Speaker: Dr. William Shotyk 

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Understanding the environmental impacts of the industrial development of the Athabasca Bituminous Sands has been hampered by the paucity of high quality analytical data for contaminants in environmental media such as soil, water, air and plants. This deficiency stems from inappropriate sampling, handling and analytical methods which have commonly been employed, inadequate limits of detection (LOD), lack of suitable quality assurance and quality control (QA/QC), and lack of consideration of potential contamination during sample collection, preparation and analysis. To make matters worse, there has been insufficient consideration of the natural abundance and geochemical cycling of trace elements, including the potentially toxic “heavy metals”, all of which always have a natural source, in addition to anthropogenic contributions to the environment. In this presentation, specific examples are given to illustrate some of the problems and pitfalls found in recent reports as well as journal publications, in an effort to avoid repeating past mistakes.

Speaker: Lars De Pauw, Orphan Well Association

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Speaker: Jim Campbell, CEPA

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Speaker: Keith Wilson, Surface
Rights Lawyer

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Speaker: Lee Funke, Torque Communications

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Speaker: Doug Lyall, Hub International

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Speaker: Chris Turner, Author, Global Sustainability Research

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A mix of speakers will share information in a 15 minute/speaker topic presentation format related to key environment topics facing Albertans today. Oilsands, orphan wells, legal challenges facing landowners, risks in professional practice, the pipeline story and the energy industry in Albertan today will be reviewed. Come and listen to the “current” and be prepared to ask key questions of the panel during the Q&A session.

Speaker: Les Fuller, Director of Member Competence, AIA

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Speaker: David Lloyd, CEO/Registrar, AIA

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This session will provide CCP attendees the opportunity to better understand AIA’s current role regarding professional practice and how this role has recently changed. David Lloyd and Dr. Les Fuller will share the “New AIA” as opposed to the “Past AIA”. Three practice standards will be reviewed and explanation provided about how these standards were developed, how they are employed, how members assess themselves against the standards and how these standards are used in practice reviews. The three standards to be reviewed are:
Crop Production
Land Reclamation
Contaminated Lands – Assessment, Remediation and Management

“Refreshments” will be available during the 2nd half of the interaction to ‘enhance’ dialogue! Attendance is limited to 100 people so register early!

Speaker: Dr. Terry Osko, Circle T Consulting, COSIA

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Speaker: Tracy Scott, Ducks Unlimited  

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Speaker: Dr. Lars Hallstrom   

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Wetlands are a major component of North American ecosystems - they sustain significant flora and fauna, reduce the frequency and severity of flood damage, recharge groundwater, reduce erosion and filter sediment and contaminants. In other words, they provide major ecosystem services to both natural and human populations. However, both Canada and the USA have seen significant wetlands loss since colonization (14 to 50%) and such loss is particularly notable in southern Alberta (60-90% loss). Canada has been committed to the wise management of wetlands since joining Ramsar in 1987, and wetland functions are key to resource planning, management and economic development policy. As a result, this panel draws from the experience and expertise of a range of applied, natural resource and policy specialists to examine the current state of knowledge, practice and policy regarding wetlands, wetland functionality, and the balances needed between land use, ecosystems services and mitigation: (1) Dr. Lars K Hallstrom (University of Alberta) will set the contextual stage for this panel with a comparative overview of wetland policies, approaches to functionality, and the implications of no-net loss, mitigation banking, and other approaches to wetland conservation. (2) Dr. Terry Osko (Circle T Consulting, COSIA) will provide examples of the challenges of working in boreal wetlands and the resulting research collaboration within the in situ oil sands industry to address gaps in knowledge and practice, with the ultimate goals of accelerating positive ecological outcomes and achieving policy objectives and regulatory compliance. (3) Tracy Scott (Ducks Unlimited) will discuss the practical considerations, challenges and opportunities of wetland policy implementation in working landscapes. He will highlight the often-overlooked opportunity side of the policy, focusing on DUC’s work in utilizing funds generated by mitigation to reward rural landowners for the provision of ecosystem services via wetland restoration while improving their bottom line.
Speaker: Richard Dixon  

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This CCP session will make use of ‘Artificial intelligence (AI)’ feedback software that will address ethical challenges facing agrology practitioners today. For this work shop, the AI system will make use of the Land Reclamation Practice Standard. However, ALL agrology professionals in AIA will benefit from this learning session. A set of practice scenarios will be identified. Client pressures will be imposed. Management personnel for the agrology practitioner will direct actions and decisions that will cause ethical conflicts. Options, responses and feedback will be provided by the AI software. Group discussions after the AI feedback will examine responses that could be considered. 

The CCP session requires each participant to bring a laptop or notebook that has internet web access. Registration is restricted to 75 participants. Senior AIA members will assist with this course delivery and member interaction.
Speaker: Dr. Steven Tannas 

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Grasses, Sedges, Rushes and other monocots have been typically labelled as hard to identify and many professionals struggle to correctly identify these species due to the fact that they have similar leaf structures and, in many cases, their flowering structures are either not present or not easily distinguished from a distance. This talk will provide hands on experience for professionals to learn the identifying characteristics of these species and practice hands on with live plants in the keying process. Identification will focus on vegetative characteristics as well as reproductive structures.