Alberta Chapter

CLRA Alberta 2018 Conference:  Call for Abstracts

Land Stewardship - A Joint Effort

The Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) will be hosting their Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference February 28 to March 2, 2018, at the Sheraton Hotel and Conference Centre in Red Deer, Alberta. The conference portion consists of:

•        Sponsor booths

•        Two days of presentations with over 40 different speakers

•        Wednesday evening networking reception

•        Thursday evening social, banquet and student awards

•        Friday lunch guest speaker  

The theme this year is Land Stewardship – A Joint Effort

In its broadest sense, stewardship is the recognition of our collective responsibility to retain the quality and abundance of our land, air, water and biodiversity, and to manage this natural capital in a way that conserves all of its values, be they environmental, economic, social or cultural. (A Stewardship Roadmap for Canada, National Stewardship Conference, 2009).

As environmental and reclamation practitioners, we are all considered to be “stewards” working together to ensure our natural capital is available for future generations.  To satisfy the theme, we are seeking abstracts that showcase how we are working together to achieve land stewardship goals. 

Abstracts are to be submitted to Darren Heck at no later than November 24, 2017. 


2018 Sponsorship Package Now Available! Email the below sponsorship form to Tamara at Please select your top 3 choices you wish to sponsor, in the event your primary choice is taken.


CLRA Alberta Lunch & Learn Series

Edmonton Lunch & Learn

Topic: Innovative remediation and recycling solutions for restoring an unregulated dump-site in an environmentally sensitive area in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Speaker(s): Tony Ciarla, Executive Vice President, KLS Earthworks & Environmental and Greg Whyte, President, Cirrus Environmental Services

Date: Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Location: Royal Glenora Club, 11160 River Valley Road, Edmonton, AB T5J 2G7

Doors Open: 11:15 am

Lunch: 11:45 am

Presentation: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm

Sponsored by: 


The Glacier Ridge area in northwest Calgary, Alberta encompasses approximately 1,012 hectares of agricultural land that will be developed for future residential and commercial land use. During pre-development assessment activities conducted in 2014, Cirrus Environmental Service Inc. (Cirrus) identified approximately 11,000m3 (±10%) of debris that had been deposited sometime after 1982 on the sides and bottom of a ravine containing a perennial drainage channel and a surface water-body. The debris was primarily composed of clean-soil (55%) co-mingled with concrete and metal re-bar (45%) and municipal solid waste (<1%). Free-phase liquids, hydrocarbons, solvents or other contaminants were not observed. Sampling and testing conducted by Cirrus indicated that the debris was not having an adverse effect.

A residential community and a pathway system are to be built in and around the ravine; as a result, the developer, Ronmor Developers Inc., wanted to restore the ravine to an attractive, safe and natural condition - in a cost-effective manner.

The project presented several challenges: 1) working on steep and unstable slopes; 2) loose, heavy and unconsolidated waste along with other sharp materials; and, 3) much of the debris was located within the saturated zone at the bottom of the ravine.  Initial estimates, using a traditional dig and haul strategy, placed the restoration plan at approximately $3M CAD. Ronmor challenged Cirrus and KLS Earthworks and Environmental (KLS) to achieve its project objectives using a different approach.  The project team in close consultation with the City of Calgary and provincial regulators, developed and executed an innovative and challenging restoration plan that minimized damage to environmentally sensitive areas, prevented accidental discharge of sediment or waste to the surface water body, recycled and re-used the construction debris, reclaimed the clean soil and minimized all waste being sent to a landfill.

The plan focused on three things: 1) working while conditions were freezing or near-freezing to minimize the disturbance of sediment and soils and the effects of erosion from rain and snowmelt; 2) “surgically” removing the debris in lifts - starting from the toe of the debris piles(s) and pulling the material back toward pre-existing ground surface, then placing the material inlined and bermed temporary storage cells upgradient from the active work area(s). Great care was taken while excavating the Debris to ensure that larger pieces of refuse are not broken-up or damaged such that smaller pieces become co-mingled with clean soil; and, 3) efficient on-site processing and management of all three material streams.

Cirrus and KLS helped Ronmor achieve its tough project objectives.  All of the reclaimed soil was used on-site, recycled concrete was crushed and used for road base, the scrap metal was recycled and less than 1% of the total debris was sent to a landfill.  In the end, the ravine was restored to a natural, attractive and safe condition for approximately 1/3 the cost of using a traditional dig and haul strategy. 


Individual Member: $45

Corporate Member (up to 3 guests): $45 each

Student/Retired Member: $25

Non-Member: $60


  1. A total of 3 can register at member rates under a Corporate Membership*.
  2. Registration and cancellation deadline is December 6, 2017, early registration is encouraged.
  3. No refunds will be issued after December 6.
  4. Due to meal and room booking requirements, pre-payment is required.
  5. Confirmation will be sent by e-mail.

Sponsorship opportunities of $400 available, contact Christine Johnson to inquire.

Christine Johnson (780) 458-7787 (ext. 117) or

Calgary Lunch & Learn

Topic: Constraints and Considerations When Planning for Surface Preparation of Forested Reclamation Sites

Speaker(s): Chris Tenszen, B.Sc., P.Ag., Senior Reclamation Advisor with Trace Associates Inc.

Date: Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Location: The Kahanoff Conference Centre, Jim Hume Room (#201), 105 12 Ave SE, Calgary, AB T2G 1A1

Doors Open: 11:45 am

Lunch: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Presentation: 12:15 pm - 1:15 pm


Mr. Chris Tenszen, B.Sc., P.Ag. - Mr. Tenszen is a Senior Reclamation Advisor with Trace Associates Inc. Before entering the environmental sector, Chris worked as a tour guide in the mountain parks and a fishing guide in Northern Saskatchewan where his love for the outdoor experience was born. He attended Lakeland College’s Conservation and Restoration Ecology program and the University of Alberta's Land Reclamation program. He has nine years of industry experience working in all scopes of Alberta’s Upstream Oil and Gas Reclamation and Remediation Program. At Trace, Chris specializes in forested and peatland reclamation, as he enjoys the opportunities and challenges of working in Alberta’s natural areas. Mr. Tenszen is based out of Trace’s Edmonton (St. Albert) office and lives in Edmonton with his wife, kids, and the family pets.


Mechanical site preparation refers to a variety of techniques used to create a rough and loose surface during reclamation of a forested site. The benefits of mechanical site preparation are well documented and include faster growth of seedlings, reduced vegetative competition, erosion control, and restricted access. A wide variety of techniques and tools are available, so choosing which is appropriate for a specific site can be overwhelming.  Also, the best technique or tool may not always be available.  This presentation identifies common constraints encountered during reclamation of upstream oil and gas wellsites, and considers what objectives, alternatives, and compromises can help achieve effective site preparation when the ideal method may not be available.


Individual Member: $45 (in-person), $35 (webinar)

Corporate Member (up to 3 guests): $45 each (in-person), $35 (webinar)

Student/Retired Member: $25 (in-person), $15 (webinar)

Non-Member: $60 (in-person), $50 (webinar)


  1. A total of 3 can register at member rates under a Corporate Membership*.
  2. Registration and cancellation deadline is November 22, 2017, early registration is encouraged.
  3. No refunds will be issued after November 22.
  4. Due to meal and room booking requirements, pre-payment is required.
  5. Confirmation/call-in details will be sent by e-mail one hour prior to the lunch.

Sponsorship opportunities of $400 available, contact Betsy Chai to inquire.

Betsy Chai (403) 585-9368 or

Future Conference Dates

2019 AGM & Conference - February 27-29, Red Deer, Alberta

Welcome to the Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association. With approximately 650 members, our chapter is a vibrant part of the reclamation movement within Alberta and includes private and corporate members alike.

Our corporate members include upstream, midstream and downstream producers in the oil and gas industry as well as a wide variety of consulting firms and contractors. We actively welcome student members from all post secondary institutions with an interest in reclamation.

Part of our ongoing initiative is to provide scholarships to deserving student members who show outstanding initiatives in the field of reclamation. In addition, we donate funds raised from our Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Our recipients for 2014 are Western Sky Land Trust (, and the Alberta Centre for Reclamation Restoration Ecology (ACRRE,  These two trust funds are committed to reclaiming or conserving local areas  and research, education and innovation within the province.


Board of Directors

President: Marissa Reckmann (Calgary)
Vice President: Christine Johnson (Edmonton)
Secretary: Maria Kudienko (Calgary)
Treasurer: Elise Faryna (Calgary)
Past President: Fannie Derosiers (Calgary)


Betsy Chai (Calgary)
Ashley Easton (Calgary)
Darren Heck (Calgary)
Cheryl Hendrickson (Calgary)
Chad Hohol (Calgary)  
Kelly Zadko (Edmonton)


L.T.L. (Lin) Callow Memorial Award

The CLRA would like to acknowledge the passing of a fellow industry professional from Calgary, AB Mr. Lin Callow. As a professional biologist, Lin spent his career working on environmental management for energy and mining projects. 

In his honour, and in recognition of his desire to bring together diverse interests to protect the environment, the L.T.L. (Lin) Callow Memorial Award has been established. 

Learn More

CLRA Alberta Bylaws

At the CLRA Alberta Chapter Annual General Meeting on February 24, 2017 the Members formally approved the proposed Bylaw changes. The new CLRA Alberta Chapter Bylaws are now available.

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