Monthly Archives: January 2012

Recap: Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional

Hi Everyone,

Hope you’re feeling energized for a great week ahead! I know I sure am.

Thanks to everyone who made it out to the career panel last week. From what I can tell, the event was a success! The speakers all told me they were impressed by your curiosity and they were very happy to stay well beyond the time the event was scheduled to finish at.

I just thought I would touch on a couple of points brought up by the panellists. First, we learned that while there is a trend to eliminate the cover letter, most pamellists agree that it is what sets you apart that will get you the job. So, make sure to highlight what makes you special in a well written and engaging cover letter and don’t neglect that small section titled “interests and hobbies”. For additional job hunting resources, Mr. Boulton highly recommends checking out Eco Canada (www.eco.ca) and Mr. Philopoulous suggested you pick up the book “What Color is your Parachute“. The panellists also all seem to agree that while a graduate degree isn’t a prerequisite for most junior positions, many professionals do seek additional education at some point. A Masters of Public Policy was recommended if you’re interested in government and an MBA, a Masters of Applied Science or a PhD would serve you well in consulting.

Another point brought up by the panellists is that sometimes you need to physically get in front of the people who are hiring. Firing off your resumes into cyberspace can only get you so far. The career panel was an excellent opportunity for you to do just that! Becoming part of professionals associations, such as the A&WMA, is another. Did you know that all of the panellists that came out last Thursday did so because they were asked by a member of or are themselves a member of the A&WMA board of directors? The panellists are just a small example of the wonderful people you could meet by participating in A&WMA events. I encourage you to learn more about the A&WMA and attend other of their excellent events and meet people in your field (or future field). I also encourage you to check out other professional organisations such as the OGG, CSCE, ASHRAE, WEAO, YEP… you get the picture. Just get out there and good luck!

All the best,

Natalie

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OGG Lunch Presentation

Hi There SEEDS Fans,

The Ottawa Geotechnical Group (OGG) is pleased to announce the following luncheon presentation:

Age Dating Techniques for Middle Distillate Fuels and Heavy Petroleum Products

By Taras (Terry) Obal

If you haven’t been to an OGG lunch presentation they are a real treat! Not only do you get to meet working professionals but you also get to learn about something you aren’t necessarily exposed to in your classes. The cherry on top has got to be the very affordable hot lunch buffet. I recommend you make time to attend!

Here are the details:

  • Date: Monday February 6, 2012
  • Time: Registration at 11:45, 12:00 full hot buffet luncheon, 12:45 presentation
  • Location: Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre, 1315 Prince of Wales Drive (easy walk from Carleton)
  • Admission: $15 OGG members; $20 non-members; $10 students (cash or cheque only)
  • RSVP: please email  treasurer.ogg@gmail.com by noon on February 4, 2012
  • For an abstract of the presentation and more information about presenter, please click here.

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Panellist 6: Wayne Boulton

Our sixth panellist is Mr. Wayne Boulton and you can read more about him below. Don’t forget that The Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional is taking place THIS Thursday January 26th from 7pm to 8:30pm in ME 3275. You can RSPV by clicking here. Read more about Mr Boulton:

Wayne Boulton, M.Sc.: Wayne joined RWDI in 1997, was made an Associate in 2003, and became a Principal of the firm in 2010. He is currently a Senior Consultant / Project Principal in RWDI’s Ottawa office.  RWDI is an internationally renown engineering and environmental consulting firm headquartered in Guelph, Ontario.
Wayne earned an undergraduate degree in Physical Geography at Trent University before completing an M.Sc. at the University of Guelph.  Over the past 14 years Wayne has been involved in a wide range activities, including: business development for niche service areas such as regional emissions inventory development, photochemical modelling, meteorology modelling, custom software development, and GIS; project management; and managing RWDI’s Middle East Operations in Abu Dhabi for over two years.

** Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional**

  • Guest Panellists: Kevin Alemany from Stantec Consultants Ltd., Andrew Philopoulos from Conestoga Rovers & Associates, Edward Norrena from EDGE Environmental Consulting Ltd., Laureen Chung from Infrastructure Canada, Wayne Boulton from RWDI.
  • Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2011
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 3275
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but is much appreciated)

** Light refreshments will be served. **

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Panellist 5: Micheal Wallace

Our fifth panellist is Michael Wallace who is currently working with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional is taking place Thursday January 26th. You can reserve your spot by clicking here. Read more about Mr. Wallace below:

Michael Wallace: Michael Wallace is an environmental officer working for the Small Craft Harbours (SCH) program of the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans.  SCH operates and maintains a national system of over 1,000 federal harbour facilities with an estimated replacement cost of over $2B.  Mike provides analysis and recommendations to SCH engineering staff and senior management on environmental management and regulatory compliance of SCH operations and assets.  He has considerable knowledge of public sector environmental management, having experience within federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government.  Mike holds an Ontario College Diploma as an Environmental Technician from Canadore College, a B.Sc. in Environmental Biology and Technology from Nipissing University, and a Master’s degree in Environmental Science from the University of Toronto.

Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional

  • Guest Panellists: Kevin Alemany from Stantec Consultants Ltd., Andrew Philopoulos from Conestoga Rovers & Associates, Edward Norrena from EDGE Environmental Consulting Ltd., Laureen Chung from Infrastructure Canada, Michael Wallace from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, and more!
  • Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2011
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 3275
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but is much appreciated)

** Light refreshments will be served. **

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Panellist 4: Laureen Chung

Our forth panellist, Laureen Chung, works at Infrastructure Canada and is one of two civil servants on the 3rd annual Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional taking place Thursday January 26th. Space if filling up quickly so make sure to reserve your spot by clicking here. Read more about Mrs Chung below:

Laureen Chung is a Senior Project Manager of Environmental Review and Approvals with the Program Operations Branch of Infrastructure Canada.

She has an Honours Bachelor of Science in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph and is a licensed Professional Environmental Engineer and LEED Accredited Professional.  Laureen has 15 years of experience working in Canada and internationally with environmental infrastructure projects involving water, wastewater, green buildings, solid waste and energy efficiency.  Upon graduation, Laureen went to Bolivia to work with the non-governmental organization Plan International and the World Bank/United Nations Water and Sanitation Program.  She then returned to Canada to work with various public and private sector organizations in Ottawa.  In her role with Infrastructure Canada, she is responsible for ensuring that federal environmental assessments are completed on projects funded under the Economic Action Plan and other programs.


Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional

  • Guest Panellists: Kevin Alemany from Stantec Consultants Ltd., Andrew Philopoulos from Conestoga Rovers & Associates, Edward Norrena from EDGE Environmental Consulting Ltd., Laureen Chung from Infrastructure Canada, and more!
  • Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2011
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 3275
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but is much appreciated)

** Light refreshments will be served. **

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Environmental Immigrant Bridging (EIB) Program 2012

If you are new to Canada and looking for help succeeding in the environmental sector, www.eco.ca has a program can help. The Environmental Immigrant Bridging (EIB) Program is designed to help you develop essential skills to succeed in the environmental sector through in-class training. Programs are now being offered in Hamilton, Ottawa, Brampton & Calgary. Register before January 31st, 2012!

If you aren’t familiar www.eco.ca you should check them out. They have a lot of good information and resources for those working or looking to work in the environmental sector including job postings, conferences, internships, networking opportunities, industry updates and trends, training opportunities, etc.. They are a great resource!

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Panellist 3: Edward Norrena

We are very excited to announce our third panellist, Mr. Edward Norrena, who has just recently been added to the bill. Don’t forget that the Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional is set to take place next THRUSDAY JAN 26th and you can RSVP here. Read more about Mr. Norrena below:

Edward Norrena: Mr. Edward J. Norrena is currently President of EDGE Environmental Consulting Ltd. During the last two and a half years, he has been seconded to Foreign Affairs and International Trade as the Global Practice Lead for the Environmental Industry Sector/Cleantech. He previously led SLR Consulting (Canada) Limited’s Climate Change and Sustainability practice. Between 2006 and 2008 Mr. Norrena was Regional Manager for Eastern Canada for Gartner Lee Limited, which provided environmental science, economics, planning, and engineering consulting services. From 2000 to 2006 he was General Manager of SENES Consultants Limited, specializing in areas that included policy development, strategic planning and environmental technology programs. Mr. Norrena has undertaken projects in markets including China, Pakistan, India, Poland, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Serbia, Poland, Chad, Zambia and Latin America and the Caribbean.

Until 2000, Mr. Norrena was Director General for the Environmental Technology Advancement Directorate of Environment Canada, with responsibility for national and international programs, technology transfer and for technology programs in biotechnology, municipal waste, climate change, air quality and contaminated sites. In his prior capacity as Director General for the Regulatory Affairs and Program Integration Directorate of Environment Canada, he was responsible for the review of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act and for global strategies programs. Prior to this Mr. Norrena worked in an operational role as Regional Director General for Atlantic Canada Mr. Norrena is past chair and board member of ECO Canada (Environmental Careers Organization).

Mr. Norrena is a professional engineer and holds an M.A.Sc. in Water Resources Engineering and a B.A.Sc. in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Career Panel for the New Environmental Professional

  • Guest Panellists: Kevin Alemany from Stantec Consultants Ltd., Andrew Philopoulos from Conestoga Rovers & Associates, Edward Norrena from EDGE Environmental Consulting Ltd., and more!
  • Date: Thursday, January 26th, 2011
  • Time: 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mackenzie Building, Room 3275
  • Cost: FREE
  • RSVP: Please RSVP here (not required but is much appreciated)

** Light refreshments will be served. **

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