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Title: Contaminant Fingerprinting Techniques, Principles and Applications for Environmental Forensics and Remediation
Date: Wednesday, October 16, 2019 (8:30am to 4:30pm)
Location: Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta Ballroom, Banff, Alberta

Instructor: • Ioana Petrisor, PhD, Editor-In-Chief, Environmental Forensics Journal

Collaborative Partnership Between:

Continuing Education Information: 0.65 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
(6.5 Professional Development Hours)

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and a Course Completion Certificate will be administered by Midwest GeoSciences Group

Who should attend: Everyone who works with contaminants in soil and ground water...especially professional ground-water scientists, engineers, project managers, compliance-program managers and remedial-design managers.

How to Prepare: Dr. Petrisor will start at the beginning and move quickly into the challenges we all face in our profession...and then progress into principles for how contaminant fingerprinting techniques are applied for site characterization and remediation.

You can prepare by getting plenty of sleep the night before the course and bringing your project questions to the course.

Course Details

Contaminant fingerprinting techniques are critical environmental forensic tools associated with litigation support and complex sites with multiple contaminant plumes in time and space. However, applications of fingerprinting methods outside the court of law are becoming routine environmental work resulting in substantially improved subsurface characterization and efficient remedial solutions.

For example, stable isotopes provide a routinely-accepted and reliable evidence for monitored natural attenuation of chlorinated solvents in subsurface and evaluate its feasibility as remedial alternative. Radioisotopes are becoming more commonly used to evaluate sedimentation patterns in aquatic systems. These are just few examples of more common use of forensic techniques in routine site investigations and remediation design considerations. Other forensic tools have also been successfully used at sites with no litigation or dispute over contamination origin.

Chemical fingerprinting techniques are now being used to expedite remediation at sites with a history of handling and releasing crude oil and petroleum products. Also, tree-core data started being used as sustainable alternatives to invasive drilling, in order to map subsurface contamination at PCE/TCE sites. Evaluation of background values of metals via mineralogical fingerprinting at active industrial sites provides exact means to establish realistic clean-up limits.

Course participants will learn:

  • the most common contaminant fingerprinting techniques,
  • the principles associated with each technique, as well as
  • when and how to apply strategies in common environmental work for more accurate site characterization and efficient remediation.

The ultimate goal of the course is to provide participants with a variety of environmental forensic tools, techniques and strategies to both basic and complex sites. In this respect, the course will conclude with an open forum that may include brainstorming on case studies presented by participants. This course will also include both formal presentations and interactive content (discussions and practical assignments).



Limited seating.

Advanced registration is necessary for participation in this limited-enrollment short course. Pre-registration is required to reserve space and receive course materials. If you require special arrangements for diet, equipment, or handicap facilities, please indicate when registering for the course.

Register online for this course at the official RemTech Conference 2019 website:


Participants receive 6.5 contact hours of instruction, printed course notebook, a FIELD GUIDE FOR SOIL AND STRATIGRAPHIC ANALYSIS, course completion certificate from Midwest GeoSciences Group for qualifying participants. The course includes morning coffee, a light breakfast, and lunch.

This course is uniquely designed with lectures, exercises, and participant discussions that create a meaningful learning experience about the key components and advances in environmental forensics.


ONLY $475 CAD*

Admit One RemTech Delegate, registering before August 9th.

  RemTech Delegate Non Delegate
By August 9th $475 $625
After August 9th $550 $750

All currency in Canadian Dollars CAD

Currency Converter: https://www.xe.com/currencyconverter/

One substitute is allowed up to 48 hours prior to the start of the course for each registrant who is unable to attend. Substitutions are not allowed within 48 hours of the course.

Technical Questions: For registration and technical questions about the course, contact Dan Kelleher at either 763.607.0092 or dan@midwestgeo.com

Sponsorship Options:

Details at the official RemTech Conference 2019 website:

Presenting Sponsor: ($5,000, 1 Available)

  • Title sponsor of the course
  • Logo recognition on the website and during the course
  • Logo recognition on the main conference graphics loop during the event
  • Exhibit Space during the main conference
  • 2 RemTech delegate passes
  • 1/3 page ad in the conference program
  • Opportunity to say a few words during the lunch at the course

Lunch Sponsor: ($1,500, 1 Available)

  • Logo recognition on the website and on signage during the lunch
  • One course registration or RemTech registration

Breakfast Sponsor: ($1,000, 1 Available)

  • Logo recognition on the website and on signage during the breakfast

Break Sponsor ($500, 2 Available)

  • Logo recognition on the website and on signage during the break


Dr. Ioana G. Petrisor is a biochemist with over 20 years of experience specializing in environmental forensics. She has applied a large variety of fingerprinting techniques to track the source and age-date contaminants. Dr. Petrisor has served as an expert witness to testify on fate and transport, as well as sources and age of environmental contamination. Dr. Petrisor is the Editor-in-Chief of the Environmental Forensics Journal and the author of "Environmental Forensics Fundamentals - A Practical Guide".

She has extensive publication experience including also 1 invention patent, 6 book chapters, over70 research and review articles, 12 editorials and 3 technical guidelines.

Dr. Petrisor served as Instructor with AEHS Foundation and EOS Alliance and have taught both on-line and in-class courses. She has managed and conducted research for U.S. DOE, U.S. DOD and European Community on innovative remedial techniques including a variety of bioremediation remedies for soil, sediments and water.

Dr. Petrisor has a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Romanian Academy of Sciences and a Bachelor in Chemistry from the Bucharest University, Romania.

Venue and Accommodations


Fairmont Banff Springs
Hotel and Conference Centre
Alberta Ballroom
404 Spray Avenue
Banff, AB


Official Hotel - The Fairmont Banff Springs

Few hotels in the world can rival the majesty, hospitality and scenery of The Fairmont Banff Springs. Its unique blend of opulence and seclusion has been a symbol of Rocky Mountain magnificence for more than a century. Styled after a Scottish baronial castle, The Fairmont Banff Springs offers stunning vistas, championship golf courses, unparalleled skiing, classic cuisine and Willow Stream, a world class European-style spa. Experience timeless beauty and luxurious comfort in a pristine wilderness.

After seven years of award winning and successful operation, the Willow Stream Spa received a 2.3 million dollar facelift in the Fall of 2003. This renovation enables the Willow Stream Spa at The Fairmont Banff Springs to stay at the forefront of the spa industry, offering first class pampering surrounded by majestic mountain beauty. This renovation captures the spirit and ambience of the mountains and reflect the image and elegance of the newly restored Fairmont Banff Springs. Our breathtaking Spa is now 38,000 square feet and completely refurbished.

2019 Room Rates
Early Bird Rates: Booked by August 8th. The Fairmont Banff Springs has 5 categories of rooms for you to choose from: Fairmont, Deluxe, Signature, Junior Suite, and One Bedroom Suite. Accommodations for RemTech™ 2019 delegates start at $228 per night plus $14 resort fee (tipping of bell and housekeeping not required) per night depending on the type and occupancy of the room. (rates do not include taxes and surcharges)

Non-Early Bird Rates: Booked after August 8th. The Fairmont Banff Springs has 5 categories of rooms for you to choose from: Fairmont, Deluxe, Signature, Junior Suite, and One Bedroom Suite. Accommodations for RemTech™ 2019 delegates start at $258 per night depending on the type and occupancy of the room. (rates do not include taxes and surcharges)

Please contact the Fairmont Banff Springs at 403.762.6866 or their Global Reservation Centre at 1.800.441.1414 for reservations. In order to obtain this special rate, callers must identify themselves as being with the Symposium (RemTech) and reservations should be made no later than September 10, 2019. Reservations after this date will be accepted on an availability basis only. If you require a room in a category other than the Fairmont category, contact the hotel directly.

Online Reservations: https://book.passkey.com/go/remtech2019

How to get to the Fairmont Banff Springs?

Banff Airporter:
Delegates receive a 15% discount on the Banff Airporter's shuttle service between the Calgary Airport and the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. This brings the price including GST to $60.68 One Way and $121.36 Return / person. Click www.banffairporter.com/book and type REMTECH2019 in the Promo Code section on the final payment page to receive the discount. If you have any questions you can call their toll free number 1.888.449.2901.

Driving Directions:
From Calgary International Airport (about 1 hour 45 minutes):

  • The Calgary International Airport is in the north eastern quarter of the city of Calgary. All directions to Banff will require travel westward.
  • Depart the Calgary International Airport. At the first intersection (there is a Husky station on the left hand corner) turn left (North) onto Barlow Trail.
  • Follow Barlow Trail for approximately 2 minutes until you reach the exit for Airport Trail.Turn left (West) onto Airport Trail.Continue driving on Airport Trail for approximately 2 minutes until you reach the exit for Deerfoot Trail (Hwy 2).Turn right (North) onto Deerfoot Trail (Hwy 2).Continue North on Deerfoot Trail for about 5 minutes, then exit onto Stoney Trail West. Continue on Stoney Trail for approximately 20 minutes until you reach Highway #1 (also know as 16th Ave.).
  • Continue on Highway#1 for approximately 1-hour until you reach the Banff National Park entrance gates. The gates are open 24-hours as all visitors to the park are required to pay an access fee ($9/person/day).
  • Once you have passed through the park gates, continue driving West for approximately 10 minutes until you reach the first exit to Banff (noted as Banff/ Minnewanka Loop).
  • Once you have taken the Banff exit, turn left at the stop sign onto Banff Avenue and continue straight. You will drive through the town of Banff until you reach the Bow River Bridge. Cross the bridge and at its end turn left onto Spray Avenue and stay to the left on this road until you reach its end at which the Fairmont Banff Springs is located.

**There is a fee to obtain your park pass when entering into Banff National Park. For fee information go to www.parkscanada.gc.ca.

Other Banff Hotels

RemTech organizers have sourced the following optional properties as having availability over the dates of RemTech:

Tunnel Mountain Resort: Rates starting at $199
Banff Rocky Mountain Resort: Rates starting at $219
Moose Hotel & Suites: Rates starting at $299
Banff Aspen Lodge: Rates starting at $309
Ptarmigan Inn: Rates starting at $244
Buffalo Mountain Lodge: Rates starting at $237
Caribou Lodge & Spa: Rates starting at $229

The above hotels can be viewed at https://www.banfflakelouise.com/accommodation

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