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Environmental Legislation in Canada and the US


Canadian and US environmental regulations differ. Understand how so you can comply with the correct requirements.

In an effort to reduce costs, some organizations apply a one-size-fits-all approach to environmental compliance, assuming that if they meet the regulatory requirements in one place, they will meet them in another.

This is a dangerous assumption to make. While there are some similarities between environmental requirements in Canada and the United States, on the whole the two countries’ laws approach protection of the environment in very different ways. Organizations that don’t take these differences into account risk civil and criminal penalties, harm to human health and the environment, operational downtime, and loss of social license to operate.

Hear from Sara Lipson, Senior Regulatory Analyst at Nimonik to understand differences in how certain environmental matters are regulated in Canada and the United States and how your organization can comply.

This webinar is designed for senior management, consultants, auditors, project managers and implementers working in the following industries:

  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
  • Mining and oil and gas extraction
  • Manufacturing
  • Utilities
  • Professional
  • Scientific and technical services
  • Waste management and remediation services
  • Public administration
  • Management of companies and enterprises

Upon completion of this 90 minute webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the relative powers of different levels of government to regulate the environment in Canada and the United States.
  • Explain differences in how certain environmental matters are regulated in Canada and the United States and how your organization can comply.
  • Describe sources of influence on Canadian and American legislation.
  • Appreciate the need to treat the Canadian and American regulatory regimes as separate and distinct.
  • Know which tools your organization can use to design audit programs and legal registers that meet local requirements.

Why is this webinar topic important for environmental professionals?

Organizations look to environmental professionals to know and understand relevant environmental regulations.

Environmental professionals, and the organizations who employ them, who are not informed of the relevant environmental regulations risk civil and criminal penalties, harm to human health and the environment, operational downtime, and loss of social license to operate.

How do I access the webinar?

To access this webinar, you’ll need to purchase the webinar and complete the payment process. Upon confirmation of payment, you’ll be emailed with a link to the webinar recording.

When was this webinar recorded?

This webinar was recorded on November 8, 2016.

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Sara Lipson

MSc, Senior Regulatory Analyst, Nimonik

Sara entered the environmental field with a Master’s in biochemistry and a certificate in environmental control, and has built on that education with over ten years of experience in developing audit protocols and providing updates based on Canadian and American environmental and health and safety legislation. At Nimonik, a Montreal-based company offering global solutions for EHS legal information, Sara manages a team of regulatory and environmental specialists to ensure that Nimonik’s legislation-based content keeps pace with constant changes in the legal environment.

Sara has helped clients familiar with Canadian legislation understand the American regulatory environment, and vice versa. She is always eager to explain how Canada is not the fifty-first state from a regulatory standpoint, and is passionate about her work because she knows that everyone benefits when companies understand their legal obligations.

+ Overview

Canadian and US environmental regulations differ. Understand how so you can comply with the correct requirements.

In an effort to reduce costs, some organizations apply a one-size-fits-all approach to environmental compliance, assuming that if they meet the regulatory requirements in one place, they will meet them in another.

This is a dangerous assumption to make. While there are some similarities between environmental requirements in Canada and the United States, on the whole the two countries’ laws approach protection of the environment in very different ways. Organizations that don’t take these differences into account risk civil and criminal penalties, harm to human health and the environment, operational downtime, and loss of social license to operate.

Hear from Sara Lipson, Senior Regulatory Analyst at Nimonik to understand differences in how certain environmental matters are regulated in Canada and the United States and how your organization can comply.

This webinar is designed for senior management, consultants, auditors, project managers and implementers working in the following industries:

  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting
  • Mining and oil and gas extraction
  • Manufacturing
  • Utilities
  • Professional
  • Scientific and technical services
  • Waste management and remediation services
  • Public administration
  • Management of companies and enterprises
+ Course Outcomes

Upon completion of this 90 minute webinar, you’ll be able to:

  • Understand the relative powers of different levels of government to regulate the environment in Canada and the United States.
  • Explain differences in how certain environmental matters are regulated in Canada and the United States and how your organization can comply.
  • Describe sources of influence on Canadian and American legislation.
  • Appreciate the need to treat the Canadian and American regulatory regimes as separate and distinct.
  • Know which tools your organization can use to design audit programs and legal registers that meet local requirements.
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Why is this webinar topic important for environmental professionals?

Organizations look to environmental professionals to know and understand relevant environmental regulations.

Environmental professionals, and the organizations who employ them, who are not informed of the relevant environmental regulations risk civil and criminal penalties, harm to human health and the environment, operational downtime, and loss of social license to operate.

How do I access the webinar?

To access this webinar, you’ll need to purchase the webinar and complete the payment process. Upon confirmation of payment, you’ll be emailed with a link to the webinar recording.

When was this webinar recorded?

This webinar was recorded on November 8, 2016.

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Sara Lipson

MSc, Senior Regulatory Analyst, Nimonik

Sara entered the environmental field with a Master’s in biochemistry and a certificate in environmental control, and has built on that education with over ten years of experience in developing audit protocols and providing updates based on Canadian and American environmental and health and safety legislation. At Nimonik, a Montreal-based company offering global solutions for EHS legal information, Sara manages a team of regulatory and environmental specialists to ensure that Nimonik’s legislation-based content keeps pace with constant changes in the legal environment.

Sara has helped clients familiar with Canadian legislation understand the American regulatory environment, and vice versa. She is always eager to explain how Canada is not the fifty-first state from a regulatory standpoint, and is passionate about her work because she knows that everyone benefits when companies understand their legal obligations.