John E. Bachynski, B.Sc. P.Eng., is President of EastPoint Engineering Limited located in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He has over 28 years experience in the field of Mechanical Engineering, specializing in plant air quality, dust collection, transport, storage and dust explosion prevention. Since graduating from TUNS (B.Eng., Mechanical) in 1980 he has worked continuously in the testing, design, installation and commissioning of industrial dust collection and explosion prevention systems. His project experience includes dust and fume collection systems, dilute and dense phase pneumatic conveying systems in the rubber, cement, coal, steel, grain, foundry, salt, machining, wood pellets, pulp, paper and wood handling facilities. He continues his growing client base in Canada, United States, Mexico and Europe specializing in upgrading plants to prevent dust explosions and also designing, commissioning and testing for new facilities. Mr. Bachynski has published articles on dust related topics for Bulk and Powder magazine, been a technical presenter for the dust related topics for Powder and Bulk, Dalhousie University, Continuing Technical Education, and private industry. He was nominated for a Canadian design award 1982, and received the Nova Scotia Award for Energy Conservation, Large Industry Sector, 1988 for the installation of a 40TPD dust burning boiler.
Paul Currie is currently employed with the Nova Scotia Environment as a Senior Technical Contaminated Sites Specialist. As a Certified Engineering Technologist with a degree in Environmental Technology and a Certificate in Environmental Management from Dalhousie University, Mr. Currie is experienced in a wide variety of environmental issues ranging from environmental emergency response to environmental inspection. While currently involved in policy, guideline and legislation development in contaminated sites, Mr. Currie has also been involved with operational aspects of contaminated sites management, including project management, technical reviews, risk based corrective action program development, technical training, inspections, investigations and enforcement.
Greg Johnstone, M.Sc., is a consultant in Pharmacology and Toxicology. Through his companies, PharmaTox Inc. and Integrated Safety Services (ISS) Atlantic Inc., he is involved in a wide variety of duties relating to exposure to drugs and chemicals, ranging from accident investigation, hazard and exposure assessment, forensic toxicology, training and clinical assessment of toxic effects of chemicals.
Conrad LeLièvre, P.Eng., CRSP, has over 34 years of mechanical engineering experience in manufacturing and consulting. Following a 28 year career in plant and machine quality assurance engineering with Michelin North America (Canada) Inc., he currently is the occupational health and safety coordinator in Halifax for CBCL Limited, He has been actively involved with Nova Scotia Engineers' Public Safety Committee since its inception in 2000.
Karen MacWilliam is a self-employed consultant, specializing in risk management and insurance analysis. She has worked in the insurance and risk management fields since 1985, as an underwriter, corporate risk manager and broker and has operated a successful consultancy since 1997. Clients include a wide variety of public and private corporations. She holds a B.A., in Economics from U.B.C., her AIIC, FIIC designations from the Insurance Institute of Canada and the CRM designation. She has been on staff at Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre in Vancouver since 1992, teaching risk management and advanced insurance curriculum and has been a lecturer in risk management at the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George since 2003. Karen is a sought-after trainer for private clients and the Insurance Brokers' Associations in B.C. and Alberta. In 2001, Karen authored a 200-page risk management and insurance reference book titled The Risk Management and Insurance Guidebook for Industry, © ABS/Government Institutes of Rockville, MD, which is the basis for an online study program and is used as a text by international colleges. In 2004 she was engaged by the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS) to author the Canadian Supplement to the Risk Financing course in the CRM designation.
Lisa J. Mitchell, M.E.S., LL.B, is the principal of LJM Environmental Law and staff lawyer for the East Coast Environmental Law Association. She has a Masters of Environmental Studies from the School for Resource and Environmental Studies and more than fifteen years of experience working in the areas of environmental law, policy and environmental management. Lisa has a broad-ranging practice base that includes government, non-government organizations, private-sector companies, community groups and individual clients. She has provided legal advice on issues related to contaminated sites, environmental impact assessment, water regulation, aquaculture, mining, environmental liability and coastal management. Lisa has provided advice and training on environmental legislation and policy in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Prince Edward Island and Ontario.
David Muise is the Manager of Indoor Air Quality and Occupational Hygiene services for Pinchin LeBlanc Environmental Ltd. David is an Occupational Hygienist, receiving his formal training from the Occupational Hygiene program at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta.
Peter Oram, P.GEO., is Senior Environmental Specialist at GHD Halifax with 27 years of experience with mineral exploration, environmental baseline studies, mine and aggregate operations permitting, public consultation and regulatory liaison. Peter has managed the successful permitting of mine operations including gold mines, gypsum mines, limestone quarries and coal mines and developed and implemented compliance and environmental effects monitoring programs for these operations. Peter has lectured at Dalhousie University in the Environmental Science and Mining Engineering Departments and is routinely involved in the development and review of legislation associated with mine and aggregate operations in Nova Scotia and beyond. Peter is past President of the Mining Association of Nova Scotia, member of Canadian Land Reclamation Association and Core Member of the Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada.
John Underwood, Ph.D., has over 40 years of environmental experience within academia, government and industry. He held national certification for 25 years to lead environmental management system and compliance audits. He developed, and then managed the environmental audit program across Emera for eighteen years. He also provided guidance as the organization developed its ISO 14001 environmental management systems in the mid 1990's. Dr. Underwood has taught many classes on management system development and environmental auditing to environmental officials/specialists from government and the private sector. He also continues to help large organizations with EMS implementation and their compliance audit programs.