Accidents happen. It’s how we respond to them that matters most, especially when it comes to accidental spills in terrestrial, aquatic, and marine environments.

From the onset of a spill through to post-spill assessment and remediation, Hemmera’s spill response team will help you rapidly and effectively respond to environmental emergencies.. In those critical hours following an incident, we arrive onsite to assess the release and recommend response actions. In the days and weeks following the spill, we assess the extent of impacts to vegetation, wildlife, fish, and other receptors, and carefully collect verification samples to document the success of cleanup efforts. In addition to our in-house team, we have assembled a trusted group of subcontractors and have subcontract agreements in place to provide additional hands-on support to guide the collective spill response effort.

Experience has proven that successful spill response comes from effective communication between our clients, our teams of spill response experts, as well as legal advisors, regulatory representatives, and other parties as circumstances require. We also understand how imperative it is to characterize a spill as quickly and thoroughly as possible. Our team has extensive experience either leading spill response teams or serving as major contributors to client-led teams. Our inclusive approach ensures we can help our clients minimize the extent of a spill while collecting and sharing quality data and accurate information to help restore environmental balance.

Our team

Our team members have been involved in a significant number of spills for a variety of clients, including Hydro One, Imperial Oil, Chevron, BC Hydro, and Enbridge.

Jason Azzam, Senior Spill Preparedness and Response Specialist: As an accredited environmental professional (EP, EMS-LA) Jason brings over 13 years of industry and consulting experience in Canada and internationally. Jason has managed and led spill preparedness and response planning; Environmental Management System development and auditing (ISO 14001); Green House Gas Verifications; Towards Sustainable Mining Verifications; Sustainability Reporting Verifications; Human health and ecological risk assessments; contaminated site investigations; and environmental assessments for clients..

Darrell Desjardin, Vice President, Ports and Infrastructure: Darrell offers our clients more than 28 years of experience in the environmental, ports, and marine sectors. He has led multi-disciplinary teams to conduct major environmental assessments, air quality inventories, and risk assessments, while directing spill response plans and efforts and developing emission reduction strategies.

Doug Bright, Practice Leader, Environmental Risk Assessment: Backed by 25 years of experience managing and contributing to environmental planning and approvals processes, Dr. Bright’s work focuses on assessment of contaminant fate and effects, soil quality, and water quality, as well as human health and ecological risk. Doug has a strong working relationship with regulators in BC and Alberta, and has conducted extensive research on relevant projects funded by the Alberta Upstream Petroleum Research Fund, the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, as well as the BC Oil and Gas Research and Innovation Society program.



A key tool in Hemmera’s spill response capabilities is our toll-free, 24-hour, 365-day emergency response call-in number for all of our clients, enabling us to immediately mobilize our team of experienced staff at a moment’s notice.