Shawn Hilton, SNC-Lacalin
Senior Director, Impact Assessment and Community Engagement in BC
Mr. Shawn Hilton is SNC Lavalin’s Senior Director of Impact Assessment and Community Engagement in BC. He specializes in environmental assessments, notably those related to wildlife and vegetation resource management concerns. He has been the lead wildlife biologist responsible for the completion of environmental assessments on numerous mining, energy and linear development projects. This includes more than 30 run-of-river projects, large transmission line projects (e.g., ILM), and large dams.
Mr. Hilton has worked extensively with a number of high profile Species at Risk, worked closely with aboriginal communities, and participated in public hearings, technical working groups, panel reviews and court proceedings. He has actively followed and provided feedback for numerous recent government initiatives regarding environmental mitigation (offsets), caribou recovery, species at risk legislation, wildlife and habitat conservation, professional reliance and environmental assessments.
Environmental Manager, Innergex Renewable Energy Inc.
He has worked for Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. since 2014. He has over seven years of experience working on heavy civil construction projects primarily in British Columbia and was a part of the construction and commissioning of Innergex’s Big Silver and Tretheway Creek Hydroelectric Projects. In recent years, Grant’s role at Innergex has expanded to include leading the environmental elements of commissioning of Upper Lillooet River and Boulder Creek Hydro Projects (together the largest hydro projects Innergex has developed to date), as well as environmental management of many of Innergex’ s other 20+ hydroelectric operating assets in B.C. and Ontario. Prior to joining Innergex, Grant worked as an Environmental Coordinator on the Port Mann Bridge/Highway 1 Improvement Project with Kiewit Construction from 2012 to 2014.
Fluvial transport of sediments is a naturally occurring phenomenon observed in rivers and creeks throughout mountainous areas B.C. (much of the province). Sediment transport does not occur evenly throughout the year, rather, peaks tend to occur during high flow events such as spring freshet or fall storm events. Sedimentation can negatively impact hydroelectric facilities depending on how rapid it accumulates and/or enters a hydro facility coupled with the water taken in for electricity generation. It is important to understand the operational challenges that occur with sedimentation as well as different methods to prevent or mitigate the effects of sediment entrainment on the facility. This brief presentation will focus on three specific approaches and illuminate new technologies/strategies used to manage sediment accumulation in run-of-river hydroelectric facility headponds.
Peter R. Mitchell, P.Eng., FEC
Director of Professional Practice, Standards and Development, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
Peter Mitchell is the Director of Professional Practice, Standards, and Development at Engineers and Geoscientists BC. He is responsible for developing and directing proactive quality assurance programs addressing members’ practice standards, including the Engineers and Geoscientists BC Practice Review Program, the development and adoption of professional practice guidelines, and the Organizational Management Program. Mr. Mitchell provides staff support to numerous committees, task forces, and boards dealing with professional practice issues and provides support to the Division of Engineers and Geoscientists in the Resource Sector (DEGIRS).Finally he also coordinates the association’s input on a variety of legislation impacting the practice of professional engineering and/or geoscience.
Charlie Palmer, M.Sc., P.Biol., R.P.Bio.
Hemmera, an Ausenco Company
At 9am Charlie Palmer is more frequently found with an espresso, than he is presenting. However his work on wind farm and run of river hydroelectricity infrastructure in British Columbia, Alberta, the Northwest Territories and previously in his home country of New Zealand often finds him doing strange things. He is an impact assessment professional specialising in the interplay between legislative needs and ecological mitigation and compliance for species at risk, cumulative effects assessments and operational monitoring. Charlie is the practice leader for environmental impact assessment at Hemmera.
Untangling the complexity in wind energy wildlife effects and dealing with them requires a deep understanding of how ecological components interact with turbines. Sometimes the complexity in these issues leads to and requires complex solutions, and sometimes it doesn’t…