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Environmental Risk Assessment: Discussion Session for Graduate Students in Engineering and Design

Wednesday, September 12, 2018 17:00to17:45
Macdonald Engineering Building Room MD 267 (2nd Floor), 817 rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC, H3A 0C3, CA


TISED is happy to welcome Dr. Janice Paslawski, Director Risk Assessment Centre of Excellence, at SNC Lavalin to McGill University for a sustainability-themed seminar titled: “Environmental Risk Assessment: Everything You Didn’t Know About What Goes Into a Regulatory Risk-Based Guideline” The seminar will provide an overview of the environmental risk assessment process and some important fundamentals, as well as some real life examples of how environmental risk assessments are applied, such as in the case of contaminated sites and contaminant transportation.

Following the seminar, Dr. Paslawski will lead a Discussion Session for PhD and Graduate students (and their supervisors) in the Faculty of Engineering. Dr. Janice Paslawski will be conducting a discussion session on the topic of 'PhD graduates in industry and on how university research benefits the consulting community and the Canadian environment'.

The Discussion Session is a great way for graduate students to learn more about what they can do with their degree after graduation!

Please note that the Discussion Session is NOT a public event. Registration is required by emailing tised [at] mcgill.ca



Dr. Janice Paslawski, Ph.D., P.Eng., has over 25 years of experience in conducting and managing environmental specialists in the delivery of protective risk management strategies for complex impacted sites.

At SNC-Lavalin, she directs a National team specialized in the development and implementation of risk-based environmental management plans for a variety of impacted sites. This team works closely with the environmental site assessment and impact assessment teams on programs for many of our key clients. She has served as Technical Support Specialist for several high profile spill responses in BC (jet fuel and a major metals mine dam breaches). She has worked on spills in Saskatchewan as well as regulatory compliance requests for facility impacts associated with operations (petroleum and brine). In the case of spill response and impacted sites and regulatory compliance issues, she has served SNC-Lavalin in developing risk communication plans to multiple stakeholders including regulators and aboriginal lands owners by coming up with practical science based solutions to meet regulatory acceptable limits. She leads multidisciplinary teams in the development of quantitative risk assessment approaches for the evaluation of contaminants of concern with respect to human and ecological health risk. She has also developed risk management tools for multiple-site portfolios. She has been instrumental in the regulatory guidelines in Canada beginning with Alberta, CCME and Saskatchewan’s Environmental Code. She represents SNC-Lavalin with Educational Institutions supporting emerging contaminant research (University of McGill and University of Saskatchewan). Dr. Paslawski is registered as a QPRA in Saskatchewan since 2015 and in Newfoundland and Labrador since 2014.


The seminar will be held September 12th at 4pm to 5pm, and the Discussion Session for Graduate Students will follow from 5:00pm to 5:40pm. All events in MD 267.



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