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Construction and development in Ontario generate millions of cubic metres of excess soil that must be transported across the province each year. The movement and relocation of soil must be properly managed to mitigate negative impacts on communities and the natural environment.

On December 4th, join the Canadian Urban Institute and experts from industry, government, NGOs and academia to discuss how we are working together to develop solutions for better excess soil management, including best practices for implementing the proposed provincial regulation.

CUI will convene the 2019 Ontario Excess Soil Symposium to address:

- Benefits and challenges of excess soil reuse for municipalities, communities and the building and development industry;

- Updates on excess soil policies and regulation; and

- Lessons learned from case studies and pilot projects.




Hon Jeff Yurek, MPP - Minister, Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP)


Jeff Goldman, Principal-SoilFLO

Jeff Goldman is an award-winning homebuilder, land developer and entrepreneur who is recognized for blending successful business practices with environmental stewardship.He is a Past President of The Durham Region Home Builders’ Association and is the delegated representative for The Ontario Home Builders’ Association to The MECP’s Excess Soils Working Group.  Jeff is a Principal of SoilFLO Inc., a company achieving improved excess soil management outcomes for many large and diverse construction projects throughout the Province.He is a dynamic and engaging speaker who both informs and challenges audiences to achieve heightened performance


Nicholas Willenbrock, Joint Manager - CL:AIRE.

Nicholas is joint manager of CL:AIRE, a UK based NGO which champions the sustainable management of land. At CL:AIRE he manages the development of the Definition of Waste: Development Industry Code of Practice (DoW CoP) – a successful, co-regulation approach to excavated soils reuse. Alongside this, he has developed CL:AIRE's online 'Register of Materials' which successfully matches projects with surplus soils to those with a deficit. Nicholas also leads the auditing and review process on behalf of CL:AIRE and UK Regulators and led the first research into the benefits of soil reuse through sustainability assessments of real projects. The outcomes of this work creates a very strong argument for the adoption of such approaches and highlight the clear value of soils and the need to protect them as a valuable natural resource through the creation of a circular economy.

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Dr. Francine Kelly-Hooper, environmental contaminant scientist - Stantec

Dr. Kelly-Hooper has over 25 years of experience in the private and government sectors, operating her environmental consulting business, Kelly-Hooper, from 1998-2014. Over the past 18 years, Francine has developed new approaches to soil and sediment beneficial use through her PhD research and environmental consulting projects. Her research has recently led to the first federally and provincially approved SWM pond sediment beneficial use projects in Canada.


Karim Hosny, Lead Environmental QP - Crosslinx Transit Solutions

Karim Hosny is currently a member of the Environmental Management Team with Crosslinx Transit Solution – Constructors working on the Eglinton Crosstown LRT (ECLRT) Project in Toronto. Karim leads a team of environmental professionals responsible for soil management practices across the ECLRT Project. Upon completion, there will be over 2 million m3 of excess soil excavated and removed off site from the various stations and stops, all of which are required to adhere to the MECP Management of Excess Soil – A Guide for Best Management Practices. Karim’s discussion topics will include the strategies involved in completing these soil management practices; from pre-characterization of the soil, to finding various disposal locations and tracking the soil, along with challenges faced along the way.  


Meggen JaMes, Director of Soil and Groundwater Management - Waterfront Toronto

Meggen has over 25 years of experience in environmental consulting, environmental management, risk assessment, and remediation projects. She has implemented soil management best management practices based on the MECP’s BMP and concepts in the draft Excess Soil Regulation on a variety of brownfield and non-brownfield projects and has developed soil reuse specifications that have been used on infrastructure and remediation projects. She also has experience in groundwater characterization; treatability studies; physical, chemical, and biological in-situ treatment system design; wastewater and vapour treatment facility design; system start-up and commissioning; operations and maintenance (O&M); and permitting.



Dr. Paul Welsh is the Brownfield Program Coordinator with the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation, and Parks (Ecological Standards Section, Standards Development Branch) and was involved with developing the proposed excess soil standards and regulation. Previously, he worked as a research scientist with the ministry and has extensive experience with ecological and human health risk assessments at contaminated sites. He also has environmental consulting experience working in the United States on several Natural Resource Damage Assessments. He has an MSc in Zoology from the University of Guelph and a PhD in Biology (Aquatic Toxicology) from the University of Waterloo.


Kathryn Beaton, Environmental Coordinator, EllisDon Corporation - Civil Division

Kathryn Beaton currently manages environmental compliance, including soil management practices, on design build transit infrastructure projects. These construction projects are obligated to comply with the MECP Management of Excess Soil – A Guide for Best Management Practices. Working alongside construction teams, Kathryn has a strong understanding of how operations are impacted by permitting and regulatory requirements. Kathryn’s discussion will review challenges associated with excavated materials management and lessons learned to focus on when pursuing future projects.   


More speakers to be announced soon!


Thank you to our 2019 Sponsors!


Limited sponsorship opportunities are still available; please contact Geneva Starr (gstarr@canurb.org) for more details.


For more information about the Ontario Excess Soil Symposium,
contact Geneva Starr: gstarr (at) canurb (dot) org, 416-365-0816 x 257