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Halifax Convention Centre, 1650 Argyle Street, Halifax, NS
June 4-5, 2019 

Call for Abstracts

Submission Deadline has been extended to November 30, 2018

The Real Property Institute of Canada (RPIC) will host a forum for federal managers and remediation specialists to learn about technical and scientific innovations, best practices and challenges related to the management of sites contaminated with per and polyfluoroalkylated substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants. The Workshop will offer a unique opportunity to meet and exchange new ideas and information with colleagues and industry representatives from across the country and abroad. The 2019 RPIC Federal Contaminated Sites Regional Workshop is the fifth in a planned series of biennial regional workshops scheduled on off-years from the highly acclaimed RPIC Federal Contaminated Sites National Workshop.

RPIC invites you to submit abstracts and presentations on the management of PFAS and other emerging contaminants. Introductory and background information on PFAS will be presented to all workshop participants in a half-day session at the beginning of the workshop. Submitted abstracts should avoid repeating generic/entry level information on PFAS and focus on new information, new science, innovative technologies, practical assessment and remediation approaches, project examples, challenges and lessons learned. Project specific examples are highly encouraged.

Abstracts are encouraged in, but not limited to the following categories:

Environmental Site Assessment

Example of possible subjects: defining project area, sampling guidance, assessment technology and innovation, analytical considerations (methods, packages, method detection limit (MDL)/representative detection level (RDL), total oxidizable precursor (TOP) assay), drinking water sampling, development of complex conceptual site models, co-contaminants, management of cuttings and purge water, etc.

Regulatory Framework/Guidelines

Example of possible subjects: evolving criteria and regulatory framework, understanding guideline derivation and dealing with variance between jurisdictions, multi-jurisdictional projects (provincial/territorial/municipal), on-line information and risk communication, etc.

Human Health and Ecological Risk Assessment

Example of possible subjects: guidance and approach, state of science, evolving toxicity reference values (TRV), development of site-specific target levels (SSTLs), off-site impacts/provincial/territorial risk assessment frameworks, known human health and ecological risks, bioaccumulation, persistence, fish, crops, ongoing studies, etc.

Project Management and Challenges Specific to Emerging Contaminants

Example of possible subjects: building uncertainty in project management approach, risk communication, stakeholder engagement, managing off-site impacts, liability and legal considerations, divested sites, multiple source areas, co-mingling and assigning responsibility, collection and protection of private information, managing historical issues at active sites, the internet, the media and communication challenges, lessons learned, case studies, ongoing research and development, etc.

Remediation and Risk Management

Example of possible subjects: new remediation technologies, remedial option analysis, pilot studies, risk management, how to integrate the unknown, management of excess soil/water from construction activities, co-contaminant issues, etc.
 

GUIDELINES FOR SUBMITTING ABSTRACTS

All abstract submissions will be done through an online submission system at https://2019rpicfcsrw.exordo.com/login by November 30, 2018. Please note that no submissions sent via email will be considered. All presenters are required to register for the Workshop. All authors accepted for presentation at the Workshop will receive comments on their abstract after the Technical Review Committee has reviewed it. The revised abstract, based on these comments, is due by January 14, 2019. If the submission deadline is missed for the revised abstract, the translation is due by January 28, 2019.

POWERPOINT PRESENTATIONS

All abstracts accepted for presentation at the Workshop will be required to submit a draft and a final PowerPoint presentation prior to the Workshop. The presentation length will be 20 minutes. All PowerPoint presentation submissions will be done using the online submission system with a file size limit of 10MB. Draft presentations will be due by April 12, 2019 and all presenters will receive comments on their draft PowerPoint presentation after the Technical Review Committee has reviewed. The revised PowerPoint presentation, based on these comments, is due by May 10, 2019. The translated PowerPoint is due by May 24, 2019.

OFFICIAL LANGUAGES

RPIC will be taking on the responsibility and cost of translating all final abstracts only. Abstracts may be submitted in English or French. If any changes are made to the final abstract file after the submission deadline, or the submission deadline is missed, the author will be responsible for updating both versions of the file (English and French) using RPIC’s translation company.

All accepted presentations crediting federal government employee presenters must submit their final PowerPoint presentation in both official languages. We encourage the non-federal presenters to translate their PowerPoint presentations as well. The translation may follow the revised final version.

PRESENTER REGISTRATION

All presenters are required to register for the Workshop by April 12, 2019. One discounted delegate registration ($600 + HST) will be made available for each accepted presentation. Additional presenters will be required to register at the full rate ($750 + HST). The discounted registration can only be claimed by filling out the PDF registration form and returning it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Be sure to mention which presentation it is being claimed for by the same title as the submitted abstract. Presentations will be selected for inclusion in the preliminary program on the basis of a peer review by the Technical Committee. Authors will be notified of acceptance by December 17, 2018.

DEADLINES

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE November 30, 2018

AUTHOR NOTIFICATION December 14, 2018

REVISED ABSTRACT DUE January 14, 2019

DRAFT PPT PRESENTATION DUE April 12, 2019

PRESENTER REGISTRATION DEADLINE April 12, 2019

FINAL PPT PRESENTATION DUE May 10, 2019

TRANSLATED PPT DUE May 24, 2019