The British Columbia Environment Industry Association (BCEIA) hosted their inaugural Bettering Environmental Stewardship and Technology (BEST) Conference in Whistler, May 29-30, 2014. More than 180 delegates attended sessions and panel discussions on topics that ranged from trends in remediation and Brownfields renewal, to fostering First Nations relationships and recent changes in environmental assessment policy, regulations, and practices.

Hemmera has a strong presence in BCEIA – two senior Hemmera staff members sit on the BCEIA Board of Directors for 2014-2015. Jason Wilkins, Director of Land Development, and Anju Wicke, Business Leader for BC/Yukon, were also members of the BEST Organizing Committee. In addition, Jason moderated various sessions, including one that focused on Brownfields, and other Hemmera experts gave presentations during the conference.

On the first day of the conference, Business Leader Mike Choi led off the Trends in Remediation stream with his presentation on Site Groundwater Management Strategies: Groundwater Remediation Using Permeable Reactive Barriers. Permeable reactive barriers (PRBs) are developed according to a site’s unique characteristics to treat a diverse range of inorganic and organic contaminants, and are a successful tool for remediating groundwater contamination. Utilizing natural biological and chemical treatment approaches, PRBs intercept and passively treat dissolved contaminant plumes, thereby reducing risks to downstream receiving environments and receptors. Mike’s presentation explored potential design and installation strategies for PRBs, and provided information on their remediation performance.

In addition to this professional presentations, Hemmera was a proud sponsor of the event, and was honoured to play a part in BCEIA BEST 2014.

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