Alberta Chapter

CLRA Alberta 2018 Conference:  Registration & Sponsorship

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. February. Registration is now open, with early bird rates effective until January 15, 2018. Register here to secure your spot today!

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  

Limited booth space and event sponsorship are still available, but filling up quickly. Please view the sponsorship form below and contact the office if interested in becoming a sponsor!


Pre-Conference Workshop - How to Use the Range Plant Community Guides and Recovery Strategies Guide for Project and Reclamation Planning in Grasslands

The workshop will take place on Wednesday, February 28, 2018. It will cover the following three components:

  • Review of the rangeland ecological classification systems in the grasslands, parkland and montane Natural Subregions (NSRs)
  • Determining range plant communities and their response to disturbance.
  • Developing an appropriate recovery strategy (reclamation/revegetation plan) for a development or reclamation project
*Note: attendees will need to bring a copy of the Foothills Fescue, Foothills Parkland and Montane Recovery Strategy Guide. You can either print your own (download from the Foothills Restoration Forum [FRF] website) or from the Alberta Environment and Parks website), or it is available for purchase (at cost) from FRF. To purchase, please visit the FRF website or contact
Attendees are also welcome to print or purchase the Range Plant Community Guides which will be used for the workshop (for the Dry Mixedgrass, and Foothills Parkland NSRs); however, FRF will provide loaner copies for sharing which must be returned at the end of the workshop. These can be accessed through the Alberta Environment and Parks website or the FRF website as well. Handouts for key information and exercises will also be provided.
Cost for printing the course books:
  • Foothills, Fescue, Foothills Parkland and Montane Recovery Strategy Guide $40
  • Foothills Parkland Range Plant Community Guide $25
  • Dry Mixed Grass Range Plant Community Guide $25


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

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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