Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists

Helping Canadians Reduce Radon Risk



Join us in the land of living skies

April 28-30 2019

at the Sheraton Cavalier hotel in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

CARST's 8th Annual Radon Conference

Sheraton Cavalier Saskatoon hotel

612 Spadina Crescent East, Saskatoon, SK, S7K 3G9

Join us on Saturday for a great hands on experience.  The field trips are a popular option that sell out quickly. Don't hesitate if you'd like to join in!  Day-long programming includes lunch.We have two streams this year.

As always, there are plenty of fascinating continuing education (CE) courses available on the Sunday of the Conference.  We’ll be posting details as the Conference approaches, but be sure to book your arrival in time to take advantage of this training opportunity.

One day, two day or the whole conference, we have provided a lot of flexible pricing options.

Monday will include presentations and panel discussions on practical topics related to radon in Canada and around the world.


  • Radon in Child Care Centres
  • What’s new on the horizon in Europe? The MetroRadon Project
  • Radon Decay Products… Let's focus on the real culprits 

Tuesday will include presentations and panel discussions on lung cancer, health and policy changes.


  • Radon from the perspective of a Respirologist
  • Overview of Policy Scan in Canada and Europe
  • Practical Sharing sessions for Radon Professionals
  • Estimating Mitigations
  • Regional Discoveries
  • Qualitative/Quantitative look at other mitigation benefits

Are you attending the conference as an Exhibitor, find the details you will need.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Thank you to our Exhibitors:

Special thanks to the organizing committee:

                               MASTER RADON

 Pre-Conference Sessions: 

Saturday, April 27 2019          8:30 am - 4:00 pm 

Field Trip A - Residential Mitigation and more...

(Lunch and Transportation included)

Bus will pick up at the hotel lobby at 8:30am and will take you around to the various locations and return to the hotel at the end of the day.

Colin is known for his high-energy courses that will keep you engaged and entertained while at the same time teach you practical tools to help grow your business and reduce callbacks.

Back Drafting: Observe an actual back drafting test according to the methods in the CSA standard Residential depressurization F300-13.  The CGSB standard now dictates that this shall be done on every job.  Learn how to do it the right way and what to do if the back-drafting test fails.

HRV Sizing and Balancing:  Want to use an HRV for radon reduction?  You’ve heard it before, every house is unique, and with regards to ventilation, it is no different.  The group will be executing a full blower door test, completing the analysis and then determining the ventilation requirements in our field house.  Learn when HRVs can work and when they won’t.  You might also want to sign up on Sunday for a follow-up classroom session on radon ventilation techniques.

Rough-In Critique:  What you see is what you get when you know where to look.  Find out if radon rough-ins really mean it will be an easier, cheaper job.  Review proper sealants, joint failures, pipe installation, positioning, and common air leakage points. This information will help you better estimate the work involved in activating someone else’s radon rough-in and help you explain to your customers why sometimes a rough-in can actually be costlier to activate then starting from scratch.

Advanced Pressure Field Extension:  Colin’s field trips would not be complete without going over Health Canada’s Pressure Field Extension process.  The customer may only see a pipe and a fan but what they don’t see is what makes your work have real value.  The CGSB standard now dictates that proper system design and documentation shall be done on every job.  There is always something new to learn.

Field Trip B - Commercial Mitigation/VOC Mitigation

(Lunch and Transportation included)

A large van will pick you up at the hotel lobby at 8:30am and take you to the location for the day. It will return you back at the end of the day.

Join Darius Mali and Tod McAlary for a short course that summarizes recent research on design methods and performance monitoring for mitigation systems to prevent radon exposures and subsurface vapour intrusion (VI) to indoor air for volatile organic compounds (VOCs).

This is a two-part course where attendees will: 1) see the data collection procedures in a real-time demonstration with class participation, and 2) observe the mathematical analysis of the data in an interactive classroom setting. The objective of this course will be to provide attendees with new tools to provide more cost-effective mitigation systems, particularly in large commercial buildings or buildings that show unexpected results via conventional methods.  The course will guide attendees through collection of transient vacuum response test data, subslab helium tracer testing data and mass emission monitoring data, demonstrate a simple spreadsheet model for data analysis and interpretation, and provide examples that span a range of building conditions. 

The course is directed to owners, regulators and consultants who want a better understanding of mitigation system design, optimization and performance monitoring to protect human health and maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Field Trip C - Large Building Measurement and tour of RSIC and SRC - 1/2 Day Tour starts at 1:00pm

(Transportation included)

Meet at the hotel lobby at 1pm.  We will transport you to the location and return you to the hotel at the end of the day.

Join Curt LaMontagne as he walks through the basics for those getting into large building measurement.  Curt will help you understand best practices for preparing for the job, tips and tools to help you on site and answer questions for those who just aren't sure where to start... or to place that test kit in a challenging commercial space. In addition, Brian Bjorndal will provide us with a tour of Radiation Safety Institute of Canada's radon chamber.  This is where the basics of quality measurements start and he will answer questions on how to go about spiking what you need to know when you send devices to them.

Vicky Snook will give us a tour of Saskatchewan Research Council's alpha track lab.  Take a look behind the curtain and see what goes into assembling and analyzing your alpha tracks.

Continuing Education Courses: 

Sunday, April 28 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

Continuing Education Courses are held in the Canadian and Starlight rooms in the lower level of the hotel. 

8:30 - 10:15

Room A 

Polyurethane Spray foam insulation for Air Barrier Systems and Radon protection

Trainer: Bob Wood and Peter Frenette

Room B

Attracting customers: Marketing your radon  business

Trainer: Brent Banda

10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 12:15

Air pressures, ventilation and its effect on radon (will touch on HRV and Blow Doors)

Trainer: Colin Dumais

How to Be Prepared to Deal with Commercial Clients 

Trainers: Maureen Wood and Andrew Wood

12:15 - 1:00

LUNCH - provided

1:00 - 2:45

Health and Safety for Mitigation Professionals - What should be in your toolkit.

Trainer: Various

Social Media: How, Why and Let's Get Started

Trainer: Erin Curry and Pam Warkentin

New Product Presentations:

Airthings with Pippa Boothman

2:45 - 3:00


3:00 - 5:00

Understanding CARST/C-NRPPs Approach to Radon and Real Estate and Short-Term Testing

Trainers: Erin Curry, Pam Warkentin and Jeff LeBlanc

New Product Presentations:

Fantech - Introduction to our PFEDK with Hamid Massali 

Radon Environmental: Mitigation of Radon   in Well Water - Airwell System with David Innes

Introduction to Asbestos - What you need to know

Trainer: Scott Cryer

Conference Details: (schedule is subject to change)

Sunday, April 28 2019 - Meet and Greet, starts at 6-8 pm

 Main Conference Sessions:

Monday, April 29 2019 

7:30 am

7:30 - 8:30

8:30 - 8:40

Exhibits Open


Opening of the Conference

8:40 - 8:50

8:50 - 9:35

9:35 - 10:05

10:05 - 10:15

10:15 - 10:45

10:45 - 11:15

11:15 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:00

The History of Radon - A Canadian Perspective - Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol

The National Radon Program- A Decade of Radon Reduction Action - Kelley Bush

Lung Cancer: The Journey of Endurance - Rachael Malmberg

Radon Olympics - 1st Event

Break with Exhibitors

Radon Testing Policy in Child Care Facilities in British Columbia, Yukon and Alberta – Case Studies to Assess Current Legislation and Practices - Sandy Shergill

Mitigating Child Care Centres - 3 Case Studies - Cody Wright

What's on the Horizon - Question and Answer Session

12:00 - 1:15


1:30 - 2:00

2:00 - 2:30

Lunch and CARST AGM

Radon Olympics - 2nd Activity

Let’s Focus on the Real Culprit – Radon Decay Products! - Dr. Lisa Gregory

Radon Progeny Dosimetry Using Alpha Track Detector Technology - Brian Bjorndal

2:30 - 2:45

2:45 - 3:00

3:00 - 3:30

3:30 - 4:00

What's on the Horizon - Question and Answer Session

Radon Olympics - 3rd Activity

Break with Exhibitors

What’s new in the horizon in Europe? The MetroRadon Project - José – Luis Gutiérrez-Villanueva

4:00 - 4:30

4:30 - 5:00

Protection against radon in SK’s uranium mines - Jason Sadowski

3rd Quarter Stretch and Tackle Radon - Jill Hubick, Jennifer May, Tod Boss and guests

Monday Evening out - 6 pm - 9 pm 

Take the opportunity to explore the Western Development Museum, and visit Boomtown where you walk through time. Saskatchewan inspired stories unfold everywhere as you journey from 1910 to the present.

Then join us for dinner on Boomtown's Main Street

Shuttles will leave the hotel starting at 5:30pm and return starting at 8:30pm.

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 


7:30 - 8:30


Exhibits Open


Contest Draw and Olympic Games Awards Ceremony

8:45 - 10:45

Split Sessions Start

Overview of Policy Scan in Canada and Europe

  • Provincial Policy Handouts
  • Real Estate Guidelines
  • Building Codes

Practical Ideas for Professionals -  sharing ideas

  • Regional Discoveries
  • Qualitative/Quantitative Ideas
  • Real Estate

10:45 - 11:15

11:15 - 12:00

Break with Exhibitors

Perspectives on Lung Cancer from a Respirologist - Dr. Anderson Tyan

12:00 - 1:30

Networking Lunch

1:30 - 2:00

2:00 - 2:30

Latest Research from Evict Radon - Dr. Aaron Goodarzi and Joshua Taron

Radon: Potential Connection to Diseases Other Than Lung Cancer - Doug MacLean and Angela Sabo

2:30 - 3:00

3:00 - 3:15


3:35- 4:05

4:05 - 4:30

A Review of Recent Canadian Radon Research - Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol


Take Action on Radon - 2019 National Radon Awareness Campaign

Evict Radon – The Power of Trust - Weston Jacques

Gathering Ideas - What's on the Horizon

Full Conference Registration:  

                  Member rate:         $ 605.00  

                  Non-Member rate: $ 705.00   

                  Partners in Health: $ 605.00   

  Saturday Field Trip Day:  $325 Full day and $150 Half Day (when added to full registration)

  Sunday Continuing Education Courses: $250 (when added to full registration)                                                                                                                                                     

Or register for part of the conference:

Saturday and Sunday only: $625.00

Monday only: $ 355  Does not include Monday Evening dinner out.  

Tuesday only: $355

Register for the conference here.

Sponsorship Opportunities 

Exhibitor Information

  • We are planning our Meet and Greet on Sunday evening in our Exhibit Hall.  You can start move in by: Sunday, April 28 at 11am; move out can start after lunch Tuesday afternoon, at approx. 1:30pm. 
  • We will be providing table, chairs and table cloth for your space. Please let us know if you would like to rent/purchase other items and we can provide contact for you.
  • Shipping items to the hotel?  Here are instructions and a shipping form.
  • Have other attendees?  Your Exhibit space comes with one attendee.  This includes all meals from Sunday’s reception to Tuesday lunch, and and everything in between.  We will hold the early bird rate for any extra attendees you have.  Just email us and let us know the names and email addresses, and we will register them for you.
  • We are waiting for the hotel to finalize a map of the Exhibits, but we will get you to choose your space soon, we will be going through on first purchase basis to get you to choose your location.  Watch for our follow up email!
  • Prizes!  We're looking for prizes to give to Conference participants for various contests.  If you'd like to supply a prize, or some company swag, please let us know or bring it along.

Exhibitor Game - 2019

We love to shine the spotlight on our sponsors and exhibitors.  Last year we introduced a Conference Passport-style game, wherein each attendee was provided with a sheet of questions about the exhibitors to answer.  To find the answers, each attendee will need to come to you! 

We will enter one question per booth into our game, and we’ll supply you with the answer on a piece of light card-stock that you may keep at your booth.  If you’re too busy to supply the answer to all participants verbally, you’ll be able to pass them the “answer key” and they’ll still learn something about your company.

In order to prepare this game, we need your help.  What’s the one thing you’d like all our Conference participants to learn about your company?  The answer shouldn’t be immediately obvious, in order to encourage people to swing by your booth for the answer.

Some examples of questions might be:

- “What’s the cfm of our most powerful fan?”

- “What turnaround time do we offer for x service?”

- “What’s the newest addition to our product line?”

Be sure to submit your question and answer, so that we can include your company in the game. Then we’ll do the rest!

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