Toronto West CAER Speakers







Rosanna DiLabioRosanna DiLabio, M.Sc., P.Eng., EP(CEA)
Pinchin Ltd.

Rosanna gave a presentation on the City of Toronto's Sewer Use By-Law. The presentation included the:
• History
• Purpose of the By-Law
• Powers of the By-Law
• By-Law Fines
Sewer Discharger Obligations
Pollution Prevention Planning Obligations
Proposed changes to By-Law
Case Studies

In addition, she also described the nature of the Pollutants, what are Prohibited Discharges and Limits and Assessing Discharges. What the Investigation Options were, Compliance Programs and the nature of Surcharge Costs and Surcharge Agreements and finally, Reducing Costs.

Ms. DiLabio can be reached at Pinchin Ltd.
Kara EdwardsKara Edwards
Manager, Transportation Safety and Security
Canadian National TRANSCAER® Coordinator

As Manager of Transportation Safety and Security with the Chemistry Industry Association of Canada (CIAC), Kara is the public face and lead coordinator for the Canadian chemistry industry's commitment to the safe management of chemicals during transportation. In this role, she has revitalized and transformed the industry's important TRANSCAER® outreach initiative. Kara also plays an important role in bringing together and strengthening the interaction and engagement amongst chemical manufacturers, carriers and emergency responders within the industry's Transportation Emergency Assistance Program (TEAP® III). Additionally, Kara manages the interface of industry and government interests as the coordinator of the Multi-Association Committee on the Transportation of Dangerous Goods and contributes to a wide range of processes related to the management of Transportation of Dangerous Goods in Canada.

Prior to joining the association, Kara honed her research and analytical skills working in several federal government departments. She holds a Masters of Arts degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Ottawa.
Bob GerowBob Gerow – Stroke Survivor – Business Manager, SAFER Systems:
With SAFER Systems since 2003, Bob was originally a SAFER customer in the early 90's and has 25+ years of managerial experience and technical expertise in Environmental, Health & Safety and Emergency Response programs, in Canada and abroad.
He is a mining engineering technology graduate of the Haileybury School of Mines. Certified in Underground Mine Rescue, NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Emergency Response, Industrial Pumper Truck Operation, Incident Command and Emergency Operations Management Bob is also tri-lingual, with fluency in English, French and Spanish.
Bob stepped down from his role as SAFER's VP of sales and marketing in 2015, following a stroke and now focuses his attention on the Canadian market.
In addition to his role in sales, he provides clients with detailed reviews of their SAFER applications, including recommendations on the integration of their program with their site emergency plan and emergency operations center.

Presentation Synopsis

• Introduction to SAFER Systems
• The global leader in real-time chemical emergency response technology since 1981
• California based
• Turnkey solutions, including software, hardware, installation and training
• Corporate customers include Agrium, BASF, BP, CN Rail, CP Rail, DuPont, Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, Hexion, Imperial Oil, INVISTA, OxyChem, Honeywell, ExxonMobil, Marathon Oil, Monsanto, Nova Chemicals, Shell, Sherritt International, SUNCOR, TOTAL, ValeINCO, and many others.

• SAFER Mobile Response™ Overview and Demo
• SMR is a FREE mobile app for Android and iOS that puts the 2012 Emergency Response Guide (ERG2012) information, safety measures and hazard distances at the user’s ?ngertips. Initial Isolation, Protective Action, Minimum and Safe Evacuation distances, can all be visualized on Google Maps™ with Google Places™, Google Traffic™ and live internet weather sources to support first responder decision making during the critical first moments of a chemical release event.
• The tool can be used to create, save, edit and share ERG 2012 covered events, including HazMat spills and BLEVE’s. IED impact information is also available to First Responders.
• SAFER OneTM First Look
• SAFER One is SAFER’s flagship Chemical Emergency Response application. SAFER One RT, is a site specific emergency management application that leverages connectivity to real-time data from meteorological instruments and fixed or wireless GPS enabled gas sensors, open path sensor technology and SAFER’s patented Advanced Back Calculation and Source Area Location Algorithms. The system helps decision makers understand the nature of an event and validate the steps they need to take with respect to emergency response, population notification, shelter in place and evacuation. The system is available in various configurations to allow users to implement a system commensurate with the level of hazard, probability and severity potential of the facility in question. Eg: The system can be expanded to include Fire and Explosion (Thermal Radiation and Blast Overpressure) and Combustion Analysis models to help decision makers understand the products of combustion generated by a chemical fire event and help plot the dispersion and deposition of the byproducts of combustion.
• The presentation featured an overview of a river barge scenario
• Barge collision on river with bunker fuel oil spill
• Potential issues include odor, fire, smoke, soot, toxic gases from fire
• Potential for fuel oil fire to trigger styrene tanker explosion

• Included a step by step analysis of the incident including the potential impact zones associated with the following
• Hydrocarbon “Odor” dispersion
• Post ignition thermal radiation
• Smoke cloud
• Dispersion of CO in smoke cloud
• Dispersion and deposition of soot particulate
• Explosion of styrene caused by fuel fire
• Thermal radiation from styrene fireball
TJ RoseneTJ Rosene presented on why it is important to plan for post-fall rescue before any work-at-height commences. A fall protection system is not complete until a post-fall rescue plan has been practised.
Oftentimes overlooked, a post-fall rescue plan is crucial in ensuring workers do not develop suspension trauma after a fall and while suspended in a fall-arrest harness. Prompt removal from the harness is the best way to mitigate health hazards associated with suspension trauma. The longer a worker remains suspended, the higher the risk of fatality.
Just as important as a proper rescue plan, proper equipment selection is also paramount in the success of a well-executed post-fall rescue plan. Equipment complexity must be matched with the user's skill level. Ultimately, post-fall rescue equipment must be easy to use in order to allow for a fast and effective post-fall rescue. There's no correct time a worker may be left suspended. Every body is different. Rescues must be performed as soon as possible.
TJ joined Highwork Limited in early 2012 to spearhead post-fall rescue awareness and training. He brings to Highwork Limited a mining background, complete with Ontario Mine Rescue and understands how diverse and critical a post-fall rescue scenario can be.
TJ trains workers, supervisors and other responsible persons how to plan, prepare, and conduct post-fall rescue scenarios quickly, effectively and with competence.
Highwork Limited is a company specializing in the design, supply, installation, certification, training & commissioning of both passive and active engineered fall protection systems as well as post fall rescue & recovery.
Thanh VuNovember, 2013: Updates on Canada GHS (Globally Harmonized System for Classification and Labelling of Chemicals). Health Canada published a consultation for public comments (June 29 - Sept. 15, 2013) on regulatory proposal to implement the UN GHS Revision 3. Health Canada proposed to repeal the existing Controlled Products Regulations (CPR) and replace it with Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) affecting all hazardous chemical substances and mixtures in the workplace. Health Canada is aligning the GHS implementation as much as possible with the US OSHA and keeping variances between the two countries to a minimum. The goal is to update the WHMIS-related laws and implement GHS in Canada by June 2015. This means suppliers may begin to use and follow the new requirements for labels and SDSs for hazardous products sold, distributed, or imported into Canada at that time. A transition period is expected, but the dates have not yet been announced. Provincial and territorial WHMIS regulations will also require updating. Employers will be expected to have updated their WHMIS program and training to include the alignment with GHS at this time (timelines to be determined). Variances between Canada and the United States exist due to three factors: (1) not reducing the level of protection currently available for Canadian workers; (2) the Canadian context (e.g., subdivision of powers between the federal and provincial/territorial governments); (3) the fact that the Hazardous Products Act (HPA) is a criminal statute (e.g., hazard criteria and labelling elements must be set out in Regulations made under the authority of the HPA).

Thanh Vu, Sr. Product Regulatory Specialist at BASF Canada, has been working with the chemical industry and regulatory compliance for over 20 years, beginning with Henkel Canada, then Cognis Canada before joining BASF in 2011. Thanh's expertise in chemical regulations include WHMIS Regulations, new substances notification for chemical inventory registration in US & Canada (TSCA, DSL), Canada Chemical Management Plan, Precursor Control Regulations, Restricted Components Regulations.
Bill CalhounAt the May 2013 Toronto West CAER meeting, Bill Calhoun, General Manager, ServiceMaster Oakville Disaster Restoration reviewed a number of case studies and described the services that his company provides to companies immediately after a disaster.

These include a proactive response to water, fire and smoke damages as well as a Pre-loss Emergency Planning approach for managers, on-site staff or board members. For example, major planning includes an evacuation plan, an appointed media contact, communication guidelines and designated emergency team members, etc.

During the highly informative presentation there were demonstrations of infrared and moisture detection devices and their use in tracking and outlining the water path and identifying sources. ServiceMaster's clean up procedures and their adherence to IICRC Standards were described in detail. Insurance coverage as well as the issues that arise when contacted by the Fire Department and the Insurance Contractor were all covered in the slide presentation by Bill. The slide presentation is available to all Toronto West CAER members upon request.
Detective/Constable Robert Zawerbny,
Federal Policing Criminal Operations
Critical Infrastructure Intelligence Team
Criminal Intelligence Researcher

Speaking at the April meeting of the Toronto West CAER Committee, Detective/Constable Zawerbny explained in detail the SIR system and that a significant proportion of Canada’s Critical Infrastructure is managed and protected by private owners and operators, including industry. As such, the National Security Criminal Investigations (NSCI) of the RCMP had launched a Suspicious Incident Reporting (SIR) project to collect information on suspicious incidents that could have a nexus to national security including physical and information technology facilities, networks, services and assets essential to the health, safety, security or economic well-being of Canadians and the effective functioning of government. It was emphasized that it was not meant to collect information on criminal events in real time; this was still to be handled by 911 calls.

Alison Das Neves and Judith KaufmanAt the March 21, 2013 meeting Judith Kaufman, Community and Labour Market Manager and Alison Das Neves, Supervisor of Employer Services, with the City of Toronto, Employment and Social Services (TESS), described the City's Workforce Development Strategy. They focused on the range of services available to employers for recruitment and hiring supports. At no cost or obligation to employers TESS offers customized recruitment services including targeted outreach, delivery of employer testing, screening and matching, interview supports and customized networking events. Employers can access a diverse pool of candidates as well as connections to the larger network of community employment services. For more information on how TESS can assist your company please contact Alison at
Ginette BouchardAt the November Toronto West CAER meeting, Ginette Bouchard, Environmental Affairs Specialist at Bayer Inc. updated the committee on the important issue of the Globally Harmonized System for the Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS).

The GHS is a new worldwide approach to defining hazards and classifying chemical products, and communicating the related information. The goal is that the same set of criteria will be used around the world to classify hazards and to transfer that information onto labels and safety data sheets (SDS). The GHS captures all hazardous chemical substances and mixtures, including possibly some that were not included before, i.e., pharmaceutical products, pesticides and explosives (where workers may be exposed and in transport). There are two principal elements to the GHS: 1) classification according to physical, health, and environmental hazards; and 2) labels and safety data sheets.

Health Canada is looking to harmonize as much as possible with the U.S., all the while making sure that the level of protection to Canadian workers is not reduced. The aim is to coordinate the implementation of the GHS with the U.S. OSHA; a possible implementation date would be June 1, 2015. Adapting the GHS will require changes to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA), as well as the Controlled Products Regulations (CPR). Draft regulations are expected to be published in Canada Gazette I by the end of March 2013.

Ginette is a regulatory professional with 20+ year's experience in the industrial chemical and pharmaceutical industries. She has been with Bayer for close to 9 years, and prior to that with L.V. Lomas. Ginette possesses a comprehensive understanding of chemical control legislation, regulatory initiatives (Federal/Provincial/Municipal), sustainability matters, stewardship agendas, and industrial waste programs.
ChemTRAC seminar at Toronto West CAERAt the May 2012, presentation, Rich Whate, Health Promotion Consultant with Public Health, City of Toronto, provided an overview of the City of Toronto's ChemTRAC program which aims to track pollutants in our local environment and support businesses and residents to reduce these substances to protect health. The program has three key elements: 1) Toronto's Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw (Municipal Code Chapter 423) collects annual data from businesses on their use and release of 25 priority substances (chemicals); 2) it supports facilities to explore environmental best practices for pollution prevention, and 3) it provides public access to the chemical data to educate and engage businesses and the public in reducing pollution.
On July 18, 2012, the City will release its first annual ChemTRAC report on The report will summarize the data reported by facilities in 2011, include a link to the full data set, and describe how the City will use the data to identify and act on emerging issues.
Facilities should regularly visit for guidance on annual reporting obligations, pollution prevention information, and schedules of free workshops and webinars on reporting and environmental best practices. You can also get the very latest news by subscribing to our monthly e-newsletter (just email and ask to be added as a subscriber). For more information, call 3-1-1 or email
Brian RossBrian Ross, CD, CFSI, Chief Training Officer with the GTAA Fire and Emergency Services Training Institute (FESTI) described how the latter offered IMS (Incident Management System) training to companies that require a system to address small to large incidents. The knowledge gained from this course would prepare organizations to continue their business operations during emergencies which could potentially cripple a company's ability to continue normal activities during these events.

The 5 day course is designed for persons in key positions who need to command incidents and maintain business operations. It will aid the individual who may be placed in a command role giving him/her tools to command any incident incurred at their industry and is specifically fitted to suit each individual company.

Brian, a native of Brampton, Ontario, started his firefighting career with the Canadian Armed Forces in 1980. Throughout his career with the DND, he advanced from a Recruit Firefighter to the Platoon Chief level in both official languages (French and English). He is a Fire Service Instructor of the following courses: Structural Fires, Aircraft Rescue Firefighting, Automobile Fires and Casualty Extrication Ops, Confined Spaces, Special Problem Fires, Shipboard Firefighter, Hazardous Material Incidents, Classroom Instruction, Fire Inspections, Fire Investigation, Medical Ops and Training Ops. In November 2000, after 20 years service with the DND, CTO Ross accepted the position of Fire Service Instructor and was then promoted to Chief Training Officer in 2006.

Brian holds a Diploma in Adult Education from St. Francis Xavier University and is certified by International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC), Oklahoma State University for numerous National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards.

Klas Bockasten P. Eng.It is expected that global energy use will increase 50% over the next 25 years. Klas Bockasten, P. Eng., Energy Management Services Leader, Golder Associates, spoke on the topic of ISO 50001, an Energy Management Systems voluntary international standard designed to transform businesses of all types and sizes into highly efficient energy users through continual improvement leading to reducing energy use, energy costs and related emissions. His detailed presentation to the Toronto West CAER Committee listed key steps, some of which included; Energy policy, Energy planning, Implementation and Operation and a Management review.

Mr. Bockasten has 30 years experience in the industrial sector as Project Manager and Senior Engineer for a variety of projects including buildings, utility systems, industrial processes and power generation. He has in-depth expertise in the energy, water and resource usage within industrial facilities. Together with extensive experience in industrial engineering, he has proven engineering expertise in feasibility studies, capital and operating cost estimating, preliminary and detailed design, contract administration and the project management of complex industrial and infrastructure projects.
Roger GibsonRoger Gibson, Toronto Police Services, reviewed a very comprehensive presentation on bomb threats and the recommended components of a Bomb Threat Management Plan. The plan, as outlined in a document, was prepared to provide companies with information and guidlines who wished to build their own bomb threat plan, specific to their own work place environment. Among the points that were mentioned was the Threat Assessment, the Search Procedure and the Evacuation Procedure. As well, time was spent in examining the Threat Reception, the discovery of a Suspicious Package and the training of personnel.
More information on this subject was also introduced via the RCMP and the Canada Post websites:
Canada Post (postal security) -

Christina NgAt the October 2010 Toronto West CAER meeting, Christina Ng, Divisional Program Specialist, Central Region, Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE), provided an overview of the regulatory requirements for generators, carriers and receivers of hazardous waste and liquid industrial waste in Ontario, with a focus on the generator's waste characterization process. She also discussed specific information related to the Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR) program, which was fully implemented since Dec 31, 2009, as well as provided step-by-step guidance on LDR notification through the Hazardous Waste Information Network (HWIN) system. Additional guidance information with respect to the management of hazardous waste in Ontario and the Land Disposal Restrictions requirements can be located at the Ministry website.

A licensed Professional Engineer, Christina holds a Master of Engineering in environmental engineering and a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering. In October 2009 she took over the lead role for the hazardous waste program as a divisional program specialist, upon transferring from the Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch as an industrial waste specialist. Prior to joining the MOE, Christina was an environmental engineer and then an environmental quality manager at Ford Motor Company where she championed a variety of company-wide projects including ISO 14001 certification.
Bruce CarlinAt the June meeting Bruce Carlin, Supervisor at the Province of Ontario's Ministry of the Environment's Spills Action Centre, explained the significance of Regulation 675/98 and Part X of The Environmental Protection Act, to the committee as it deals with spills. Some highlights were: That the role of the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) is to provide advice and direction to those who spill and to enforce the legislation. Spills outside containment must be reported forthwith to the Spills Action Centre at 1-800-268-6060. As well as the MOE, the local Municipality must be notified of all outside spills. Duty to cleanup and restore lies with the owner of the pollutant and the person having control.

A guide to reporting Spills and Discharges can be found at the MOE website or downloaded here.

A graduate of MacDonald College of Montreal, Bruce has been a supervisor at the Ministry of the Environment's Spills Action Centre since 2003. Prior to that he was a contingency planning officer and a senior environmental officer at the same office. He also has worked in the agricultural field as well as with product safety issues. Bruce lives in Milton with his spouse Hazel and enjoys gardening and is actively involved with the local historical society.
J. Molyneux and Andrew GilchristIn May, OZZ Solar Inc., based in Toronto, gave a presentation on how they have been helping industry better utilize the rooftop areas of their buildings.

Andrew Gilchrist, Senior Sales Manager, informed us that OZZ Solar Inc. "is the Canadian leader in rooftop solar distributed generation development. OZZ offers the most comprehensive and vertically integrated partnership currently operating within this new and exciting space of renewable generation. OZZ guarantees its partners the ability to utilize their real estate for the production of clean power, which is both financially and environmentally efficient with the understanding that OZZ has the ability to develop a customized program to suit your specific needs. As a company and together with our partners, we have accumulated over 10 years of solar industry experience, both in manufacturing and system integration, in Europe, Asia and the Americas.
In Ontario we subscribe to the Feed-In Tariff program under the Green Energy Act, where solar PV system owners get 20 years of steady payment from the Ontario government for the green electricity generated by their rooftop solar PV systems. We provide complete turnkey rooftop solar PV solutions for single buildings or multiple building portfolios."
For any further inquiries, please contact:
Andrew Gilchrist
Senior Sales Manager
OZZ Solar Inc.
(905) 326-2437
Mike ReiserAt the April meeting, Mike Reiser delivered a one hour presentation on arc flash safety and the relevance of the new CSA standard, Z462-08, Workplace Electrical Safety. The presentation gave information on the dangers of electrical arcs and how Z462 can be used to ensure workers are properly protected.

Mike Reiser is a Professional Engineer, registered with PEO. For 34 years he was an engineer with the Ontario Ministry of Labour, retiring in July of 2009. Since then, he works as a safety consultant on electrical and machine guarding issues, and continues to work with CSA as a volunteer member of the Technical Committee for Z462.

Mike McIllwraithAt the March meeting Mike McIllwraith, Irving Tissue's Health, Safety and Environmental Manager for their Toronto Plant, led a facilitated discussion on the Province's legal requirements for Fall Protection.

Mike provided references and links to the Occupational Health and Safety Act - R.R.O. 1990, REGULATION 851, regarding fall protection. He then gave a list of Key Program Components to consider, showed some illustrations of requirements and gave a real case example of a fall harness opportunity for improvement that was detected and properly corrected at his Irving facility. He then led a facilitated group discussion with Toronto West CAER members that discussed: examples of projects that members had encountered; some of the challenges faced in complying with the Fall Arrest requirements; and finally, steps that they would use to ensure that Fall Arrest regulations are complied with when working at the prescribed heights. Mike's engaged the CAER members with respect to an aspect of safety in the workplace in terms of legal requirements so that the group could decide together on a current best approach to Fall Arrest which they could then take back to their workplaces and share with the community.

Mike has been the HSE Manager at Irving Tissue for about nine months now. He has over 15 years of HSE experience from several different industries including telecommunications warehousing and logistics, plastics and commercial bus manufacturing in the automotive industry. Over his career, he has developed his skill sets personally, obtaining his Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree in Business, as well as his CRSP (Canadian Registered Safety Professional) designation while working full time in industry simultaneously. He enjoys his role and feels he can make a contribution every day to HSE improvements and getting people home safely every day. He believes that HSE concerns involve all the people at the site to actively participate through their routine actions in the workplace and that their safety should not just be left in the hands of the "Safety Guy".

Mike has also been a volunteer for IAPA (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) for over 10 years now and has participated actively in roles such as a YWAP (Young Worker Awareness Presentation) Presenter to young high school students before they start co-op jobs, Safe Communities, Safety Groups and the IAPA Volunteer Council. He was awarded the IAPA Provincial Award of Merit as Volunteer of the Year for Ontario in 2002 for his volunteer work in safety.

Mike is active in his local Orangeville community as a Hockey Coach and Lacrosse Trainer, where he lives with his wife and two children.
Joe CaponioAs part of its ongoing commitment towards the protection of people, property, and the community in which it operates, Bayer recently updated and improved its Business Recovery Plans. With a goal to build awareness and better understanding amongst C.A.E.R. members, Joe Caponio, currently Head of Warehouse Management for Bayer Incorporated with over 20 years experience in the field of Logistics, provided the group with an overview of Bayer's path towards building a sound business recovery program.

To begin, a company must first determine what its recovery time objective (RTO) is. Simply stated, the RTO is an estimate of the maximum amount of time a company can operate without its systems before adversely impacting its customers, business partners and the community at large. This is something that needs to be carefully debated and discussed, typically at the executive level, as this will form the basis of the recovery plan.

Then, some assumptions need to be made in order to begin working on the plan. A worst case scenario, one in which a site and its computer systems are no longer available, is usually a good starting point.
Upon completion, work can then begin on identifying those departments that are critical to providing the continued flow of goods or services. A common example is the order to cash work stream within a company. Many departments play critical roles within this function, such as: Customer Service; Import/export and Transportation; Quality Assurance; Inventory Management; Distribution and finally Payable/Receivable departments. These groups, and any others that are deemed critical, must then begin outlining individual or group plans on how to continue operating without computer systems. With due consideration to the RTO, they must also outline the computer systems and data they require once in order to resume normal processing.

Armed with an RTO and system requirements from the various individual or group plans, the Information Technology or I.T. department can then begin to build its technology plan to restore critical systems such as servers, networks, data and voice. It is at this point usually, that a company can begin to more closely examine its RTO and adjust if required.

Last but certainly not least, while all of the above work is going on, an overall corporate or master plan must be articulated. It is within this document that a company will define its recovery objectives and strategies. By doing so, the various components or stages of its recovery can then be outlined. This will include, but is not limited to, such things as establishing immediate response steps and alternate work locations, restoring & validating system functionality, resumption of normal processing and migration or return to a home site. The master plan must clearly define team roles and responsibilities, how the various functions/departments will interact, and provide contact information, alternate work site locations and setup activities.

With the creation of a master and technology recovery plan, and with further support from critical functional/departmental plans that are integrated with I.T., a company is well on its way towards protecting and preserving its relationship with all stakeholders.

Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, Bayer Inc. operates the Bayer Group's HealthCare and MaterialScience businesses in Canada. Bayer CropScience Inc., headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, operates as a separate legal entity in Canada. Together, the companies play a vital role in improving the quality of life for Canadians - producing products that fight diseases, protecting crops and animals, and developing high-performance materials for applications in numerous areas of daily life.

Prior to assuming his current role, from 2005 - 2009, Joe's responsibilities as Director, Logistics & Customer Service included leading and directing Bayer’s Distribution, Import, Export, Transportation and Customer Service departments. While a key area of this function was to ensure the highest quality of service and value be delivered to Bayer's internal business partners, another component was to ensure compliance to regulations, best practices, corporate policies and directives. An integral part of Bayer's Emergency Preparedness & Response Program, his responsibilities also included direct accountability over Bayer's chemical Emergency Response Assistance Plan as well as key roles within the Business Recovery Plan.
Rich Whate and Marianne KingsleyThe City of Toronto has launched a new ChemTRAC program, which aims to protect public health by reducing toxic chemicals in our environment and helping businesses become more environmentally sustainable. ChemTRAC includes a new Environmental Reporting & Disclosure Bylaw (Municipal Code Chapter 423), the first municipal regulation of its kind in Canada. The new bylaw requires facilities to publicly report their use or release of any of 25 priority toxic chemicals above reporting thresholds. The City of Toronto will also help facilities find sustainability solutions. More information about the program and requirements for reporting can be found at In this presentation, Rich Whate and Marianne Kingsley from the City of Toronto provide an overview of the bylaw, examples of how facilities can calculate their data and prepare to report, and invite businesses to pilot test new ChemTRAC systems.

Rich Whate is an Acting Supervisor of Environmental Health Assessment and Policy at Toronto Public Health's Environmental Protection Office. He contributes to research, public outreach and policy development on issues such as air quality, pesticides, toxic chemicals and industrial pollution. He is a coordinator of Toronto's ChemTRAC program and its Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw. Prior to joining Toronto Public Health in 2004, Rich spent a decade coordinating campaigns for Canadian and international environmental non-governmental organizations.

Marianne Kingsley is a Health Promotion Consultant in the Environmental Protection Office at Toronto Public Health. She is currently working on implementing the Environmental Reporting and Disclosure Bylaw and ChemTRAC, along with developing a range of program supports and resources. E-learning and online development are a particular area of interest and she is creating a suite of online resources and e-learning modules for ChemTRAC stakeholders. Previously, Marianne spent over six years developing evidence based public health policies, such as a food safety bylaw and vaccine handler training. Marianne studied ecology at Trent University and completed her M.Sc. in freshwater ecology in 2003 at the University of Ottawa. Her research focused on the effect of anthropogenic disturbances in salmonid rivers in British Columbia.
Greg BainGreg Bain, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist for Chrysler's Etobicoke Casting Plant, which is ISO14001 certified. The plant manufactures aluminum parts and pistons.

Greg has been the EHS Specialist at Chrysler for over 10 years and he is also the Energy Manager and Incident Commander. Over his career, he has made significant contributions to Chrysler under the topics of Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Morale. He has trained hundreds of employees and Greg developed a strong Environmental Management System to ensure the plant maintains ISO14001 certification.

At the November meeting Greg gave a presentation on the Province of Ontario's Toxics Reduction Act (TRA) and who it will affect. The Act was passed on June 3, 2009 and starting in January 2010, facilities identified by NAICS codes commencing with the digits "31", "32", "33" and "212" will be required to account for the toxic chemicals manufactured, processed or incidentally produced at their facilities.

The list of affected raw material and manufactured product industries is very broad and it is anticipated that about 2,000 manufacturing facilities will be required to report to the MOE and to the public. The list of toxic compounds and the reporting thresholds will mirror the National Pollutant Release Inventory but will be phased-in over 3 years.

If the reporting thresholds are met, the owner and operator of these facilities will have to prepare and submit a Toxics Substance Reduction Plan certified by the highest ranking employee who has management responsibility at the facility and an accredited Toxics Reduction Planner. Greg went on to explain that the Plan, if required, will include detailed process analysis including toxic chemical accounting, disclosure as to why these chemicals are used, identification of reduction opportunities and cost benefit analysis. The underlying intent is to identify and implement toxic chemical reduction opportunities. While implementation is voluntary, the Plan summaries will be made public and the facility will be required to report on its progress.
Laura FioreAt the June 2009, Toronto West CAER Committee meeting, Laura Fiore, Divisional Waste Program Specialist, Central Region Office, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, provided information about the management of hazardous wastes in Ontario and, more specifically, provided information related to the Land Disposal Restrictions December 31st, 2009 Phase-in requirements.
Regulation 347 (Reg. 347) of the Revised Regulations of Ontario, 1990, made under the Environmental Protection Act (EPA), was amended in 2005 to establish a land disposal restrictions (LDR) program in Ontario. Under these rules, listed and characteristic hazardous wastes that are to be land disposed must be treated to meet prescribed treatment requirements prior to land disposal. The LDR program is being phased-in between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2009 to assist hazardous waste generators and the waste management industry transition to the LDR requirements.
The LDR program establishes treatment requirements for hazardous wastes that will be land disposed, including both generated wastes and residuals from the processing of these wastes. Listed and characteristic hazardous wastes with a primary characterization of severely toxic waste (S), acute hazardous waste chemical (A), hazardous waste chemical (B), hazardous industrial waste (H), corrosive waste (C), ignitable waste (I), reactive waste (R), or leachate toxic waste (T) must now be treated to meet their waste specific treatment requirements before they can be land disposed. Land disposal, as defined in Section 1(1) of Reg. 347, includes activities such as the disposal of wastes at a dump, a landfill, or landfarm and the discharge of wastes into a geological formation (i.e., deep well disposal).
Laura' presentation is available (see attached) and further information related to the management of hazardous waste in Ontario and/or the Land Disposal Restrictions requirements can be found under the following Ministry website:

Laura Fiore is well versed in project co-ordination and management of environmental projects and issues since starting her career 11 years ago in the private sector managing soil remediation and wastewater treatment projects while completing her Masters in Environmental Microbiology. In 2001, she joined the Ministry of the Environment in the Environmental Monitoring and Reporting Branch' (EMRB) Terrestrial Assessment Unit where she coordinated and managed province-wide soil and vegetation monitoring programs, such as the Sudbury Soils Study, and provided support to Operations Division on a number of contentious contaminated site files. Since November 2007, Laura has been with the Program Services Unit in the Central Region Toronto office of Operations Division as a Divisional Program Specialist for the waste program. In this role, Laura has been involved with the Ministry's response to the Ontario Auditor General's 2006 Hazardous Waste Audit and has provided training on the new Land Disposal Restrictions (LDR) requirements both internally and externally. Laura is also involved with the recent Extended Producer Responsibility programs under the Waste Diversion Act, namely the Municipal Hazardous or Special Waste (MHSW) program, Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and the Used Tire Program.

Pamela ChappellAt our March 2009 meeting; Pamela Chappell, Regional Director - Ontario, for the Business Improvement Group, Inc. gave a presentation to the committee. The focus was understanding the government's Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) Tax Incentive Program and how it can apply to industry.

The SR&ED program is a federal tax incentive program, administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) that encourages Canadian businesses of all sizes, and in all sectors, to conduct research and development (R&D) in Canada. It is the largest single source of federal government support for industrial R&D.The SR&ED program gives claimants cash refunds and/or tax credits for their expenditures on eligible R&D work done in Canada.

To qualify under this program an organization must demonstrate that their activities meet 3 essential criteria:

Technological Uncertainty - Whether a given result or objective can be achieved, or how to achieve it, is unknown or cannot be determined based on generally available scientific or technological knowledge or experience.
Technical Content - There must be evidence that qualified personnel with relevant experience in science, technology or engineering have conducted a systematic investigation through experiment or analysis.
Technological Advancement - The work must generate information that advances the understanding of scientific relations or technologies (a gain in knowledge).

Business Improvement Group, Inc. (BIG) is a national consulting firm that assists companies with filing their SR&ED claims. With over 10,000 successful projects being approved by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) at a success rate of over 99.9%, BIG is an industry leader in providing reliable and accurate SR&ED claim preparation services. Their team of technical engineers and costing staff have prepared claims for clients, whether the organization is a single person operation or a multi-national firm with thousands of employees.

Pamela Chappell has supported the manufacturing industry for the past 13 years. She is well versed in the challenges that manufacturers experience on a daily basis. She has helped companies obtain their ISO registration and provided support for companies wishing to take advantage of government programs. Although her education is in Environmental Science, her knowledge and experience covers all manufacturing sectors.
If you would like an appointment to determine if your company has any eligible activity please contact Pamela at 289-200-2055 or
Jeff NoelAt the February meeting, Jeff G. Noel, Divisional Director for Emergency Disaster Services for The Salvation Army Ontario Central-East Division gave a presentation to the Committee. The focus of the presentation was around four important assets The Salvation Army brings to the community in times of crisis.

Mobility: The Agency has a commitment to the community to be front and center when calamity strikes. This often means rolling in specialty vehicles that allow them to effect services such as nutrition and hydration, comfort care, and other forms of crisis support. As a secondary responder, there is a cache of mobile kitchen and modified RV vehicles ready to respond throughout North America, parts of Europe, and Australia. The City of Toronto has four mobile units in the area with one of them dedicated full time to Emergency Services. Should it ever be required, they also have access to a 53 ft. Trailer Field Kitchen based in Pennsylvania that could be here in Toronto within 48 hrs. This unit has a food services capacity of approximately 4000 meals per day. It is hoped that a similar unit (slightly smaller) could one day be acquired permanently for this area.

Organization: From its earliest days, The Salvation Army has used a quasi-military organizational structure. There are four levels of administration; 1) The corps (Community Church) or Institution level, is that front line of operation with a community. 2) Divisional Head Quarters, is a regional command. 3) Territorial Head Quarters, for the Canada & Bermuda territory. And finally, 4) International Headquarters in London, England. This tiered administration makes for quick response to needs globally as well as locally.

Experience: The first major response The Salvation Army responded to was a hurricane that devastated Galveston, Texas back in 1900 claiming well over 5000 lives and leaving many more thousands homeless and with no providence for food or clean drinking water. Since then, they have been there to assist with practical support services for war time, as well as natural and man made situations. Some of the earliest known engagements here in the GTA include the SS. Noronic Fire 1949, Hurricane Hazel 1953, Mississauga Train derailment 1979.

Purpose: The Salvation Army does not participate in these activities to evangelize or thumb bibles but merely to serve. Jeff would not make any apology for being part of a “Faith Based” agency in this kind of work but claims it as a strength that deepens this organization's commitment to helping those in need of assistance in times of undue hardship.

Within the City of Toronto there are three groups who assist the Toronto Fire Services with nutrition and hydration services. For the north west portion of the City The Salvation Army has been responsible to ensure there are such services ready 24/7. They assist with police issues across the City and have been deployed to help with searches and prolonged investigations. Working with the City of Toronto's Social Services, TSA assisted with the needs of citizens impacted by the Keele / Wilson propane explosion.

With a continued commitment for the needs of tomorrow, TSA seeks to be a caring and supportive service that can be counted on to be professional, resourceful, and practical in its efforts to make a positive difference for those involved in crisis in our community.

Jeff Noel In 1988 Jeff was commissioned and ordained at The Salvation Army's College for Officer Training. Moving to Toronto from the east coast in 1990, he began working with The Salvation Army (TSA) in Community Mental Health Services in a non officer capacity. Having enjoyed five great years there he then moved to take the office of warehouse manager at the central family services distribution centre. In 1997 a call came from TSA Winnipeg for assistance with the Red River flood and he was then baptized into the world of Emergency Management. TSA in Ontario Central soon recognized the need to better develop a response program and Jeff was hired on as the first full time Emergency Disaster Services Director. From the start, Jeff has sought to forge better relationships with the area Police and Fire services, other NGO organizations and to get involved in as much training as possible. During an EMO course in Scarborough another call for assistance came, this time from Montreal. By 8:00pm that evening he was on his way to support TSA response to the needs brought by the Ice storm. Other major response involvement include being on the first wave of Salvationists to go to Ground Zero following 911, two tours of duty in Mississippi following hurricanes Katrina and Rita. (The first tour as Deputy Recovery Commander for the Mississippi area response, the second as Emotional and Spiritual Care Chief for the same region), and most recently a two week tour in Galveston Texas following Hurricane Ike. Jeff is a trained trainer for the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation as well as for a newly launched National Disaster Training Program within the TSA.
David PetersDuring January's meeting, David Peters, Responsible Care Manager for BASF Canada shared the new version of Responsible Care® from the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association (CCPA). David explained the case for change, compared the main differences of the new Responsible Care® versus the old version and discussed the timing for implementation of key steps.

David explained how society's expectations have changed as concerns about toxins in products, climate change, water issues and globalization have increased. The CCPA wants to meet society's higher expectations in these areas and act as contributors towards sustainability rather than its enemy. To this end, the CCPA has already adopted a new Responsible Care® Ethic & Principles for Sustainability. David explained that the new principles hard-wire sustainability concepts into Responsible Care®. Including sustainability now incorporates business success and understanding and meeting expectations for social responsibility within Responsible Care® which is an expansion from its previous predominantly environmental, health and safety focus.

David also discussed some innovative products and processes that BASF has in place that are either safer products, use less resources, offer added benefit or combinations of all of these factors. Included are a new spray foam insulation developed in Canada that uses recycled material and helps customers reduce their greenhouse gas emissions and a new waterborne coating for refinishing automobiles with less VOC (volatile organic compound) emissions. David introduced BASF's Eco-efficiency Analysis tool which is used to compare the relative environmental impact and economics of different options for providing the same benefit to the customer in order to focus development of more eco-efficient products.

David closed by saying that the new Responsible Care® continues to raise the bar for the chemical industry and will hopefully help keep the industry strong in Canada.

David M. Peters, P.Eng., graduated from the University of Toronto in 1983 with a bachelor of applied science degree in chemical engineering.
He began his career with BASF in 1988 in Brampton, Ontario as a project engineer for BASF Coatings and Inks. In 1991, David joined BASF Canada and in 1992 transferred into the Ecology and Safety department. David has since had a number of positions of increasing responsibility within this department. In 2001, he was given responsibility to coordinate BASF activities pertaining to the company's commitment to the ethic and codes of practice of Responsible Care and has led the company through 2 successful Responsible Care 3rd party re-verifications. Responsible Care is the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association initiative to continuously improve the environmental and safety performance of member companies. Presently, David is the Manager responsible for Ecology, Health and Safety and Responsible Care® in BASF Canada.


Sat AnandAt the All Toronto CAER meeting, Sat Anand, BSc (Hons), Chem. Eng. presented a safety video from the U.S. CSB (Chemical Safety Board). The video related how a fire had broken out due to a propane leak on Feb. 16, 2007 at Texas's Valero Refinery and a loss of 50 million dollars was recorded.
It showed that, due to a dead end in a pipe, water had accumulated and frozen when the temperature dropped well below freezing and subsequently cracked the pipe line. Next day, when the atmospheric temperature went up, the ice melted and the propane started leaking from the cracked portion of the pipe. A spark from a boiler ignited the propane and a major fire resulted. The fire destroyed the nearby pipes and steel structure, resulting in further propane ruptures. Water spray on the nearby LPG tanks could not be initiated as the shut off valve was too close to the fire.
The CSB subsequently recommended a freeze protection program for the refinery and fire proof steel structures where a jet fire can occur. They also recommended remote shut off valves for such tanks.
Chlorine cylinders were used in the refinery and the CSB suggested that they can be replaced with a safer product, commonly called bleach.

Sat Anand has been the Quality & Regulatory Manager, as well as the Safety Manager, for Anco Chemicals Inc. for the last nine years. Before that Sat was with Union Carbide USA, now called Dow Chemicals USA, for 7 years; Kuwait National Petroleum Co. Kuwait for 7 years and National Fertilizer Ltd. India for 7 years.

Anco Chemicals is an ISO 9001-2000 and CACD (Chemical Association of Chemical Distributors) certified company.

Sat is also the Chair of the Toronto North CAER association (TNCAER) where he presents at least one safety moment at each of the TNCAER meetings, so the safety can be part of their meetings and all can share in the lessons learned from it. Their charter is that each member company of TNCAER be prepared to respond to emergency situations and that field exercises be conducted from time to time. TNCAER believes in increased public awareness of emergency response procedures, capabilities and services involved in handling potentially hazardous materials and products within our communities.




Greg BainDuring the October 2008 meeting, we heard from Greg Bain, Environmental Health and Safety Specialist for Chrysler's Etobicoke Casting Plant, which is ISO14001 certified. The plant manufactures aluminum parts and pistons.

Greg has been the EHS Specialist at Chrysler for over 10 years and he is also the Energy Manager and Incident Commander. Over his career, he has made significant contributions to Chrysler under the topics of Safety, Quality, Delivery, Cost and Morale. He has trained hundreds of employees and Greg developed a strong Environmental Management System to ensure the plant maintains ISO14001 certification.

Greg presented an overview of how Chrysler prepares for and responds to incidents at its facilities and explained how training exercises and critiques of incidents elsewhere in the company and in the community are used to share ideas and strengthen skills. Everyone is encouraged to consider and prepare for the unexpected.

To illustrate these concepts and to show how the principles of Incident Command can and should be applied to any type of incident, Greg presented a case study describing how a tiger escaped from its enclosure at the San Francisco zoo in December, 2007 and killed one visitor and injured two others. This presentation was created and presented to Chrysler by Mr. Rich Barcum of Hawkum LLC and Greg received special permission to present it to the CAER group today.

The presentation began with a review of some of the original media coverage of this incident from December, 2007 and the audience was encouraged to share their opinions about what they thought had happened. The response of various zoo staff, the police and EMS was then thoroughly discussed along with a timeline of the incident. At the conclusion of the presentation it was enlightening to compare the facts to our original opinions.




Johanna FisherA couple of years ago, if someone had told Johanna Fisher that she would be speaking in front of groups of people about injury prevention, or speaking publicly about what her family has been through, she would not have believed them. But she says, “It's amazing what can happen in a year… here I am. Speaking to a group of people who know just how wrong things can go no matter how prepared you are… no matter how well trained you are… no matter how safety conscious you are.”

Johanna Fisher, Speakers Bureau Volunteer and Family Support Program Volunteer, Threads of Life (Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support), spoke to committee members from Toronto CAER West, North and East, at the September 2008 meeting about the importance of injury prevention and the tragic impact that a workplace injury and fatality can have on the family of the victim. She also addressed the impact that this kind of tragedy has on the co-workers who witness or are involved in the incident and acknowledged her gratitude toward the First Responders who helped her son at the scene. The basis of her presentation is in part a personal tribute to her son Micheal, who died in January 2006 after 6 days in a coma as the result of a workplace injury. But it's also her story from the perspective of a mother who has lost her only son - of how his workplace fatality has affected both her life and her family's lives - and a call-to-action about injury prevention.
Johanna's son Micheal was a roofer who fell nearly three stories from a roof on a construction site when he was not wearing his safety harness. He had apparently been seen wearing his safety belt just moments before descending the roof to repair his nail gun. It is assumed that he removed it while he was repairing the tool and forgot to put it back on, however, no one saw him take it off and his supervisor didn't notice that Micheal was not wearing it when he walked by to return to the roof. “It's important for me that people who listen to me speak understand that Micheal's workplace injury was entirely preventable - it was not a workplace 'accident'. It's also very important to me that people understand that I am not here to place blame. I don't blame the company that Micheal worked for, I don't blame his supervisor, and I don't blame Micheal. That's not to say that I don't hold any of them accountable for this tragedy - workplace safety is everyone's responsibility.”
Johanna considers her involvement with Threads of Life to be a positive part of her personal healing process after the loss of her son, and feels that her work with them involves an element of personal growth as well as helping her to move forward while honouring Micheal's memory. “I believe very strongly in our vision statement, which is to ‘lead and inspire a culture shift as a result of which work-related injuries and illnesses are morally, socially and economically unacceptable'.”

Threads of Life ( is a national, charitable, not-for-profit organization dedicated to supporting families who have suffered from a workplace fatality, life-altering illness or occupational disease.

Working with provincial workers' compensation boards, governments and safety associations, Threads of Life assists families by providing:

· a Family Support Program which offers one-on-one peer support to family members and friends who have suffered a workplace tragedy
· links to professional support services
· a support network to those who have experienced similar pain and suffering;
· advisory support regarding the workplace investigation and inquest process;
· opportunities to promote workplace injury prevention and awareness within their own community.

Members of the Speakers Bureau are volunteers who have been affected by a workplace tragedy. They are parents, spouses and family who share their stories at various community venues (businesses, schools, conferences, etc) and public events, in the hope that by sharing their personal story they will create awareness and prevent further fatalities and injuries in the workplace. Johanna says, “It gives those of us who have been impacted by workplace fatalities, injuries or disease the opportunity to promote injury prevention and accountability for workplace health and safety.”

Members of the Volunteer Family Guide Program, receive training during an intensive, accredited, one-week, full-time training course, the components of which are delivered by professionals in a variety of disciplines. The volunteers are trained to provide families suffering from a workplace fatality, life-altering injury or occupational disease with the first one-on-one peer support program in the world. These Volunteer Family Guides have experienced their own workplace tragedy so they understand what other families go through.

For more information on Threads of Life or to book a speaker, you can visit their website at and call 1-888-567-9490 or email or Michael Fisher

Joan BurtonDuring the April 2008 meeting, Joan Burton, B.Sc., R.N., M.Ed. of the IAPA, (Industrial Accident Prevention Association) led a discussion about Pandemic Planning. Joan's presentation (Pandemic Planning: Is Your Business Ready?) was a refresher for the group on what the coming influenza pandemic is all about, why businesses should be concerned, what they should be doing to prepare and how the IAPA can help them. Despite the fact that many members were somewhat familiar with pandemic information, there were many questions and good discussion from the group.

IAPA is Canada's largest health and safety association. A not-for-profit organization partially funded by Ontario's Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, IAPA provides training and consulting on all facets of workplace health, safety and wellness. A highlight of IAPA's work is Health and Safety Canada, the largest health and safety conference and trade show in Canada, and the second largest in North America. Held in Toronto each spring, the conference is being held this year April 21-23.

Joan is currently Senior Strategy Advisor, Healthy Workplaces for IAPA. Joan's background includes working as Infection Control Coordinator in a large Canadian hospital, and Infection Control Consultant for the Ontario Hospital Association. During that time she also served on Ontario's Ministry of Health's Advisory Committee for Communicable Disease. In 2003, the year of SARS, she facilitated dozens of workshops across Ontario on Infectious Diseases and Your Business, and she is currently delivering half-day workshops to help businesses prepare for the coming influenza pandemic. Joan also chairs IAPA's internal Pandemic Planning Task Force.

While Joan's background in infection control has led to her high profile as a speaker on pandemic flu, her main expertise these days is in the area of healthy workplaces. Her goal is to help businesses understand that creating a healthy workplace is more than just ensuring a safe and healthy physical work environment. A truly healthy workplace integrates a safe physical environment, a healthy organizational culture, and support for personal healthy lifestyles for employees. Her booklet, “Creating a Healthy Workplace” has been IAPA's number one download from their website for some time, and has attracted the attention of the World Health Organization, which is hoping to turn it into a global guideline.


Vic LimIn March, 2008, Vic Lim, M.A.Sc., P. Eng., of VL Environmental Services gave our members a presentation on spills, spills prevention and spills response based on the requirements of the City of Toronto's Municipal Code, Chapter 681. He also explained how industries could qualify and apply for the sewer surcharge rebate available under Chapter 849. Both chapters can be found on our Resources page in the City of Toronto section.

Vic Lim is an executive-level Professional Engineer with 35 years of experience in the field of water pollution control, especially in the areas of industrial waste control, pollution prevention planning, sewer use by-law enforcement, environmental sampling and analysis, and quality control of wastewater treatment plants. His successful track record is based upon technical expertise, leadership skills and the ability to maintain positive stakeholder relations, and sustainable improvements in productivity, operations, and quality control. Vic's areas of specialization are: Industrial wastewater treatment, municipal wastewater treatment, wastewater analysis, stormwater monitoring, groundwater remediation, pollution prevention planning, sewer use By-law revision & enforcement.

As a consultant, Vic currently is a member of the CH2M HILL Canada Limited project team for the City of Winnipeg Sewer Use By-law Review / Revision project, the scope of which includes providing research material on various municipal Sewer Use By-laws across the country, peer reviewing the reports being produced for this project, conducting public consultations, and presenting the final report to Winnipeg City Council.

Vic has delivered presentations on the City of Toronto Sewer Use By-law and its P2 Requirements at 9 conferences, as well as given presentations on the City of Toronto new Sewer Use By-law to various industry associations.

As a member of the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Advisory Group, mandated to develop a Canada-wide Strategy for the Management of Municipal Wastewater Effluents (MWWE), Vic was awarded the 2002 CCME Pollution Prevention Award in the “Institute, Organization or Group category.”

For his work on the new Sewer Use By-law, Vic earned the FCM-CH2M Hill Sustainable Community Awards under the category “Water/Wastewater for the new Sewer Use By-law” in 2001, and the 2000 Toronto Region Remediation Action Plan (RAP) Award of Excellence for leadership in developing and adopting the new Sewer Use By-law No. 457-2000

Vic graduated from the University of Toronto with a Master of Applied Science in Chemical Engineering degree in 1972. He is a member of the following professional associations: Professional Engineers Ontario, Municipal Engineers' Association, Water Environment Association of Ontario, and U.S. Water Environment Federation. Vic Lim can be contacted at

Alex KasperowitschAt the January 2008, Toronto West CAER meeting the members met Alex Kasperowitsch, Manager, Experience Rating, Prevention Standards & Incentives Branch of the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

Alex has been with the WSIB for 35 years, working mostly on the financial side of the business in such areas as revenue, collections and on systems projects. His current responsibility is to manage the Experience Rating section of the Prevention Standards & Incentives Branch, an area he's been with for ten years. He and his staff of eight are responsible for administering the experience rating components of the various financial incentive programs offered by the Prevention Standards & Incentives Branch. Annually, across the province, in addition to CAD-7 and MAP presentations, they conduct about 45 NEER workshops for employers to demystify the NEER program and to help them understand the financial impacts of having a safe and healthy workplace.

The WSIB, in addition to experience rating programs, offers the Safety Group incentive program for employers to come together to share their experiences in prevention workplace injuries and illnesses and the SCIP incentive program, geographically based, for smaller employers to learn health and safety by sharing experiences and attending formal training sessions.

The JHSC Certification & First Aid area of the Prevention Standards & Incentives Branch provides information with respect to first aid requirements and the approved first aid trainers. The Occupational Health & Safety Act outlines the requirements for certification training of JHSC members. Designated members acquire basic training either through providers and programs approved by the WSIB, or passing competency testing.

Chris Rickett Chris Rickett , a Project Manager with Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), briefed Toronto West CAER members with a presentation on Partners in Project Green at the November meeting. A partnership between TRCA, the Greater Toronto Airport's Authority, the Region of Peel and cities of Toronto, Brampton and Mississauga, the project aims to create North America's largest eco-business zone on over 11,000 hectares of industrial and commercial land surrounding Toronto Pearson Airport.

Utilizing the model of eco-industrial networking, which sees companies working together to improve their financial and environmental performance, Partners in Project Green seeks to help businesses: reduce their costs via resource efficiencies, develop new revenue streams by facilitating by-product exchanges; increase the efficiency goods movement; and develop a cost effective, high performance business development area that makes the region the first choice of employers to do business.

The project is in the initial stages of development with a launch date of early 2008. They are currently seeking input from the business community on how Partners in Project Green can best serve their needs. If you would like more information on the project, or to provide input, please visit or email Chris Rickett at

Chris Rickett, BES, MPA is a former Municipal Councillor from the City of Stratford and has worked with TRCA for two years. He holds a Bachelor of Environmental Studies from the University of Waterloo and Masters of Public Administration from the University of Western Ontario.


David PetersDuring October's meeting, David Peters, Responsible Care Manager for BASF Canada shared BASF's approach to Responsible Care Management. David explained how Responsible Care is a unique “ethic" for the management of chemicals that was adopted by BASF Canada and other members of the Canadian Chemical Producers Association (CCPA) to help safeguard employees, the environment and the community. Member companies commit to do the right thing and to be seen doing the right thing. Consequently, BASF's management processes focus on continual improvement in the area of Environment, Health, Safety, and Security. A key component of BASF's Responsible Care commitment is the Community Right-To-Know Policy. This includes processes to inform the community of risks associated with company operations and to identify and respond to community concerns. A team of industrial experts and community representatives verifies these management processes every three years to confirm that they are still in place and improving.

BASF Canada has evolved a Management System that ensures continual improvement in the company's performance within all six of Responsible Care's Codes of Practice, including Research and Development, Manufacturing, Transportation/ Distribution, Product Stewardship, Hazardous Waste Management, and Community Awareness and Emergency Response. David shared the basics of the company's Management System that includes an access database where all BASF Sites and Businesses annually attest to their compliance or commitment to comply to all 155 Responsible Care protocols. Gaps are identified and prioritized. Sites issue quarterly reports to a Responsible Care Steering committee for review. Reports include progress made towards the site's planned outreach activities, progress towards meeting environment, security and safety performance goals and a gap completion report. The committee then reports process on a scorecard to BASF Canada president, Robin Rotenburg. Sites and businesses are held accountable for their commitment to the process, and are provided guidance to ensure that the Plan-Do- Check-Act process has been fully implemented.

After David reported the successful completion of the company's 4th verification, verifiers were impressed with the development of company's Management System and left with confidence in BASF ability to self heal and to continue to improve in all areas of Responsible Care. For more information on Responsible Care, you are welcome to view the power-point presentation.


David PetersDavid M. Peters, P.Eng., graduated from the University of Toronto in 1983 with a bachelor of applied science degree in chemical engineering.
He began his career with BASF in 1988 in Brampton, Ontario as a project engineer for BASF Coatings and Inks. In 1991, David joined BASF Canada and in 1992 transferred into the Ecology and Safety department. David has since had a number of positions of increasing responsibility within this department. In 2001, he was given responsibility to coordinate BASF activities pertaining to the company's commitment to the ethic and codes of practice of Responsible Care and has led the company through 2 successful Responsible Care 3rd party re-verifications. Responsible Care is the Canadian Chemical Producers' Association initiative to continuously improve the environmental and safety performance of member companies. Presently, David is the Manager responsible for Ecology, Health and Safety in BASF Canada.

Sharon WalkerAs the Manager of Emergency Planning for the City of Vaughan Sharon Walker apprised the representatives from CAER committees from Toronto West, Toronto North and Toronto East of the City of Vaughan's Exercise Summer Blast. Conducted in June 2006, the exercise was designed to include all members of the emergency management team and representatives from the private sector. This was accomplished through shift changes in the Emergency Operations Centre. She explained that the exercise was developed to create realism for members of the control group. As all primary and alternates were not deployed at the same time, the Emergency Management Program created an exercise to reflect the different time frames during which the primary, first alternate and second alternate members would be called upon. The scenario was a train derailment with a hazardous materials incident that included the impact, containment and recovery phases. Each shift was responsible for managing a specific phase of the emergency. This complex table top exercise included utilization of the notification process to convene the team at different points throughout the day, implementation of procedures, plans and protocols, media briefings, and interaction with external agencies. The City shared the lessons learned and the challenges of planning an exercise of this nature.

Sharon Walker is the Manager of Emergency Planning for the City of Vaughan. Through the course of her career in Emergency Management she has worked for the Region of Peel and Canadian Red Cross. While working for the Red Cross she was responsible for coordinating Red Cross activities for the Kosovo Refugee Humanitarian Evacuation at CFB Trenton and responses to several localized emergencies. She is trained as a registered nurse and worked in progressive neurological diseases research, geriatric care and infection control. She holds diplomas in Nursing, Business Administration and certificates in Management-Labour Relations, Human Resources Management and Volunteer Resources Management. She is a Director on the Board of the Ontario Association of Emergency Managers and holds the positions of Treasurer and Membership Committee Chair.


Cathy Grant and Christina LabargeAlso at the September meeting attended by representatives from CAER committees from Toronto West, Toronto North and Toronto East Cathy Grant, P. Eng. and Christina Labarge, P. Eng., two officers from the Standards Development Branch had been invited by Toronto North CAER to speak on provincial air quality initiatives. Their presentation showed how a large part of the Ministry of the Environment's (MOE) regulatory and enforcement activities focus on local air concerns affecting Ontario's communities. For example, the MOE sets air standards for a large number of air toxins, and deals with individual industrial emitters on a facility-by-facility basis. Clean, safe air is essential in protecting the health of people and communities in Ontario. As part of its commitment to clean up Ontario's air, the provincial government updated its regulation to protect local air quality. Ontario Regulation 419: Air Pollution - Local Air Quality is a key component of Ontario's plan to address industrial emissions of harmful pollutants. It is the cornerstone of the ministry's efforts to protect local air quality. As decisions on air standards are made, the regulation is amended to make the standards stronger by giving them the force of law. On November 30, 2005, Regulation 346 “General - Air Pollution” was revoked and replaced with O. Regulation 419/05. The regulation imposes air standard concentration limits for contaminants that are assessed using air dispersion models and/or ambient monitoring. Regulation 419 places Ontario at the leading edge of jurisdictions addressing local air quality issues by combining protective air quality standards with the most up-to-date scientific methods and practical implementation tools.


Cathy GrantCathy Grant is currently with the Standards Development Branch, Environmental Sciences and Standards Division, Ministry of the Environment. Cathy is a Chemical Engineer and has held a broad range of positions at the Ministry including regional operations, waste management, approvals, and Drive Clean. Most recently, Cathy has been working on the development and implementation of Ontario's Air Quality Standards and the new Ontario Regulation 419/05: Air Pollution - Local Air Quality.

Christina Labarge

Christina Labarge is currently with the Standards Development Branch, Environmental Sciences and Standards Division, Ministry of the Environment. Christina is a Chemical Engineer with over 15 years of experience in the areas of process design, environmental management and government programs. She has worked in research, industry and environmental consulting prior to joining the Ministry's Environmental Assessment and Approvals Branch in 1999. Most recently, Christina has been working on the implementation of Ontario Regulation 419/05: Air Pollution - Local Air Quality.




Ted Hutcheson and Michael KwiecienConestoga-Rovers & Associates (CRA) asks how prepared are you? A Waterloo, Ontario based company providing solutions for emergency response, crisis and emergency management, business continuity and geographical information system (GIS) technology applications demonstrated how, by integrating design, physical asset and emergency response capabilities the Toronto District School Board would be able to make informed decisions in the event of an emergency quickly and confidently. Robert (Ted) Hutcheson, B.A. (Geog.) and Michael Kwiecien, C.E.T., P. Eng., CCEP, impressed the committee with the effectiveness of the CRA's software in helping industries, commerce and institutions handle the logistic and infrastructure decisions necessary to respond to almost any crisis.


Glenn Walker The Toronto West CAER member from the Economic Development Office (City of Toronto), Glenn Walker, gave a presentation on the activities and objectives of the Office with regard to business development and retention.

Economic Development works with numerous industry and business sectors in order to facilitate cooperation with the municipal government, resolve local issues and concerns as well as to identify and access government programs. The three field offices located throughout the city facilitate development applications and relocation searches and provide a gateway to City Hall and senior levels of government. The presentation's topics also featured recommendations for enhancing the business climate, current and future government programs and employment land strategies.


Tony HorvatinTony Horvatin of Sun Polishing and Plating gave an interesting presentation of the City of Toronto's proposed new water supply by-law as drafted by Toronto Water. In addition to harmonizing the water supply by-laws of the six former municipalities the new by-law includes an index of fees, a schedule of fines and a reference list of orders and tickets.

The by-law also goes into detail regarding the backflow preventer and premise isolation devices that will be required by industries and numerous businesses including food processors and apartment buildings, among others. Owners required to submit a cross connection control and backflow prevention device survey to the General Manager must submit updated surveys at a frequency of not less than once every five years and the survey and report must be stamped, signed and sealed by a professional engineer, authorized by the Professional Engineers Ontario to perform such work. These devices must also be tested annually by approved testers.


Captain George WarnerActing Captain George Warner of the Toronto Fire Services reviewed all the necessary components of a Fire Safety Plan along with the relevant code sections as well as a step by step process of how to go about preparing and submitting a Fire Safety Plan. As well, the difference between an Emergency Safety Plan and a Fire Safety Plan were identified.

It is an Ontario Fire Code regulation requirement to have a plan approved and stamped by Fire Services and the plan must be accessible at the entrance to the property or building. This plan must be in a Fire Safety Plan Box which and is to include a copy of the approved fire plan, a schematic of the buildings and related service rooms, keys to access the rooms and a replacement open lock for the lock box. Acting Captain Warner provided handouts which included: Ontario Fire Marshal Guidelines for Fire Drills(OFM-TG-01-2004), Fire Safety planning for Recycling Facilities(OFM-TG-06-1998), Fire Safety Planning for Industrial Occupancies(OFM-TG-02-2000), City of Toronto Bylaw No. 186-2004 and a list of manufacturers of Fire Safety Boxes. Extra copies were left at Irving Tissue.