The 2nd Annual Environmental Services Association of Alberta (ESAA) Environmental Summit will feature all of the things you expect from an ESAA event: great talks, great location and great networking. Environment Journal is a proud media partner of this event.

The 2024 edition will take place on April 15 – 17, 2024 at the Kananaskis Mountain Lodge, a modern getaway nestled amidst the pines and mountains about 45 minutes from Calgary.

ESAA, which was established in 1987, has over 200 member organizations and has grown to become one of Canada’s leading environment industry associations. The Environmental Summit is just one of the conferences ESAA presents to provide important educational and networking opportunities.

The two-day Summit format includes the following:

  • Three Days of Programming
  • Two Keynote Presentations
  • Technical Panel Discussions
  • Breakfast and Lunch each Day
  • Opening Wine and Cheese Reception in the Exhibit Area
  • 2nd night Networking Reception
  • And more!

EnviroTech evolves into Environmental Summit - The Environment Journal

The Environmental Summit will feature eight panel discussions, including the following panel:

Navigating the Environmental Business Landscape:
A Comprehensive Approach to Risk Management, Insurance and Liability Mitigation

Businesses operating in the environmental services sector confront a complex web of environmental and professional exposures, with potential liabilities that can significantly impact their sustainability. To help industry professionals develop robust risk management programs, our panel brings together experts from diverse backgrounds, including a Commercial Insurance Advisor, Environmental Lawyer, and Environmental Insurance Underwriting Leader.

Panel Focus:

Identifying and Understanding Liabilities:

  • Exploration of how and where environmental liabilities arise.
  • Consequences for clients and their businesses.

Effective Strategies for Liability Transfer:

  • Examination of strategies to transfer environmental liabilities.
  • Assessment of the effectiveness of various transfer mechanisms.
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The Role of Insurance in Risk Mitigation:

  • Insights into how insurance can be a key player in mitigating environmental risks.
  • Overview of different insurance products available in the marketplace, such as Contractors Pollution Liability and Pollution Legal Liability/Professional Liability with pollution coverage.

Coverage Extent for Reclamation and Remediation Activities:

  • Discussion on the scope of coverage provided by environmental insurance for reclamation or remediation activities.

Non-Insurance Methods of Risk Transfer:

  • Exploration of alternative, non-insurance methods for transferring environmental risk.

Integration of Insurance in Legal Processes:

  • Analysis of how insurance coverage fits into the legal processes that unfold during environmental incidents like spills.

Real-world Claims Examples:

  • Examination of actual claims examples to illustrate the practical applications of risk management strategies and insurance in environmental services.


Profile photo of Andrea Phillips, B.Comm

Andrea Phillips, is an Account Executive at Lloyd Sadd in Edmonton where she supports clients in their risk management goals and insurance program strategy. She specializes in Environmental and Professional Liability and has a keen interest in real estate and development. Andrea works with her clients to gain an in-depth understanding of their business, risk exposures and tolerance, helping them to grow their business through incorporating risk management strategies.


Magdalena Cammidge | Lloyd SaddMagdalena Cammidge joined Lloyd Sadd in 2005, bringing with her varied and extensive experience in commercial insurance. She has been in the industry since 2000, working on complex commercial accounts in large brokerage firms. With over 20 years of technical experience in insurance and risk management, Magdalena specializes in the direction, development and delivery of insurance and risk management services to her clients. Magdalena’s role includes gaining an intimate understanding of the clients’ business and working with them to create effective Risk Management solutions, ultimately helping clients in building an even stronger organization. Magdalena heads up the Professional Services Practice at Lloyd Sadd specializing in Professional Liability and Risk Management for Consultants.

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Eric Appelt - Commercial Litigation | McLennan Ross LLPEric Appelt, Eric Appelt is an associate lawyer at McLennan Ross LLP in Edmonton where he has practiced since  his call to the bar in 2019. Eric maintains a diverse practice in commercial litigation, professional discipline, insurance defense and environmental regulatory matters, representing both individuals and corporations across a
number of industries.



Andrew DeRuiter - Canadian Underwriter

Andrew de Reuiter, Andrew is the Environmental Liability National Segment Leader at Totten Insurance Group where his role revolves around understanding environmental issues, their impact on various stakeholders and what role insurance can play in protecting stakeholders. Within his role at Totten Insurance Group, Andrew is responsible for leading the underwriting team that works to mitigate environmental risks, ensuring a balance between business objectives and ecological responsibilities. Andrew’s journey into the environmental domain began while pursuing his BA at Carlton University, in Ottawa, in Environmental studies. This has equipped him with a comprehensive understanding of environmental dynamics, sustainability practices and their intersection with various industries.

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