CLRA National Newsletter - Spring 2018



October 15 - 18, 2018

Miramichi, NB



A new year and a NEW look to our CLRA website !  Check out the Member Login area on our website.


This year our National AGM & Conference will be held in beautiful Miramichi, New Brunswick on Oct 15 – 18, 2018.  I cordially invite you to attend the conference, actively participate in its technical sessions, and contribute to the continued success of this conference series.  Details to be posted soon.


Please visit our website to Nominate a Candidate  or to obtain more information about the following awards:


Dr. Edward M. Watkin

Noranda Award


Also, the ‘Linda Jones Memorial Award’ and the ‘Linda Jones Memorial Fund’ are always welcoming donations.  Please go to our website to learn more on how to contribute. 


As always, I extend a heartfelt thank you to the Board of Directors and the Chapter Boards for their continued volunteer work and dedication. 

Your input on what you want from the CLRA is always welcome and greatly appreciated.   Please feel free to send me your thoughts as I want to hear from you.  You can reach me at or directly at


Wishing you all a healthy, happy, safe and successful 2018.



Andrea McEachern
National President, CLRA/ACRSD



"A big thank you to the University of Alberta for acknowledging our sponsorship for their Uranium Mining Team in the Land Reclamation Capstone Course!"


Rainforest loss is fuelling a tsunami of tropical species extinctions. However, not all is doom and gloom.

A new study, conducted in the Brazilian Amazon, suggests that ecological cataclysms prompted by the fragmentation of the forest can be reverted by the regeneration of secondary forests, offering a beacon of hope for tropical forest biodiversity across the world.


Many forested landscapes around the world are severely altered during mining for their rich mineral and energy reserves. This article explores the challenges inherent in efforts to restore mined landscapes to functioning forest ecosystems and present a synthesis of recent progress using examples from North America, Europe, and Australia.


In addition to LinkedIn, CLRA National is now on Facebook and Twitter! Join the conversation and receive updates on the latest industry news and events.


Ashwin Charles, Universiti of Malaysia Pahang, speaks on breaking the wall of wastewater treatment and how the sun to breaks down harmful chemicals from the palm oil industry at the Falling Walls Lab Berlin, an international forum for emerging talents and innovative thinkers.


Congratulations to University of Alberta Land Reclamation International Graduate School (LRIGS) Renewable Resources Ph.D. candidate, Prem Pokharel, for receiving the international award for essential research addressing oilsands reclamation!


There are many projects in our working lives that we hear about as being at a critical stage of a decision, but then we never find out the final decision and how the story ends. New Brunswick was going through one of those situations back in 2014-2016 and the CLRA Atlantic Chapter ARC2015 event was held during the middle of the discussions. Here is a short connection to what direction the Mactaquac Project has taken since ARC 2015.



April 25, 2018

Kahanoff Centre & Conference Space, Jim Hume Room (#201)
Calgary, AB

CLRA Alberta Chapter Lunch and Learn Series - April Session


Topic: When Worlds Collide: Integrating Soil and Groundwater Studies When Remediating and Risk Managing Upstream Oil and Gas Sites

Speaker(s): Brent Lennox, Senior Hydrogeologist, Waterline Resources Inc.


August 8, 2018

Innisfail Golf Course
Innisfail, AB

2018 CLRA Alberta Chapter Annual Charity Golf Tournament


The CLRA Alberta Chapter will once again be holding its annual Charity Golf Tournament at the Innisfail Golf Course on August 8, 2018. Always a good way to have fun, network and contribute to a good cause.


June 19 - 20, 2018
Wawa Michipicoten Memorial Community Centre
Wawa, ON

Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium and Field Trip


The Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA) and Ontario Mining Association (OMA) in conjunction with The Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines (MNDM) are pleased to announce the Eleventh annual Ontario Mine Reclamation Symposium and Field Trip. Join us as we explore the rich mining history of the area through technical presentations and tour of local sites/issues/solutions, in addition to a variety of other reclamation, rehabilitation, and remediation projects from elsewhere.


October 15 - 18, 2018

New Brunswick Community College Miramichi Campus

Miramichi, NB


43 rd  CLRA National Conference and AGM/ARC2018 Conference


The conference will kick off October 15th with an evening Meet and Greet river cruise on the beautiful Miramichi River. This will be followed by two days of technical sessions, a National AGM meeting and a Gala Awards dinner. In addition, a field trip to local projects of interest will take place on October 18, 2018.


February 27 - March 1, 2019

Sheraton Red Deer Hotel
Red Deer, AB


2019 CLRA Alberta Chapter Conference & AGM


The Alberta Chapter of the Canadian Land Reclamation Association. With approximately 75% of the national membership, our chapter is a vibrant part of the reclamation movement and includes private and corporate members alike.


June 7 - 11, 2020
Québec City Convention Centre
Québec, QC


CLRA Joint Conference: 2020 Québec RE3 Conference: From Reclaiming to Restoring and Rewilding


We are proud to announce a joint conference between the Canadian Land Reclamation Association (CLRA/ACRSD), the Society for Ecological Restoration (SER), and the Society of Wetlands Scientists (SWS). The proposed theme for 2020 is "From Reclaiming to Restoring and Rewilding". It aims to stimulate discussions about the evolution of management approaches carried out by the societies invited to join the conference.



  April 27, 2018

University of Alberta Faculty Club

Edmonton, AB

ASN, CLRA, CREW Spring Social Event: Cultivating a Culture of Innovation


Until a super-human general intelligence is created in a computer (AI), people will continue to be the source of all innovation. Typically when we think of innovation, our minds conjure up images of the latest technological doodad or recent scientific advance in our field of study. While the right kind of work culture can help foster technological innovations, high performing teams innovate everyday on what they do and how they do it.


Course 1: May 17 & 18, 2018

Course 2:  May 24 & 25, 2018

Agriculture Forestry Centre

Edmonton, AB

Bryophytes of Alberta Workshops


The Department of Renewable Resources at the University of Alberta offers 2-day workshops in bryophyte identification designed for environmental consultants, land reclamation and restoration specialists, biologists, ecologists, and foresters.

Course 1: An Introduction to the Mosses of Alberta

Course 2: Peatland Bryophytes of Alberta


May 30, 2018
Edmonton Inn and Conference Centre
Edmonton, AB

ACPA Water and Wastewater Treatment Course


Basic application of water, water quality, water chemistry and laboratory measurement methods are discussed. Further water and wastewater treatment terms and methods such as sedimentation, coagulation, filtration and ion exchange will be reviewed. Specifically, water and wastewater issues for the oil and gas industry will be addressed. Some examples are flow back water and produced water.


June 16 - 21, 2018
Vancouver Convention Centre
Vancouver, BC

RFG 2018 | Resources for Future Generations Conference


It’s all about being innovative, provocative, and engaging at the Resources for Future Generations 2018 conference. The 4-day scientific program will feature an opening plenary session, as well as themed special sessions throughout the technical program, all of which aim to spark energetic conversation and debate on how to tackle earth’s most pressing challenges.

Course 1 Field Dates:


July 17, 2018

Calgary, AB


July 19, 2018

Edmonton, AB

Alberta Wetland Rapid Evaluation Tool-Actual Training Course


Course 1: ABWRET-A online course and field day

Designed for: Professionals intending to conduct wetland assessments or requiring a solid understanding of the government’s ABWRET-A tool


Course 2: Wetland Policy Basics
Designed for: Everyone wanting to understand the basics of the Alberta Wetland Policy.



September 10 - 13, 2018
Whitehorse, YT

Northern Latitudes Mining Reclamation Workshop


The Northern Latitudes Mining Reclamation Workshop is an international workshop on mining, land and urban reclamation and restoration methods. The objective of the workshop is to share information and experiences among governments, industry, consultants, Alaska Natives, northern First Nations and Inuit groups which undertake reclamation and restoration projects, or are involved in land management in the north or in comparable environments.


Thank you for renewing your membership!


There are many benefits that come along with your membership , but there's always room for improvement. Thanks to your continued support we are able to keep growing. Show off your support with our new CLRA Member logo.


  1. Ecoventure Inc. - Intermediate Environmental Scientist - Edmonton, AB
  2. North Shore Environmental Consultants Inc. - Junior to Intermediate Environmental  Consultant - Sherwood Park, AB
  3. Wild + Pine - Field Assistant (2 positions) - Edmonton, AB
  4. WSP Canada Inc. - Intermediate Environmental Scientist - Saskatoon, SK
  5. CPP Environmental - Technical Services Team Lead - Sherwood Park, AB

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