June 2018

Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainability in the Lower Mainland

Organized by the Sustainability Committee and the Vancouver Branch

Status: Advanced registration is now closed or the event is full. For space availability, please contact [email protected] with subject line, "Sustainability Panel Discussion". Thank you.
Date: Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Time: 6:00 PM–9:00 PM
Location: Vancouver Public Library - Central Library, 350 W. Georgia Street, (Alma and Peter Room Combined) Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Please read full description below.
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $20.00 + GST = $21.00
Cost includes light refreshments and appetizers.
Contact: If you have questions, please contact Guhan Chendurnathan at [email protected] or call 604.558.6652.  
Note: Dress code: Business casual
Learn more about the challenges and opportunities for sustainability in the Lower Mainland by attending this panel discussion. Presentations will focus on the following areas:
  • Water sustainability
  • Energy efficiency
  • Greenhouse gas mitigation
  • Climate change adaptation

The Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Sustainability Committee in partnership with the association’s Vancouver Branch has organized several panel type discussions in the past around sustainability and climate change. This year’s event will feature presentations about water sustainability, energy efficiency, greenhouse gas mitigation, and climate change adaptation from Aline Bennett (Wastewater Engineer, WSP/Opus), Scott Sinclair (CEO, SES Consulting Inc.), Paul Kadota (Program Manager-Liquid Waste Services, Metro Vancouver), and Matt Osler (Senior Project Engineer, City of Surrey), respectively. The Chair of the Sustainability Committee, Nelson Lee (Certified GHG Verifier, Green Sky Sustainability Consulting Inc.), will moderate the event.

To raise awareness on energy and environmental sustainability strategies, the panelists will focus on some of the initiatives they are currently involved in and share with us their innovative solutions in creating a sustainable future through local action.

Please join us on June 12, at the Vancouver Public Library to gain a greater understanding on the various sustainability initiatives and for informal networking and discussions about sustainability trends to help expand awareness and engagement with these issues.


  • 6:00 PM–6:30 PM: Registration and networking
  • 6:30 PM–6:45 PM: Introductions
  • 6:45 PM–7:30 PM: Presentations
  • 7:30 PM–8:30 PM: Panel discussion
  • 8:30 PM–9:00 PM: Closing


Aline Bennett, P.Eng., Wastewater Engineer


Aline is a wastewater engineer at WSP-Opus where she is a member of the Wastewater Design Team, helping municipalities in British Columbia tackle complex water management issues and plan infrastructure for the long-term.

Aline is an active member of the water and wastewater community, having been involved with the Canadian Water Network’s Student and Young Professional Committee and the BCWWA Wastewater and Residuals Committee. She holds a master’s degree from UBC and a B.Eng. from McGill University.

Matt Osler, P.Eng., Senior Project Engineer

City of Surrey

Matt Osler, P.Eng., MBA, is a Senior Project Engineer at City of Surrey. He has been leading Surrey’s coastal flood and sea level rise-related work for the past 5 years. In this role, he has organized over 20 events to engage stakeholders, residents, and partners on coastal adaptation that impacts 20% of land in Surrey. He has over 10 years of flood management experience and previously worked in the Canadian Coast Guard before joining City of Surrey. 

Paul Kadota, P.Eng., Program Manager, Liquid Waste Services

Metro Vancouver

Paul has been practising in the water resources sector for over 25 years and is currently Program Manager, Utility Research and Innovation, for Liquid Waste Services, Metro Vancouver.

Connecting insights from many areas of science and engineering, Paul builds relationships and forms project teams involving experts from many disciplines at industry associations, universities, select private-sector companies, and federal agencies to develop innovative solutions. Much of the work focuses on maximizing the recovery of resources from waste streams and making existing treatment processes more effective through advanced physical, biochemical, or thermochemical means.

Paul’s passion for living more sustainably has him volunteering his time to a local nature conservancy and he has designed and installed an off-grid solar system for his tiny cabin in the Sunshine Coast.

Scott Sinclair, P.Eng., CEO

SES Consulting Inc.

Scott Sinclair is the CEO of SES Consulting, a company that specializes in energy efficiency retrofits in commercial buildings. Scott believes that our world is embarking on an Existing Building Revolution which will transform the way we use and interact with the structures where we spend most of our lives. Our existing buildings need low carbon heating, renewable electricity, state-of-the-art building automation systems, data analytics, and software interfaces to create flexible controllable environments for happier more productive people. Prior to starting SES Consulting, Scott was a managing partner in a design build construction firm and has spent 2 years doing international environmental work in Costa Rica, India, and South Africa. For the past 15 years, Scott has been transforming existing buildings with upgrade projects that pay for themselves in energy savings while improving comfort, air quality, and simultaneously reducing GHG emissions with a wide variety of efficiency applications in Health Care, University Campuses, Schools, Offices, Multi-Unit Residential and Industrial facilities.

Moderator: Nelson Lee, P.Eng.

Green Sky Sustainability Consulting Inc.

Nelson Lee, P.Eng., has advised corporations and governments on strategies for improving their sustainability related to environment, health, and safety performance for the past 30 years and climate change management in the past 10 years. He directed Climate Change Sustainability teams at two leading consulting firms since 2004 before establishing his own firm, Green Sky Sustainability, in 2015. Since 2013 he has represented Canada revising and writing new GHG and climate change standards. He is currently a Working Group Expert developing ISO 14091—Climate change risk and vulnerability assessments.




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