Ontario Chapter

First Announcement and Call for Abstracts

The Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA), the Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (OSSGA) and the Ontario Mining Association (OMA) are pleased to announce the 


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June 27-28, 2017

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
This year we present the opportunity for the mining and aggregate sectors to come together to compare rehabilitation techniques and innovations and help expand our knowledge and networking base.  

SYMPOSIUM (Tuesday June 27)
The Symposium will showcase one day of technical presentations and posters, in addition to reclamation and student award presentations.  As the birthplace of the CLRA in 1975, with excellent examples of rehabilitation close to campus, the University of Guelph is the ideal location for the 2017 Symposium. 

FIELD TRIP (Wednesday June 28)
Local field trips will highlight successes in research and rehabilitation in the mining and aggregate sectors.

In an effort to keep costs low, the organizing committee is also seeking sponsorships.  Your logo will be prominently displayed and your company fully acknowledged at the event.  Please call our Treasurer Peter White to discuss sponsorship opportunities including sponsorship of events (1-416-236-8208).

Please contact Bryan Tisch or Ashlee Zelek if you are interested in presenting (including posters) or wish to submit presentation ideas. Abstracts are encouraged on a variety of topics, including but not limited to the reclamation and rehabilitation of mining, aggregate and brownfield sites.  Please note that a paper is not required and presentations will be published as the Symposium Proceedings.  Please include your name and complete contact information including address, phone and email address.  The deadline for submission is April 10, 2017.

We will be presenting student awards for excellent oral and poster presentations.  Please indicate with your Abstract submission if you would like to participate.

Nominations for both the industry and student bursary awards are being sought. For details about the awards and to submit your nomination, please see 'Awards' seciton below.  This award was named after Tom Peters, a founding member of the CLRA and alumnus of the University of Guelph.    

Room blocks have been reserved at the Delta Hotels Guelph Conference Centre (50 Stone Rd W., 1-519-780-3700) and the Day Inn (185 Gordon Street, 1-519-822-9112).  Reservation information will be available soon.

For more information please contact:

Bryan Tisch
555 Booth Street, Room 259
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G1
Phone: 613-943-8746

Ashlee Zelek
Ontario Stone, Sand & Gravel Association     
5720 Timberlea Blvd., Suite 103    
Mississauga, Ontario     
L4W 4W2    
Phone: 647-727-8778    
Cell: 416-315-3916    


Ontario Hosts 41st CLRA's National Annual General Meeting and Conference

McIntyre Arena, Timmins, Ontario   June 27-30, 2016

The CLRA Ontario Chapter hosted the 41st National Canadian Reclamation Association Annual General Meeting and Conference in Timmins June 27 – 29 at the historic McIntyre Arena.  Thank you to Goldcorp, Glencore, Lake Shore Gold, SMC Canada Ltd., Terratec Environmental, and the Ontario Mining Association.  The conference included 155 delegates from across the country and covered a wide range of topics ranging from mine closure, soil amendments & technosols, society and mining, aggregates, to mine water and water treatment. The pre-conference field trip gave delegates an opportunity to think about preserving our mining heritage visiting Kirkland Lake and Cobalt. The post-conference trip put the spotlight on two Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award winning sites in Timmins.  A  Sunrise Ceremony was held by the Anishanaabe People sharing with delegates a celebration of life and all that we share on Mother Earth at the beginning of a new day.

Several awards were presented during the conference. Dr. Peter Beckett, professor at Laurentian University, won the national Dr. Edward M. Watkins award which is presented in recognition of major contributions of the nominee to land reclamation, especially through service to foster advances in regulation, reclamation success or development of personnel or students. The national Linda Jones Memorial Award was presented for the first time to Laval master’s student Marie-Eve Marin. This new award is in honour of the late Linda Jones, former national CLRA secretary treasurer and is presented to students in a reclamation related program at a Canadian institution in recognition of excellence in academic studies which advance the theory, knowledge or practice of land reclamation. Sarah Ficko, Ph. D. student at the University of Alberta won the top prize for a student presentation at the conference with her paper on “Tundra Reclamation: Developing Novel Techniques Using Native Shrub and Lichen Species To Revegetate Disturbed Northern Environments”.  The Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award was presented in absentia to Wally Sencza in recognition of his lifelong, outstanding contribution to closure planning and mine reclamation in Ontario and particularly at the Golden Giant Mine”.  This is the first time the award was given to an individual.  Renate Vanderhorst, a Laurentian master’s student won the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Student Award for her thesis research “Technosol evaluation for mine site reclamation on the Boreal Shield”.  Vale generously provides support and funding for both the industry and student Tom Peters Memorial Awards.  Please click here for a copy of the conference proceedings


The Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association along with the Ontario Mining Association offer two annual awards:

1. Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Industry Award
For more information view the Nomination process & eligibility form
2. Tom Peter Memorial Mine Reclamation Student Award
For more information view the Application process & eligibility form

The awards were named to honour Tom Peters a founding member of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) - established in 1975. He was President of the Association in 1981-82. In 1984, he won the CLRA’s prestigious Noranda Land Reclamation Award for outstanding achievement in the field of land reclamation.

Tom graduated from the University of Guelph in 1948 and moved to Copper Cliff, Ontario where he worked in the agricultural department of Inco Limited (now Vale), becoming their Agriculturist in 1973. Tom utilized his agricultural background to assist Inco with their tailings revegetation and overall land reclamation programs. He pioneered the use of agricultural practices in re-greening mine tailings, including the basic recipes for the addition of limestone, fertilizer, seed and the planting of fall rye as a cover crop.

His work yielded excellent results on Inco’s Copper Cliff tailings and his methods became the standard practice for mines all over the world. Tom was a well-respected and gifted leader for environmental causes and was internationally recognized in the field of land reclamation. He made major contributions to the City of Greater Sudbury Land Reclamation Program. He taught agricultural courses at the University of Guelph and Cambrian College, and contributed to reclamation courses at Laurentian University.

He received an honorary doctorate from Laurentian for his outstanding leadership in re-greening Sudbury. Tom retired in 1985, and in 1987, became the first non-American to be named Reclamationist of the Year by the American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation. Following his death in 2007, the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) in cooperation with the Ontario Mining Association (OMA), the Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) and Vale established the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Award to recognize outstanding achievement in the practice of mine reclamation in Ontario.

Volunteer Opportunities
If you are interested in participating as a Board Member (Director) with the Ontario Chapter, please contact Bryan Tisch at


Board of Directors

President: Jennifer Hargreaves
Past President: Dawn Spires
Vice President: Bryan Tisch
Secretary-Treasurer: Peter White

Peter Beckett
Lesley Hymers
Bill Mackasey
Sarah Barabash
Michael Payne

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About the Ontario Chapter

The Ontario Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association strives to highlight reclamation achievements in the province and also to provide avenues for networking, sharing experiences and recognition of successes.

The Ontario Chapter encourages the participation of students and young professionals to help foster the training of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP) which is reflected in the province’s membership roster. This objective is supported by the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Student Award for graduate students.

We also recognize the mining industry and individuals who have shown outstanding achievement in the practice of mine reclamation through the Tom Peters Memorial Mine Reclamation Industry Award. Both awards are presented at the joint CLRA-OMA workshop annually and are graciously supported by Vale.

Beyond mining reclamation, the Ontario Chapter has good linkages with the aggregate community and many Ontario members represent this interest. The Ontario Chapter welcomes new members from all sectors.

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