Department of Chemistry
University of Victoria
PO Box 3065, Stn. CSC
Victoria, BC

V8W 3V6


Zahra Pirani

Shannon Bard PhD

Secretary Treasurer 
Will Gaherty
 MS, P.Eng.

Marc Cameron MSc, RPBio

Ian Hers
PhD, P.Eng.

Tiona Todoruk, PhD
Heather Osachoff, PhD
Erin Shankie

Kate Schendel, M.Sc., P.Ag.

Past President
Paul West
PhD, P.Chem.







Just One Month Until 9th Annual SABCS Conference

Registration now open at

Updated Conference Program now available

Now 23 Technical Presentations and Regulatory Updates
Conference Program

Updated Workshop Program now available
 Adapting Contaminated Sites Management to a Changing Climate.
Speakers from across Canada and the United States.

Keynote Speaker

       Building Climate Resilience into US EPA’s Superfund Program: Experiences to Date          Carlos Pachon, USA EPA, Washington, DC, USA

Workship Program

Plan to attend the 9th Annual SABCS
Workshop and Conference on Contaminated Sites on
September 25th and 26th, 2019
Workshop September 25, Room 7000, Harbourside Centre
515 West Hastings Street Vancouver BC

Adapting Contaminated Sites Management to a Changing Climate

A key emerging and future trend in contaminated sites management is adaption to climate change.  We will explore how climate change is affecting our natural environment and groundwater systems, how chemical fate and transport in the subsurface may be affected by climate change, implications for site investigations, and how remedies at contaminated and mine waste sites may be vulnerable to climate change and extreme weather events. Emerging practices for identifying adaptation measures to improve assurance of climate resilience will be discussed.  The influence of climate change with respect to sea level rise, salt-water intrusion, water budget and changes in weather patterns will be considered.  Groundwater and surface water interactions are important to characterize in British Columbia given our water dominated landscape.  A sub-theme will be groundwater contamination sources and new and emerging field and mathematical approaches to characterize groundwater seepage and impacts on water bodies, where assessment includes a climate change lens.  Workshop speakers will be experts in the related fields and panel discussions will be held to facilitate interaction with participants.  The workshop will include both emerging policy and higher level issues for climate change and practical approaches for addressing this issue in contaminated sites management.

       9th Annual SABCS Conference
September 26, downtown Vancouver location at Room 1200-1500 Segal Centre  500 Granville Street.
A one day program of submitted papers in site investigation, remediation, analytical and monitoring topics has been set from submitted abstracts.

Details of September Events:

Once again, we have secured convenient venues in downtown Vancouver. We have been able to maintain the same lower fees for the events.
As in previous years, a hot breakfast and a buffet lunch are provided. Each delegate receives a flash drive with presentations for the events they are attending.
This year with generous support from McCue Engineering as the host, a mixer will be held at 5:00 p.m. after the conference on the 26th with complimentary appetizers.

Looking for Professional Development Credits?

Attendance at the SABCS Conference & Workshop may be considered as Continuing Professional Development hours for members of the BC Institute of Agrologists, College of Applied Biology, Engineers and Geoscientists BC, and the Association of the Chemical Profession of British Columbia

SABCS Welcomes 2019 Conference Sponsors

McCue Engineering Ltd. Sponsor and Host of Mixer

Keystone Environmental Ltd.

VanMars Drilling Ltd

(formerly Exova Canada)

Canadian Fuels Association


              Drillwell Enterprises


AGAT Laboratories

Bureau Veritas Laboratories

Supporting Sponsor 

Omega Environmental Drilling Ltd.


Sponsorship Opportunities Now Available

Each year, SABCS much appreciates the support of our sponsors in the contaminated sites community. Details including categories of sponsorship  can be found at:

Sponsorship Invitation

Ninth Annual SABCS Conference
September 26, 2019

Location  finalized

1200-1500 Segal Building, 500 Granville Street, Vancouver, BC 

Ninth Annual SABCS Technical Workshop
September 25, 2019

Earl and Jennie Lohn Policy Room, SFU Harbourside Centre
515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC

Associate Membership Now Available


See Membership link on the left, for those with less experience than required for

Full Member All past documents available to download on the Documents page:



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