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Hamilton Air Summit

Hamilton skyline with decorative text saying Hamilton Air Summit 2018

In October 2017 Hamilton City Council approved a motion urging the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (formerly the Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change), to take action regarding emissions. This action included hosting an Air Summit engaging provincial and community stakeholders, local MPP's, as well as industry.

This half day public summit will include presentations and expert panel discussions on air quality. The Hamilton Air Summit is intended to build awareness, and solicit solutions for air quality, its sources, the impact on our community and how we can move collectively forward to meet our air quality targets. It brings together leading experts and professionals in the fields of air quality, engineering and public health to facilitate discussion and build stronger partnerships to address complex air quality issues in Hamilton and across the province.

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About the Summit

The Air Summit will open with a presentation from Michelle Kassel, Senior Manager, Legislative Analysis, at the Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO). The summit will include expert panel discussions on Hamilton’s Airshed, Cumulative Effects Assessment in Air Approvals and other emerging provincial standards, as well as concern for PM2.5 (fine dust particles less than 2.5 micrograms). The Summit will conclude with a Roundtable Discussion on Moving Forward with specific actions to be taken to help improve Hamilton’s local air quality.

This event is open to the general public, as well as being available via livestream. Attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions and address panellists at the end of each panel discussion.

Event Details

September 14, 2018, 9 am to 1 pm
Hamilton City Hall, Council Chambers
71 Main Street West, Hamilton

On the day of the event, we would like to encourage the use of HSR public transportation, bicycle or find a municipal car park near City Hall.


8:30 am - Networking and Refreshments
9:00 am - Welcome & opening Remarks
9:10 am - Presentation: Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario
9:30 am - Expert Panel - Hamilton’s Airshed
10:15 am - Health Break

10:30 am - Expert Panel - Cumulative Effects, Emerging Provincial Standards and Concern for PM
11:15 am - Hamilton’s Air Quality Monitoring & Projects
11:45 am - Health Break
12:00 pm - Roundtable Discussion - Moving Forward

Attendees will be given an opportunity to ask questions and address panellists at the end of each panel discussion. Attendees will be allowed a maximum of 5 minutes to address the panel. Although not mandatory it is strongly encouraged that attendees interested in addressing the panel email [email protected] by 12 noon on Monday, September 10 2018 to ensure they can be accommodated. Please identify the following information:

  • Name
  • Organization (if applicable)
  • Contact information
  • Summary of question / statement

The Expert Panellists that will be participating in the Summit are experts in the fields of air quality, engineering, public health, geography, environmental science and public administration. The panellist will be moderated throughout the Summit.

The moderator and panellists for Hamilton’s Air Summit include: 

Dr. Denis Corr, Ph.D. - Moderator

President, Corr Research Ltd

Denis is president of Corr Research ( He is on the Stakeholder Advisory Group for Air Quality  for the  Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment and until recently was Chair of Clean Air Hamilton.  His Ph.D. is in Physics and he has over forty years experience in university, government and business. While at McMaster, he invented the Aerochamber, now in use around the world to assist asthmatic children use their puffers.  At the Ministry of Environment, Denis led the environmental response to the Hagersville tire fire, the largest tire fire in the world at that time. He began the U.N. award winning Hamilton Air Quality Initiative/Clean Air Hamilton process. Denis was also a Professor of Engineering Physics (part time) at McMaster University for thirteen years.  He is still active in air monitoring, air quality policy development and school presentations. He has developed a decision making process, CPPR - Content, Process, People and Respect, for use in complex environmental and other situations.

Dr. Anthony Ciccone, Ph.D.

P.Eng., Principal Golder Associates Ltd.

Dr. Anthony Ciccone is a mechanical engineer with more than 25 years’ experience in air quality and meteorological related projects and expert testimony. He received his doctorate from the University of Toronto in 1988 and has additional advanced training in computational fluid dynamics. He was an Adjunct Professor at University of Western Ontario with The Boundary-Layer Wind Tunnel Laboratory, in the Faculty of Engineering Science. Dr. Ciccone has been involved in the completion of a number of cumulative airshed studies across Canada for the regions including the City of Hamilton, the City of Toronto, Halton, and Greater Vancouver. For the Hamilton Airshed Modelling System, Dr. Ciccone is the Lead Air Quality Specialist and was active in the design and validation of the model, including source apportionment.

Ed Cocchiarella, P.Eng.

EP(EMS) General Manager, Hamilton Industrial Environmental Association

Ed Cocchiarella, P. Eng, EP(EMS), has taken on the new role of General Manager at the Hamilton Industrial Environmental Association (HIEA). Ed will be working with the association to help facilitate HIEA’s activities focusing on stakeholder relations, technical programs, advocacy and member support. With over 35 years of experience Ed has held leadership roles developing and implementing best-in-class environmental strategies in the mining, steel and electricity sectors, including AM Dofasco, Vale Canada, and Ontario Power Generation. Ed is no stranger to HIEA and was a key player in the formation of the organization in 1996 where he also chaired the technical committee until 2007 while working at Dofasco. He was also instrumental in the development and leadership of the Hamilton Air Monitoring Network (HAMN) and chaired the Emission Reduction Working Group of Clean Air Hamilton from 1998 to 2007 representing both HIEA and Dofasco.

Trevor Imhoff, B.E.S (Hons)

Senior Project Manager Air Quality & Climate Change, Healthy Environments, Healthy and Safe Communities, City of Hamilton

Trevor is the organizer for the Hamilton Air Summit. He graduated from the University of Waterloo in environmental science with a minor in biology and diploma in ecological remediation. Trevor has worked for all levels of government including two private environmental engineering firms. He currently leads the Air Quality & Climate Change Team within the City of Hamilton. He has experience addressing complex environmental issues in the fields of hydrogeology, brownfield remediation, air quality and climate change. Trevor is a member of the National Research Council Standing Committee on Energy Efficiency. He also serves as a member of the Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks External Working Group for Ontario Regulation 419 – Local Air Quality. In 2018 he was selected by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities for the top 10 Best for Canada Municipal Innovators award.

Ms Michelle Kassel, M.E.S., LL.B., B.Sc.

Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

Michelle Kassel is the Senior Manager, Legislative Analysis, at the Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario (ECO), where she is responsible for reviewing and reporting on the provincial government’s compliance with Ontario’s Environmental Bill of Rights and evaluating government policy and action (or inaction) on environmental protection. Michelle oversees the ECO’s policy and legal analysis on a range of issues, with a focus on air, waste, water and wastewater. Prior to joining the ECO in 2006, Michelle practiced law for several years at a small boutique environmental firm, as well as a large corporate law firm.

Dr. Janya Kelly, B.Sc. (Hons), Ph.D.

Air Quality Specialists, Golder Associates Ltd.

Dr. Janya Kelly is an Air Quality Specialist and has been working in the area of air quality and climate change for over seven years. She has completed a three-year post-doctorate at Environment Canada studying the future impacts of climate change on air quality in North America. Dr. Kelly is the project manager for the development and implementation of the Hamilton Airshed Modelling System. As part of this project, Dr. Kelly oversaw the development of the Hamilton Airshed Modelling System and acts as the lead for the photochemical modelling, and was involved in the analysis and validation of the results. 

Matthew Lawson, B.Sc., B.A.Sc.

Manager, Health Hazards, Healthy Environments, Healthy and Safe Communities, City of Hamilton

Matthew Lawson is the Manager of Health Hazards within the newly formed Healthy and Safe Communities Department, City of Hamilton. He oversees the Air Quality and Climate Change portfolio and all matters related to environmental health across the City. Matthew has a Bachelor of Applied Science from Ryerson University and is a member of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors. He has led several important environmental health initiatives in Hamilton including a child blood lead prevalence study and was the Public Health lead for the Hamilton Airshed Modelling Systems (HAMS).

Dr. Lynda Lukasik, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Environment Hamilton

Dr. Lynda Lukasik is co-founder and Executive Director of Environment Hamilton, an environmental organization that provides people with knowledge and skills to enhance and protect the environment.  She holds a BSc in Biochemistry from McMaster University, Masters of Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University, and a PhD in Planning from the University of Waterloo. Dr. Lukasik has taught environmental policy, management, and planning courses at University of Toronto, University of Guelph, Ryerson University and Athabasca University and is currently teaching an environmental policy inquiry course at McMaster University. Dr. Lukasik has worked as a Policy & Decision Analyst for the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario. Her hands-on work at Environment Hamilton involves engaging community volunteers as “citizen scientists,” especially in efforts to monitor and improve Hamilton’s local air quality. She also serves as the co-chair of the provincial Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Park’s External Working Group for Ontario Regulation 419 – Local Air Quality.

Dr. Bruce Newbold, Ph.D.

Chair, Clean Air Hamilton, Director Geography and Earth Science McMaster University

Bruce Newbold is professor of geography at McMaster University, where he is also the Director of the School of Geography & Earth Sciences. He received his PhD from McMaster in 1994, after which he took a position at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He returned to Hamilton and McMaster in 2000, and has since held guest scholar positions at the University of Glasgow and the University of California San Diego. He is the current Chair of Clean Air Hamilton (since November 2017), and previously served as a Board Member with the Bay Area Restoration Council (BARC, 2008-2014) and directed the McMaster Institute of Environment and Health (MIEH).

Dr. Sally Radisic, Ph.D.

Environmental Health Specialist, Healthy and Safe Communities, City of Hamilton

Sally Radisic, PhD is an Acting Manager in Tobacco Control Program with the City of Hamilton Public Health Services and a part-time Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Research Methods, Evidence and Impact at McMaster University. Sally’s work is devoted to applying an equity lens in environmental health and developing population health interventions that address health disparities. She is the author of publications focusing on air quality and health that aim to bridge the research-practice gap in public health and support the application of Evidence-Informed Decision Making in public health practice.  Over the years, Sally has had the opportunity to work collaboratively with multi-stakeholder groups including academia, industry, government, and local citizens on various environmental health issues.

If you have any accessibility needs in order to participate in this event, please contact [email protected] by September 10, 2018. Advance requests are highly encouraged to enable us to meet your needs adequately.