Ontario Chapter

Second Announcement and Speaker List

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 26-28, 2017


Monday June 26, 2017 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Arboretum Reception
Tuesday June 27, 2017 8:00 am – 5:00 pm   Technical Talks
Tuesday June 27, 2017 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm  Banquet
Wednesday June 28, 2017 8:00 am – 6:00 pm Field Trips


We are seeking tradeshow exhibitors.  Please contact Julie Harrington at 905-5070711 ext. 208 or for more information.

  • Reclamation Plenary (Beverley Hale, University of Guelph)
  • The Use of Habitat Equivalency Analysis (HEA) to Quantify Reclamation Success Demonstrating Net Gain Biodiversity (Ginny King & Barbara Hard, Arcadis)
  • Beyond 3:1 and MTO Mix Rehabilitation (Stephen May, CBM)
  • Excess Soil Management Regulations (Jonathan Fernandes, MOECC) 
  • Role of Relative Humidity in Governing Fugitive Dust Concentrations (Cheryl McKenna Neuman, Trent University)
  • A Review of Geochemical Interactions of Aggregate and Amendment Types in Mine Reclamation (Jennifer Durocher, Klohn Crippen Berger)
  • Moving Towards the Integration of Technology into Indigenous Knowledge-Led Site Remediation Solutions (Mary Boyden, Eighth Fire Solutions, Inc.)
  • The Recycling of Recycled Materials in Restoration of Mining Sites (Christian Bélanger, Englobe) 
  • Integrated Approach to the Rehabilitation of Mine Workings and Tailings Management Areas at a Former Uranium Mine Site (Mike Gunsinger, Golder Associates) 
  • The Influence of Time, Soil Organic Matter, and Leach Rate on Nickel Speciation in Soil and its Effect on Bioaccessibility (Beverley Hale, University of Guelph)  
  • Evaluating the ability of Alyssum Murale L. to Extract Nickel from Nickel-Elevated Soils from Port Colborne, Ontario (Kim Zupfer, University of Guelph) 
  • Site Characterization and Cleanup Criteria for Long Lake Gold Mine (Ljiljana Josic, SNC Lavalin)  
  • Early Biodiversity in Technosols on Mine Rock in the Boreal Shield (Renate Vanderhorst, Laurentian University) 
  • Tactical Deployment of Hydromulch as a Cost Effective Method to Coal Mine Reclamation in Weedy Environments (Trevor Kloeck, Synermulch Erosion Control Products)
  • Rapid Ecological Restoration for Aggregate Sites: Mimicking Habitats and Relocating Living Mulch from Hardwood Forests (Paul Richardson, University of Waterloo)
  • Agricultural and habitat Creation in a Sand and Gravel Pit (Mike Lebreton, CBM & Glenn Harrington, Harrington McAvan)
  • “Just Add Water”:  Wetland Restoration in Aggregate Rehabilitation Plans (Mike Williams, Ducks Unlimited Canada) 
  • Erosion Control Solutions for Soil Management and Vegetative Establishment (Cathy Wall, Quality Seeds) 
  • Metal Mixtures in Soil: Testing the Concentration Addition Approach as a Risk Assessment Tool (Pooja Arora, University of Guelph)
  • Rehabilitation of a Quarry to a Vineyard: a Case Study of Walker Aggregates’ Vineland Quarries (Frank Kielbowich, Walker Aggregates)
  • A Wind Tunnel Evaluation of the Efficacy of Four Commercial Surface Treatments for Dust Suppression (Colette Preston, Trent University)  
  • Capability and Benefits of Using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVS or drones) for Aggregate Rehabilitation (Daniel Matzeg, Enaeria Inc.)



  • Toxic effects of rare earth elements on radish and durum wheat (Amanda Pellegrino, University of Guelph) 
  • Using Diffused Gradient Thin Films (DGT) and Ion Exchange Technique (IET) to Relate Bioaccessibility and Phytotoxicity of Rare Earth Elements (Bianca Pereira, University of Guelph)
  • Fugitive dust emission management strategies: The implications of dust suppressants on algal crust development on mine wastes, Nephton, ON (Spencer Gilbert-Parkes, Trent University) 
  • Remediation of Ni Toxicity by Liming - Field Validation (Judith Vandeven, University of Guelph)  
  • Establishment of a moss cover to reduce PM10 emissions from Nepheline Syenite mine tailings (Colette Preston, Trent University)
  • Assessing the viability of upper profile-homogenization as a method for remediation of recalcitrant contaminant metals in soils (Luba Vasiluk, University of Guelph)

FIELD TRIPS – Wednesday, June 28, 8:00 am – 6:00 pm

Two local field trips are being offered this year and will highlight successes in research and rehabilitation in the mining and aggregate sectors.
Field Trip 1: Guelph brownfield and aggregate rehabilitation sites

This event will feature a tour of brownfield sites and aggregates sites within the Guelph area that have been rehabilitated to a variety of land uses. Tour stops include Capital Paving’s Wellington 5 Pit where the land was returned to agricultural use, and rehabilitation plans include a wildlife corridor; CBM’s McMillan Pit, a former pit converted to aquaculture facility which is now home to thousands of rainbow trout; a naturalized aggregate site which includes a rare fen plant community and is located just north of the Fletcher Creek Ecological Preserve;  and Kelso Quarry Park, a rehabilitated quarry within the Niagara Escarpment Plan and Greenbelt, that now contains a 45 acre lake, beach, boardwalk, shoals for fish habitat and a trail network that connects to the Bruce Trail. The tour will also include Guelph’s Metalworks, a Canadian Brownfields Network award winner for reclamation of industrial lands, and a visit to the Eastview Pollinator Park, a former 45ha landfill site that is now home to pollinator habitat.  
Field Trip 2: Port Colborne 

The field trip will include visits to the experimental plots near the city of Port Colborne ON, the location of Vale Canada's Ni refinery, which operated until the early 1980's, resulting in elevated soil Ni, Cu and Co concentrations in agricultural fields and woodlots.  Remediation strategies being demonstrated on the agricultural fields include deep-tilling and liming at various rates, which the tour will stop at.  The tour will also stop at a woodlot on soil with very high Ni concentrations, for which remediation options are being considered.  Additional stops are being planned.



Room blocks have been reserved at the Delta Hotels Guelph Conference Centre (50 Stone Rd W., 1-519-780-3700) at a rate of $149/night and the Holiday Inn (601 Scottsdale Dr., 1-519-836-0231,) at a rate of $128/night.  If booking a two night stay please book with the Delta Hotels.  Rooms are also available at the residences at the University of Guelph.  Please book before June 2. 


See the links below:

Holiday Inn
Residence at UofG

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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