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Canadian Association of Radon Scientists and Technologists

Helping Canadians Reduce Radon Risk

Join us on Saturday and Sunday four our pre-Conference education sessions and C-NRPP Continuing Education credits.

The Saturday field trips are a popular option that sell out quickly and the Sunday classroom courses always provide a wealth of information on various practical topics.



Travel tips, discounted rates and more. Check out the travel to Victoria section where we will update with information to help you get the most of our the Conference experience and your trip to Victoria.




Register early to get the early bird pricing options.  Don't miss out.

The CARST conference always promises to be full of new information and welcoming energy.  New attendees and seasoned attenders alike will have a chance to learn about ongoing radon initiative in Canada and around the world.

CARST’s next radon conference is coming up and we need your involvement to make it a success!

Thank you for all the submissions, the committee is currently in the process of evaluating and all who have submitted should be contacted by the beginning of February with the schedule posted shortly after that.

Consider sponsoring this year's conference and get your brand before a targeted audience. 

Introducing our sponsors:

Announcing our Exhibitors:

Platinum Sponsor:




Radon Lounge Sponsor: 


   

Field Trip/Educational Sponsor:




Gold Sponsor:


    

Silver Sponsor:


Special thanks to the organizing committee:

                  


 Pre-Conference Sessions: 

Saturday, April 18 2020     8:30 am - 4:00 pm 

Join us on Saturday for a great hands on experience and C-NRPP Continuing Education credits.

The field trips are a popular option that sell out quickly.

Field Trip details will be posted here once confirmed.


Continuing Education Courses: 

Sunday, April 19 2020 - 8:30 am to 5:00 pm

As always, there are plenty of fascinating continuing education (CE) courses available on the Sunday of the Conference. 

These classroom courses contain a wealth of practical information to help you with your radon business and provide you with C-NRPP Continuing Education credits for your upcoming renewal requirements.

Courses are being listed as confirmed.  Schedule is subject to change.


Continuing Education Sessions

Continuing Education Sessions

VENDOR CAFE



8:30 - 10:15



TBA



7 Signs of a Difficult

House (or 17 or 77)

    Trainer: Colin Dumais 




     9:00-9:20

    Mitigating Radon in homes using the Fantech Hero HRV and Radostat 

    with David Innes, Radon Envrionmental


    9:20-9:40

    Ecosense Introduces its Family of Radon Detection Products for Professional Use

    with Peter Foller, Ecosense


    10:15 - 10:30

    BREAK

    10:30 - 12:15

    Radiation As Easy As 1, 2, 3

    Trainer: Ali Shoushtarian




    Understanding Building Envelopes






    10:30 - 10:50

    Mitigation methods for Radon in Water

    with David Innes, Radon Environmental


    10:50 - 11:10

    Airthings Corentium Pro Continuous Radon Monitor

    with Zach Daniels


    12:15 - 1:00

     LUNCH

    1:00 - 1:45

    Working Together to Respond to the Public on Radon – Lessons Learned in the US

    Trainer: Bruce Snead







    MENTOR CAFE


    1:45-2:00

    BREAK

    2:00-3:00

    C-NRPP Insurance… a plan for unity


    3:00-4:00

    C-NRPP Update- standards; mentorship and courses and mapping


    Conference Details: 

    Sunday, April 19, 2020, 6pm - 8pm- Meet and Greet 

    Monday, April 20, 2020, 8am - 5pm - Main Conference Sessions 

    Monday Dinner Out, 6pm - 8:30pm (cost included for all full conference attendees)

    Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 8am - 5pm - Main Conference Sessions

    Schedule will be posted as speakers/sessions are confirmed.  Schedule is subject to change.







     Main Conference Sessions:   Monday, April 20 and Tuesday April 21, 2020



    Monday, April 20

    7:30 - 8:15 am

    BREAKFAST


    8:15 - 9:30 am

    Welcome and Opening Remarks

    Radon Research updates

    Energy Efficiency Initiatives and their impact on radon gas levels: a review of global research

    Speaker: Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol

    A Field Study of Passive Radon Stacks in Canadian Homes

    Speaker: Liang Grace Zhou

    A comparison of the cost effectiveness of potential residential radon interventions across Canada

    Speaker: Janet Gaskin

    9:30 - 10:00 am

    BREAK

    10:00 - 11:45 am

     Radon Awareness and Communications

    Evaluating Messaging – Talking about Cancer Prevention as part of the Radon Awareness Message

    Speaker: Jill Hubick

    Connecting Risk Communication, Public Perceptions and Social Learning to Radon Risk Awareness

    Speaker: Larissa Shasko

    The Psychology and Behavioural Science of Radon Awareness, Testing and Mitigation

    Speaker: Justin Simms

    11:45 - 1:00 pm

    CARST AGM and C-NRPP update

    LUNCH

    1:00-1:20 pm

    Vendor Cafes and Network Rooms

    1:20 - 2:30 pm

    Radon Mapping and National program updates

    Creating a national radon database for the U.S. in collaboration with states and national radon testing laboratories 

    Speaker: Michele Monti

    Update on the National Radon Program

    Speaker: Kelley Bush

    Health Canada Radon Mapping and Research

    Speaker: Michel Gauthier

    2:30 - 3:00 pm

    BREAK

    3:00 - 5:00 pm

    Split Sessions:

    Practical:

    Predicting Sub-Slab Pressure Field Characteristics - a case study

    Speaker: Hamid Massali

    A Case Study Funded by the US DoD - Residential Property Near Hill AFB, Utah

    Speaker: Todd McAlary

    Using Computational Fluid Dynamics to Model Soil (Radon) Gas Infiltration in Buildings

    Speaker: Joshua Taron

    Sub-slab pressures and flows in your everyday work and Tools to support the CGSB Standard roll out

    Speaker: Colin Dumais


    Policy:

    Radon outreach: enacting change on a community level                                       

    Speaker: Caroline Cox

    Radon risk communication: the Swedish experience         

    Speaker: Jose Luis Gutierrez Villanueva

    The BC Radon Data Repository: an initiative to support public health research and planning           

    Speaker: Jeffrey Trieu

    Discussion Workshop: How do we build the great Canadian radon map

    Facilitated by: Dr. Anne-Marie Nicol, Noah Quastel and Pam Warkentin

    Tuesday, April 21

    7:30 

    Breakfast


    8:00 - 8:30 am

    Vendor Cafe and Network rooms

    8:30 - 9:50 am

    Latest Research

    Consumer-Grade Continuous Radon Monitor Comparison Report

    Speaker: Pam Warkentin

    Saving lives with printed electronics - Radon monitor with printed electrostatic concentrator

    Speaker: Ryan Griffin

    Radon in air and water in Chelsea's houses in Quebec

    Speaker: Mathieu Brossard

    9:50 - 10:15 am

    BREAK

    10:15 - noon

    Plastic Piping Systems for Radon

    Speaker: Larry Gill

    Spray Foam as an Under-Slab Radon Barrier: Two Case Studies

    Speaker: Jordan Miller

    Respirator (Mask) Protection for Radon Decay Products

    Speaker: Greg Baytalan

    What comes up as the permafrost melts with climate change?

    Speaker: Art Nash


    Radon in child care facilities: An assessment of current legislation and practices across Canada

    Speaker: Crista Bartolomeu

    Engaging by Community: Lessons learned from a Canadian Radon Action Program

    Speaker: Jenny Byford


    noon - 1:30pm

    Networking Lunch

    1:30 - 3:00pm

    Radon in Real Estate: Transforming BC's Indoor Environments

    Speaker: Noah Quastel

    The Evict Radon Ultra-long Duration Real-Time Radon Monitoring Study

    Speaker: Dustin Pearson

    CARST's Real Estate Guideline - 1 year after implementation

    Speaker: Pam Warkentin and Erin Curry


    2:30 - 3:00pm

    BREAK

    3:00 - 4:15pm

    Tackle Radon – Championing through Year 1

    Speaker: Jill Hubick

    21st Century Radon Exposure: Much of What We Thought We Knew, is No Longer True

    Speaker: Aaron Goodarzi

    Wrapping and up Looking Forward to Radon Action month 2020

    Speaker: Erin Curry, Jenny Byford, Anne-Marie Nicol and Pam Warkentin

    Conference Costs:

                      Register for the conference here.

    Booking early helps us with planning and helps you get a better rate, rates go up after February 22, 2020.


    Early-bird rates:  (includes Sunday evening reception, meals from Monday breakfast to Tuesday lunch)

    CARST Member rate: $ 525.00  

    Non-Member rate: $ 605.00   

    Partners in Health: $ 525.00 

    Pre-Conference Extras: 

    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: $ 295.00  Does not include Monday Evening dinner out.  

    Tuesday only: $ 295.00


    Interested in a spouse program?
    Details are still being finalized..

    Monday, April 19th 

    Spouse Program Dinner out only - $85

    Spouse Program Monday out in Victoria - $115

    Sign up when you register for the conference, or email info@carst.ca to add it to your registration.

    Sponsorship Opportunities 

    Register for the conference here.

    Exhibitor Information

    • Move in can start Sunday, April 19 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 conference centre, information will be posted soon.
    • 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 conference centre 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 - 2020

    We love to shine the spotlight on our sponsors and exhibitors we are working on our ideas for 2020 and will send our engagement opportunities out to you soon.


    Call for Speakers/Posters Information

    Theme:  CARST 2020 Radon - Increasing Visibility, Diminishing Impact

    CARST’s next radon conference is coming up and we need your involvement to make it a success!

    We’re looking for PRESENTATIONS, POSTERS and CONTINUING EDUCATION courses.  We love real-life case examples, stories of impact, or proven scientific results. We appreciate personal experience, case examples, data-backed findings, the wow factor, and exclusive content.  Share and showcase your expertise and successes to our diverse group of stakeholders.

    Thank you to all who have submitted abstracts.  The committee is in the process of reviewing the submissions.  Presenters will be contacted by early February.


    Here is a list of Ideas and Potential Topics:

    (these are targeted by this year’s committee to provide you with ideas for presentations, other topics will also be considered)

    Building Codes:

    • Passive stack research
    • Update to National Building Code changes
    • New products that are being developed to fit with new codes; Innovative ideas for solutions for new products for new construction
    • New CGSB Standard
    • Unpacking Building Codes for non-residential buildings

    Workplaces/Building Performance Standards:

    • LEED and BOMA Best, what are the rules/processes
    • Summer/winter testing what is the research in large buildings
    • Constant monitoring of radon, experiences with digital monitors data and process; Real life experience of real time monitoring
    • Municipal requirements for large buildings

    Radon in Water:

    • measurement and/or mitigation research
    • Radon in water’s links to other health issues

    Real Estate Session

    • Perspectives from the field in real estate transactions
    • Research into short- and long- term correlation
    • Scan of US policy on radon in real estate transactions

    Practical Sessions:

    • Tools..Tools.. Tools.. my favorite tools
    • Pictures of your trailer… what is in it, creative storage solutions
    • Discussion of industry standards… certification standards, what, why and how do we maintain high standards in Canadian radon industry, increasing competence
    • Mentorship/Apprenticeship – next steps for radon industry
    • Working in Community, how do you work together and compete
    • Protecting yourself while protecting the public … Health and Safety for Mitigation Professionals
    • Effective systems… reducing levels to as low as possible
    • Best Practices: An Old Mitigation System…. Have they stood the test of time
    • Digging into technology, what is the differences in measurement technology between professional CRMs, Homeowner monitors etc.

    Social Housing

    • research on predictors; How many rooms need to be tested by Long-term tests to predict the rest in large building/multifamily dwellings
    • Update on which provinces are testing social housing

    Policy Session

    • share from a multiple agencies: what you are doing on radon?
    • Occupational Health perspective
    • Breakdown of the Canadian Labour Code and what can we do, despite the outdated level
    • Duty of Care Legislation discussion
    • Roadmap of how to find radon legislation

    Other potential topics:

    • Basics of Thoron… what is thoron and why is it of interest; Thoron study and what is the health concern


    Criteria for Conference Presenters:

    • Be experienced and comfortable speaking in front of large groups
    • Be interested in sharing expertise, real-world strategies and knowledge with other creative professionals
    • Present on real-life case studies, research, stories of impact, projects, processes, innovation or research related to the radon industry.
    • Be open to helping spread the word about the event
    • Preference given to research which has been published/peer reviewed

    Criteria for Continuing Education Courses:

    • Is experienced and comfortable speaking in front of large groups and able to transfer ideas through a learning environment
    • Is interested in sharing expertise, real-world strategies and knowledge with other creative professionals
    • Is open to helping spread the word about the event

    Criteria for Posters:

    • Provide a poster showcasing real-life case studies, research, stories of impact, presentation on projects, processes, innovation or research related to the radon industry.
    • Be open to helping spread the word about the event
    • Please download and use this template for your poster.  (We are asking people to choose the 48x36 landscape options.)


    Travel Tips and Discounts

    Travel tips, discounted rates and more. Check out the travel to Victoria section where we will update with information to help you get the most of our the Conference experience and your trip to Victoria.

    Hotel Options: 

    Fairmont Empress - this is connected to the Victoria Conference centre and one of the historic CN hotels, a Canadian treasure.  Amazing atmosphere and recently renovated rooms for a starting rate of $189 per night.  If you are a Le Club Accor points member, you can also collect points.

    Victoria Marriott Inner Harbour is a new, well run friendly hotel next to the Victoria Conference Centre.  We have a rate of $185 per night plus get your Marriott BonVoy points! 

    Transportation:

    There are a number of ways to get to Victoria including plane, car, ferry and float plane, and with an international airport close by you can use most well-known airlines. 

    We have negotiated a rate discount with WestJet using our discount code to get a 5-10% rate reduction.  Book througWestJet and use the coupon code: P48HE48


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