College of Applied Biology Conference
When a significant environmental incident occurs, the response is usually quick. The first actions are, appropriately, to address public safety and prevent further harm. The next step is to determine necessary clean-up or rehabilitation of environmental damages, both of which may require controversial management decisions.
The formation of committees, involving community members, academics, regional and other governments, and sometimes the responsible party are often the secondary response of governments faced with such significant incidents.
Lee Nikl, Golder Principal, will examine the benefits and limitations of these committees at the College of Applied Biology Conference & AGM taking place March 3rd in Victoria, BC.
In British Columbia, the formation of such committees is about to be codified in law (S.91.61 of BC’s Bill 21). While committees can contribute valuable knowledge and experience to deal with the event, deliberate controls to safeguard against conflicting interests may be insufficient or, more commonly, missing altogether.
Lee’s presentation “Taxonomy of Unethical Conduct: Conflicting interests in controversial management decisions” will draw on years of experience with multiple environmental incidents nationally and internationally. Lee will explore the kinds of conflicting interests and outcomes that may occur during such events, as well as suggested mechanisms to prevent the negative results that conflicting interests can produce.
For more information on this topic please contact Lee Nikl.
Lee Nikl, M.Sc., R.P.Bio., is a Principal and Senior Environmental Scientist with Golder Associates’ Mine Environment Division. He has over 25 years of professional experience in the areas of natural resource damage assessment, environmental rehabilitation, ecological risk assessment, ecotoxicology, environmental impact assessment, capital works dredging, and environmental permitting. Lee has been involved in the aftermath of some of the most significant environmental incidents in Canada and internationally.