline requirements of the new draft protocol.

Hazardous Waste Storage

Best Practices and Legislation

While inspecting any industrial site, one of the first locations that an Inspector or auditor will go is to the hazardous waste storage area.

Why is that? Because this area is one that is typically high-risk in terms of spills and potential risks to the environment, and in our experience, there is always something to be found that is not in compliance with the litany of environmental legislation (O. Reg. 347, Fire Code, WHMIS, TDG, etc…).

Ensure that the subject/hazardous waste at your site is being risk-managed, and would pass an inspection with flying colours!

How to Build a Study

Completing Studies to Support Compliance Obligations

This webinar is intended for individuals who have been requested to complete a scientific research study to support compliance obligations.

Using examples from resource-based industries, we will review the steps required to produce a study, such as: identifying the purpose of study, developing objectives/hypotheses, determining the methodology (e.g. information review, sampling, observations, experiments, etc.), collection and analysis of data, comparing results (i.e. standards, baseline/background/reference site data), and reporting.

HWIN and O.Reg 347

What you Need to Know

A popular topic in the environmental world is dealing with hazardous wastes at industrial sites. During this webinar, we’ll cover the basics of O.Reg 347, and then we’ll delve into LDR (land disposal restrictions) where the regulation was amended and became much more detailed.

Indigenous and Public Consultation

Best Practices and Legislation

Our webinar will involve a presentation regarding best practices for engaging the public, Métis, as well as First Nation communities, with the goal of developing long term relationships for mineral exploration and mining activities.

Indigenous Consultation rules and best practices as they relate to Closure Plan submissions and permitting will be examined.

Invasive Species

Understanding the Act

In November 2016, Ontario passed a new law entitled the Invasive Species Act, 2015. The law aims to regulate activities that could impact two types of invasive species:

  • Prohibited Species
  • Restricted Species

The act identifies prohibitions and restrictions on invasive species, and requires consideration during natural environment assessments.

If you would like to learn more about the requirements and recommendations set out in the Invasive Species Act, joins us for an hour long webinar.

ISO 14001:2015

EMS Overview

Have you been tasked with the responsibility of upgrading your site’s Environmental Management System to meet the new requirements of the ISO 14001:2015 Standard, but you’re not sure where to start? Are you an internal auditor that will be involved in assessing the conformance of an EMS to ISO 14001:2015, but you’re not sure what evidence to look for?

This webinar will cover the following:

  • New High-Level Structure of the Standard
  • New/updated terms and concepts
  • New/updated clauses and requirements
  • Practical tips on how to implement the new/updated requirements
  • What to expect in an audit
  • Transition timelines and process

Management of Changes

That May Impact the Environment

In resource-based industries, change is a regular occurrence (e.g. new projects, process changes, product changes, equipment changes, personnel changes). The challenge is how to manage changes at a site that have the potential to impact the environment / environmental management system prior to them occurring.

During this webinar, we'll review how a management of change system can be implemented at a site in order to minimize environmental risks associated with these changes.

Metal Mines Effluent Regulations (MMER)

Have you been told that you are now responsible for the management of mine waste water for your site?

This webinar is an introduction to the Federal Metal Mines Effluent Regulation, providing a review of the criteria for adherence to the MMER regulation, and an overview of the monitoring and reporting requirements.

Provincial and Federal Report Coaching

Best Practices and Legislation

In Canada, resource industries must monitor air, water, and land when there is a discharge into the natural environment. Along with the monitoring is the requirement to report the data to the provincial and federal governments typically through their “on-line” reporting systems.

Navigating through the rough seas of online data reporting can be a daunting task (especially when spring runoff is on!) if you are new to reporting your site’s monitoring data, or if you could use a refresher on a few sites, join us for this one-hour free seminar on how to provide information for:

  • NPRI (Annual pollutant release inventory report),
  • WTRS (Annual water takings report for Permits to Take Water),
  • MEWS (MOECC’s discharge water reporting website),
  • RISS (Environment Canada’s discharge water reporting website) and,
  • EEM (Environment Canada’s discharge water reporting for Environmental Effects monitoring, including how to enter acute and sublethal toxicity data).

Revegetating your Site Using Native Plant Species

Industry Footprint to Natural Habitat

Revegetating your site using native species can be successful with the right planning. This webinar will help you identify which plants would do best on your site, how to strategically plant native species to obtain an optimal ground cover in the shortest amount of time and the benefits of using native plant species.

Native plants succeed differently than the general MTO mix. However, when used, can offer a landscape that blends naturally with the surrounding area offering high quality habitat for animal species.

If you want to know how you can use Native Plant Species to rehabilitate your site in place of the general MTO Mix, then this webinar is for you!

Scheduling and Managing Effective Environmental Audits

Understanding Principles and Concepts

Learn how to design and manage effective environmental auditing programs that are focused on assessing an organization's compliance with environmental regulatory requirements.

This webinar will cover auditing principles and concepts, the audit process, the development of an audit schedule, the determination of audit scope and criteria, and the preparation of audit tools (e.g. checklists/protocols). A list of applicable legislation will also be highlighted.

Site Inspections

What is Required?

This webinar will explore the various types of environmental inspections that are typically conducted by internal personnel at industrial sites, including inspections of waste, chemical and fuel storage areas.

Learn why particular inspections are required (i.e. regulatory vs. site-driven requirement), when to perform inspections, and how to record and manage inspection results.

Site Water Runoff and Preparing for Spring Freshet

An Introduction to the Seasonal Challange

Water management can be one of the biggest environmental challenges on an industrial site, whether the site is in construction, operation or closure. Depending on the industry and climate in the area, there may be particular challenges related to surface water runoff contamination. Site runoff can occur naturally from rain and snow melt (freshet), or can be generated by site activities (particularly construction).

In this webinar, we will take a look at the regulatory requirements related to Storm Water Control Studies, as well as provide tips on how to prepare for, prevent, manage and monitor runoff.

Species at Risk (SAR)

Insight into Permitting Requirements

Development activities today are impacting the habitat of plants and animals. Some of these species become at risk and are listed provincially or federally as Endangered, Threatened or Special Concern. Activities within the potential habitat of these species at risk are regulated by the government under the species at risk act and the endangered species act.

This webinar gives some insight into the legislation but is mostly focused on Permitting and timing windows to perform species at risk work.

Spill Action Center

When do I need to call?

External Reporting Requirements/Exemptions
for Spills in Ontario

Oh-oh, there's been an environmental incident on your site. What do you do next? Being prepared for environmental emergencies is just like being prepared for emergencies at home, school and work.

Our webinar will navigate the language around the Environmental Protection Act, the Classification and Exemption of Spills (O. Reg. 657/98), Spill Prevention and Contingency Plans (O. Reg. 224/07), and other regulatory requirements to help you understand what is considered a "Reportable Spill" in Ontario.

Spill Response and Clean-up

Understand the safety considerations and regulations when responding to a spill event. Learn proper containment, clean-up, reporting and restoration protocols.

Stormwater Control Studies

Understanding compliance, Protocols, and Risks

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Understanding E2 Regulations and Changes

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Waste Management and Recycling

In a resource-based industry, the management of wastes is a demanding and constant necessity of the business.

This webinar will review regulatory requirements around waste management, examples of waste-related practices in industry, as well as opportunities for recycling at your site.

Water Quality Monitoring Programs

Develop, implement, and regularly update your long-term monitoring program to protect and maintain water quality and environmental health.

Winter Environmental Emergencies

Are You Prepared?

Imagine this scenario. It’s 2am in February and you get a call from the work site stating that the power is out, and the pH at the final effluent discharge has fallen from 7.0 to 6.6 in the last half hour. Or this scenario. It’s -40C in January. There’s been a break in a water line, and there are sampling requirements at various locations for TSS every 3 hours. The locations are only accessible via snow machine 20km into the bush.

In both situations, you are expected to get to site to monitor, repair, or maintain certain levels. Are you prepared for several hours of work outside? Join us for this one hour talk to discuss a safety field plan, personal preparedness as well as site preparedness during the harsh winter conditions.

Are you prepared for several hours of work outside?

Join us for this one hour talk to discuss a safety field plan, personal preparedness as well as site preparedness during the harsh winter conditions.

Winter Fieldwork Safety

Guidelines for Working in Sub-Zero Temperatures

Working outdoors has its challenges, even in the best of conditions. In Canada, working outdoors requires considerable amounts of preparation in order to face the variable Canadian climates…some of the toughest being our cold winter months.

Our webinar will involve a presentation regarding best safety practices for winter fieldwork as well as provide tips and tools to use when preparing for your next outing, while adhering to industrial site requirements.

Working Around Wetlands

What you Should Know

Webinar to be offered in Spring 2017. Description Coming Soon


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